Can you Skip? No, really, can you?
If you spend time running, and you do not know how to skip, PLEASE spend a couple minutes to watch this video! Skipping involves the coordination of upper and lower body movements to create subtle amounts of trunk rotation. SO, if you can’t so this, I can almost guarantee there is a bit of a hitch in your giddyup when you run.
Skipping involves both a natural (and intentional) arm swing and action at the hip to create vertical leg movement. If you struggle at utilizing your arm swing when running, try easy skipping with relaxed arms. With floppy arms by your side, you will feel them start to naturally move in a reciprocal motion to your legs. As you get better at feeling and sensing this motion, you will be able to purposefully apply an arm drive to your skipping…and running!
As I’ve said before, sometimes the smallest lack in fundamental movements can cause a chain reaction. If you need to practice this, I strongly suggest you work it in as part of your gym warm-up or as an activity in your drills on the track.