Why You Need to Time Your Sprints

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When you go to practice and you need to throw 10 backhands and 10 forehands in warmups, you count them. When you go to the gym, you use Breakside’s Teambuildr app to get your workout and write down your weights, sets, and reps. At home, you might even log your sleep habits or your diet.

So why would you skip tracking your speed workouts? You keep track of your progress towards a 300 pound deadlift, but it’s even more important to your on-field performance to see if you’re getting faster!

It’s often said that what gets measured gets improved. Too many athletes fail to measure one of the most important parts of their training and consequently don’t get the most out of their speed work.

I can hear the excuses now: it’s hard! It’s annoying! It’s expensive! Does it even matter?

It does matter. Let’s discuss why — and how to time your sprinting without breaking the bank. Continue reading “Why You Need to Time Your Sprints”