Run Uphill Easier & Faster: Example Session & Coaching Cues


I always maintain that hill running is one of the biggest ban g for your buck forms of training for runners. It helps athletes build strength-endurance and speed brilliantly.

However, as with everything, your results depend specifically on your execution.

If you perform hill reps with great form, the hills themselves will help you develop strength through range of motion in your glutes and hamstrings more than running the same pace on the flat.

Conversely, if you heave your way up hill with poor form, this is one of the fastest ways to exacerbate muscular imbalances and place more strain on the knees and low back, to name just two areas.

Check out the coaching cues in the video above, and try example session described…

Let me know how you get on 🙂

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.



  • Thanks for this. Very well timed as well, as I’m starting my hill repeats this week. I’ll be doing the example session tomorrow then 🙂

    • No problem James. Let me know how you get on 🙂

  • What sort of gradient hill are we talking? Would 6-8% be too steep?

  • Thanks for this. Hill session planned for tonight. Is tempo speed maintained on the downhill stretch of the hill in your example session or is downhill used for recovery?

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  • I am crossfitter and these workout video are come in handy for me! Thanks for sharing James!

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