Strengthen Your Legs for Downhill Running


In this week’s new video I demonstrate a simple exercise to help build leg strength for running downhill.

So many runners find the hardest part of running a hilly course to be the downhill sections… The knees and quadriceps often take a hammering.

Give these tips a try to help your body better stand-up to the demands of downhill running 🙂

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 James – another fab video that makes a lot of sense! 😉

    • Thanks for the support Ceri 😀

      Let me know how you get on with the exercise!

  • Great eccentric control exercise. Thanks for the info!

  • this is really useful, the one video i really needed for next year thanks James

  • How often should one do this exercise starting out? You said 5-6 sets of 30 seconds each. Should this be done twice a week? More often?
    If one is also incorporating running downhill in training should they still continue doing this exercise and if so, should they decrease how often they do it?

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