40-Yard Dash: Get Faster With a Form Checklist | STACK
X

Become a Better Athlete. Sign Up for our FREE Newsletter.

40-Yard Dash: Get Faster With a Form Checklist

November 29, 2012 | Giovanni Grassi

Must See Speed Videos

Correcting 40-Yard Dash technique can be challenging because of the high speeds. You might catch some minor flaws, but you have to see yourself (or your athlete) actually sprinting in order to break down and address specific issues. (Check out this full 40-Yard Dash training program.)

Filming the 40 from the front and side can provide a great deal of insight into technique issues that may exist in each phase of the sprint. You can then attempt to correct flaws and watch subsequent sprints to assess progress. As you refine your technique, you will increase your speed by eliminating unnecessary energy waste, so your stride efficiency will propel you forward.

Create a checklist to assess each technique issue and note how to correct it. Record your notes after each sprint to see what still needs to be corrected.

Below is a checklist of many common technique issues and corrections. Use it as a guide for your personal 40-Yard Dash training.

Sprint Form Checklist

Topics: 40-YARD DASH
Giovanni Grassi
- Giovanni Grassi is an NSCA-CSCS-certified sports performance specialist at the Parisi Speed School in Fair Lawn, N.J., where he trains athletes in speed and agility...
Giovanni Grassi
- Giovanni Grassi is an NSCA-CSCS-certified sports performance specialist at the Parisi Speed School in Fair Lawn, N.J., where he trains athletes in speed and agility...
Must See
Abby Wambach Will Do Whatever It Takes
Views: 2,102,824
Drew Brees Will Not Be Denied
Views: 7,109,334
Michael Jordan: Mind of a Champion
Views: 542,780

Featured Videos

Quest for the Ring: University of Kentucky Views: 224,492
Add Core Power for Basketball With Damian Lillard's Med Ball Throws Views: 4,255,154
Path to the Pros 2015: The Journey Begins Views: 26,383
Load More

Resources

STACK Fitness

Everything you need to be fitter than ever

STACK Conditioning

Sport-specific conditioning programs

Coaches and Trainers

Tips and advice for coaches and trainers

Magazine

Latest issues of STACK Magazine

STACK 4W

Women's sports workout, nutrition and lifestyle advice

Gamer

Gaming, entertainment and tech news

Basic Training

Military-style training for athletes

News

Find the latest news relevant to athletes

More Cool Stuff You'll Like

Improve Your Football 40 Time During the Season

Football season is nearing playoff time and it has been a long season full of wear and tear. However, in this day and age there is no offseason and...

ZSeries 10-Minute Workouts: Multidirectional Run

The Secret to Tom Brady's Newfound Speed

The 5 Elements of a Successful Speed Training Program

Linear Speed Drills to Improve Athleticism

3 Speed Training Essentials You Must Develop to Get Faster

Get More Explosive Off the Line of Scrimmage Like DeSean Jackson

Here's Why Andre Williams' Breakout Performance Was No Fluke

5 Ways to Spice Up Your Ladder Drills

Rev Up Your Sprint Training With These Complexes

8 Positions to Lower Your 40-Yard-Dash Time

Speed Plyometrics to Help You Run Faster

Get Faster With the Ultimate Stair Workout

4 Powerful Band Agility Drills

ZSeries 10-Minute Workouts: Track Sprints

Burn Your Competition with This Sprint Workout

Lengthen Your Stride for Maximum Speed

Make Quick and Powerful Cuts Like Adrian Peterson

STACK Challenge: 300-Yard Shuttle

ZSeries 10-Minute Workouts: The Treadmill Challenge

Ditch the Sprints. Here's How to Build True Sports Speed

Improve Your Baseball Speed With This On-Field Workout

How to Safely Decelerate Faster

Previewing the Fastest Draft Prospects of the 2015 NFL Combine

Get Faster With 'The .10 Second Difference' From EXOS

Build Strength for Baseball and Softball Speed

3 Box Drills That Develop True Game Speed

Get the Most Out of Foam Rolling

3 Speed Workouts to Improve Your Top-End Sprints

3 Simple Tips to Improve Your 40-Yard Dash

Stability Training Can Improve Your Agility and Range of Motion

8 Speed Workout Tips to Get Faster

Sprint Faster With Speed Demons

Improve Your Footwork to Improve Football Agility

5 Essential Cross Country Workouts Explained

3 Speed Drills to Help You Sprint Faster and Lower Your 40 Time

Acceleration Drills to Increase Speed

How to Train for Speed in Cold Weather

12-Week Off-Season Baseball Speed Workout

The Speed Drill That Set Up DeSean Jackson's 64-Yard Touchdown

Skipping Drills: The Missing Link From Your Speed Workouts

The Off-Season Baseball Speed and Agility Workout Program

Build Game-Breaking Speed With This Exercise

10 Reasons Why You're Not Getting Faster

How to Improve Your Basketball Quickness in 5 Minutes

Soccer Speed and Agility Drills for Women

Increase Your Lacrosse Speed With Multi-Directional Exercises

How to Build First-Step Quickness for Baseball and Softball