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There are many things that draw us off road and nourish our individual needs. Life’s lessons can be refined and practiced with clarity as we move in nature. The variability of terrain can be both a challenge and an enjoyment. The roots, rocks, sticks that look like snakes but aren’t, rocks that are actually turtles […]
The key is to create a slow stretch as the muscle and tendon lengthen, then off-load the tissues completely to return to the start position. Doing this, you will spare the muscle the work of lifting the body weight, while creating a stretch and just enough load to trigger the body’s tissue remodeling and healing mechanisms.
Here is a quick and comprehensive dynamic warm up for running. It incorporates proper muscle activation and dynamic stretch within the neuromuscular movement patterns of running so you can put your best foot forward before hitting the pavement or trail!
As we reach peak training load / taper initiation mileage is high, the load on the system is high & some fatigue is normal. The purpose of this workout is to restore a light & springy quality to gait. The plyometric focus here is on quickness & agility. A different form of plyometrics can be used for power & strength, but that is best done after a base strength has been established and no major events are on the near horizon.
Tightening up after a run is normal. This dynamic cool down routine will help you leave that muscle tension at the end of your run instead of carrying it with you into the rest of your day. Use this as a base routine. It is designed to be quick, easy & comprehensive. Extend, repeat […]
Anyone who has been paying attention to exercise theory and practice recently has heard of the terms core, core strength, and core stability. But do you really know what they mean relative to what you favorite activity may be? Lots of folks still think that core is synonymous with abdominal muscles. Abdominal muscles are only […]
Why are core exercises important for runners? The human body is a dynamic system with many movement possibilities. Movement options allow the body to adapt and compensate for different functional tasks. When we run, the body acts as a system geared for absorbing and then generating forces relative to the ground. The goal of the […]