31 Easy Tips to Sporting Excellence: #7 Incorporate Drills into your Workouts

The 31 Easy Tips to Sporting Excellence series continues with a focus on technique. Again, simple changes can lead to big gains. With improved technique comes more efficient strokes/strides/rpm’s. Just picture the average amateur you see training with awful technique. Not only do they risk injury but chances are you will blow past them with ease, thanks to your superior technique.

Today’s tip is lucky #7: Incorporate Drills into your Workouts

The San Antonio Gaelic Athletic Club member Stevie Quinn speeds around a cone during Gaelic football practice at Olmos Basin Park on Wednesday, July 6, 2011. The sport combines attributes of soccer, rugby and basketball with its roots from Ireland. Photo: KIN MAN HUI, Kin Man Hui/kmhui@express-news.net / San Antonio Express-News

Whatever your Goals, drills can help you get there. Drills help you perfect your technique resulting in faster speed and efficiency for a given level of effort. If I said I could help you go faster without you trying harder would you take me up on my offer?

Drills and technique are the key. Swim drills can help get the most out of each stroke, cycling drills can help eliminate bouncing while run drills can help with speed.

Drills require concentration and preferably input from a coach. Do them at the start of a workout after a short warm-up, when you are fresh and you can focus on perfect technique.

Incorporating drills into each workout will help as part of the warm-up and help develop your aerobic base as well as improving your technique.

Previous tips in the series include:

#1: Drink Water First Thing in the Morning
#2: Write Down Your Goals (Now!)
#3: Ask an Expert
#4: Start Stretching
#5: Track your progress towards your Goals
#6: Take a Cold Shower


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