Bent Leg vs. Straight Leg

Over the past two decades or so, there has been a lot of discussion about the benefits of the bent leg lead leg, as the straight leg lead leg had been the traditionally accepted style for many years. And though I’m a proponent of the bent leg lead, I also feel that the argument itself represents an oversimplification of what we actually want the lead leg to do. My thing is, it’s not about whether to have a bent lead leg or a straight leg, but about enabling the lead leg to cycle. Ultimately, the lead leg must straighten up at some point during hurdle clearance, so even a “bent” lead leg doesn’t stay bent.

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