Quote, originally posted by DubUnit » I guess I'll put this in here, why not.. I've been playing a lot of soccer recently, and it has always been my problem, even back in HS... my first step or my acceleration is just not at a point where I want it to be. I think I have a decent top end.. that can always improve with some sprints. And I looked around the internets a little bit.. I guess it is a question of fast twitch vs slow twitch muscles? They say fast twitch muscles build most effectively when you lift around 70% 1rm.. or do the actual activity (sprinting, burst runs)..
My question is, what muscles are prominent in getting your initial acceleration? I know this is not the key to being fast. Other things like BF% and natural ability play a role... but does anyone know? or is there a specific way to train, as far as lifting is concerned? Any college athletes in here?
To improve your quickness I would recommend sprints in short spurts,
high knees, quick feet, butt kicks. Anything to get your legs moving
quick will help you out of the gate. A lot of your pick up speed can also be
generated from your upper body. Get used to pumping your arms chest high
to thigh and nothing past. Im a little guy, so in soccer quickness was my
strength and my track coach was always hounding me lol