Chapter 5: The muscles that drive good running technique

Chapter 5 of Running Technique explains which of the major running muscles are working during each phase of the running gait cycle.  The photos that follow will help illustrate these concepts further.

Preparation phase – hamstring, calf and glute activation.

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Contact phase – hamstring and glute activation.

Example 1

Example 2

Contact phase – Vastus medialis, rectus femoris and quadriceps activation.

Example 1

Example 2

Contact phase – Achilles, Soleus and Calf activity.

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Muscle activity during running

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