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.

Are you training in ‘black hole’ territory?

  It’s 6pm. You’ve just got home after a hard day at the office. You feel stressed and stiff. You know that a good run in the fresh air is the only way to put this right. After you will feel better, more relaxed, enjoy a good meal, maybe a drink or two and fall… Continue reading Are you training in ‘black hole’ territory?

Training yourself to burn fat for fuel – the key to endurance success (and good health).

  More and more long distance runners, cyclists, triathletes etc. are coming to understand that the conventional advice for fuelling endurance effort is simply wrong. For years they have been told that carbs are the primary fuel source for going long and that anything less than a full blown pasta fest pre race or workout,… Continue reading Training yourself to burn fat for fuel – the key to endurance success (and good health).

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.