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running technique, twister, running evolution

Running Technique – The Twister

Over the next six weeks we are going to discuss the various running types that we see at Running Evolution in Battersea, thinking about how people adapt their running technique to adapt around how their body moves and their individual strengths and weaknesses, both physically and of their technique. First up we have The Twister;

TWISTER
If you are a twister you will find your arms crossing your torso as you run and so essentially you end up with more rotation movement in your trunk than forward motion. Not surprisingly your legs follow suit to get in on the action so they start crossing the mid-line too, twisting this way and that. With you arms going one way and your legs going the other your poor torso ends up rotating left and right to keep up with all this action. Essentially your body is trying to desperately control your movement patterns and keep your trunk still, however it lacks the control to do so. These runners think they are doing well as their abs have had a good workout from completing numerous twists. It is unfortunately the lack of control in this region that is primarily creating this modified running pattern.

Injury Risks – your poor low back rotating away like a maniac, possibly some knee or foot issues form landing on a rotated lower leg.

Solution – Get your arms moving at the shoulder, not the elbow, and try to get them moving forwards and backwards. Practise standing in front of a mirror, elbows at 80 degrees and move those shoulders. Outside try to do this for a minute at a time to begin with and build it slowly.

Exercise – Try some rotation planks, start on your front and rotate onto one side. The aim is to move your hips and shoulders at the same time, and not let your hips lead the movement, you may need someone to watch you to help at first.