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Make Great Strides

  • By The Gait Guys
  • Published Jan 13, 2012
  • Updated Oct 24, 2012 at 4:04 PM UTC

Abdominal under-use

When your foot is in the air, the abdominal muscles, not the hip flexors, should initiate forward motion of the limb. If you use your hip flexors to bring the leg forward, your glutes will be neurologically inhibited; if they are inhibited, you won’t be able to use them to extend your hip.

Fix it: Stop doing crunches for your abs—it’s not a functional pattern (otherwise we would all walk bent over!). Do front and side planks with independent leg lifts.

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