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Sprinting: The Fast Track to Progress

Updated: Jul 31, 2018



We live in a fitness world that is largely obsessed with running, and cardio in general; one need only step into the cardio area of a gym to find abundant evidence of that. People toil away on the treadmills or on the trails in the pursuit of caloric burn, cardiovascular improvement, simply wanting to get a good sweat going, or whatever the particular goal is that drives them to dedicate time and energy to these pursuits. Yet for a fitness culture that is so enamored with running and cardio, and despite their admirable efforts and solid goals, there is in most cases a sorely lacking component to their cardio pursuits: speed. This article will be dedicated to a singular activity, one that is amazingly unique, often neglected, abundantly beneficial, and a generally awesome exercise that anyone and everyone can do but probably does not--sprinting.


If you couldn't tell from my excessive and descriptive praise, I happen to love sprinting, for many reasons both practical and personal. For those of you who have done this type of training, they know just how powerful the impact on the body is, how different it can be from even a normal high intensity workout, and how unique the experience is. I would like to delve into the many various benefits of it, the particulars involved with it, and ultimately why and how it can work for literally almost everyone on the planet.


 

Now to begin, sprinting does not necessarily mean running; this is certainly the most common iteration of it, and it is one of the best ways to go about