When it comes to changing your metabolism for fat loss and improving your physique, nothing quite does the trick like building muscle. One very easy way to you can put on muscle even without a gym membership is to use sprinting as a technique for fast muscle gains.
Sprinting is just one of many different body weight exercises that can help build your body without you ever going to the gym!
Benefits of Running Sprints
Sprinting is perhaps one of the most effective ways that you can use cardio to enhance your shape.
Maintaining a lean look and athletic performance means regularly using sprinting and we can see just how effective it can be when we look at some of the athletes in the world that have the lowest body fat.
When we look at athletes like running backs, basketball team guards and sprinters we see they have consistently lower body fat than some of the other athletes in the world.
This is because in most cases these are athletes that need to run 400 m and shorter in very quick times.
While most people associate sprinting with athletic development, many bodybuilders are now using sprinting to prevent fat gain and to improve force output.
By introducing some sprints after your warm-up and before your strength work it can increase the power potential you have for lifting weights which will lead to much faster growth.
Speed training can help you to generate the forces you need to lift weights much faster and allow you to lift more weight while completing more reps too.
An added benefit of sprinting and muscle is that it helps to improve hamstring strength and leg strength.
Strong legs are important to building a good core and maximizing your lifting strength, and adding a little sprinting into your workout can help to minimize some of the weaknesses that you may have in your physique and to make sure that you don’t fall victim to serious injuries.
If you are looking to build a shredded 6 pack, sprints are one of the best ways to sculpt your abdominal muscles and midsection!
Proper Warm-Up for Running Sprints
Before doing any sprinting exercises, make sure that you do a proper warm-up first! At the minimum, all you need to do is 5-10 minutes of agility ladder work and your body will be ready to go for your sprints.
However, a much more complex warm-up including resistance bands and dynamic warm-up movements can make your workout even more effective.
As I have said many times before, performing 20-30 minutes of vinyasa yoga is probably the best warmup you could possibly do.
Especially if you decide to do sprints as a morning workout, make sure your muscles are properly warmed up
Don’t overlook this part of the workout, or you possibly could be injured
Sprinting for Fat Loss
As said above, sprints are one of the best exercises you can do to burn fat from your body.
If you want an even greater physical and mental challenge, you can try performing sprints in a fasted state. Intermittent fasting is an excellent strategy for helping people burn fat from their bodies at alarming rates.
My advice however is not to do a complete “fast.”
This will have your body in an ideal position to get the most out of your workout, and burn as much fat as possible!