Hopping Drills for Running
Finding your Spring; One great way to get faster and stronger for running is doing hopping drills.
These types of plyometrics increase strength and stability in your muscles and ligaments and find the spring in your step!
The goal is have quick light feet, with a very quick rebound off the ground which will transfer to your foot strike on the run.
Start with proper running form and posture first and start hopping with two feet. Think of your legs like carbon fiber springs- strong but supple!
Advance to the single leg hops with control. This increases your ability to balance on one leg and helps you learn to have less contact time on the ground. Running is all about being able to balance while moving on one leg to another… add these drills and see and feel how your technique and speed improve on the run.
If you’re struggling to hop on one leg, I suggest balancing with one leg first until you can maintain your balance without falling over, then move to double leg hops and finally single leg hops.
Also choosing a soft surface and natural running shoes or even barefoot can greatly improve your foot strength!
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Erinne Guthrie is a USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach since 1999 and Chief Motivating Officer at Full Circle Coaching, LLC since 2010. Creator of Triathlon Transformation. She has been training, racing and coaching triathletes since 1997. She is also a CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 3, USMS Master’s Swim Coach, Motivational Speaker, Metabolic Efficiency Specialist, Mom, Mermaid and much much more.