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How to Get Started in Sprinting

Learn how to get started in sprinting from sprinting coach Shane Paul Neil in this Howcast video.


Hi, my name is Shane Paul Neil from City Coach Multisport. I'm here to talk to you today about how to get started in sprinting.

The great thing about sprinting and running in general is that it generally takes very little to get started. Unlike some sports like football, baseball, where you need a lot of equipment and then a lot of other people to actually participate, running can very much be a solo activity. Sprinting a little less so because I do recommend you get a coach and some teammates to train with, but still comparatively easy.

USA Track and Field has a full list of local track and field teams in your area. I highly recommend that you go there first to find a team that will work for you. I'm just saying that you will have to audition coaches and teams a little bit to figure what's a right fit, but the good news is you know that you're dealing with a team that's monitored and registered by a governing body.

Outside of that, you just need your basic running sneakers and a pair of track spikes. Track spikes are basically very lightweight sneakers with, literally, spikes in them designed for gripping a Mondo track or rubber track, so you're getting maximum traction and maximum speed.

Outside of that, the sprinting process is one that's very regimented, so you need to figure out how much time you have to dedicate to the sport. I've spent a lot of years doing two a days, training in the evening, training on weekends, figuring out what track meets I would be attending, (?) where I had to travel to. Coordination is the bigger key to it, but actually, in terms of money and effort to find a place to run and to train, that's fortunately very easy.

So that's how you get started in sprinting.

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