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Best Track Spikes For Sprinting 2017

In the London 2012 Olympic games the difference between first and second place in the 100 dash was .12 seconds.

You want to know the difference between second and third place?

.04 seconds.

At the high school and the college level the times might not be as fast, but the difference between getting first and not getting a medal is usually tiny.

Great sprint spikes are a must if you want to compete at a high level.

In fact spikes can improve your 100 dash time by .1-.5 seconds. (It depends on the weather, your form, and your previous shoes, but improvements of .25 seconds aren’t uncommon.)

If you’re planning on buying spikes it’s also important to know that there are differences between sprint and middle-distance/distance spikes, so if you want the best sprinting performance you should buy sprint spikes.

The spikes below are organized in order from the most expensive/high performing to least expensive/worse performing, so if you want the best of the best then don’t scroll down too far, and if you’re looking for sprint spikes to run the 100 dash once or twice then you can buy the cheaper spikes.

High-End Spikes

NameImageWeightPrice
Adidas Performance Prime SPAdidas-Performance-Adizero-SP-Prime-Sprint-spikes3.8 ounces$$$
Asics Men's SoniscprintASICS-Men-Sonicsprint-Track-and-Field-Shoe5.1 ounces$$$
Puma Bolt Evospeed Sprint TDPuma-Bolt-Evospeed-Sprint-TD4.8 ounces$$$
Puma Bolt Evospeed Electric V2Puma-Bolt-Evospeed-Electric-V26 ounces$$$

The Adidas Prime SP takes the number one spot. It’s the lightest spike of all of the ones we tested which gives you a huge advantage over your competitors. It’s very comfortable to wear, and they perform great on the track. They’re definitely the high-end of high-end spikes, so unless you’re a state-meet varsity athlete or a college athlete you can go with something cheaper.

The Sonicsprints weren’t far behind in terms of performance, and they were also very comfortable and fairly light. The spike arrangement is a bit strange (it has 7 holes, but one of them is right in the middle of your toe), but that doesn’t affect your running much. With the Sonicsprints you also get a choice of 7 different colors to make sure you look exactly how you want to look on race day.

The Puma Bolt TDs have a similar pattern to the shoes that Usain Bolt wears, but it’s not the exact pair that he wears when competing. They’re a bit lighter than the Sonicsprints, but they aren’t as comfortable to wear.

The Puma Bolt Electric V2s also have a similar pattern to Usain Bolt’s spikes and you get to choose between 4 different color schemes, but these spikes were the worst in terms of performance and weight so we had to put them at number 4.

Mid-Range Spikes

NameImageWeightPrice
New Balance SD400V3New Balance SD400V34.8 ounces$$$
Saucony SpitfireSaucony Spitfire5.1 ounces$$
Puma TFX Sprint V5Puma TFX Sprint V55.4 ounces$$

The New Balance SD400V3 spikes came in first by a mile. They’re incredibly comfortable, breathable, and they’re also the lightest out of all the mid-range spikes we tested. Their only disadvantage is that they’re a bit on the expensive side of the spectrum, but they’re more than worth it if you’re a dedicated sprinter.

The Saucony Spitfire provides the best bang for the buck hands down. No other shoes is this light, this comfortable, and this high quality at this price. You also get to choose between 5 different color schemes to make sure you look good on race day. They do run a bit small so we recommend ordering half a size larger than what you usually wear for spikes.

The Puma Sprint V5s are very comfortable to wear, but they don’t stand out from the competition that much. It’s simply a good pair of spikes.

Low-End Spikes

Spike prices change from time to time so the best way to find a good deal is by clicking here and sorting the price from low to high.

Here are a couple of our favorites from when we tested the spikes. (Keep in mind, the prices might’ve changed since then.)

NameImageWeightPrice
Brooks PR SprintBrooks PR Sprint4.6 ounces$
Saucony Spitfire 2Saucony Spitfire 26.1 ounces$-$$

We always recommend getting the Brooks PR Sprints if you’re just getting into sprints and you need a cheaper pair of spikes or if you simply don’t care about how your spikes look. In terms of performance, this pair of shoes is very light and works great on the track, but they’re not very comfortable to wear.

If you’re looking for something more comfortable then the Saucony Spitfire 2s might be the right fit for you. They’re a bit on the heavy side, but if you want cheap spikes that look good and that are more comfortable then this is your best option.

If you have any questions about our recommendations feel free to comment below!

