The "Running Man" is a hip-hop dance step that was popular in the 80s. This step simulates the movement you do when running and is a great cardio workout that can help get your heart rate up. Recently, this classic dance move became popular again on social media. To master the "Running Man", focus on raising your knees and arms to your chest, adding new steps to challenge yourself, and recording and sharing your dance steps with your family and friends for their enjoyment.
Part 1 of 3: Learn the Basics of the "Running Man"
Step 1. Pull your elbows back
In this dance step, you will pull both elbows out to the sides at the same time. To start, close each hand into a loose fist. Bend your elbows at a 90 ° angle and keep them bent at the sides. Slightly straighten your elbows and stretch your arms forward. This move will draw your elbows away from your sides. Quickly pull them towards you.
Pump your arms in this way several times to adjust to the feel of the movement
Step 2. Raise your right knee toward your chest
As you pump your elbows in and out, keep your feet in line with your hips. Incorporate leg movements by lifting your right knee toward your chest. As you lift your knee, your elbows should return to your sides. Try to bend your knee at a 90 ° angle.
Consider wearing athletic shoes or dance shoes to get a better grip on the ground and avoid injuring yourself
Step 3. Lower your foot back to the ground
After raising your right knee to your chest, begin to lower your foot to the ground. Straighten your arms as you lower your foot.
Step 4. Drag your left foot back
When your right foot touches the ground, lean forward slightly and keep your weight on your right foot. Drag your left foot back and lift your heel.
Step 5. Raise your left knee toward your chest
Once you've dragged your left foot back, use that momentum to lift your left knee toward your chest. Make a 90 ° angle with your knee and bring your elbows out to your sides.
Step 6. Place your left foot and drag your right back
Lower your left foot to the floor and place it on the ground. Lean forward slightly, putting your weight on your left foot and straightening your arms again. Drag your right foot back on the ground.
Step 7. Pick up the pace
When you've mastered bringing your knees to your chest and bending and unbending your elbows at your sides, try to perform the movements faster. These movements will make it appear that you are running on your site.
Part 2 of 3: Add different moves
Step 1. Grab your ankle with your hand
After you've mastered the basic moves, you can make the dance more interesting by adding new ones. Instead of dragging your left or right foot back, gently grab your ankle with the same hand and lift it up.
You can do this move in each step or you can put it in any step you like
Step 2. Bring your opposite hand to your head
While pulling your foot back with your hand, raise the hand opposite the side of your head. Keep your elbow bent and place the palm of your hand next to your head. You can put your hand behind or above your ear. Lower your arm by alternating knees.
Step 3. Replace lifting with kicking
Instead of lifting your knee to your chest, kick back. Begin by lifting your leg slightly to gain momentum. When it's midway to your chest, flex your foot and push back. Imagine that you are pushing the wall behind you.
Step 4. Place one hand on the knee
As you kick the wall, put one hand on the knee. If you are kicking with your left knee, place your left hand lightly on the knee. If you're kicking with the right, place it on the right.
Step 5. Raise your opposite hand toward your head
While your hand rests on your knee, bring your opposite hand toward your head. Bend your elbow at a 45 ° angle and put your fingertips behind your ear. Lower your arm as you lower your leg.
Part 3 of 3: Take part in the "Running Man" challenge
Step 1. Record your dance steps
The "Running Man" became a popular dance move again thanks to its popularity on social media. Many people recorded their movements and shared them online to participate in this viral dance challenge. If you want to demonstrate your new movements, use a recorder or recording function on your cell phone to capture them.
- Ask a friend or family member to join you.
- Think of fun, interesting places to make others laugh with the "Running Man." Dance in a parking lot outside of school or bundle up in warm clothes and dance in the yard after a snowstorm.
Step 2. Upload the video to social networks
Once you have recorded your dance, upload it to Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or another social media platform. Let your friends and family enjoy this dance challenge trend.
Step 3. Use the appropriate hashtag
When uploading your video, use the hashtag #RunningManChallenge in the description or in the comment section. This will help others find your post more easily.
- Keep your arms close to your sides and your feet parallel as you perform the movements.
- Try to move fast so that it looks like you are running.