Elevate Your Agility and Speed Training with the Sportreact Starter Kit

As a performance specialist, you understand the critical role agility and speed can play in achieving top performance for athletes. Fine-tuning your ability to change direction rapidly and accelerate explosively can make the difference between winning and losing. In this blog, we’ll delve into some advanced questions about agility and speed training and introduce HaB Direct’s latest product designed for elite trainers like yourself: the Sportreact Starter Kit.

What are agility training and speed training and why are they important in sports?

Speed training and agility training serve different purposes, though both are integral to athletic success:

Speed Training: Focuses on improving an athlete’s maximum velocity in a straight line. It involves drills and exercises designed to increase stride length and frequency, ultimately enhancing an athlete’s acceleration and top speed. Common speed training drills include sprints, hill runs, and resisted sprinting.

Agility Training: Emphasises rapid, multidirectional movements while maintaining balance and control. It often includes cone drills, ladder drills, and reaction training to simulate unpredictable in-game movements. The objective is to enhance an athlete’s ability to swiftly change direction and accelerate efficiently. In sports like football, rugby, basketball, and tennis, athletes often need to execute quick changes of direction to outmanoeuvre opponents.

Combining agility and speed training ensures an athlete is not only fast in a straight line but can also adapt quickly to changing game dynamics, providing you with a comprehensive edge over your competition.

How often should I train to maintain peak agility and speed?

As a coach or athlete, it’s vital to strike the right balance between training intensity and recovery. A typical programme might include 2-3 agility and speed training sessions per week, complemented by sports-specific drills and strength training. Incorporate proper warm-ups, cool-downs, and recovery periods to prevent injury and optimise performance.

What are some effective drills for agility and speed training?

  • Cone Drills: For improving change of direction and acceleration.
  • Ladder Drills: For enhancing footwork and coordination.
  • Plyometric Exercises: Such as box jumps and single-leg hops for explosive power.
  • Sprints and Shuttle Runs: For speed and acceleration.

How do I measure progress in agility and speed training?

  • Tracking progress can be done through various tests:
  • 40-Yard Dash: For measuring straight-line speed.
  • Pro-Agility Shuttle Run (5-10-5): To assess acceleration and agility.
  • T-Test: To gauge multidirectional movement.
  • Sportreact Tests: Using the Sportreact Starter Kit, you can monitor your reaction speed and agility (more on this below).

Introducing the Sportreact Starter Kit: Your Ultimate Training Partner

At HaB Direct, we’re excited to announce the arrival of the Sportreact Starter Kit, a cutting-edge tool designed to elevate athletic agility and speed training to new heights.

What is the Sportreact Starter Kit?

The Sportreact Starter Kit is a 3-in-1 interactive training system that challenges athletes’ agility, speed, and reaction time using a series of illuminated targets and dynamic drills.  The Kit can be used as a Timing System, a Reactive Agility System, or a Reaction system. Its flexibility allows athletes to customise performance tests.

The Sportreact Starter Kit offers immediate feedback, allowing you to monitor your progress and adjust your training in real time. This system ensures that you can fine-tune your workout for maximum efficiency. Additionally, it helps prevent injuries by promoting proper movement mechanics, reducing the risk of strains and other sports-related injuries. By incorporating the Sportreact system into your routine, you’ll notice significant improvements in agility, speed, and reaction time, giving your performance a substantial boost.

Key Features:

  • Intelligent Targets: Up to four intelligent, illuminated targets that respond to touch or proximity.
  • Mobile App Integration: Compatible with the Sportreact mobile app for setting up personalised drills, tracking scores, and analysing performance.
  • Multiple Training Modes: Choose from pre-set programmes or create custom drills to target specific training goals.
  • Compact and Portable: Easy to set up and transport for training sessions anywhere, whether in the gym or on the field.
  • Benefits of Using the Sportreact Starter Kit:
  • Enhanced Reaction Time: Improves cognitive processing and decision-making under pressure.
  • Versatile Training: Suitable for individual athletes or team training sessions.
  • Customisable Workouts: Adaptable to different sports and skill levels.
  • Fun and Engaging: Makes training exciting with real-time feedback and competition modes.

How do I use the Sportreact Starter Kit?

After receiving your kit, unpack it to find various sensors and access details for the Sportreact app. Proceed to download the app from either the App Store or Google Play, based on your device’s compatibility. Follow the app’s instructions to pair the sensors with your device via Bluetooth, ensuring they are ready for use.

Once the app is set up, take some time to explore the different training programs it offers. You can choose from a variety of preset drills designed to improve agility, speed, and reaction time. For a more tailored experience, the app also allows you to create custom drills that align with your specific training objectives. Set up the physical components, such as sensors, around your workout area as directed by the app. This setup is crucial as it tracks your movements and performance throughout each session.

Begin your training session by following the guided exercises or drills provided in the app. The real-time feedback is invaluable for monitoring your performance and making immediate adjustments to maximise your workout efficacy. After each session, review your progress directly in the app to assess improvements and identify areas needing focus.

To keep your training engaging, set challenges for yourself or compete with friends and teammates. The app facilitates tracking your progress over time and encourages a friendly competition, making it an enjoyable and effective tool for achieving your fitness goals. Regular use of the Sportreact Starter Kit, coupled with thoughtful monitoring and adjustment of your training routines, will significantly enhance your athletic performance while helping to prevent injuries.

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Example Workout: Agility and Reaction Time Drill


  • Arrange the Sportreact sensors in a grid or circular pattern around your training area, based on the app’s guidance.

Warm-Up (5-10 minutes):

  • Start with a light jog and dynamic stretches to prepare your muscles and joints, focusing on leg swings, arm circles, and hip rotations.

Main Workout:

  • Agility Ladder Drills (10 minutes): Using virtual or physical markers, perform various footwork exercises like the two-foot run, in-and-outs, and side shuffles. The app will guide you through each step, with sensors tracking your speed and accuracy.
  • Directional Changes (10 minutes): React to random signals from the Sportreact app, which prompts you to sprint towards specific sensors. This exercise tests your ability to change directions quickly and accurately.
  • Catch and React (10 minutes): This drill involves catching a ball thrown by a partner or from a ball machine while reacting to app signals that direct you to different sensors immediately after catching. It enhances hand-eye coordination and split-second decision making.

Cool Down (5-10 minutes):

  • Conclude your session with a cool down, involving static stretching and slow walking, focusing on calming your heart rate and stretching the major muscle groups used during the workout.

Feedback and Progress Tracking:

  • Review the session’s data on the Sportreact app, examining your response times, movement accuracy, and overall agility. Use this feedback to adjust future workouts for continued improvement.

This type of workout leverages the capabilities of the Sportreact Starter Kit to provide a comprehensive training session that not only boosts physical fitness but also improves cognitive functions like reaction speed and decision-making under pressure. The varied drills keep the workout challenging and engaging, helping to push your limits each time.

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