Best Winter Track Training Plans For Sprinters 2017

If you want to become a great sprinter you need to train year round.

How can you improve your sprinting if there’s a foot of snow outside?

It sure isn’t by running in the snow. (Trust me, I tried.)

There are 5 main things you should focus on in the off-season if you want to get a PR this year.

They are:

  1. Maximum Strength
  2. Maximum Speed
  3. CNS training/Plyometrics
  4. Nutrition
  5. Coordination/ROM

I understand that everyone has access to different training facilities, and for some people winter training is the same as their summer training. (I’m so jealous of you Florida people. Honestly.)

To start off you’ll learn about the importance of each of the topics above, and then I’ll give you multiple different training plans for different weather conditions and different equipment availability.

The Big 5

These are the 5 fundamental training principles you need to understand in order to get better in the off-season.

If you don’t focus on all of these, you won’t get the results you want.

Sure, you might improve if you focus on only one of the 5, but if you focused on all of them you would’ve improved even more.

Max Strength Training

If you increase your maximum strength for the squat and the deadlift, you will run faster.

It’s as simple as that.

With this training the goal isn’t to increase muscle mass or to become bulkier (although eventually this could happen).

Franco Colombu Bending The Bar

You don’t have to reach this level of strength. Don’t worry…

The goal is to increase the amount of weight you can move in relation to your body weight.

If you can deadlift 300 pounds and you weigh 100 pounds, you will run a faster 100m dash than someone who weighs 175 pounds and deadlifts 300 pounds. (As long as there are no other crazy variables involved.)

While there are many arguments about the speed of lifting, the number of reps, sets, and everything else possible, here’s a quick list of what you should follow:

  • Keep your number of reps per set below 8.
  • Focus on increasing your lift weight every workout if you successfully completed your last workout. (Increase it by 5 pounds.)
  • Lift with good form.
  • Don’t let your ego get in the way.
  • Stay consistent.

That’s it.

I’ll let the scientists figure out whether squatting 250lbs quickly for 8 reps is better than squatting 200lbs very slowly for 5 reps.

If you stay consistent and follow the principles outlined above combined with the training plans farther down on the page, you will become a better sprinter.

Max Speed Training

It doesn’t matter whether you run the 100m dash or the 400m dash.

If you’re a sprinter you’ll benefit from increasing your maximum speed.

If you’re a 100 or a 200 runner then the benefits might be obvious, but for a 400 you don’t run at your maximum speed so why do you benefit from increasing it?

Which one is easier:

  • Running a 50 second 400 if your best 100 dash time is 11.0 seconds
  • Or if it’s 11.5 seconds?

For the first runner to run a 50 second 400, he needs to run at 88% of his maximum speed for the whole race. (11 seconds*4= 44 seconds. 44seconds/50 seconds=88%)

For the second runner to run a 50 second 400, he needs to run at 92% of his maximum speed for the whole race. (I know that 400 yard dashes aren’t run evenly, but the argument still stands.)

After the above calculations the question changes to whether it’s easier to:

  • Run 400 meters at 88% of your maximum speed
  • Or 92% of your maximum speed.

Which one do you think is easier?

How Max Speed Training Is Done

Max speed training can also include sprint training, core stabilization training, and other training, but in this part of the article I will only focus on the running part.

This type of training is done at 95-100% of maximum speed with long enough rest to allow for complete recovery of the central nervous system.

If you don’t get enough rest, you’ll be training for speed endurance, and if you don’t run hard enough, you’ll once again be training for speed endurance.

CMS Training/Plyometrics

Training your CMS can be done through sprinting, lifting heavy weights, and plyometrics.

Since you’ll already be lifting weights and sprinting, this section is focused on the plyometrics part of the equation.

Since you’ll already be sprinting a lot, this isn’t as important as you need to give your nervous system around 48 hours to recover between hard workouts, but it’s still an important concept to keep in mind.

In simple terms, CMS training improves your mind-body connection and help your nerves transfer the data from your brain more efficiently resulting in faster and more efficient running.

Nutrition

While it is possible to improve your speed without focusing on nutrition too much, if you eat what’s good for your body you will recover faster and you’ll get better quicker.

You’ve probably heard this all before.

Don’t eat fast food, eat vegetables and fruits, eat protein, blah blah blah.

Nutrition For Sprinters

In this case I want to set one goal for you:

Try to eat healthy things most of the time (you know when things are healthy and not healthy, don’t lie) without losing or gaining too much weight in a short period of time.

