Running can be boring at times, especially on the treadmill or on the track when you haven’t necessarily got scenery to distract you! One of the things we try to do here is give you drills for your warm ups or easy sessions to give you something to engage with, to concentrate on but also to strengthen, stabilise and speed you up. Running backwards does all of the above and more!
Why Do It
Running backwards helps strengthen the glutes and upper hamstrings, as well as various core muscles in the abs and lower back.
How To Do It
Although it will seem awkward at first, try to replicate your forward running motion while moving backward. You’ll still be pushing off of your forefoot and swinging you arms, but you’ll be lunging backward with your hamstrings and using core muscles to stabilize differently than you’re used to while moving forward. Focus on form, not on speed. Do two or four reps of 50 to 100 meters.
Send us a message or leave a comment and let us know how you get on! I will be doing this drill amongst others down the running track tonight!