Skipping for Runners

You may not have skipped since grade school, but it's a great way to work on glute activation and hip extension to improve your running form.   Add in some low-level plyometric work and it's a fantastic pre-run or pre-speed workout exercise to add to your dynamic...

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Open Book Stretch

Tightness in the thoracic spine is a common issue among runners and it can greatly impact your running form and efficiency.   The "Open Book" stretch is a good way to keep your back loose and make sure that you're not compromising your running form. Adding it...

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Running Strength Exercise: Lunges

Lunges are a well-known and classic strength exercise for runners -- and it's with good reason! They are a great way to strengthen running-specific muscles.   They are a good exercise to include as part of your general strength routines, but also make an excellent pre-run exercise...

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Running Strength Exercise: 1-Leg Deadlift

The muscles on the outside of your hips (termed the "external rotators") are a classic weak spot on runners. Weakness there can lead to a host of injury issues, not the least of which is ITBFS.   To help strength the area it's good to focus on...

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Running Form Drill: Wall Running

When I do a running form analysis¬†one of the most common issues that I see is people landing too far in front of their center of gravity. Doing that is not only inefficient, but it also increases impact forces on your legs.   You can help to...

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The BIG “Little” Things

I often hear runners talk about "the little things."   Usually it's in the context of "I don't have time for the little things, but I'm getting my training in," or something similar -- which of course means that the "little" things are everything but the running.   I'm...

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Eccentric Calf Raises for Runners

Achilles issues are very common among distance runners and they can also be very persistent. Fortunately there are things that you can do to help protect against issues and help recover from them.   One of the most effective (and easiest) things to add to your routine...

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Advanced Foam Rolling

Foam rolling is an important part of any runner's recovery protocol. Being consistent with foam rolling means that you'll head off problems before they start and give yourself a better chance to run smoothly and efficiently with more flexible muscles.   In order to get the most...

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Monster Walks: Hip strength

It's no secret that strong hips helps you run more efficiently and reduce the risk of running injuries. It probably also doesn't come as a surprise that most runners need to do more to strengthen their hips.   Monster walks are a great exercise to add to...

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