How to train your body and mind to develop your stride
Train body and mind for a greater stride
WE MAY not all be blessed with a stride of Mo Farah-like proportions but we could all fly a little further with each step by improving our propulsion, through better hip and ankle extension. However, according to leading physiotherapist Alison Rose, it isn’t just a matter of working on your glute and calf strength: timing also matters.
‘Building strength has limited value if you can’t then apply it within your running gait,’ she explains. ‘Training your brain to link the two actions together improves stride efficiency by reducing the amount of energy lost on each foot strike and cutting ground-contact time, allowing you to make the most of groundreaction forces.’
The drill below ( Making Strides) helps your brain couple hip and ankle extension in a running-specific way. ‘It’s a perfect drill to do before a run,’ says Rose.
STRIDE AND TRUSTED Mo Farah adjusted his stride and has had reasonable success