November 09, 2016
Many runners only focus on their leg movements as they run, but arm motion is just as important. You need to pay attention to your arms, as they make you move quicker for longer, or seemingly with less effort because they determine your stride. Everyone has a unique type of arm movement, so here are some tips on how to improve yours: Have your arms in 90-degree angles To make sure you do this properly, never let your hands swing above your shoulders or beneath your waist. Keep your arms moving close to your body and pretend...
October 10, 2016
Have you ever had such a foot injury that has left you unable to go about your daily routine? You’re unable to move, walk, run or basically do anything with your feet? And most importantly you can’t visit the gym! You just lay in your bed, watching TV, doing nothing while your body begins to suffer from all the inactivity. Soon you start seeing signs of your body losing its shape and your fitness going down the drain, all those long hours at the gym doing those intense workouts simply going to waste. Therefore it is no surprise that...
September 18, 2016
Runners with knee pain are told to stretch and strengthen their quads, the muscles that are linked to the knee. However, studies have shown that strengthening the hips and trunk was more effective than just working the quads. Increased stability in the hips and trunks led to better movement patterns, freeing the knees from excessive force. According to a study by Harvard University, striking the ground with your foot beneath your knee, instead of in front of it, reduces “braking” and lessens impact forces. The study went on to say the best method of landing was 170 steps per minute....
August 05, 2016
Some athletes have broken barriers and defied the odds to become the best in the world at their sports. Here are some of the most inspirational athletes of all time. Lolo Jones She is a 100m hurdler and also a bobsled athlete for the USA. She grew up in a family of five with a single mother, after her father tragically died. They moved around a lot, even living in the basement of a church at one time. She didn’t let this hold her back, and her determination to be an athlete got her into university, and the Olympics...
July 29, 2016
Whether you are training for a 100m sprint or a 10K, preparation is always important before any competitive event. Preparing yourself both physically and mentally can make all the difference to your performance on the day, as well as preventing injury. Here are a few tips which will help you run your best race and ensure you obliterate your PB: Visualise Your Success Before your race, imagine the moment you cross the finish line. Create as much detail as possible. Picture the crowd cheering and clapping, and use all your senses to create the atmosphere. Think about how you feel...