Learn to Run Week Four – Let’s extend the hips!
WOW! Four weeks! How did it go? In this class we explored hip extension for running. Coupling hip extension of one leg with the flexion of the other is how you find stride length safely! Remember that first week when we taught airplane? We mentioned hugging your knee as close to your chest as much as you can and then lengthening the standing leg long beneath you. This is necessary to increase the stride length and thus bring the forward motion to the running technique.
This week Kay and Nate led you through the conditioning work, with an emphasis in the hip extension. The two homework exercises that we have chosen for you this week are glute reeducation. In this exercise you are looking for the bum muscles! Gluteus maximas! TO perform this exercise you will lay on your belly. Curl the toes of one foot underneath. Reach your heel to the wall beneath you. Pull your kneecap toward you. Send your hip to the ground, and finally feel that glute engage…You might even have to squeeze it to let your brain know that it’s available for action! Tell your brain about your glutes!
The next exercise is designed to find both hip extension and hip flexion at the same time. It’s the Plank to lunge! Find your plank notice that this is the same position as glute reeducation minus the floor, or should I say hovering above the floor. So your heels are still tucked underneath you. You are reaching the heels away from you. You are pulling your knee caps towards you and you are finding hip extension in your plank. Then push with your hands as you bend your knees and send your tailbone behind you into a what I like to think of as the crouching tiger position. Then with a small explosive force move back towards the plank and bring one leg forward into a lunge. This is a very dynamic and active exercise, but you want to find the hip extension both in the plank and the lunge….Let me know how it goes!