Could speed bands give you an extra yard of pace?

What is it?

Kinetic bands are a piece of resistance training equipment that are used during football training drills – including ladder work and sprint sessions - to help players gain an extra yard of pace.

How does it work?

The user is forced to work against the resistance of the speed bands during movement. This activates the fast-twitch muscle fibres in the hamstrings, quads, glutes and core, prompting them to adapt and become stronger.

Who uses it?

The bands are popular with gymnasts and track athletes, but they are also beginning to surface on football training grounds. Former Manchester United striker Alan Smith recently posted a video of himself using them on Twitter.

Why are they using it?

We’d all benefit from having that extra yard of pace, wouldn’t we? Kinetic bands are an elementary training tool, giving players the opportunity to improve their speed in football-specific environments, so they can immediately feel the benefits out on the pitch.

How much does it cost?

Good news, you won’t have to remortgage your house to train like a pro. You can buy kinetic speed bands for just £25.95 at and they’re also available from Amazon and several other online retailers.

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