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?
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.
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.
What is the easiest way to run a faster 5k without training longer or harder? Lose weight! Reduce body fat – consume fewer processed carbs and more natural fats, whilst eating when hungry. For me personally, addressing this brings a gain of around 50 seconds per kilo over 5k. This is the easiest way… Continue reading What’s the easiest way to run faster without training longer or harder?
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.