The question has been posed in many different ways and from several different angles. Is running a dangerous and destructive activity that recklessly creates problems and injuries in the human body or could running actually be considered the fountain of youth? Well, you’re about to discover a compelling argument for why running does not cause injuries and shouldn’t hurt. Period. Despite the fact that an estimated 50-75% of runners are reported to experience injuries.
So, if you want to stay injury-free so that you can become a healthy, strong, and resilient runner who joyfully experiences all that running has to offer, then study the seven all-too-common mistakes that runners make contained in the article below and keep your mind’s eye open to the deeper lesson contained in this article. It’s true that running has been given a bad name because it’s often been associated with high injury risk, but it’s also true that every single runner can dramatically improve their health, performance, and results using new evolving training methods that are rapidly becoming more available today. Just one idea from this article has the potential to be the key you need to be one of them.
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Get Stronger, Run and Race Faster, Prevent Injuries, And Feel Great While Running With These Expert Insights From Running Coach, Jason Fitzgerald
Jason Fitzgerald – Founder of StrengthRunning.com
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jason Fitzgerald, who is a running coach and founder of the website Strength Running. I stumbled onto his site about a month ago, and given that both running and strength are mega-interests of mine, I started to pour through the archives. I quickly realized that not only is this guy knowledgeable about running, but he gets the “big picture” of health, fitness, strength, and athletics.
I signed up for his newsletter to get to know him and his work a little better, and am really glad I did. This guy really knows his stuff, and the more of his work that I’ve read, the more I liked him. So, it was only a matter of time before I asked the question, “may I interview you for my readers?” He accepted without hesitation and we picked a date. That date was yesterday, and man, we had an excellent discussion about all-things running and strength training.
Who Should Listen To This Interview
So, if you’re a runner, it’s a no-brainer that you’ll not only enjoy the interview, but you’ll get several actionable takeaways that you can use to help yourself become a better runner. Remember that word actionable. And if you’re a struggling runner, and I’ve been there, too, bub, then that is all the more reason why this interview is something you won’t want to miss. And finally, if you’ve been thinking about getting into running, and want to do it right (and not get injured like a staggering 50-90% of runners do, depending on which statistics you look at), then you’ll absolutely want to listen in.
We had originally planned on keeping this interview in the 30-45 minute range, but it was so good, we just kept going for over an hour. Admittedly, it was apparent from the outset that both Jason and I are hopeless training geeks. But hey, don’t hate now.
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A Simple Exercise Strategy You Can Use For Immediate Performance Enhancement That Can Be Done In One Minute Or Less
What I’m about to reveal to you is no secret, but I do sort-of feel like I’m about to give you classified information. You see, at a Circular Strength Training certification seminar I attended back in 2011, Scott Sonnon, whom is the creator of the CST system, disclosed to all the attendees that in a European group of elite powerlifters that he had worked with, one simple strategy improved their max lifts by an incredible 20%. When he said that, I muttered in disbelief, “20%,” to which he nodded to confirm.
Now, whether or not that is actually true remains to be seen, but I don’t think Scott is one to out-right lie about something like that. Regardless, even if it’s somewhat true (e.g. the numbers weren’t quite 20%, or they weren’t really elite powerlifters, or something to that effect), this is probably something worth paying attention to – and I have been. In fact, I’ve been putting this little theory to the test almost every day since 2006 – even before I knew what I was doing.
Now, I’m no powerlifting expert, but I do know that when you get to an elite level in powerlifting, a fraction of a percentage increase in one of your lifts is something to be proud of. Heck, just one more pound added to your total is reason to celebrate, and Scott divulged to us that this little trick led to a whopping 20% increase in strength performance. And it didn’t take weeks or months. It happened instantly – within one seminar.
Show Me The Money!
Now, you might be thinking that this is an interesting theory, and it remains so, but I’ve found that this one strategy does, in fact, dramatically improve performance in not just weightlifting or even strength training, in general, but in all forms of physical activity. Let me repeat that. There is one simple trick that anyone can perform which will dramatically improve performance in any and all forms of physical activity. Yes, all of them.
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The Top 3 Strategies To Help Runners Strengthen Their Legs, Improve Their Performance, And Avoid Pain And Injury
It is exceptionally unnerving that it’s actually rare to find a dedicated runner who does not experience aches, pains, and injuries on a regular basis. I’m struck speechless at the fact that this activity, which is inherently natural for humans, can cause so many problems in the body. And make no bones about it. Running injury rates are practically stratospheric, and we have an epidemic of weak, injured runners on our hands. They don’t call it “runner’s knee” for nothin’, after all.
In fact, I’ve heard it said that running is one of the top 10 forms of physical recreation, and also one of the top 10 highest injury-producing forms of recreation. Now, I don’t know if that’s statistically accurate or not, but I do know that running is extremely popular and that a lot of runners are running injured. And I don’t know about you, but I think that’s a big – BIG – problem. If that wasn’t enough already, many runners have even accepted that running in pain or running injured is totally normal – that it just comes with the territory. And you know what? That kindof makes me think that we need a new paradigm shift for running. Those little aches and pains are the bane of runners around the world, but it doesn’t have to be this way.
Now, a couple weeks ago, a woman asked me if I had any solutions for strengthening the legs in order to help prevent running injuries. I had to tell her with a calm demeanor, “Why, yes. Yes, I do.” What I really wanted to do was squeeze her by the arms and gleefully exclaim, “Do I ever!”
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Not too long ago, I had a nice little chat with my ‘ol buddy Shane Heins from Dare to Evolve (aka the “Clubbell Evolution guy”). We got talking about training, as we often do, and I even recorded the whole thing for you to listen in.
And I lost it. No, not my mind. Why would you think that? Just the recording. I lost the recording. We had a lapse in Internet connectivity, and I lost the whole kit and caboodle. Talk about a major bummer because it was a really good discussion.
So, in an attempt to salvage all of my best points from that discussion and plaster them together here to enhance my reputation and improve my self-confidence, I’m going to share what I think is one of the most over-looked aspects of physical training that can make a really big difference in your results.
Because the truth is…
Most people who live in fear of overtraining wouldn’t know a real day of training if it punched them in the face. – Ross Enamait
I’m sorry, but did that hurt? The truth does.
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