Gaining too much weight is called bulking and it’s something people do in order to gain a lot of muscle at the expense of gaining a lot of fat.

Losing too much weight is cutting, which means that you’re losing fat, but you might also be getting weaker because you’re losing muscle.

Eat healthily and keep track of your weight.

Coordination/ROM

Improving your coordination is also very important as it helps you maintain good form during your race.

ROM refers to range of motion, and this basically means that your joints can move in all of the ways that they’re supposed to move.

Coordination can be improved with ladder drills and different warmups, while ROM can be improved through proper dynamic and static stretching.

The Training Plans

Here are all of the training plans sorted using the 5 big principles and done in different environments with different equipment.

The Ultimate Training Plan

Here is the ultimate training plan that you’ll be following:

Monday: Max Speed Training+Coordination/ROM

Tuesday: Max Strength Training

Wednesday: Max Speed Training+Coordination/ROM

Thursday: Max Strength Training

Friday: Rest Day

Saturday: Max Speed Training

Sunday: Rest day or light workout

Note: Every day starts with a warmup and ends with a cool-down.

The Warmup

The warmup is a very important part of the workout that should not be ignored.

Ignore it only if you love injuries.

You have been warned.

Here’s an example warmup:

  1. 400 meter jog/3 minutes slow biking/3 minutes on an elliptical (Get the blood flowing and get your muscles moving.)
  2. A-skip 10 yards
  3. B-skip 10 yards
  4. Karaoke 20 yards one way, 20 yards back facing the same way. (Here’s a video to show what I mean)
  5. C-skip
  6. Walking hamstring stretches 10 yards
  7. Walking knee pulls 10 yards
  8. High Knees 20 yards
  9. Toe Walking 10 yards
  10. Heel Walking 10 yards

Note: This is an example warmup. You can change it up if you want to, but make sure that you do some sort of warmup.

If you don’t know how to do the A, B, or C-skips here’s a video:

Max Speed Training Workouts

Here are the workouts you can do to increase your speed.

Gym/Hallway/Good Weather

If you’re lucky enough to live in Florida, or you have access to a big enough gym these are the workouts you can do: (you should do one of the following workouts every day)

  • 8*40 meter sprints (at least a 5 minute rest in between)
  • 8*40 meter sprints from different starting positions. From a plank, pushup position, sitting on the floor, facing backwards, side planks, etc. (at least 5 minute rest in between)
  • 4*100 all out. (10 minute rest in between)
  • 5*30 meter flys. Accelerate for 20 meters, sprint all out for 30 meters, and decelerate for 10-20 meters. (7 minute rest in between)

Treadmill

Most treadmills don’t go up to a high enough speed for you to be at 95% of your maximum speed, so to fix that you’ll have to use a treadmill that can increase the incline.

Ideally you should be doing the following exercises at at least a 12% incline. The higher the better.

  • 10 second sprint, 5 minute rest. Repeat 6 times. (If your incline isn’t that high)
  • 5 second sprint, 3 minute rest. Repeat 8 times. (If your incline goes up to 20% or higher.)

Stationary Bike

Some stationary bikes have different levels of resistance while biking.

You should be using the highest level of resistance available to you for the following workouts.

  • 10 seconds max effort. 3 minutes rest. Repeat 6 times. (If the resistance isn’t very high.)
  • 5 seconds max effort. 2 minutes rest. Repeat 8 times. (If the resistance is higher.)

Stair Stepper

If you have a choice of using a stationary bike or a stair stepper, opt for the stair stepper.

It’s more effective at improving your max speed.

  • 10 seconds at max speed. 5 minutes rest. Repeat 6 times.

Max Strength Training

You can increase your maximum strength with dumbbell exercises, barbell exercises, and even body-weight exercises.

If you have access to a gym with barbells, use barbells.

If you only have access to dumbbells, use dumbbells.

If you don’t have access to any of the above, you can buy these adjustable dumbbells to use in your home.

If you don’t want to do that, then you gotta do body-weight exercises.

Barbell Exercises

Training your lower body is important, but you also shouldn’t forget to train your upper body.

