Calf Conditioning Drill for Midfoot and Forefoot Running

Jul 6, 2011   //   by James Dunne   //   Injury & Rehab Information  //  3 Comments  //  Affiliate Disclosure  

Many of the triathletes and runners we work with come to us specifically with an interest in learning how to run with a midfoot/forefoot strike, as promoted with barefoot type running styles. We work together making steady progression to help them safely and comfortably make the transition from their old heel-striking technique.

The key to success in transitioning between these very different styles is to take the whole process slowly and progressively – effectively starting from scratch again with your running.

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When transitioning to midfoot/forefoot running in particular, it’s important to allow time for the muscles of the lower legs to condition to the new type of loading. Failure to do so (too much volume too soon), normally leads to very sore calves!

Below is a video showing one of the great drills we use in moderation to condition the muscles of the lower leg whilst also promoting good running posture, foot position and core control.

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James has an academic background in Sport Rehabilitation and a special interest in Applied Biomechanics. He currently coaches a large number of Runners and Triathletes across all levels of ability and performance. He's grown a strong reputation for enabling athletes to improve their running performance and overcome running injuries through improving their Running Technique and developing Running Specific Strength.

 

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