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How do you train for a 100 meter sprint?

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Because the 100-meter sprint is such a short race, you need to position your body in specific ways at precise points. Choose a workout routine when training for the 100-meter sprint that teaches your body the correct sequence and form.

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How do you train for a 100 meter sprint?
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  1. Set up cones next to a track

    Place cones next to the track at the 10, 15, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 and 100 meter marks. Your body should be doing something different at each of these marks. By training with cones during practice, your body should naturally begin to follow the same process when you race.

  2. Come out low

    Burst out of the blocks, and stay low for the first 10 meters of the run. Push your legs down hard on the ground, and keep your body at about a 45-degree angle. After you reach the 10-meter line, but before you reach the 15-meter line, rise up higher. Increase the length of your stride.

  3. Accelerate

    Push your hips forward. Don't push as hard against the ground as you did during the first 10 meters. Let your feet quickly push off the track after hitting. Look down in front of you, and keep your head straight. By 50 meters, you should reach full acceleration.

  4. Keep your pace

    Stay straight without leaning forward or backward between the 40- and 70-meter marks. This is where you will be your fastest during a run. When reaching the 70- or 80-meter marks, do not try to run faster. Your goal is to maintain the speed you've already reached.

  5. Relax

    Relax your breathing and body when you reach the 80-meter mark. Continue to keep pace, but avoid over-exerting yourself in a way that will cause you to lose your form, which would cause you to slow.

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