In this segment, MacKenzie identifies problems he commonly sees with the running stride and how to fix them. He demonstrates a hamstring-activation technique he uses to cue athletes to pull with the hamstring and not the hip flexors.
“What we want to avoid is the hip flexors getting involved because it’s a smaller muscle group that is just going to break us down a lot quicker,” MacKenzie says. “You’ll see that using those hamstrings—a larger muscle group vs. using a smaller muscle group—is not going to require much energy from you.”
The technique MacKenzie uses is to have the athlete resist a downward push to his raised leg while in a figure-four Pose posture. Repeat for a set of five with each leg. Katona demonstrates how effective this technique is for improving his Pose running.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional reading: The Basics of Pose Running Techniques by Brian MacKenzie, published Dec. 1, 2007.