posted on 6-26-2002 at 01:51 PM by mike
At LSU we do resisted runs early in the season. For all of fall we’ll do resisted runs once a week. We have access to any kind of resisted running that you could imagine but Boo likes to use tire pulls. It’s the plainest set up you could imagine. We use different size tires and attach a rope around it which the athlete puts around their waist. The kids pull the tires on grass. I’ve used tires and chutes in the past and like both. They both have different advantages. Tires have the advantage of offering a more consistent resistance and are very cheap and easy to set up. The chutes cost more and the resistance is somewhat dependent on the wind conditions of the day. The advantage of chutes is that they have been shown to change normal running mechanics less than resisted runs where the resistance is on the ground (i.e- sleds, tires, etc.). We also do stadium runs which could be considered resisted runs. Coach Shaver (the womens sprints and hurdles coach @ LSU) uses partner resisted runs, as well as a motorized pully system for resisted runs and has obviously had success with both methods. Coach Shaver also does quite a bit of assisted (or over-speed) running. He uses the same motorized pulley system as well as a simpler partner assisted pulley system.
When I was in high school, a coach I had used to have all his kids push his car around. Sometimes even pushing it up a hill.
I think one of the key things to keep in mind is that when using resisted runs that you have to keep the emphasis on RUN and not resisted. To do this, try not to use too much resistance. I think a good rule of thumb is a resisted run should be about 10% slower than a normal run. You could either eye-ball this or time it.
What does anyone else do for resisted work? What about assisted runs?
posted on 6-29-2002 at 04:23 AM by jacko
We use a sled that releases the resistance at whatever distance you set up to about 40m, so we do block starts with the sled releasing after 3 steps or anything out to 60m with 30m resisted and 30m free sprinting. We also use weighted belts for a plyometric effect (3-4kg) in our Vmax and speed endurance work. May also do some sled pulls (normal wooden sled) as 3 x 3-5 x 60m with 30sec/10min (GSSE Stuff) for power endurance.
what distances ect do you do the sled pulls and on what days?
posted on 6-29-2002 at 09:55 PM by mike
I like the idea of the release of resistance. I’ve done that before with a chute and it seemed to work well.
We do our tire pulls for 30 -50m on a grass field. The rep range is from 8-12. The rest interval isn’t timed- they just kind of go when they want. The polevaulters sometimes do them carrying a pole. We do them on Fridays. Boo prefers that they don’t run 100% so it isn’t super taxing.