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Does Strength Training Really Make Runners Faster? running Feb 09, 2024

For runners, the quest for speed and efficiency is perpetual. While pounding the pavement and clocking in miles have been staples in every runner's regimen, the role of strength training in enhancing performance has been a topic of debate. Recent studies shed light on the impact of various...

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Runners, introducing the hip flexors running Feb 09, 2024

If we again delve into Tim Dorn’s 2012 study on the contribution of various muscles in running, we see the hip flexors (iliopsoas) performing close to 2 x bodyweight of work at slower speeds, but with an increased contribution at faster speeds, to the point where at 9 metres per second, the...

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Calf Raises: Knee Bent vs. Knee Straight running Feb 09, 2024

Ever wondered how your calf raise technique can impact different muscles in the calf group? Let's explore the science behind knee-bent vs. knee-straight calf raises!

Muscle Trio:

The calf muscle group comprises three main players – the medial gastrocnemius, the lateral gastrocnemius,...

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🏋️Progressive loading of the Achilles tendon🤸‍♀️ running Feb 09, 2024

Progressive loading of the Achilles tendon‍

 A neat study has recently been published by Baxter et al, which examined the Achilles tendon load in common exercises & compared them to walking and running.

Our previous post discussed the importance of doing more than just calf...

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Should you change your running technique? running Feb 09, 2024

So we’ve previously discussed that your running technique CAN be changed (here), but the more important question is: SHOULD you change it? So let’s discuss some of the reasons FOR and AGAINST changing running technique.

FOR

Symptom modification

  • There have been multiple studies...

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Can you change running technique? running Feb 09, 2024

“The way you run, is the way you run” is a common statement we hear when it comes to running technique, inferring that you can not change the way you run. So can you change how you run?

Running is a complex skill, represented as such in the brain alongside other complex movement...

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Not all miles are equal: understanding training load in runners running Aug 24, 2023

 When managing runners, understanding and managing your training load is crucial for optimizing performance & avoiding injuries. Training load refers to the amount of stress placed on the body during training sessions. Measuring and monitoring this load is essential for ensuring a...

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