Are you looking to take your running to the next level? Looking for a good way to mix your running workouts and add a new challenge and twist to your training program? Or are you just bored with your regular running routine? Then why not give trail running a try and be one with nature. The fact is, trail running is awesome, and its physical and mental benefits are—beyond the shadow of a doubt—undeniable. Therefore, if you have a been a consistent “city”, on-road kinda of a runner, and are thinking about heading off to the beaten track, then keep on reading. Trail running is simple, but taking your first few steps can be really intimidating. But fret no more. This awesome guide will teach you how to start trail running right, avoid injury or burnout, stay safe for the long haul and make the most out of every trail workout you do. So are you ready to discover the wild soothing side of running? Then here we go… Trail Running Demystified
Starting a workout routine from scratch can be quite tricky for everyone, but it’s especially challenging for those with too many pounds to lose. If your current weight places you in the morbidly obese category,...
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to train like a sprinter, then you are in the right place. In today’s post, I’m going to share with you an awesome workout program routine inspired by real life Olympic sprint training. Don’t get me wrong. I’m no Olympic sprinter and have never trained to be one. This whole post is the result of my research and some serious digging into the current Olympic training programs available on the net. So please be careful here. The workout program I’m sharing with you below is quite intense, and if you are not ready for it, you might be setting yourself for injury and burnout. So you have been warned, buddy.
High-Intensity Interval Training Defined When it comes to getting the most out of your workout program for fat loss and optimum fitness, high-intensity interval training is the way to go. Hailed by most fitness experts as the closest thing to a training shortcut that produces quick results, HIIT is backed by sound scientific study and countless personal testimonies. The exact defining parameters of HIIT are a bit vague, which is one of the reasons there is so much controversy surrounding the topic. Nonetheless, here is a basic definition to get you started on the right foot. High-intensity interval training involves alternating between intense bursts of anaerobic activity (running, rowing, jump roping, biking, etc.) with periods of moderate or low aerobic activity for recovery.
How can I measure my training intensity? If you don’t know the answer to that question, then you are in the right place. Workout intensity is vital to measure as it can tell you whether you are training too hard or not pushing it hard enough. Do too much, and you risk injury and/or burnout. Do too little, and your fitness level will plateau, even decline, which is not what you want. One of the commonly used methods is the Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE). Using this rating system is a crucial component of any training program—regardless of your current fitness level and goals. In this post, I will give you an overview of RPE—what is it, why you should use it, and how to efficiently use for maximum effect. So, are you excited? Then here we go.
So In today’s post I’m going to show you exactly how weak hip muscles can lead to running injury, and what kind of exercises you need to be doing to stay injury-free for the long haul. Runners and injuries Most runners focus largely on both running mechanics and footwear as the root-causes of (most overuse) running injuries. Well, there is more to it. Your biomechanics also play a major role. One of the most important, and yet ignored, aspects of biomechanics are the muscles around the hips and its importance when it comes to warding off running pain—especially knee pain. In fact, hip weakness is major running injury root-cause, according to a plethora of studies. Here is why your hip muscles are key for injury-free running:
Good running form can help you run in the most efficient, the fastest manner possible, with the least risk of injury. As a result, if you want to take your running to the next level, you MUST work on improving your training technique. If that’s what you are after, then you are in the right place. So are you excited? Then here we go… What is Running Form? Also known as running mechanics, running technique, or style, running form simply refers to how you run. The main mechanics include running posture, foot strike, arm position, cadence, etc. Each of these mechanics affects your running comfort, efficiency, and results. See these as the individual functions of your body while running.
The VO2 Max has been one of the primary methods to gauge fitness potential since the late 60’s. Nevertheless, I only know of a few recreational runners who put this excellent training concept in use. So, is the VO2 max something you should be concerned with as a recreational runner? Or should it be the focus of advanced athletes? The answer is not all black and white. That’s why today, in today’s post, I’ll summarize what VO2max is, and how you can measure it without any expensive lab equipment.
Running is one of the most popular and common ways to getting in shape and losing weight. In fact, chances you are a runner yourself (or thinking of becoming one) since you just ended up on my blog, reading this post about running. But its benefits go beyond the scale. In fact, running has the power to prevent a plethora of diseases and just might the best medicine. Well, I’m not saying that because I love running, nor is it because I devoted this whole blog and a significant portion of my life to it. But it’s because science is on my side. Research has shown that regular running can help prevent cardiovascular disease, stroke, mental decline, some cancers, type 2 diabetes and a myriad of other health problems. Therefore, today I decided to share with you some of the current scientific proven benefits of running.