Mastering Arm Technique: Boost Your Running Performance

Jun 15, 2023

The Role of Proper Arm Technique in Running

When it comes to improving running performance, most runners focus primarily on leg strength and cadence. However, the significance of the upper body should not be underestimated. Proper arm technique and stabilization of the trunk can have a significant impact on running efficiency.

One common issue observed in runners is known as “twisting.” This occurs when the arms cross the midline of the body during the running motion. You can identify this by observing arms swinging side to side with elbows pointing outward, rather than moving back and forth. Twisting causes the upper body to rotate from side to side as you move forward, leading to an inefficient running form. When the upper body twists excessively, it results in energy being wasted as lateral movement instead of being used to propel you forward. This inefficient running form can lead to decreased performance and increased fatigue.

To address this issue, it is important to focus on stabilizing the trunk and improving arm technique. By keeping the arms moving in a more forward and backward direction, you can minimize unnecessary trunk rotation and optimize energy transfer. Watch the video below if you’re want to know more about how to stabilize your trunk and transform your running using proper arm technique.

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