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! 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.