If you want to get faster, this article is for you.
Imagine a swinging pendulum.
At the extremes of its swing, the pendulum slows down to a momentary stop to change direction and swing back the other way.
From standing still at the extreme points, it speeds up as it falls.
It has maximum speed as it passes through the midpoint of its range.
So now imagine Miley Cyrus on her wrecking ball. Would you rather get hit by it in the middle of its motion or at an extreme?
If you're not some sort of masochist, the answer is the extreme. The wrecking ball would be going much slower there. You'd get hurt a lot less.
Now what happens if we half the amplitude of Miley's swing, meaning the wrecking ball only travels half as far?
The maximum speed of the swing through its middle will be much less than before.
What does this have to do with athletic speed?
You work in a very similar way.
Your movements are faster in your short ranges than they are in your mid ranges than they are at the extremes of your range.
If your maximum range is expanded, your entire range gets faster!
Conversely, if your maximum range is decreased, your entire range will get slower!
I was speaking to a goalkeeper the other day.
If he expands his range, not only will he be able to reach shots that he currently can't reach. He will also reach shots within his range quicker.
A similar story with a recreational runner I worked with this morning. As her range increases, her speed will too effortlessly. Think of the cyclical motion of the legs during running and you will see that they are each a type of pendulum.
If they can effortlessly reach further, they will come back through the centre faster.
For speed, developing more easy range is a big player. To find out about some other big players, get subscribed by clicking here.
As for a lot of the speed training you may have done, it really don't mean a thing if you ain't got that swing!
Arton "The wrecking ball" Baleci