If you think sprinting is the same as jogging or running, think again. Sprinting or sprint training is one of the few resistance training techniques that can yield immense results for your body tone, stamina, speed, and overall body structure.
The following are some of the benefits that come with sprinting that will make you want to start today:
1. Fat Loss
Although sprint training is not primarily aimed for weight or fat loss, it does so because sprinting tends to use up fat stores during anaerobic muscle activity as opposed to aerobic training, such as jogging and running, which may lead to body mass loss (fat and water weight). Sprint training enables your body to burn up fat faster, while also facilitating muscle conservation and build-up.
2. Strength and Muscle Building
Sprinting stimulates muscle building by targeting fast-twitch muscle fibers. Sprinting stimulates the buildup of these muscles’ size and strength. Several studies in the area of sprint training reveal that sprinting is able to improve protein synthesis pathways by about 230%. As your muscles start to build, your strength does too. Additionally, sprinting targets the abs, glutes, and hamstrings, which does not only make you strong but looking good too.
3. Hormonal Improvement
Not only does sprinting increase muscular strength and enable faster fat loss, sprint training is also attributed to increased anabolic hormones in males who do short-sprint training. Sprinting results in the increase of serum testosterone and the decrease in cortisol, which is essential in building muscle and encouraging fat loss. In women, on the other hand, doing sprints amplifies the effect of growth hormone which also stimulates faster fat loss and muscle build up for a leaner physique.
4. Power, Speed, and Endurance Enhancement
Since sprint training IS speed training, you can expect your speed to improve over time when you persist in your sprinting routine. A sprint’s explosive start also helps you put more power in your muscles and when you continue the process, your muscles get trained for greater power.
Sprint training helps out largely with endurance, as it is able to increase your oxygen uptake and in turn, enhancing your tolerance to fatigue. Furthermore, by burning fat stores, protein glycogen reserves are preserved, which leads to longer endurance.
5. Blood Pressure Lowering and Cardiovascular Health
Sprint training targets fast-twitch muscles and improves cardiovascular function as well. The explosive start and the extra muscle workout also train the heart for more loads, so it is strengthened as it pumps harder. The workout boosts circulation and lowers the blood pressure as well.