By Elizabeth Towe Efficient running requires a stable-stance leg from which you can drive your body forward. Connecting the power of the stance leg to a stable torso with opposite arm rotation improves the efficiency of running. The Step Back Lunge with Single Arm Row, one of my favorite exercises, can work all of the […]
By Elizabeth Towe Have you been trail running lately? Trail running is a nice change from the regular routine of road running giving your body a chance for different input. The uneven surface uses different muscles and requires more joint stability. Lateral hops are meant to improve your stability, particularly for trail running. In this […]
By Elizabeth Towe Running requires strength and stability on one leg to drive the body forward efficiently. The split squat is a great multi-joint (hip-knee-ankle) exercise that really brings the hip joint to the forefront as the power mover that drives us forward in walking and running. In reference to improving triathlon performance, particularly accessing running power through T2 […]
I often have people ask for exercises that give “more bang for their buck” — exercises that challenge the most important muscles, most effectively, in the least amount of time. In these cases we turn to multi-joint exercises to challenge core and hip stability and use as many muscles possible through the entire range of […]
Are your hamstrings tight? Most people can answer a definitive yes or no right away. If you are not sure, but you have reoccurring pain or tightness (even low level) in your back, hip, knee or lower leg it could be directly related to tight hamstrings; especially if you spend extended periods of time sitting on a daily basis.
Where is the spring in your running gait? This exercise will help build a soft landing and springy forward push in running. To do this we use forward hopping while alternating legs. The key point is to find a soft and balanced landing of your foot under your body that easily creates a quick forward […]
In this exercise we are adapting a basic core exercise to practice finding “the zone” or achieving “flow” state when you do any activity. The key concept is to allow your mental focus to turn inward to your breath.
You want to take things off road? Are you ready? You must be able to navigate the terrain. A particular challenge to the core is controlling your body and balance as you move forward over an uneven surface.
It’s the middle of a hot training summer! Some of you may be putting in a lot of miles to get to a big fall event for which you’ve registered. One quality we can lose with high running mileage is the “spring” in your ankle, knee, and hip joints.
A perfect exercise to do with your summer relay teammates!