Why a pill or a stretch or an exercise to strengthen a muscle never resolves the problem.

  Science has made massive progress over the last century. But, as we zoom in more and more on the infinite detail of the parts, we tend to forget the global, panoramic view. This is particularly so in looking at the living human being. This reductionist approach means that we don’t see the blindingly obvious… Continue reading Why a pill or a stretch or an exercise to strengthen a muscle never resolves the problem.

Why ankle mobility matters.

      Yesterday morning I had two clients in and with both I had cause to test their ankle mobility. Why? Well one was completely unable to get into a deep narrow squat with feet together, despite being able to achieve reasonable success with a standard air squat. Clearly hip mobility, although somewhat limited, wasn’t… Continue reading Why ankle mobility matters.

Ways to address so called ‘duck feet’ posture/gait.

  Feet out posture and gait or so-called ‘duck feet’ (very harsh on ducks as they walk with straight feet like practically every other animal) is a bit like driving your car with the wheels not straight. You could probably drive it for a while but you would lose performance and risk damage. Same for… Continue reading Ways to address so called ‘duck feet’ posture/gait.

Turning recreational runners into athletes.

             The Running Gym programme helps you to run faster or further more easily, whatever your current level. An initial consultation and treadmill video analysis identifies key areas to work on; Running form and gait Mobility restrictions Muscular imbalances Nutritional deficiencies Training regime – running and otherwise Other lifestyle factors.… Continue reading Turning recreational runners into athletes.

6 ways to run a faster marathon with less effort and fewer miles – Mike’s story.

  Mike came to me the October before last, seeking my help. 56 years old, he had taken up running a few years ago for general health and fitness – specifically to destress from his busy but sedentary business life and to lose some belly fat which had been growing steadily for the previous 10… Continue reading 6 ways to run a faster marathon with less effort and fewer miles – Mike’s story.

Why a ‘stronger core’ for runners begins with the feet, not sit ups and planks.

        The majority of runners dislike the gym. Most just like to be outdoors running in the fresh air and that’s brilliant – in many ways it’s much better for you than being indoors under bright lights, breathing in everybody else’s germs. If a runner comes to me in the gym it’s… Continue reading Why a ‘stronger core’ for runners begins with the feet, not sit ups and planks.

Hands up if you don’t want to run faster more easily.

I bet loads of people raised their hands yes? OK, so you guys don’t need to read further – leave social media now and do something more useful. For everybody else, here’s the story: We are runners. We don’t like being inside. We don’t like lifting heavy weights. We don’t enjoy brutal painful gym workouts.… Continue reading Hands up if you don’t want to run faster more easily.