Four Yoga Poses Every Runner Should Know

by Charlotte Clews. Stretching won’t do much for your speed, and flexibility alone won’t make you less prone to injury but that doesn’t mean you should never stretch. While it’s true that a perfectly aligned human body moving in a natural environment should be able to maintain good muscular balance without...

Got Glutes?, Part Three: How Runners Can Further Increase Power and Performance by Having “Smart Behinds”

This instructional article/video is part 3 of a 3-part series.  See part 1 and part 2 here with video. We hope that your glutes will enjoy becoming smarter. And why is that?  As was explained in part 1, runners often have under-performing glutes that can lead to big trouble. When your behind is slow and...

Got Glutes?, Part Two: How Runners Can Further Increase Power and Performance by Having “Smart Behinds”

This instructional article is part 2 of a 3-part series.  See part 1 here with video. We hope that your glutes will enjoy becoming smarter. And why is that?  As was explained in part 1, runners often have under-performing glutes that can lead to big trouble. When our behinds are slow and fail to do their...

Got Glutes? How Runners Can Increase Power and Performance by Having “Smart Behinds”

by Jeniffer Pilotti, M.S and  Sarah Young, M.S. –Runners might not like to admit it but most of them have under-performing glutes. When they get left behind in a race or workout by faster runners, the likely culprit is often their inefficient glutes! In other words, many runners have stupid glutes, or...

A Flawless Demonstration of Proprioception

*** The balance beam is one of women’s gymnastics toughest and most difficult events. There is almost zero margin for error. As we have seen in the London Olympics, even the most talented gymnasts often slip, stumble, or fall off the narrow wooden beam.  But the balance beam is more than just about...

Video: Runners, Are You Ready to Go Minimal?

The April 2012 issue of Running Times, in part, was an homage to a bygone era…the late  70’s when shoes were flat, thin-soled, and non-bulky. Moreover, the cover recreated the iconic image and cover pose of Jim Fixx’s “The Complete Book of Running,” which came out in 1977 and...

Stability and Mobility Video for Healthier Natural Running

I’ve often heard it said that you can’t fire a cannon from a canoe. The phrase seemingly dates to naval warfare from the 1800s, but the expression has been popular with fitness instructors and personal trainers who maintain that to “fire a cannon” (build strong arms and legs) you can’t do it from “a...

Take the Stability Test — Practice Standing on One Leg

As we “comfortably” situate ourselves into the off-season, reducing our training mileage and racing, this is an ideal time to work on balance and form. A runner will typically average 1,200 steps a mile on one foot. And the gravity force on the body structure is 2.5 times the body weight with...

Hip Extension Drills for Better Joint Mobility

by Dr. Mark  Cucuzzella. This is a nice stretch for hip extension which critical joint mobility for efficient running.  Most of us sit all day which shortens the iliacus, psoas, and hip flexor mechanism.  To run with efficient elastic recoil, the upper leg most be able to extend behind the hips and...

Should Runners Stretch Before Running?

Why is the running community so divided on this topic?  Your junior high gym teacher probably required you to do a series of stretches at the beginning of each class. These exercises might have included toe touches and hamstring stretches. Proper form was usually neglected. But did these exercises actually...