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Improve your form and avoid injury

Check out this article from Runner’s World titled “Fully Fit”. (broken link – sorry)

This 2011 article By Sarah Lorge Butler describes a series of whole body strengthening exercises that she learned from Olympic coach John Cook. There are a lot of exercises here and most can be done without equipment.

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In the article Sarah says that she integrated some of the exercises into her training and managed a PR in the 5K. Coach Cook says that these exercises are designed to not only make you faster but also to help you avoid injury.

As I sit here writing with an ice pack on my knee, that sounds like a brilliant idea! Try going through all of them once and see which ones you struggle with the most. Those moves are hitting your weak areas where you are most likely to sustain an injury.

By carving out 10 minutes for a few of these exercises in your gym routine or after run cool down, you could prolong your running career and improve your performance.

Improve your form and improve your run.

Run well my Friends!

Andy

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6 responses to “Improve your form and avoid injury”

  1. jackieoutrunning Avatar

    I noticed your link didn’t work, but I checked it out on Runners World – I’m going to try it! http://www.runnersworld.com/workouts/fully-fit

    1. imarunner2012 Avatar

      Thanks. I’ll have to check the link.
      Some of these exercises look deceptively easy.

      1. jackieoutrunning Avatar

        My running form is something I have to work on so I’m glad you posted that. I’ve printed it out and I’m going to try it next workout.

        1. imarunner2012 Avatar

          Cool. Let me know how it goes.
          I’m nursing a sore knee so I’m taking it easy.I need to have a follow up with my Dr. this week.

  2. Pandora Viltis Avatar

    I do several of these exercises with my personal trainer. I really feel my work with her and the yoga classes I take have really helped my running. When I let some of my crosstraining slide in favor of more running, I got injured. I don’t think it was a coincidence.

    1. imarunner2012 Avatar

      I need to be more dilligent with my cross training.

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