Great NFL running backs like LaDainian Tomlinson, Walter Payton, and Marcus Allen have proven that uphill wind sprints are an unbeatable way to get super fit while building explosive speed.
I began doing them in 1981, during my senior year in high school and they made a huge difference. I went from being an unranked, unrated nobody to a state finalist. I beat a man who was the defending state champion, a first-team all-state running back, and the state champion in the 100-meter dash.
And that’s not all.
In 1997, before I went to China to compete in the World Shuaijiao Kung Fu championships, I did hill sprints two to three days a week, and I am certain that without them I would not have won the gold medal. They got me into peak condition.
How to do Hill Sprints
If you’re already reasonably fit, you can begin to sprint uphill full blast. If you’re just getting into shape, run up them at a brisk pace until your body is able to handle a sprint. For those who are totally out of shape, begin by walking uphill. This alone will suffice in the beginning.
A good hill to do sprints on should be about 170-230 feet (50-70 meters) in length. The steeper the better but don’t worry if you don’t have a hill that is long and steep. Search for an incline that will make you pant good and hard.
After you trek to the top of the hill, walk back down to recover. This will give you sufficient time to get physically and mentally ready for the next burst. Do three sprints the first time you train this way. Work up to doing 5-7, two or three times a week.
One last thing: do these sprints on an empty stomach.
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