Speed Training: 5 Elite Athletes Who Use Bands to Run Faster

As an athlete, speed kills, and knowing how to train to run faster will help you take your game to the next level.

We've talked about the benefits of resistance band training for athletes before, and these elite athletes show you how including bands in your training can help you progress as an athlete.  

The following athletes are at that next level in their respective sport and they use bands in their speed training to help them get an edge over their competition.

LeBron James

LeBron James is one of the most explosive athletes on the planet and, as you'll see in the video below, he uses resistance bands in his training. 

One of the exercises you see LeBron doing is a band squat to develop hip strength. This is one of many exercises you can do using a bungee resistance band as well. 

Carmelita Jeter

Olympic gold medalist sprinter Carmelita Jeter uses resistance bands in her speed training both during the warmup and also during the workout. 

As you'll see in the video, she uses mini bands to warm up her hips and works on hip extension in the workout itself with a band held by a trainer.

Don't have a trainer with you? No problem, you can use a bungee resistance band attached to a stable object to work on hip extension as well. 

Antonio Brown

One of the top wide receivers in the NFL, Antonio Brown uses speed bands in his training to work on stationary movements like split squats.   

Carlin Isles

The fastest rugby player in the world, Carlin Isles, uses speed bands and mini bands in his training to develop his fast twitch muscles. 

Dez Bryant

Working on his speed and agility, NFL wide receiver Dez Bryant utilizes the bungee resistance band in his training. 

If you want to run faster, jump higher, and move quicker, resistance bands are just what you need.

Combine resistance band training with a solid strength training program and you'll see tremendous progress in your athletic ability!

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