Explore the Individual Elements

Leaning

Leaning

Leaning tall from your ankles allows you to play with gravity. You lean into your stride not from the hip but from the ankle joint. This is the first element of an effortless run. 

Look at the Ankle Lean drill to familiarize yourself with the right way to lean into your stride.

Pulling

Pulling

Pull your ankle up instead of kicking backwards. Pulling activates the hip flexors. Now you run in a more balanced manner. With a proper pull, you create space for a nice follow-through of your swing leg. 

Look at this drill to familiarize yourself with the correct way to pull your ankles up. 

Sweeping

Sweeping

Sweep your leg back underneath your centre of mass at the end of your stride. Run like a thoroughbred to activate the torque in your body. With a footstrike in your power zone, you will surge ahead of the pack!  

Look at this drill to familiarize yourself with the 'tricky' but very useful sweep.

Combining the Effortless Running Elements

Combine the Lean, Pull & Sweep
Combine the Lean, Pull & Sweep

The power of the Effortless Running method is the combination of the three elements. A consistent approach to this running form allows you to reap the following benefits:  

 

  • Correct alignment and therefore less injury
  • Better performance, faster times
  • Smoother running, better recovery
  • Increased endorphin release, more joy
  • Better health, longevity