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It’s been widely theorized for a while now that a runner’s ability to extend his/her hips powerfully is the most important factor in determining sprinting speed. High hip extension velocities have been shown to be correlated with greater running speed, and the force produced by the hip extensors have been shown to increase with higher running speeds, so it stands to reason that training your hip extensors to put MORE force into the ground at a FASTER rate will make you run faster.

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As I’ve written about before,  I don’t often include traditional speed and agility work such as ladder and cone drills in my athletes’ programs. There are two main reasons for this:

1) More often than not, strength is the more pressing issue.

2) Many athletes will improve their running speed and agility just by increasing strength.

Why You Should Prioritize Strength First

Strength is the most basic building block of athleticism, and for the most part, stronger athletes tend to be better athletes.

Renowned strength coach Mark Rippetoe wrote an excellent article on T-Nation recently about the importance of strength development for athletes, which included the following passage:

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