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Get Faster: Change of Direction and Agility

April 19, 2012

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The ability to change direction quickly and efficiently is one of the most lethal weapons an athlete can possess. Rarely do athletes cover a long distance in a straight line. Rather, most sports require frequent cuts and changes of direction as athletes attempt to elude opponents.

Most agility drills are programmed, meaning a set pattern is defined by a series of cones. Athletes sprint through the pattern, changing direction at each cone as quickly as possible.

Although cone drills are a great starting point for developing agility, most athletes eventually move on to more advanced drills, ones that involve reaction. To challenge yourself further, add drills that require you to make a cut based on a partner pointing (visual cue), calling out directions (audible cue) or calling out a color associated with a particular direction (cognitive cue).

Make your drills even more effective by performing them from different start positions, like short sprints from a lying down or prone position. They’ll improve your agility and reaction time because they more closely simulate game situations.

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Beginner Cone Drills
Three Types of Reaction Drills
Partner Change of Direction Training
Reaction Drills

The STACK Guide to Getting Faster

Part 1: Overview
Part 2: Sprinting Technique
Part 3: Strength and Power
Part 4: Speed Workouts
Part 5: Types of Speed Development

Brandon Guarneri
- Brandon Guarneri served as a Content Director for STACK Media. He oversaw production for STACK Magazine and created video content with athletes and brands for...
Brandon Guarneri
- Brandon Guarneri served as a Content Director for STACK Media. He oversaw production for STACK Magazine and created video content with athletes and brands for...
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