Strength, flexibility and balance help you run better and avoid injury. Take these six simple tests to assess yours
Why is it important? "Being able to flex and extend the hip, knee and ankle joints in a controlled sequence of strength and stability, and at the same time control the trunk, is fundamental to running," says Giles. Your ability to perform a perfectly executed squat will give a clear indication of your coordination and alignment during this 'triple flexion-extension' movement.How to test it Stand barefoot with your feet hip distance apart and your arms outstretched at chest height. Slowly lower yourself back and down into a squat. Your heels must stay in contact with the ground and your ankles, knees and hips must stay aligned with each other, with weight distributed evenly on both legs. Keep your head and chest up - the angle of your torso should match the angle of your shins. Do three repetitions slowly, assessing each part of the movement.Score 1 point for each of the following:
Scored 3 or less? The test is the exercise, so make squats a regular part of your workout. It can be useful to tie a resistance band just above the knee to 'push out' against if your knees start to roll in. Assess your hip and ankle flexibility if your trunk pitches forward during the squat.
Mighty Lexi wrote (see)
Ooh not meeting Ricky Bennison...the other bit.!! (who's ricky bennison
. wrote (see)
Hits head against wall...
Are you sure it didn't strike the wall?
But who the heck is Ricky Bennison?
Any clues is the person a lad or ladette??? I mean is the person a man or woman?
Karen, GOOGLE it!
eden bassy wrote (see)
is he the prisoner who run half marathon every day in his cell, then he won a gold medal at the olympics for the marathon. when interviewed later he sad "i was very happy to run with people again" lol.
This is Ricky
Saffy sweety pea wrote (see)
This is RickyEnjoy
Ricky Bennison wrote (see)
It occurs to that the term striking in regard to a runners landing foot insinuates a deliberate attempt to apply force to the ground. As the ambition of the landing foot is to land with minimal impact on the ground surely the term striking is a misnomer with negative potentialy harmful connotations especialy in regard to people injuring themselves by hitting the ground overly hard with there foot .
LOL it must been a full moon.
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