Sprinting training?


God Almighty
I'm wanting to train to improve my sprinting capability, apart from the obvious, just sprint more, is there any specific excercises I can do to increase the burst of power after a few hours of riding?

weighted jump squats
overspinning (sprinting in higher gears so you are spinning more than you would in a sprint)
underspinning (bigger gears than you would use in a sprint to develop more power)

Should be a good start


God Almighty
Thanks, Weighted jump squats? What are they when they are at home?

Do a normal squat, with good form (not bending the back too much), jump as high as you can and then land. Make sure you bend the knees when you land. Now hold a dumbell in each hand or any other weighted object. Don't go over the top with the weights - this isn't too knee friendly


In fact I would start without weights. If you're jumping as high as you can then multiples of 15 reps should be tough enough to start without adding weights until the strength builds up.
Timed interval sprints either on the road or on trainer. One old program I go back to every now and then is...

Warm up, 5-10mins
4 min paced effort (reasonable but sustainable pace)
1 min all out sprint (high spin, max power, almost puking)
repeat 2 more times (paced + sprint)
rest, easy spin 5-10mins
repeat 3 more pace + sprint intervals
Cool down, 5-10mins

You can adjust and how long you ride at medium pace and how long you ride at sprint, slowly increasing the spint time. While it's easy to keep track of time on the trainer, out on the road it's easier to set distance markers that roughly equate to my target times.

Squats, as mentioned, are also great for helping to improving sprinting.
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