Hey everyone, welcome back to my sports and fitness blog. I read something today that made me really want to post on here, and it was regarding the Olympics in Brazil. Does anyone know who Shannon Rowbury is? She runs for the US Olympic team, and she finished fourth in the 1,500 metre finals in Rio. Normally that wouldn’t matter, it would just be a case of better luck next time or try harder. But for Shannon, there aren’t many options for how to try harder. Not without doping.

Doping

doping

The top two finishers in the 1,500 metre race this year had both been previously linked to performance enhancing substances. Bans had been handed down from various organizations, but at the end of the day none of that mattered. The best athletes compete at the Olympics, no matter how they got that accolade. The same thing had happened in 2012 in London as well, except the top three runners had all previously admitted to taking banned substances.

 

Tomorrow, Rowbury will compete in the Wanamaker in New York. She will feel right at home in the Armory, a giant castle like structure that has been standing in Manhattan for more than 100 years. The Wanamaker is hoster but the New York Road Runners, and they take an extremely hard stance on doping. Any drug involvement in an athlete’s past will ensure they don’t even get an invite to this prestigious race.

 

I think that more races, and especially big global competitions should be like the Wanamaker and kept drug free. If you allow lackluster performance enhancer screening, then eventually all the athletes will have to be doping in order to be on an equal field and then it will keep escalating. What do you guys think about this? Let me know you comments in the sections below, and show your support for natural athletes. See you later!

 

Hey everyone, my name is Anne and welcome, to my sports and fitness blog. This blog is mainly about running, and being that the National Football League combine just wrapped up I figured why not talk about a a dash, not a run. The forty yard dash to be specific, which is a drill used in sports combines across North America to test an athlete’s explosiveness, speed and acceleration.

40 yard dash

The forty yard dash

For anyone young athlete trying to make their mark, a good forty yard dash time is obviously a good place to start. If you want to have an impressive forty time, you need to have a strong start and high acceleration to carry you through the dash. The exercises you do have to then improve on your push and your acceleration like ankling or the an a-run.

Ankling

Ankling is the beginer step to top speed training. While performing the first part of your dash your body will be leant forward with your legs imitating pistons. You start this process in your initial stance, and then push your weight into the front of your shoe then locking your ankle, gravity then dictates that you must stand up. After the first five yards of explosiveness, do 5 more yards of hard butt kicks.

A-run

The next natural process is the A-run. The A-run combines ankling and a butt kick, and minimizing the cylindrical motion when your foot leaves the ground. The A-run will not only complete the desired piston like cycle, but help in aiding to a better ground preparation.

 

That is the first half to how to improve your forty yard dash time. If you liked this blog post then let me know and I will continue it at a later date with more exercises. Until then, I hope you all have super days, and I will see you again next time.