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Why Runners over 50 Need to Lift Weights

Like a lot of lifelong runners over 50, Grady Cash was so passionate about his sport that he never had much interest in lifting weights. But that changed a few years ago after he finished last in a short-distance race and noticed the guys who beat him were built differently. They had bigger shoulders, more …

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5 Benefits of Barefoot Training

Barefoot and minimalist training has become all the rage over the last few years, especially among the running community. As a certified Barefoot Training Specialist who specializes in corrective and post-rehab exercise, I must remind you that barefoot running and barefoot training are NOT the same thing (though folks who are interested in transitioning to …

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Running: Six Reasons You’re Not Getting Faster

So, you’re a distance runner who’s been training for awhile, perhaps even run a few races. Maybe you started jogging to lose a few pounds and decided you really like running 🙂 Initially you saw steady improvement, but you’ve hit a plateau and are not getting faster. Here are a few of the most common …

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Glute Activation Exercises

As a Corrective Exercise Specialist, weak gluteus muscles are one of the most common imbalances that I see in my practice. It is especially common in folks who spend lots of time sitting, no matter how active they are. Weak glutes can be a contributing factor to all sorts of problems, including low back pain, …

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How to Transition to Barefoot Running

As a professional Personal Trainer who specializes in corrective exercise and orthopedic post-rehab, I get my share of dinged up runners seeking to get back in the game. Most of them have the classic muscle imbalances in their hips, core, and lower extremities that lead to injury. Many of them are kicking off their traditional …

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Improve Your Balance With the Foot Tripod Exercise

Here is a simple exercise that is suitable for all ages and abilities that can improve your balance and strengthen the intrinsic muscles in your feet: the Foot Tripod exercise. I use this with my elderly clients who want to improve balance, my post rehab clients whose balance is sometimes impaired after surgery or injury, …

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3 Exercises to Correct Common Muscle Imbalances in Runners

Now that the relentless sub-zero temperatures of the past few months seem to have been replaced with a few sunny days in the mid-40’s, Twin Cities runners are coming out of hibernation and hitting the local running trails with a vengeance! It’s been a long winter and everyone (myself included) is ready for spring! Hopefully, …

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5 Tips for Staying Hydrated in Cold Weather

Most people understand the importance of staying hydrated in hot and humid conditions, but it’s just as easy to become dehydrated in cold weather. For starters, the air is drier, so you are losing more water with respiration. You are also wearing layers of clothing, making it harder work to move during exercise. The harder …

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