I ran competitively for 9 years. I raced distances from the 800m on the track to 10km on the road. Known for it’s high incidence of overuse injuries, the running daemons got me twice – once I rolled my ankle (3rd degree sprain; obviously not an overuse injury) and another time I had IT Band ..read more..
Archive for the ‘Strength Training’ Category
Traditionally, explosive weightlifting has been reserved for sprinters, but distance runners can also benefit from including these power-producing exercises in their strength and conditioning program. In addition to traditional strength training and plyometric exercises, the Olympic lifts and their variations can help runners improve their potential for performance. The Science Power is the ..read more..
Below is a guest post from Lift Weights Faster author Jen Sinkler. Also, always consult with your physician or fitness professional before attempting high intensity workouts or unfamiliar exercises. Enjoy! ### All variations of the clean and the snatch are a blast to coach. The moment of dawning realization in someone’s eyes when you explain ..read more..
My friend and colleague, Jordan Syatt, from Syatt Fitness has posted three videos to help you with your squat. I’ve been asked a lot lately about bar position and what to think about when the weight gets heavy, so these videos couldn’t have come at a better time. Enjoy! 1. Should you go high or ..read more..
Well, I did not blog or write as much this year as I did in 2012 a) because I spent most of my time writing my master’s thesis and b) because I started personal training full time (since being in school) in June. But I did reach a few really awesome milestones though. I passed ..read more..
Everyone knows how to do a basic lunge; these three variations take it to the next level. For the most part, running takes place in what’s called the sagittal plane — think forward and back. However, there is a lot more going on than catches the eye. A tremendous amount of stability and control has ..read more..
Below is a guest blog post from a good friend of mine and fellow colleague, Chad Landers. After over 20 years in the personal training business, I’ve come to realize that many people still have problems achieving their personal fitness goals. While this is good for my business, the vast majority of people will be ..read more..
Lately, I’ve been playing around with and incorporating a few different exercises into my workouts. I’m all about increasing the challenge and effectiveness of each exercise I do and here are 3 exercise variations I’ve been enjoying (getting killed by) lately. Kneeling Banded Hip Thrust with Single Arm Kettlebell Press The hip thrust is ..read more..
This is a guest post from my friend Tiffany Lee Gaston – she is a National Figure Competitor, freelance writer, Paleo chef, wife and mother of three children, based out of Arizona. She is an advocate for health and fitness and aims to help inspire and educate others along their journey and I truly admire ..read more..
*this post first appeared on my friend Travis Stoetzel’s blog. I normally get asked how to build muscle and burn fat; rightfully so, as most dudes I see training in community gyms don’t have a clue. Most guys want a rippin’ 6-pack, cannon-ball delts and to be stronger than their old man but are all ..read more..
Long-term success in the gym isn’t difficult to achieve if you follow standard, tried and true training principles and couple it with adequate dedication, consistency, and recovery. However, if you look around any gym, you’ll see tons of guys looking exactly the same as they did last year. A lack of results or stalled progress ..read more..
It’s time for a new program. I like to change my program every once and awhile, but I make sure I give the program enough of a chance to see how my body reacts and adapts. If I like the program, I’ll stick with it for a few more phases (usually 4-8 weeks). I’ve been ..read more..
Depending on where you workout, some of the more modern, up to date gyms (no, not with fancy machines and cardio equipment with TVs) might have more options for you with regards to resistance training. In addition to traditional barbells, dumbbells and medicine balls, other pieces of equipment are available to help you in your ..read more..
Make sure to check out my feature injury prevention article in the February issue of Runner’s World magazine. This is my debut in Runner’s World and I’m super proud to share this with you. For videos of the exercises/drills, check out this LINK. Run Strong. -Jon
Believe it or not, not every athlete wants to build massive muscles. Think about wrestlers, MMA fighters, gymnists or athletes who use their own body weight as their primary resistance, they need the strength, but the additional bulk can be a hindering than helpful. What’s important to consider is that strength is not solely a ..read more..
What runner doesn’t hate getting injured? Knee pain, heel pain or even low back pain can put a damper on any runner’s training. Usually though, the site of pain is not the source of the injury. Think about it like this. You have a door rubbing in a door frame on the handle side (opposite the ..read more..
Being a strong runner takes more than just logging in the miles every week. It takes hours of dedication doing the supplemental work, which usually involves massage and chiropractic appointments; self massage (self myofascial release) and trigger pointing; various exercises to strengthen the feet, hips, core, and legs; stretching sessions and maybe some yoga; and ..read more..
Well, when I first heard word that Tony Gentilcore was going to let me interview him for my blog, I thought it was going to be all about bacon. I was half right ;) Before we get started, Tony sent me this video of him wearing a JKConditioning Dragon Tee while pulling an easy 500-lbs. ..read more..
*This is a guest post by Travis Stoetzel from www.travisstoetzel.com and www.theforgedathlete.com. Travis uses hardcore aggressive methods to build lean muscular physiques in his Omaha, NE gym called The Forged Athlete Gym. His training principles are in line with mine so I thought it would be cool to get this beast of a man to write a guest ..read more..
If boot camp is your only strength training…..you don’t have any strength training. — Functional FitnessVA (@funcfitVA) April 2, 2012 I came across this Tweet back in April (hence the date!). I sat there and thunk about it for a bit. I don’t think it’s correct to generalize boot camps as not effective strength training. ..read more..
A brand new study in the European Journal of Applied Physiology looked at the neuromuscular adaptations during combined strength and endurance training in endurance runners (Taipale, Mikkola, Vesterinen, Nummela & Hakkinen, 2012). This study is out of the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland. This study compared the effects of 1) mixed maximal strength training & ..read more..
I’m tired of biting my tongue. I’ve seen pictures like this pop up everywhere on the internet and honestly, I find it quite offensive. Here you have a wickedly lean and built sprinter/football running back compared to a frail distance runner, in this case, marathon-great Ryan Hall (and of course they choose the least flattering ..read more..
Here’s part III of my 30 Years 30 Health and Fitness Tips. Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or dietician. I do not provide meal plans or claim to be a nutrition expert. I only make recommendations on what foods to eat or avoid based on past experience and my education.
Most trainees like to think they’re killing it in the gym, but many are not as effective as they could be. One major component that determines your success is how you execute each rep. Exercise technique is also a big factor that can influence your injury risk, but most important, it will determine if all ..read more..
If you missed Part I, I listed the first 10 of 30 health and fitness tips in this series. Here’s Part II, enjoy! Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or dietician. I do not provide meal plans or claim to be a nutrition expert. I only make recommendations on what foods to eat or avoid ..read more..
Well, it’s hard to believe, 30 years ago I was born. I’ve been blessed with health, education and awesome family and friends. I thought it would be fitting that since I’m 30, it would be a good idea to share with you my top 30 health and fitness tips that will help you live an ..read more..