Core Corner – Alternating Forward Hop

Where is the spring in your running gait? This exercise will help build a soft landing and springy forward push in running.

To do this we use forward hopping while alternating legs. The key point is to find a soft and balanced landing of your foot under your body that easily creates a quick forward push.

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  • Find an open flat surface a minimum of 40 feet long
  • Assume a partial squat balanced on one leg in a running stance
  • Hop forward onto the opposite leg focusing on a soft, quiet landing.
  • Pause just long enough to find your balance and arrest your momentum, then spring forward to the other leg.
  • Repeat 10-20 hops, pause, turn around and do the same number back the way you came.

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