Ultrarunning Stretches: Increasing your climbing strength on runs

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Want to gain strength for those long climbs? This week Michael Garrison shows us the mountain climber. The mountain climber is designed to help you gain hip strength and mobility. Another benefit to this exercise is all you need is about 6 feet of space and your good to go!

Video Transcript:

Aloha. Dr. Michael Garrison here with UltraRunning Magazine and Hawaii Running Lab, always trying to add more tools to that UltraRunning toolbox of yours. This week, we’re going to work on an exercise called mountain climbers. Will be great for building your hip flexor strength, in addition to increasing your hip mobility, which is something that most ultraunners desperately need.

What we’re going do is, we’re going to come up into this position here, just a nice pike, and then we’re going to drive one knee forward trying to bring the foot closer to the hand, just right there, and alternate. With your eyes, if you want to try to look about three feet in front of you, that’d be perfect. This is just what that’s gonna look like. It’s gonna help build that hip strength up for ya, and hopefully you’re passing all your buddies on your local climb.

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Michael’s background makes him a rare blend of avid runner, accomplished coach and passionate academic. He received his BS in Exercise Science from the University of California at Davis, his M.Ed. in Sports Management from the University of Arkansas and his Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Arkansas. His Ph.D. dissertation, “Characteristics of Elite Female Collegiate Distance Runners with Respect to Selected Biomechanical and Physiological Factors,” can be found here or in print at the University of Arkansas Library. Michael has been a competitive runner for most of his life with over 10 marathon finishes and over 30 ultra marathon finishes. When he’s not coaching, you can find Michael running trail races on Oahu and in California.

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