Shall we go to the gym for a sit down?

We sit down for breakfast (those who eat breakfast), then sit down in our cars to drive to work. We then spend up to 8 hours or more sitting in our office, including sitting to eat lunch. Then we get in our cars to sit and drive home. So what do we do if we’re… Continue reading Shall we go to the gym for a sit down?

My 10 top tips for great running form.

  A cadence of around 180 steps per minute. Most recreational runners run at too    low a cadence, focusing on stride length instead of a quick turnover of the feet. Get the cadence right and allow the stride length to adapt accordingly. This is more efficient. Note that this may vary a little if… Continue reading My 10 top tips for great running form.

Is your ‘armless’ walking and running style slowing you down?

One of the most common problems we see in running and indeed walking is the tendency to not use the arms effectively. Many people seem to just not know what to with the arms. Although the arms contribute only a small amount directly in propelling us forward, they are massively important in the rhythm of… Continue reading Is your ‘armless’ walking and running style slowing you down?

‘Your balance is poor, so you need to be sitting down to exercise.’ Is this right do you think?

 The World Health Organisation recently ranked sitting as the 4th biggest killer I understand.  I’m sure most people in health and fitness would agree that we need to move more and sit less for a multitude of mental and physical health benefits. Yet it seems that when it comes to the elderly or those with… Continue reading ‘Your balance is poor, so you need to be sitting down to exercise.’ Is this right do you think?

Working on the pure speed element of 5k racing.

So yesterday I was sitting down thinking about what I should focus on in my outdoor pure speed for 5k training session in the evening. There are just so many elements to being able to run faster, without even looking at the endurance aspect of something like 5k (and let’s not forget that this event… Continue reading Working on the pure speed element of 5k racing.

Your running posture may be contributing to your back pain.

Many many runners come to me complaining of back pain when they run. Even before I watch them run I can normally predict their running form and even what shoes they wear with some accuracy. They usually run very upright with a considerable heel strike. Many have been taught to run this way or have… Continue reading Your running posture may be contributing to your back pain.

You are not as fragile as you think you are.

  You are not as fragile as you think you are! A very common problem I come across as a trainer is those clients who believe that their body is liable to break with anything other than the easiest, most gentle movement. This is often true of female clients who have not done much training… Continue reading You are not as fragile as you think you are.

The real causes of most lower back pain.

  Millions of people suffer from lower back pain and, whilst it’s true that the reasons are not always clear cut and obvious, there are a number of common characteristics that most people complaining of lower back pain share:  They have weak or inactive gluteal muscles – either one side or both. These powerhouse muscles… Continue reading The real causes of most lower back pain.

Your big toe and your glutes must be talking to each other for stability and power.

  Get your feet talking to your glutes for stability and power. Once you understand the relationship between the feet working properly and glute activation you can become massively more stable and powerful and this can have a big impact on your running (and all other upright activities). Even in walking you suddenly find yourself… Continue reading Your big toe and your glutes must be talking to each other for stability and power.

Run faster by understanding the role of fascia and gravity.

  Improve your 5k time by working with gravity and the elasticity of your fascia. Human movement is fascinating. As a PT I was trained to think of movement being the result of muscles and tendons pulling on bones. However this totally fails to take account of gravity which is actually the main player since… Continue reading Run faster by understanding the role of fascia and gravity.