Aspiring track stars all want to know how to sprint the 100m. Well, the truth of the matter is that there is much more to it than running as fast as you can. To successfully sprint the 100m, you have to have the right combination of endurance, training, technique, and form. If any one of these areas is lacking, then the entire performance will suffer. Of course, just like any type of sport, the key to learning how to sprint the 100m is to practice each of these areas until they are perfected.
- Before you ever crouch down in the starting blocks, you are going to want to have properly trained your muscles. No, this does not mean that you should practice short sprints over and over again until you hyperventilate. Instead, a proper training program will incorporate a combination of both distance running and sprinting. The distance running will build your endurance while the sprinting will help you increase your speed.
- Your start may be the single most important aspect of sprinting the 100m. Of course, you cannot have a good start without a good starting position. It is important to take a crouched position in the starting blocks. This will enable you to propel yourself away from the blocks.
- As you wait for the gun to sound, try to clear your mind. You only want to focus on the sound of the gun. Getting off to a quick jump can be the difference between first place and last place. Once the gun sounds, use all you stored potential energy to release your body from its starting position and explode off of the blocks.
- When you sprint the 100m, the first ten to fifteen meters is all about gaining momentum. You are going to want keep your body slightly bent forward. Focus on forcing your body forward and gaining speed.
- As you gain speed you will want to gradually start to bring your body upright. Continually and aggressively pumping your arms will allow you to continue to accelerate.
- The finish of the 100m sprint is all about maintaining your optimal speed. Once your body reaches its max speed, generally around the 60m mark, your body should be nearly upright. Your hips and legs should now be now be in line with your shoulders. Practice making this transition smooth and easy, to ensure that you do not lose speed.
Tips and Warning for the 100m sprint
- The 100m sprint may be shortest event, but it requires the most amount of concentration
- Run on the balls of your feet
- Imagine that you are pushing the ground away from you
- Warm up, stay loose, and stay hydrated to avoid injuries