I’ve always heard that the only way to run faster is to run fast in training. Since starting CrossFit I’ve also been told if you lift slow you will always lift slow. Once you understand the movement required for the lift, you have to lift fast in order to improve your lift speed.
Recently I heard about a guy who wanted to get faster at a particular CrossFit workout. He asked one of the best in the world, “How do I get faster at this workout? Do I train with lighter weight? Heavier weight?” (under load/overload)
He was basically told, in order to do that workout faster, you have to do THAT exact workout as fast as you can every time you do it.
In other words, in order to get fast-ER, you have to train fast (run fast, lift fast, workout fast in your training).
With that concept in mind, think about this…
Do you ever train softball FAST so you can get play faster?
(run, hit, throw, pitch, etc)
When I say “train FAST,” I’m talking about performing the movement in practice for the sole purpose of doing it as fast as you possibly can.
Do you ever do drills where you…
- Swing FAST to increase bat speed?
- Run bases FAST to increase baserunning speed?
- Field and throw FAST to increase play making speed?
- Pitch FAST to increase your pitching speed?
Or do you only train technique?
Do you only train at “normal” speed?
If you want to perform softball movements FASTER (it’s the only way to keep up as you move into higher levels of play), part of your training must be dedicated to playing FAST!
Think about it this way, a sprinter, who is in the business of being fast, would never ONLY practice running technique. Right? Sprinters often work on speed. They do speed drills in training for the purposes of getting faster in performance.
So if you want to stay ahead of your competition…
- if you want to get the ball to first before the batter/runner
- if you want to get to your opponents line drive before it hits the ground
- if you want to beat out throws on the bases
- etc, etc, etc
You MUST remember to train fast in order to BE fast or in order to get faster!
Now I’m not saying you can’t train slow, nor am I saying that you must practice at your highest speed ALL the time. There are times and places and purposes for going slow. BUT if you never go top speed in practice, don’t expect yourself to go top speed in the game and don’t expect to get faster by practicing slow. Just something to think about.
Need help increasing your quickness on the field?
You’re in luck. On Tuesday, I will share a resource designed for exactly that purpose: The Secrets to 1st Step Reaction & Explosiveness…
*Update: The DVD is ready. Get yours here.
Stacie Mahoe shares lessons learned from decades around the diamond. Enjoy her unique insights on softball and life from years as a player, coach, parent, and fan of the game.