One thing that has slowed down since I past the age of 40 is my quickness and agility. I notice this every time I am chasing or running away from the kids while playing.
I got 4 drills you can do to help you improve your speed and agility. Check the exercises below and give them a go.
~ Rick Kaselj, MS
4 Best Cone Drills for Speed & Agility
CLICK HERE to watch the YouTube video.
#1 – Standard 4 Cone Box Drill
Standard 4 Cone Box Drill
This is great for developing speed, quickness and agility for any short burst athletes who need to get off a line quickly or react to a ball rapidly. You are travelling forward for the first exercise, focusing on foot placements when travelling forward. You are getting down preparing for the next turn lowering the body into the turn and getting good twist to get to the next cone. Try to run in the straight line as much as possible.
#2 – Lateral Shuffle
You will face in the center of the box. Your feet must stay parallel. You have to keep an eye for the cones out of the side of your vision. You are travelling laterally all the way around the cones focusing on pivoting and turning quickly at each count.
This is also referred to as reverse run. You definitely have to keep an eye out for foot placement on this as you can’t see the cone coming up so what you can do is quickly look at the corner of your eye to find the cone. And once you see the cone, you lower your body down, slow your feet down, lots of little steps then get a good push off the ground to the next cone. You want to make sure you try to run the straight line as possible, so you are not taking any unwanted steps.
#4 – Cone Drill Combo
Cone Drill Combo
This last exercise all comes the three of the movements; forward, lateral and rear. So you will face one direction in the entire time. You have to make sure that you know exactly where you are going. You have to keep an eye of the cone so you are prepared for the next step as you approach the next cone.
Now for all these exercises, you want to make sure that you are doing both directions. You will start out to the left on one exercise then next start out on the right so we are getting both movements down.
If you are looking for a complete strength and conditioning program for guys hitting 40 and above, then check out the 40 STRONG program here: