Running Biomechanics: What are your arms doing?

Arm movement is one of the most diverse variables in running form. There are not too many runners whose arm movements look alike. Unless we are talking about those people with perfect form (check out Ryan Hall in youtube if you need arm-inspiration).

Arms should be parallel to the body, bent at the elbow, hands pointing straight ahead, and your hip bone should get visits from your elbow and wrist.

No chicken wings, no hanging arms, no boxing arms, no arms crossing the belly button. Make sure they are relaxed too.

And keep in mind, just so you know how important this is, that whatever your arms are doing, your legs will do.

Pump your arms when going up a hill, your legs will shorten stride length. Relax your wrists, and your ankles will follow.

So, when you know your form is form is flailing, focus on the arms first.

More on Running Biomechanics

Running Biomechanics Sessions

Advertisements

One thought on “Running Biomechanics: What are your arms doing?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s