ESPN's Wide World of Sports is a huge facility. So huge that we have a sand pit that measures 70 yards long by 20 yards wide. Sand training is valuable to our program, as it minimizes impact to the athletes' joints and muscles, as well as adds 360 degrees of resistance to any athletic movement. Sand training is nothing new, but few facilities have a sand pit that can rival the size of ours. They say size isn't everything, but an elite athlete needs that kind of space to be able to run fast, change direction, and do all of the drills that will make them better at their position.
We utilize our sand pit for explosive training, position specific training, resistance speed training, agility, and foot speed. Even our sand is specialized. Not your typical beach sand, it has a smoother grain so that it doesn't clump together and harden, allowing the athletes to get the full benefit of resistance training in the sand.