Here’s a one program you can follow:

Tuesday: 3*5 squats. 1*5 deadlift. 1*5 bench press. 1*12 weighted chin-ups (5 minute rest between sets)

Thursday: 3*5 deadlift. 1*5 squat. 1*5 overhead press. 1*12 weighted pull-ups (5 minute rest between sets)

Or you can do the following:

Tuesday: 1*7 squats. 1*5 deadlift. 1*5 bench press. 1*12 weighted chin-ups (5 minute rest between sets. When lifting lower the weight in the span of 5 seconds, and then raise it in the span of 5 seconds.)

Thursday: 1*7 deadlift. 1*5 squat. 1*5 overhead press. 1*12 weighted pull-ups (5 minute rest between sets. When lifting lower the weight in the span of 5 seconds, and then raise it in the span of 5 seconds.)

Make sure you perform these exercises with proper form!!!

I recommend going to this website, clicking on each of the exercises, and making sure that you can get the form down perfectly before increasing the weight. Don’t let your ego get in your way!

Squat Form For Sprinting

Dumbbell Exercises

If you bought these adjustable dumbbells, or you have access to a gym, dumbbells are a great way to increase your maximum strength.

You just have to get a little bit more creative.

Tuesday: Alternating jump lunges. 1*5 per leg. Shoulder press 1*5. One arm row 1*5.

Thursday: Jump squats 1*5. Front raise 1*5. Lateral raise 1*5.

If you don’t know how to do the above exercise you can go to Dummbell-Exercises.com for instructions for each exercise.

Bodyweight Exercises

Body-weight training will improve your explosiveness and strength, but not as much as dumbbell or barbell lifts.

Tuesday: Alternating jump lunges 1*10 or 1*15 per leg. Clapping pushups 1*10. Leg lifts 1*10.

Thursday: Unilateral (one leg squats) 1*5. Diamond pushups 1*10. 1 minute plank. 30 second side planks.

Plyometrics

If you’re doing sprints and lifting using dumbbells or barbells then you’re already doing enough plyometrics.

If you’re doing bodyweight lifts combined with non-running workouts then you should do some of the exercises below.

Here’s one workout you can do:

  • One leg max height jumps. 1*5 per leg. (Start standing on one leg. Jump as high as possible off of that leg and land on the same leg while trying to keep your balance.) 
  • One leg box jumps. 1*5. (Get a box and jump on top of it using one leg.)
  • Box drops to a maximum height jump. 1*5 (Get on a high box, jump off, and as soon as you land try to jump up as high as possible.)

The Cooldown

For the cooldown you should just do some static stretches in addition to leg swings to increase your hip flexibility.

Here’s a video if you don’t know what that is:

Conclusion

If you want to become a great sprinter you need to train year-round.

If you focus on the 5 big concepts during your winter training, you’ll improve much faster than those around you.

  1. Max strength
  2. Max speed
  3. CNS training
  4. Nutrition
  5. Coordination/Range of Motion

Best of luck, and if you have any questions please don’t be afraid to ask them in the comments below!

Adidas Adizero MD 2 Spikes

Best Adidas Track Spikes of 2017

Adidas is a very well known sports company that produces very high quality products.

How do you choose the best products when most of the spikes they make are great?

You test them of course!

That’s exactly what we did.

We went out and got our hands on as many Adidas track spikes as we could and tested all of them for comfort, quality, and speed on the track.

Here are our favorite 3 spikes for each running distance:

NameImageWeightBest ForPrice
Adizero Prime FinesseAdidas Adizero Prime Finesse Spikes4.6 ounces100m-400m$$$
Adizero MD 2Adidas Adizero MD 2 Spikes5.7 ounces400m-1600m$$$
Adizero Cadence 2.0Adidas Adizero Cadence 2 Spikes5.3 ounces1600m+$$$

Quick Reviews

The Adizero Prime Finesses are the most versatile and comfortable sprinting spikes that Adidas make. It’s incredibly light and the frame supports the foot well while effective transferring the power from your foot to the ground. Other spikes that we looked at (Adizero Accelerators) had frames that were too rigid and that’s not good for the 400 meter dash (and most people don’t like it for the 200m dash either).

The MD2s are the best spikes for running anything from the 400 to the mile. It’s not as light as the Finesses, but the shoe provides more support which is crucial if you’re running middle distance. The spike is very comfortable to wear and they’re very breathable.

The Cadence 2s are perfect for you if you run more than a mile. The MD2s can still be used for the 2 mile and the 5k, but we recommend getting the Cadence 2s as they are much more comfortable than the MD2s, and they provide more support because they’re basically road flats with spikes.