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Have you tried “Skipping” Hills?

on May 31, 2013

***Please note I am not a doctor, trainer, physical therapist etc, etc…..I am simply blogging about an interesting article I read or purposes of discussion.  Should you decide to try you do so at your own risk.

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Skipping hills?

Hahaha…not so fast!  Skipping as in that cute (and fun) move you loved to do as a kid, not skipping as in SLACKER skipping out on hills all together  😉

I read an interesting article on about it

Want to Run Faster? Skip to the Hills by Neil Cook (click to read the full article)

Here is the basics of it (please refer to the article for complete info)

  • skip up a hill (one considered to be steep) once or twice a week
  • time should consist of 4-8 minutes  (I did 2 rounds of 4 minutes)
  • do NOT focus on knee lift or speed!
  • it’s not about speed as much as form*

*and don’t try to move forward fast. Focus on getting your feet off the ground and over the rope, and not just that, but also try to get your heels up to your butt. Move up the hill at a slow pace, explode off the ground and snap your heels up to your butt. Keep your knees low.  *(taken direct from the article)

Desired result is stronger legs, leading to faster leg turnover =  faster times

Gotta tell you I tried it today and sweated my booty off!  Definitely felt it in the legs for sure.


Does it work?  According to the article it can help, the author gives two examples of “test” groups that both showed improved times.

What do you think?  Would you give skipping a try?

5 Responses to “Have you tried “Skipping” Hills?”

  1. wdickson210 says:

    I went to the site you recommended for skipping hills. I am going to try this Saturday. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Kim says:

    Hmm…interesting idea. Will have to read the article. I can see that your legs and butt would feel the skipping for sure!!

  3. Alicia says:

    I haven’t tried this, but its an interesting concept. If it helps with turnover, that would be awesome. So it’s a little like cross training, right?

  4. Karen :0) says:

    SO interesting! I’ve never tried skipping hills before but might have to try that next time! :0)

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