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Using Plyometrics For Better Race Day Performance

Posted on 2017-03-27

In the 1970’s Olympics Fred Wilt observed the Soviet exercise practices, and he found that they were jumping—a lot. He was witnessing the practice of programs developed by Russian scientist Yuri Verhoshansky. Wilt believed this practice of rapid-fire jumping led to Russia’s success in many running events that year. Later, Wilt teamed up with Russian trainer Michael Yessis to further develop and promote the practice, which he coined as “plyometrics” (more + measurement). (read more)

Is Your Treadmill Running Focused on Endurance or Speed?

Posted on 2017-03-23

Runners come in all different shapes and sizes and their muscle fiber does too. On average, humans have roughly 50 percent endurance muscle fibers and 50 percent explosive muscle fibers. The actual distribution varies significantly within each individual. Some may have a 60⁄40 endurance to explosive muscle fiber ratio, while others may have a 40⁄60. This distribution can make a significant difference in the performance of each runner, predisposing one runner for speed and another runner for endurance. (read more)

Upping Your Running Game With Periodization

Posted on 2017-03-20

Periodization sounds complicated - it’s not. It’s really just a fancy word for dividing up a training program. Periodization is the well respected and amply tested practice of dividing exercise training into phases. It developed as a response to Hans Seyle’s research which showed too much exercise at the wrong times leads to distress and complete exhaustion. He noticed that staggering exercise periods could keep the body safe while still pushing the limits. (read more)

Adaptations Of Athletic Performance With Age - Infographic

Posted on 2017-03-14

Adaptations Of Athletic Performance With Age - Infographic We’re all aging, even if we don’t notice until our late 20’s as our knees start to ache and our waistlines expand. It can be disappointing when you reach your mid 30s and realize that speed doesn’t come so readily and sports injuries seem to happen from the smallest of accidents. Don’t fret though, friends. Thanks to technology and tons of expensive research, staying fit into our golden years and beyond isn’t something left up to chance anymore. (read more)

Where The American Public & Nutritionists Disagree On Food Health

Posted on 2017-03-01

Food fads and hard science don’t always line up. Is quinoa really a superfood? How reliable is the term superfood anyway? How about butter, that’s the worst, right? It’s easy to make assumptions about the nutritional value of food based on marketing, trends, and public opinion, but that doesn’t mean it’s accurate. According to a New York Times study that compared the perceptions held by the public and those of nutritional sciences, we’ve got a lot to learn. (read more)

How To Decide On The Best Incline Treadmill

Posted on 2017-02-28

The real world isn’t flat. So why is your treadmill? Welcome to the world of incline treadmills. Setting steep inclines is better for burning fat and for realistically preparing for races and other athletic events. An incline treadmill allows you to mimic the real world gradients of your next marathon, or burn twice as many calories as running flat. Finding the right incline treadmill is easy when you remember to consider these five basic factors. (read more)