An essential part of every runner’s regimen, hill training can be used to build power, speed, and endurance.
But how exactly does it help?
The incline of a hill runs forces an athlete to push against the resistance stemming from their body weight. This forces leg muscles to work harder and better manage their stride for efficiency and to avoid injury.
This means that an athlete’s calf muscles are engaged and helps the individual develop their power and muscular elasticity and their overall co-ordination. This can be varied by choosing different sizes of hill or varying the terrain the trainee is tackling.
This can help simulate race conditions, vary training, and deal with the issues that can arise from downhill running and the development of injury and muscle pain.