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Running Tip: Maintain Your Posture on Uphills

I've slowly come to love running uphill. At first my booty and hamstrings would burn unbearably, and I'd have trouble breathing. It takes a while to train your body to conquer hills, and one trick I practice is to be mindful of my posture. Give this a try the next time you're faced with a hill. Instead of leaning your chest forward to trek uphill, run with your hips pressing forward so that your shoulders are stacked on top of your pelvis. Not only will it allow you to use the power of your quads and glutes to get up the hill, but it'll take pressure off your knees and lower back.

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GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I agree with this tip. I do hill work at a local park, and this is a posture I take. It works, and it's effective.
poptart-princess poptart-princess 8 years
hmm, this is a great tip. but i "feel" like i am better able to work my glutes if i lean forward a bit. is this totally wrong? David Kirsch recommends leaning your upper body forward when doing lunges because he thinks it puts more emphasis on glutes. if i'm doing something totally wrong, i'd like to know.
pandacn pandacn 8 years
and i've found that focusing on pumping my arms properly helps a lot too. this is really where strength training of arms, shoulders and abs come into play.
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