Obstacle Course Training | Ryan Atkins Speed Work
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Ryan Atkins Speed Work

Ryan Atkins: "Getting that leg speed going, hit 37km/h.'

Benefits of downhill running like Ryan:

  • Will help increase your speed and turnover (quicker steps and faster stride rate)
  • Increases coordination
  • Forces your legs to learn how to handle the higher speed and higher stride rate
  • Over time your running speed on the flat will increase as you peak stride rate has increased

We wouldn't advise this for all runners though, especially those only beginning their running capabilities. Running downhill is much harder on the body, in particular the quads, hips and knees. Advanced runners should treat your downhill running as a drill to incorporate in your training every once in a while, but it doesn't need to be a huge focus.

Do short sections first, until you can maintain proper mechanics, then gradually lengthen the run.

Good luck in your training.

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