I was eager to find a way to right these wrongs. This is where the 3rd pillar comes in. It’s your frontside and backside mechanics.
If you look at your body laterally and put a line down the middle of your body, the frontside mechanics take place on the front side of your body, and the backside mechanics take place on the backside of your body
And if you properly shift contact with the ground more towards the front of your body, you’ll be able to produce more force and run faster.
An overwhelming amount of sprinting authorities agree on this.
In fact, researchers have found that the force created during the front side of ground contact is 2,000 Newtons (or about 450 lbs) while the force created during the backside is a measley 1,000 Newtons (or about 225 lbs).
That’s a 100% difference in force created in the frontside vs backside.
So, staying in backside mechanics is like getting 100 bucks to mow someone’s lawn, when you have the opportunity to mow the neighbor's smaller lawn for 200 bucks.
It doesn’t make sense…
Especially when athletes are capable of teaching their body to make ground contact in an efficient position.
What is needed is consistent, effective drills that isolate this component.
And again, athletes naturally run backside dominant. So without the proper drilling and without ingraining correct motor patterns, you’ll be stuck in the bad mechanics trap.