More Speed, Less Ef­fort

The short­cut to ef­fi­cient run­ning. Think back­wards…

Runner's World (UK) - - Contents -

IT COULD BE TIME to turn your back on run­ning – oc­ca­sion­ally. A re­cent study1 found that five weeks of back­wards run­ning re­sulted in no­table im­prove­ments in for­ward-run­ning econ­omy – the amount of en­ergy you need to move at a cer­tain speed. Back­wards run­ning is pop­u­lar in Ja­pan and box­ing leg­end Muham­mad Ali used it in his train­ing. When back­wards run­ning, hold your arms low and close to your body, push off from the balls of your feet and re­mem­ber to fre­quently look over your shoul­der. It’s best done with a train­ing part­ner and is one to prac­tise in parks, not on pave­ments…

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