Tried and Tested
Look out, Usain Bolt: FFT’s starting 2017 with some speed training. On your marks!
What is it?
The running parachute is a training tool made out of cloth that can help footballers improve their speed and strength without setting foot in the gym. Players normally use the chutes over a 20-metre distance to replicate the sprints they make during a game.
How does it work?
The parachute is attached by cords to a harness system, which is attached to the player’s back. As the user starts to sprint, the chute will fill up with air, which creates resistance. The quicker they sprint, the greater the resistance.
Who uses it?
Footballers often use it as part of their speed training during pre-season. It’s also popular among athletes in team sports, as well as sprinters and other speed-related individual disciplines.
Why are they using it?
Players run with chutes to try to add extra pace to their game. Resistance forces your quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes and calves to contract with greater explosiveness, causing your muscles to adapt and get stronger.
How much does it cost?
We know that your January transfer budget is set aside for big-money signings, but don’t worry – a running parachute can be bought from most major sports shops for as little as $12.