4 Key Points for Proper Running Posture | Kintec: Footwear + Orthotics

4 Key Points for Proper Running Posture | Kintec: Footwear + Orthotics


Hi, I’m Ryne Melcher, head instructor for Kintec Run Club. and I’m also the coach and manager of the Canadian National ultramarathon team. Hi, I’m Tim Smith, and I used to run the University of British Columbia, and I’m one of the instructors for the Kintec Run Clinics. Today, we want to show you four key points, with respect running posture, that will help enable you to make you a better and more efficient runner. We’re going to use Tim here, as an example, to run through those four points. We’re actually going to start by having Tim exhibit poor running posture. And then we’re going to go through these four points one by one. Number one: Tim’s hips. We want to make sure that those hips and pelvis are upright and forwards, ever so slightly, not push too far back, not pushed too far forwards, to help enable his core. Tying into point number one is point number two, where we want Tim to imagine there’s a rope attached to his chest pulling him forward, which is gonna help make him more upright. Number three then, is that head is always going to be elevated, looking out beyond by about 10 metres. If that head is tucked down, looking for change on the ground, you just restricting the flow of oxygen, and kind of slouching everything that we talked about through points one to three. And last, but maybe the most important one to me, is number four: We want to have Tim’s elbows locked at a 90° angle. And when Tim is out running, We want to make sure that those arms are always driving forward. If those arms are crossing the body, we put a lot of torque and rotation on the low back. But most importantly, we’re being inefficient. We’re spending energy going side to side, when that finish line is forwards. Good form, man. Good form.

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