Some people are born fast – the rest of us have to work at it. Jog for five minutes, and then do each of these drills for 30 seconds. They will help you run on the balls of your feet.
1. ARM CIRCLES WITH SKIP
As you skip, swing your arms in a forward circular motion as wide and as high as you can. After 30 seconds, swing backwards.
2. CROSS-BODY TOE TOUCH
Every three steps, lift your leg as high as you can and swing your opposite arm to touch your elevated toes. Alternate sides with each rep.
3. “A” SKIP WITH KNEE TO CHEST
Skip, but every three steps lift your knee toward your chest. Alternate sides. This pushes you onto the balls of your feet.
4. “B” SKIP
Follow the “A” skip pattern, but kick your leg out in a quick burst once your leg reaches its apex. Try to do it as fast as possible.
5. FAST-LEG HIGH-KNEES
Do a single high- knee as fast as you can, and then jog a few steps and switch knees.
6. FAST-LEG BUTT KICKS
Your hamstrings and quads have opposing functions. Butt kicks warm up both. Do a butt kick as quickly as you can, jog a few steps, then switch up the kicking leg.
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