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I think we need to have HRE chip in his opinion--just kidding! I should have had you do bounding and skipping last April just to check out, HRE.

All these three exercises involve "exaggerated form" of actual running; not skipping. Depending on the level of athletes, you may want to alter the degree of the hill as well as the length of the hill. Actually there's nothing wrong with "skipping"; you'll still get some benefit from it--particularly the push-off power; but it's just the degree of "balistic" action on your legs, particularly on your Achilles, will be nowhere near what it would be if you actually do "bounding" or "springing" in the running action (alternating your feet). It is this balistic action that is a big part of the benefit from these plyometric hill exercises.

I'm supposed to lead Lydiard-type hill training exercises to beginning joggers next week, and then a bunch of high school kids for U of M running camp next month. It seems to me that it's easier to have them start with just simply running (slowly!) up the hill first and gradually lengthen their stride length = air time. I've noticed having them start with skipping may make them comfused even more because the movements are quite different. They can do skipping just fine but it really doesn't help them to ease into bounding or springing.

Again, skipping can be a good exercise too; it may actually be even better exercise if they can't really master the bounding movement or for someone who's prone to Achilles problems. But real benefit is nowhere near what it could be from tru bounding/springing.

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