How to do High Knees

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Difficulty: Medium

Impact Level: Normal

Target Body Parts: abs, calves, glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps


From a standing start, with your arms held out in front of you at shoulder height, start running on the spot as fast as you can by lifting your knees up to waist height for each stride.

Stay up on your toes and keep your back upright and straight, avoid leaning backwards and keep your arms as still as possible.

How to make High Knees easier

Take it down a notch in terms of intensity by swapping this for our March in Place and then our Running in Place exercises.

How to make High Knees more challenging

Take your cardio to the next level up from here by trying our Sprinter and Up Down exercises.

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