Speed Training Chute

Parachute training is difficult for some athletes, but studies have shown that training with a chute enhances speed by 3.3% compared to those who did not use a chute. Those who did train with chutes had an improvement rate of 1.8% at 0-20- meter runs. The same improvement has been observed at distances of 20-25 meters. However, parachute training is not recommended for everyday exercise. It is recommended to be partnered with forms of training that also uses other resistance equipment like lateral resistors, bands, and ankle weights.

Benefits of Parachute Training

The study above shows this type of training not only benefits atheletes who are running track, but also for other sports like football or basketball where athletes have to run, stop, change directions, and re-accelerate often during competition. In addition, this study suggests that when using a parachute, it will produce a drag that can reduce individual speed by 10%, and so it is just enough resistance to not infringe on a regular running style.

Popular Way To Parachute Train

The most popular way to train with a chute is with ankle weights in order to improve acceleration.

To start out, gradually integrate the ankle weights every week. Use them first for shorter distances at about 50 meters. Find a wide spaced area like a football field or park to practice. Run in a straight direction to maximize the resistance the parachute gives while running.

Running With a Parachute

First, take off as hard and fast as you can while leaning your body forward. Then maintain your normal running position, but be relaxed while doing so. Even with the chute dragging behind, try to run harder and maintain the same speed. Complete a 50-meter sprint with the chute, and repeat this four or more times while increasing the distance to 75 meters then 100 meters. Make sure to rest between each run for about 1 minute.

Results of Parachute Training

The muscles or tissues that parachute training builds are those responsible for short bursts of speed, the fast twitch muscles. This muscle group is especially helpful for those running 100-meter sprints and need the enhanced speed these muscles provide. It is also very helpful for sports that need agility and speed requiring the athlete to constantly change direction and re-accelerate in a short span of time. Though long-distance runners rarely use parachute training for speed improvement, this greatly helps in the overall resistance training which builds strength in the core of the body, calves and thighs.

Parachute Training is not an easy task to do, that’s why athletes need professional help from trainers or private coaches to correctly execute this type of training. To enhance speed, one must administer this type of training correctly and to avoid injuries.


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