Should Runners Train Like Bodybuilders?

Runners are often as nervous about the weight room as they are about taking a day off. Fear of injury, confusion at what to do, and the nerves of pumping iron next to a bunch of meatheads with protein shakers keep them relegated to the “core” area with body weight and bands. They’re also deathly afraid of putting on weight. Maybe bulking up our runners should be the goal?

Treating Runners Like Numbers

It usually starts with a single conversation: a few words, a simple comment, or chatter at a meet. A seemingly meaningless interaction that sets the stage for lifelong troubles. I was finishing up a session with one of my long-term clients when the conversation quickly switched from superficial topics to her experiences growing up. She spoke on struggles with an …

When should I race after a stress fracture?

A runner begrudgingly crutches into their physician’s office with a stress fracture diagnosis and beautiful black boot. The million-dollar question of “When can I run again?” is proposed, and unemotional calculation occurs. The runner quickly circles the specific date on their calendar and heads to the gym to tread water and spin on a bike. Time slowly passes like a kid waiting for Christmas. As the sun rises on the morning of the circled date, the runner happily exits their front door and starts their return to run progression.

Adductor muscle origins and insertions

Mastering the Runner’s Adductors

In this final post of my Mastering the Runners Hip Series we are investigating the runner’s groin, specifically the hip ADDuctors. If you missed the first three posts, check them out HERE, HERE, and HERE.  Hip ADDuction is the movement of our leg closer to our midline (IMAGE ABOVE). The muscles of our groin or medial thigh have two options …

Mastering the Runner’s Glute Medius

Runners talk about their butt more than any other muscle in the body. Normally, these are frustrated runners airing grievances against a poorly performing posterior. Today, we are covering the the lateral hip, specifically the glutes. We talked about the glute max in part II and will be focusing on the other glutes muscles that make up our glute trio. …

Mastering the Runner’s Glute Max

Your backside plays an important role when we run. It’s a powerful piston into the ground when we run fast, slows down our leg to contact the ground, and is a supporting actor to keeping our leg on course. Today we are going through what it does, how it works as a coordinated unit, and what we can do to …