I have a deep love for hill sprints. They have a reputation for being brutal but everyone should do them. Hill sprints are tough but worth it. I’m very grateful to hills because they allowed me to get great workouts when I had limited gym access. Two years ago the gym I was going to closed down and moved to a new location. The new location made it difficult for me to go as often as I used to. Weeks before that, I began doing hill sprints to spice up my workouts.
With limited access to weights, I had to be creative with my workouts. I completely replaced my squat and deadlift days with hill sprints. You’d think I’d get significantly weaker but I felt great. Squats and deadlifts are two of the top ways to build strength but hill sprints helped me cope without them. The early part of my hill training was rough but like any training method, your body adapts. Once my body adapted, the magic happened. Two times a week, I would go back to those hills. I incorporated them in my training from July to January. With hill sprints, I had as much leg muscle as when I was using weights to train my legs. I enjoyed all the benefits hill sprints provide for me.
Hill Sprints Burn A lot of Fat!
Hill sprints are an excellent way to burn fat. Famous fitness consultant, Jason Ferrugia once said ” aside from proper nutrition, there’s nothing more efficient than hill sprints for fat loss”. From my personal experience, this is 100% true. I’m always at my leanest when I do hill sprints on a weekly basis. Sprints have a reputation for being a fat burning exercise. When you add the resistance provided by the hill, amazing things happen. The hill makes your body work harder. The harder your body works, the more calories it’ll burn. Hill sprints also target several muscles like the quads, hamstrings, calves, and core. Your arms will get a workout too since they’re used to propel your body forward.
Hill Sprints are The Perfect Compliment to Weight Lifting:
Hill sprints will help you in the weight room for a number of reasons. The leg muscles developed through hill sprints will help your performance in leg exercises such as squats, lunges, and deadlifts. Hill sprints also improves work capacity which will allow you to get more work done in less time. Increased work capacity means you require less time to rest in between sets. Another benefit of hill sprints is they bring a lower injury risk in comparison to regular sprints. Your body isn’t moving fast enough to be at risk of pulling a hamstring.
Mental Benefits of Hill Sprints:
Hill sprints offer countless mental benefits. The most prominent benefit is the development of mental toughness. It takes mental toughness to repeatedly push your body even when you’re fatigued. Believe me, your body will be fatigued when running hills. Another mental benefit is the dopamine rush you experience. It’s good for your mind to see yourself repeatedly achieving your goal ( the top of the hill) despite the challenging trail. This also reinforces the notion that you can achieve your goal regardless of the challenge in front of you.
If you want to transform your body you should add hill sprints to your routine. I’m a big believer that incorporating sprints and weights in your routine will yield fantastic results. You should check out my hill sprint routine as well as other sprint workouts I’m experienced with Sprints, Sprints, and more Sprints.
I always feel triumphant after several hill repeats. There’s something satisfying about overcoming fatigue and a difficult path to reach my goal. At the end of my hill sprint workout, I raise my hands up in triumph as I stand on top of the hill.It gives me an extra sense of confidence in myself. I feel like a champion when doing it and that confidence transfers to other areas of my life. Running hills transforms my mind and body.
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