Last Updated on January 17, 2009 by Jimson Lee
I really opened a can of worms in my quest to find the fastest 40 yard dash ever on video.
Here is Jason Hadeed from Elite Athlete Training Systems and his 4 and a half minute video on how to improve your 40 yard dash. It’s fairly basic, but if you pick up a tip or two that will help you run a faster 40 yard dash, great!
In my days of youth and speed, I was constantly told flick my hand a tiny fraction of a second before moving my feet. The theory was the CNS travels from your brain to your arms and hands first, before the impulse to exert pressure on the feet.
I was also told to drive my elbows down, and not back, as one may assume this is the proper running mechanics.
The third tip was to stay low for the first 10 yards. You want to be in a good position for acceleration, similar to an airplane or jet taking off on a runway. John Smith makes a very good analogy on his Inside the Training Videos.
And that was it!
So if you really wanted a fast 40 time, flick the hand first, drive the elbows down, and stay low for the first 10 yards. That’s it, that’s my eBook, and it won’t cost you a cent.
The original video can be found here on YouTube.
The problem with those tips.
One is how to stay low?
You hear it time and time again but no instructions on how to stay low. You may hear get stronger, how may hear pretend like you are running under a low bridge, but that is not how to do it.
Two, flick your wrist, just move your hand because the feet will follow. But you have to move them correctly. Flicking your rest will cause a stretch reflex and stop the arm from moving backwards which will affect your stride length.
Just stop driving th elbows, you want to work the elbow joint.
I can instruct you on the how and why to stay low, how to create proper leg drive using your hands and how to work the elbow joint for speed.I will give those instructions for free just email me. I will also include a video demonstration for free.
Jimson Lee says
@Adarian – Good points there! What is your email address? Please use a (a) instead of a @ to prevent spammers from scraping your email address.
One other thing, on this video, if you have high heel recovery on your first 1 to 5 steps, meaning if your heel travels up towards your glute and closes down that gap, you are running. That is not a good thing.
I think the guy is saying some good things, just that he has fully connected the dots.
Also he tends to contradict himself at times with his demo and his athletes demo.
Also thanks for the email tip,
Jimson Lee says
I agree, he says a lot of good points, but if you can’t connect the dots….