Dynamic Balance Training for Runners & Triathletes


Given that the action of running is essentially an ongoing interchange between weight-bearing on one leg, and then the other, it often amazes me how unstable some athletes are when we put their balance to the test!

Balance boards, wobble cushions and other similar training tools are commonly used to provide an unstable surface and proprioceptive challenge for balance training – but I want to work on YOU creating your own instability to control. By dynamically moving your upper body, and thus moving your centre of mass around above a balancing foot, you ask a lot of your balance, stability and proprioceptive system…

Try it:

  • Aim for 3 x A-to-Z balancing on each leg
  • If that’s too easy, try it with one eye closed, then both!

About The Author 

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.



  • Great tip and another example where using just your bodyweight is extremely effective. No need to buy anything. Thanks

  • Thanks for this James. What is the difference between drawing with your arms while balancing and drawing with one foot while balancing?

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