What’s the best form for running up hills?

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What’s the best form for running up hills?

Shorten your stride length and slightly quicken your cadence. Overstriding in an attempt to eat up more ground will be tough on your muscles and hard to maintain. Lean into the hill a little, but don’t bend forward at the waist, as this will reduce the power of your glutes and hamstrings. Maintain your body’s alignment and concentrate on engaging your core. Keep your hips facing forwards, avoiding any collapse down one side – or rotation – as your foot lands.

Focus on the ground a few metres in front of you. Increase your knee lift slightly and drive with your arms. With each stride you will naturally push off from more of a midfoot/forefoot stance, extending your leg straight out behind you. Make sure you focus on activating your glutes and hamstrings so you don’t overstress your calf muscles.

This workout is excellent for practising keeping your form – both going up the hill and maintaining that form off the top of the hill, which can often be hard.

Do 10 x 80 seconds at a brisk pace up a hill that levels off for approximately the last 20 seconds. Recover from each rep with 2:30 jog-backs.

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