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What Is The Difference Between Speed, Agility, And Quickness?

Everyone knows that there are many sports where speed, agility, and quickness are key to great performance. However, it can be difficult to work out where one of these interrelated concepts begins and the other one ends.

So many Downers Grove athletes rely on great levels of speed, agility and quickness that it is no surprise there are some misconceptions floating around about all of these concepts.

Even so, before you can develop a real plan in training for speed agility and quickness, you need to know what the components are and how they are related. When you know this and have a firm mental grip on the concept, planning your drills becomes much easier.

There are many drills that can benefit you in all three of these areas.

Training For Speed Agility and Quickness

So, let’s take a look at the basic definitions of these three items:

1) Speed Speed is usually thought of in terms of “linear speed.” That is, this kind of speed is the kind that has to do with moving your limbs, including legs and arms, in such a way that you can move as fast as possible within a straight line.

This is the area that most people know about even when they are not trained athletes. It’s the other two parts of the equation that often cause confusion.

2) Agility Agility has to do with changing direction quickly and effectively. Because of the definition of agility, it is not something you can get through building your lower body alone. Instead, you need to have a powerful and well-defined core.

Core strength works hand in hand with lower body strength in order to balance your speed and agility. Agility and quickness are both types of “speed” applied to different functional areas, but they are not trained in the exact same ways.

3) Quickness Quickness refers to rapid responses to your overall bodily awareness. The easiest way to think about quickness is in terms of your body and its instant reflexive reactions. While it is difficult to literally train reflexive reactions, it gives you a good starting idea.

Quickness drills are often only a few seconds long, total.

Training for speed agility and quickness requires you to be able to balance all of these factors to the gain of all of them. This can be difficult even for the best Downers Grove athletes. That being the case, you should seek out expert advice from top Core 1 Inc trainers.

To Getting You “Quicker and Stronger”

Jim and The CORE1 Crew


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