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Jun 24, 2022

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What do you do with your arms when you run? If you’ve ever asked yourself this question, tune in now!


Timestamps of big takeaways

What Should the Arms Do When We Run?

[00:59] While running, upper body tension is critical. The arm swing is a response to the feet coming off the ground. The arms respond to balance the legs because arms are for balancing while running. In the running pose, the arms are by our side because we are in balance. When we fall out of balance, the legs separate, and so do the arms.


Why People Pump Their Arms When Running

[01:53] When people are learning about running, they’ve been told to pump their arms. Pumping the arms is a common cue among runners. People are actively trying to move their arms while they run. The reality is that runners don’t have to do that because swinging happens on its own.


More Swinging = More Speed?

[03:25] There is a false belief that if you want to run faster, you have to pump your arms more. The faster you pump your arms, the faster you will run - But there is a disconnect with how arm swinging contributes to running speed.


What Actually Creates More Speed?

[04:41] The arms will move faster as you run faster - naturally. Forcing your arms to flail about won’t help you run faster.



The body is connected. When you run, you connect with your core, and the fall - the arms will start to swing on their own. You don’t have to force it.


How to Learn More About Arm Movements

[06:16] This is where the membership is so helpful. You can actually see and learn how your body should be moving, and if it’s not correct, you can change it. Then, when you’re moving correctly, running can become fun.


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