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Archive for May, 2012

May 29th, 2012

Training Tips – Bounding

BoundingBounding Can Keep You Healthy

You might be asking yourself what bounding can do for you. But for a runner, it’s an excellent drill to practice. Here’s what it can help you with:

  • Warm up
  • Improve coordination
  • Improve forefoot striking
  • Strengthen calves and glutes

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May 25th, 2012

Running Form Tips – Posture: Hip Location

Hips and Posture

Use these quick tips to make immediate improvements to your running form!

  1. Do not bend the small of your back. Stand tall.
  2. Keep your hips relaxed. This may be difficult but it’s possible and if you need to practice, do so. Click to continue reading…
May 22nd, 2012

Common Running Injuries – IT Band Strain

This article will cover IT band strains – what they are, how they develop, how to treat the injury, and how to prevent it from happening. ITBS is very annoying and painful. It’s not as common as other overuse injuries, but if you have even a slight abnormality (for example: very slightly bowed legs), you are at an increased risk. This article will help you prevent it – and if you do have it, you’ll be able to diagnose and treat it.

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May 18th, 2012

Is Running on a Treadmill Safer Than Running on Cement?

You’ve heard them.

Many people avoid treadmills because they are “bad for your knees”. Oh really? Running on a treadmill helped me recover from an injury in my past and I’ve never had an issue with it. At the same time, I’ve noticed that running on cement sidewalks felt significantly more taxing than running on asphalt. So I decided to put them to the test – Cement vs. Treadmill, in a battle of surfaces.

To test this out, I did some running on both, and of course, some research.

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May 15th, 2012

How To Help A Heel Striker – Experienced Runners

In our last post, we gave you some simple tips for helping a runner convert to forefoot striking in a way that puts very little pressure on the new runner. That’s all well and fine. But things can get a bit hairier if you are trying to help out an experienced runner. Where the newbie is most often happy to absorb all the advice he or she can get, the grizzled veteran is likely set in their ways. This includes not only their running form, but also their thoughts, views, and opinions on running form and running in it’s entirety.

What’s the best way to gently suggest that someone change their form?

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