Purpose

Improves leg turnover action.

Setup

  • You need an open track.

How it Works

  1. Athlete jogs for 30 seconds counting the number of times his or her left foot hits the ground during that time period.
  2. Athlete rests for 30 seconds then repeats the drill trying to reduce the number of left foot strikes by 1-2 during this 30 second period.

Coaching Tips

  • Over time, this drill should help the athlete find a leg turnover speed that works best for them. The goal shouldn’t be to constantly reduce the number of leg strikes but rather to find a number that is comfortable and optimal for the runner. You are looking for leg turnover action that allows them to cover the most ground with the fewest leg strikes without overstriding.