Triathletes spend a lot of time in bowed body positions, formally called global flexion and global extension. Posture can and should change so we can understand the difference b/w being globally extended versus being OVER extended in the low back (check out MobilityWod to learn more). We can practice these bowed body positions with our […]
Deal with shoulder or neck pain swimming, or in the pool? Chances are your shoulders are not where they should be. Pushups are crucial for shoulder strength and stabilization. But only when we focus on proper mechanics. One way to do this: start with the same basic athletics skills needed in the squat and apply […]
An introduction to better strength & conditioning for Triathletes. Dealing with injuries? Want to go faster? Learn how to stabilize your spine, hips, knees, and ankles via proper squatting mechanics. Simultaneously address strength and mobility and learn how to more effectively transfer power through the body while swimming, cycling, and running.
In the previous video, we discussed how Double Unders teach runners to create tension in the air while pushing through the whole body. But pushing in this manner–while creating stability– does not move runners forward! For effective locomotion, we need to fall forward and pull our feet up underneath us. Remember though: effective pulling happens […]
Many runners can be heard coming before we even see them. What gives them away? Usually their heavy feet! And one reason we land heavy? We lose stability in the body while in the air with zero points of contact. While standing we are stable with two points of contact on the ground. While running […]
On flat terrain and slower speeds, running is a mid-range of motion activity. But changing the terrain and speed can increase the mechanical demands, especially on our hips and ankles and on our coordination to keep it altogether. Use this feet together burpee test to see how you can cope with uphills and with increased […]
How do our pullups relate to running? Both pushing forces and pulling forces are at play in virtually every movement under the sun. By breaking running down, we can understand that pushing provides power and stability, while pulling can transition us faster to the next movement cycle.
Runners, triathletes, and CrossFitters deal with transitions all the time. As we fatigue, its in these transitions from one thing to the next that we lose the most speed and time. By focusing on a higher cadence across a variety of terrain, we can learn to transition from flat, to uphill, to downhill and everything […]
When our body is in a better global position, expressed with our hips pushed forward, we automatically see better pulling at the leg. You can see this natural stretch-reflex in the anterior chain occur with this band example.Part II: Better Hip position = Better Pulling
Running: Learn to Push before you PULL As coaches we regularly cue athletes to fall forward and pull their legs up when running. But athletes regularly run bent over with poor pulling mechanics. In order to express good pulling mechanics at the local level, runners must first understand global extension–an expression of pushing–of the […]