Archive for the ‘Cross Training’ Category

5 Muscle Groups Runners Should Target

5 Muscle Groups Runners Should Target

Dr. Dane Treat with University of Minnesota Team Physician Dr. Robert Johnson, himself the finisher of 72 marathons (to date). This 10 minute video starts with a brief introduction by Dr. Robert Johnson on how to keep it simple. After Dr. Johnson’s introduction Dr. Dane Treat demonstrates exercises, with proper technique, runners can do at […]

5 Exercises for the Glutes

5 Exercises for the Glutes

Practice these 5 exercises for the gluteus medius muscles to help prevent common running injuries. Lateral Hip Abduction – Shuffle steps with resistance bands. Lunges – Also do side lunges and walking lunges with dumbells. Single-Legged Squat – Also called a “Pistol” squat. Step-ups Hill runs You can view more instructional videos from Trail Running […]

The End of Crunches?

The End of Crunches?

In my recent studies, I have come across some intriguing  information on the safest way to train your core muscles.  According to Stuart McGill, a professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo, the core muscles should be trained for stability while flexion and hyperextension of the lumbar spine should be avoided.  He found through his […]

Strength Training Benefits

Strength Training Benefits

Runners have a tendency to stick with what they know best; running.   If you were once skeptical about adding a little weight lifting into your routine, let’s take a closer look at the benefits of strength training and how it could improve your running performance.  You might change your mind! Here are a few key reasons: 1) Strength training builds a […]

Functional Training

Functional Training

Functional training may be best described as exercise with a purpose.  It is training that involves multi joint movements to help enhance one’s function in sports performance, fitness development, occupational performance, or activities of daily living.  Functional training trains movements, not muscles. Human movement can be broken down into five primary movements which include: single leg […]

Strength Training and Stretching to Avoid Injuries

Strength Training and Stretching to Avoid Injuries

Let’s start with strength training: I have found that most runners know running. It’s what they love to do and they do it as often as possible. It’s addictive; it’s amazing…I love it, too. I have also found that in general, there are strength-training people: They are all about weight training but couldn’t care less […]