A race walker’s posture is quite simple. An elite race walker maintains an upright posture throughout the stride. The torso should not swing forward or back, nor should it twist as the hips rotate forward. Leaning forward or backward restricts hip rotation and places an incredible strain on the lower back.
Observe Figure 1 showing Jared Tallent walking to a silver medal in the 2008 Olympics 50km race. Tallent’s posture is straight up and down, leading to more graceful and efficient technique, as well as the proper stride ratio. Race walkers should have more of their stride behind them than in front of their body. Estimates vary between a 60-40 split and a 70-30 split. Tallent’s sweet spot is directly in between at 64/36.
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