Improve Your Forefoot Running Form by Leaning Forward

Improve Your Forefoot Running Form by Leaning Forward

One effective way to improve your forefoot running form is to lean slightly forward. I always like to draw your attention to the biomechanics of the best distance runners in the world, from East Africa, namely from Ethiopia. Why? Because they set real examples of what running efficiency and proper running form looks like and also, never forget that their running form actually came from their own experience of running barefoot during many years of the critical stages of mobility development as children, which has obviously influenced their running form in ways that makes their mechanics more safe. Part of their barefoot tailed-mechanics is a pronounced forward lean which helps shave down shear impact forces on the foot and lower leg. Even better, the forward lean enables you to be less reliant on muscular support during the propulsive phase of running, thus helping you leverage better running economy, clearing the way for more performance progress! Read more here about why leaning forward during running may be safer on the knees and may produce better running economy as compared with running too upright with your upper body posture.

Bretta Riches

"I believe the forefoot strike is the engine of endurance running..."

BSc Neurobiology; MSc Biomechanics candidate, ultra minimalist runner & founder of RunForefoot. I was a heel striker, always injured. I was inspired by the great Tirunesh Dibaba to try forefoot running. Now, I'm injury free. This is why I launched Run Forefoot, to advocate the health & performance benefits of forefoot running and to raise awareness on the dangers of heel striking, because the world needs to know.
Bretta Riches