This exercise to practice running using a shortened stride uses a training ladder and improves control


  • Run through the ladder at pace placing each foot in every second space
  • Speed up as technique improves

Key Points

  • Focus on technique; move at a controlled pace so that the stride must be consciously shortened
  • Run on the balls of the feet; keep the head up and the back straight
  • Synchronise arm and leg movement, i.e, lift the right knee and left arm simultaneously and vice versa


  • An inventory of equipment to support ABC exercises is available in the Resources section