each foot while landing on the same straight line.
Pretend you are walking on a string stretching out
in front of you and you want to step on it every
step. This techinque forces your hips to rotate
forward and back as well as up and down and contributes
to stride length and speed.
a short stride. Don't stride out far in front of
you. The power in the stride should come from the
backward pushing versus reaching out in front of
you. A good way to check how far out in front you
should step is to raise both your toes well up and
walk on your heels with a normal stride. You cannot step very far out
this way. The landing point will be a shoe length or one and a half shoe lengths in front
of your body. This is the point you should use when
racewalking. Fitness or powerwalking emphasizes
a long stride in front but this actually curtails
speed because it causes a "braking" action and bending
of the knees. Notice the dotted line on the drawing
below. The stride in front is about 1/4 to 1/3 as
long as the stride to the rear.
a short forward stride and a longer pushing stride
to the rear, you can get the rapid stride rate or
turnover which brings speed in racewalking. The
benefit of the short forward stride is also that
the period of straightening of the knee is lessened.
Remember, the leg must be straight from landing
to when it passes under you. If you keep the stride
short in front, this becomes a matter of only a