How To Change Running Form Safely

So you want to change your running form? It is not uncommon for runners to explore changing how they run. Whether it’s exploring different training methods, switching shoes, or adjusting how their foot contacts the ground – some runners will try anything to improve performance and minimize pain and injury risk. In this article, you will learn common running forms, running specific exercises, when shoes matter, and how to change running form safely.

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Split Stance Position Tutorial and Set Up

The split stance position is hands down one of the most underutilized positions when it comes to leg day workouts and lower extremity rehab. The split stance position can and should be utilized as a transitionary stance between double leg and single leg positions. Double legย support positions like in the squat and deadlift are great for developing strength and power; however, they can hide asymmetries from side to side and don’t truly test the body’s ability to coordinate complex movement patterns. This is why single leg exercises are a staple in many strength and conditioning and rehabilitation programs alike. However, many people struggle with single leg exercises like single leg Romanian deadlifts, step downs, and single leg hopping due to a lack of coordination, balance, strength, or all of the above. This is where the split stance position shines and can be utilized to “bridge the gap” to single leg exercises. Learning to own the split stance position will elevate your gym games and [P]Rehab your legs alike!

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6 Most Popular Episodes of 2018

Thank you to all the support you guys have given us in 2018. We have been hard at work with extremely exciting projects going live this upcoming year! Stay tuned.ย This article showcase the 6 most popular Episodes of 2018. Serratus Anterior Want to check out our entire exercise library? Click HERE For Exercise 1๏ธโƒฃ โœ…Lay Read more about 6 Most Popular Episodes of 2018[…]

Foolproof Single Leg Strengthening Exercises

Single leg strengthening exercises are truly functional. Yes, I said the F-word. Single leg strengthening exercises are functional because they help with making activities of daily living easier, can improve athletic performance, can help with longstanding aches and pains, and can even reduce the risk of injury. It is essential to incorporate single leg strengthening exercises to your training regime, as it reinforces the principles of prehab. In this article you will learn our go-to single leg strengthening exercises that everyone can benefit from.

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Six Week Core Training Program

In this article you will learn a six week core training program that is supported by research to increase passive core stiffness. As explained by the great Stuart McGill, improving core stiffness can help with the ability to transfer force and can enhance the amount of load the spine can handle. Both of these attributes can improve an individual’s athleticism and overall performance with any task!

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Strength Training for Runners – The Step Up

Step-ups will always be a staple drill in rehabilitation and strength and conditioning programs when it comes to working with runners. Considering the unilateral, weight-bearing nature of the step-up, it effectively challenges recruitment patterns analogous to those encountered during routine activities of daily living and sport.
This article is a must read for any runner and one of the best articles you will readย hands down regarding strength training for runners – all focused around the step up. It’s written by renown running expert and physical therapist Dr. Christopher Johnson. He’s not just an academic, but also a 2x Kona Qualifier and currently ranked 16th (AG) in the country for long course racing. So let’s just say he knows a thing or two about running performance! Chris was kind enough to release thisย chapter of his ebook Running On Resistance FREE for you guys here in this article. If you like what you read (and we know you will), you can save 15% on his book using the code “stepupsforgains here.

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Blood Flow Restriction Training in a Nutshell

If you’re in any which way connected to the rehabilitation, sports medicine, or athletic performance worlds, you’ve probably heard the word “blood flow restriction” or “BFR” at some point. A growing body of evidence now supports the use of using blood flow restriction combined with low-load resistance training to enhance hypertrophic and strength responses in skeletal muscles. Blood flow restriction training utilizes the application of an inflatable pneumatic cuffย or wraps around a limb to limit the amount ofย blood flowย available to the exercising muscle. The goal is to fully occlude venous blood flow out of the exercising limb and restrict a certain percentage of blood flow into the exercising limb.ย  […]

Deceleration Control in All Three Planes

When beginning the transition to plyometrics, I always want to make sure my athletes can first control regressed movements, positions of instability, and demonstrate good deceleration control in all three planes in a SLOW AND CONTROLLED MANNER. This is an absolute prerequisite before I ask them to generate power (speed component) and change directions (agility component), especially in reaction to an external stimulus (ie an opposing player or ball). Assessing and training deceleration control in all three planes is absolutely vital for the athlete, as no sport is truly one dimensional.

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Personalized Blood Flow Restriction Training Literature Review

Personalized blood flow restriction training is a training strategy (or an exercise modality) that involves exercising at low intensities (i.e. 20-35% 1-RM) while occluding venous blood flow out of a limb and restricting arterial blood flow into a limb by using a Doppler controlled computer tourniquet. This type of training is accomplished by wrapping off the proximal portion of a limb. In the upper extremity this is done at the level of the deltoid tuberosity, while in the lower extremity this is performed at the level of the greater trochanter of the femur. As future healthcare providers, we recommend using an FDA approved personalized tourniquet system to perform personalized blood flow restriction training (like SmartCuffs andย Owens Recovery Science) as opposed to other methods such as knee wraps and/or voodoo bands.

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