Proper Running Posture: Upright Trunk vs Leaning Forward

Proper Running Posture: Upright Trunk vs Leaning Forward

Running too upright may be an obstacle to sustained forward momentum because it is a significant producer of drag and an excessive brake force duration period, exposing you to even greater risk of injury. Not to mention, its becoming increasingly evident in the research that running too upright has failed to show any clear benefits on bringing measurable relief of knee strain. Thus, running with an upright posture can be considered a substantial mechanical error you may want to avoid in efforts to lower energy costs and protect your knees.

In terms of proper running posture, running too upright with your upper body may result in more strains and less gains.

Bretta Riches

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