Dear Coach, Can a Run Gait Analysis Make Me Run Faster?
Let’s talk about run gait analysis. I always thought that having a run gait analysis was like the one you get at the running store where they put you on the treadmill and watch you run from behind. They pay particular attention to how your foot strikes the ground so they can fit you with the proper running shoes.
A lot more goes into it than just the foot strike though. Yes the foot strike is important but the kind of running gait that I do involves the entire body. The run gait I do with you is designed to clean up your running form and help you to run more efficiently. I help you to stop unnecessary movement that could be hurting your running economy. I look at your body position from head to toe as you run the track, and I carefully go through frame by frame and look at your form in detail. I start at the top to include your head and shoulder position, arm swing, trunk rotation, forward lean, hips, knees, and feet. You would be surprised at what I can find that can actually be super helpful to you.
I HIGHLY recommend the run gait to all my athletes. This is a short test which only takes about 15 minutes. This is how it works- I have you run toward me from about 100 yards shooting the video in slo-mo as you run right at me. Then I have you run away from me and laterally from both sides. I look at things like head position, trunk rotation, arm swing, hip imbalances, knee position, and foot strike. I can tell you if your foot is everted or inverted, whether or not your pronate or supinate, and how well you swing your arms. You will be surprised at what I find that can actually help you run faster and with better running economy!
I look at these videos frame by frame and I go through my Ironman Running Assessment Form. Then I write you a report with useful information to help you rock your next race or event.
The test can be done remotely as well, you just need someone to take your videos for you at the track and send them to me.
I can’t emphasize enough the importance of a run gait analysis. A run gait analysis, conducted with a professional, helps identify areas where adjustments can be made to improve technique and prevent injuries. By addressing form errors, athletes can optimize running economy, reduce inefficiency, and enhance overall performance during the run leg of their triathlon.
In answering the question at the top of this page, “Can a run gait analysis make me faster?” My answer is absolutely yes! Most of the time it is a matter of implementing a few small changes to your form. When you clean up your run form you become more efficient and therefore FASTER. It’s a great investment, especially if you are a competitive runner or triathlete.
You can sign up to get a run gait analysis with me by clicking the purple box below!
Be sure to message me to set up a time to get with you at the track if you are local!
Remote athletes just shoot me a text and I will explain how I need the videos!
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