Thanks Jim, I guess that’s accurate. I’m not trying out for the combine or anything (obviously) so I don’t time my 40s or anything, but I guess having a solid goal to meet/beat will make progress more trackable. I can add that to my existing training log.
You did not specifically say, do it sounds like you are into baseball (or softball?), football (reciever?), and basketball. I lift 5/3/1 and enjoy playing these sports as well. I find that just playing pick-up basketball twice a week giving me enough conditioning/endurance work.
So, when I sprint I do so mostly to work on speed, acceleration, and change of direction. In all those sports you will mostly be doing short sprints and change of direction is important (60ft/90ft to first base, avg routes ~10yd, Bball court < 94ft x 50 ft). With this is mind I like to have two sprint days when I have time and the weather permits. One a linear focus the other with change of direction focus. Your 40yd and 75yd sections will be plenty of room.
I still train like an “athlete” even though I am well past (most accurately never had) my prime lol. I just enjoy using my training to try to improve performance in pick-up and IM games. If you are into sports I recommend reading Joe D’s WS4SB III (spefically the “Strength & Speed Template”). I run 5/3/1 but use aspects of WS4SB in assistance work as well as speed and conditioning work.[/quote]
I was thinking about working on my lateral speed/reaction as well, but I didn’t want to chase too many things at once. Will agree that change of direction is equally/more important than straight line speed, though. Playing outfield, or on go routes, that 10-40y closing speed is really key too.
I really like WS4SB’s ideas, especially for assistance like you said. I didn’t want to bastardize Jim’s templates, but Westside really appeals to me too.
Tons of great help guys, I’ve got a lot to work with here. Thanks for all the input.