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Matt Dixon Run Drill #4: Ham Kicks

Posted on Tue, 12 Oct 2010 01:00:00 -07:00

Matt Dixon Run Drill #4: Ham Kicks


This is part four in a series of seven running drill videos from Matt Dixon, elite triathlon coach and owner of purplepatch fitness in San Francisco. In this installment, Matt covers Ham Kicks.

To perform Ham Kicks, start by standing with good posture and your shoulders relaxed. Begin by lightly running in place, bringing your foot up in dorsiflexion, with the foot always parallel to the ground. Bring the foot up under the hip and then create a small circle sweeping action back to the ground. Find rhythm in your stationary running, check your arm carry, maintain loose shoulders. Once you have the rhythm, shift your center of balance forward, creating soft momentum. As you progress, you can increase the rate of motion up to a fast but relaxed effort. Make sure to land on your mid foot to the ball of your foot.

Next up in the series, we'll focus on A-Skips, a skipping drill that helps to develop explosive propulsion.

For more on Matt Dixon, visit purplepatch fitness ( or check him out in Outside magazine. TRX has partnered with Dixon to offer you a variety of interactive training plans available on For a FREE demo, click here.

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