In this video, Matt Dixon describes how to perform A-Skips, a skipping drill that helps to develop the explosive propulsion critical to proper running mechanics.
Start by standing with good posture, shoulders relaxed and begin in a normal skipping movement, with a light hop. As you progress the exercise, when the foot comes back down to the ground, drive the thigh and the ball of the foot into the ground, lift the foot in dorsiflexion and add an explosive hop. Make sure to land on your mid foot to the ball of your foot. Keep your upper body relaxed throughout the movement. Complete this drill for 10 to 12 seconds before taking a break and moving on to the next one.
This simple exercise can be done before every training session to help provide support for your joints and prepare you for a healthy and injury free run.
Next up in the series, we'll focus on lateral movement with a drill called Side-to-Sides.
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