Running or sprinting parachutes are popular amongst a wide range of athletes. The parachutes are usually made of nylon or polyester and are attached to a harness which you can attach to your chest or waist. As you run or sprint the parachute expands, which creates resistance and in turn forces you to work harder even when it isn’t windy. Speed parachutes are a great tool. Here are our top 10 benefits to training with a speed parachute:
Strength. Speed parachutes enable you to build overall functional strength and power.
The great outdoors. They are a great excuse to get out of the weight room change your environment and train outside.
Used by pro athletes. Speed parachutes are often used by pro and amateur sprinters and athletes seeking to develop explosive speed and movement.
Will give you a psychological edge. Not only is speed parachute training a physical challenge it is also a mental challenge, training through the resistance will give you that edge when it comes to competition time in an array of sports.
Inexpensive. Speed parachutes are inexpensive relative to the value they provide so are financially viable for many athletes.
Fast twitch muscles. Speed parachutes help build and develop fast twitch muscles which can be advantageous for sports which require short bursts of speed or strength. Boxing, Muay Thai, football, basketball, soccer and athletics are just a few sports in this fast-twitch category.
Progressive Resistance. The speed parachute applies progressive resistance, so the faster you run the more resistance is provided. However fast or slow you are running, the parachute will adjust to your ability level.
Motivation. Switching up your normal routine can be key to keeping up your motivation to train. Sprinting with a speed parachute in the park or track is a great alternative to your normal routine.
You can train alone. It is a great tool to train alone with, they are easy to use, light and no spotter or assistance is needed.
Injury recovery. Compared to training in the weight room speed parachute training lessens the impact of motion on your joints so depending on the injury it can be a great tool to utilise whilst recovering.
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“It’s amazing what you can achieve when you dedicate a considerable amount of time to improving an activity. Initially the progress will be exponential. But what happens when it slows? My biggest attribute is patience. I’m completely at peace with the length of this journey, I embrace it.
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“I’m not going to sugarcoat this, anyone struggling to stay consistent you simply don’t want it hard enough; you cannot teach someone drive and ambition.” - Simeon Panda
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I started getting serious about training when I was 20, I was getting ready for my first MMA fight.
I had 3 botched surgeries in a row a few years ago which resulted in all of my internal organs shutting down, and I no longer have small intestines.
So getting and staying in shape is significantly tougher for me than most people.
I never took no for an answer. If doctors told me I couldn’t or shouldn’t be able to reach a goal, I would just stay up all night researching as much as I can to find a way to reach my goals. Now that I’ve gained 100lbs without intestines I think it’s safe to say I proved all the doctors wrong.
Remember that someday your life can depend on it.
I typically stick with heavy compound lifts to start off each session, then finish off with moderate weight for a lot of volume for isolated work.
Because of the nutrient malabsorption I have it is crucial for me to maintain an extremely high calorie diet. Mainly high carbs, because I absorb less than 20% of the carbohydrates I consume.
So roughly 10,000 calories a day just to maintain my body weight.
For me, I really need to feel how my body is handling/responding to the food I just consumed so I really need to choose what I eat on the fly. For training I stick with a 5 day split. Legs/Calves/Biceps, Chest/Abs/Triceps, Back/Biceps/Calves, Shoulders/triceps/Abs, and Rest Day
Furious Pete for sure, like me he has had his share of medical set backs and is still making great progress.
And Stefi Cohen, because she is a physical therapist, and I now have so much respect for physical therapists because I wouldn’t even be walking right now if it wasn’t for them. Plus she is showing people that you can be a power lifter and still have a physique that looks good.
I really don’t use many supplements, but for now I am in love with Beyond Raw’s Lit preworkout
It all started as a New Year’s Resolution and a bet. Now here I am years later still winning that bet!
Honestly, I have had had ups and downs with motivation, but what keeps me motivated now is my passion and drive to be a powerful athlete someday. I love the feeling of moving iron all while working off stress and anxiety I sometimes get.
No cardio for me right now! Maybe going on a walk with my husband and our two pups, but nothing too strenuous.
When I do cardio for a competition prep I prefer the stair climber or windmill sprints to keep the booty lifted!
During bulking season I’m way more flexible with my eating, so no real prepping.
During a cut for a show I do meal prep and found that on my last prep I really enjoyed cooked spaghetti squash and would throw cooked ground turkey with some light marinara sauce on there!
Currently my nutrition consists of high amounts of carbs and calories because I’m looking to bring up my numbers in bench press, squats, and deadlifts for a powerlifting meet.
My playlist currently consists of old rock, like Dokken, or some newer rock like Avenged Sevenfold and Korn!
I just started with a powerlifting coach and so I typically train 5-6x/wk, mainly focusing on the 3 powerlifting lifts along with accessory work, like hamstrings and glutes.
My short term goal is to compete in a powerlifting meet, but my long term goal is to deadlift 450lbs or more!
I suffer from depression which makes it harder on some days when I’m in “those moods.” I’ve combated this by taking time to meditate and keep a list on my phone of why I have certain goals to remind myself to keep trying to better myself.
My first athlete is Stefi Cohen. She’s a beast at powerlifting and shows you can still look amazing while moving heavy weight!
Dana Linn Bailey comes in at a close second and she was the first athlete who inspired me to get into Figure bodybuilding.
Lastly, Larry Wheels because he proves you can compete in both the bodybuilding world and powerlifting world.
At this moment I literally only drink Bang Energy drinks as a “supplement” for my preworkout. Here and there I’ll have Quest protein cookies, but that’s it.
1st tip would be to understand your body structure, so for instance I have narrow hips so I “build an illusion” of having wider hips through certain exercises.
2nd tip would be to build a ground of strength, mainly because I firmly believe in order to build, you need some sort of strength to be able to move adequate weight.
3rd tip is that in order to transform yourself you must learn about yourself and to learn to love where you are currently at and through each phase of your journey.
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