Archive for September, 2009
Filed under: injuries, Program Design, Running
The Downhill Repetition
by Carson Boddicker on Sep 16th, 2009
Hill running is extremely popular in the running world. Coaches swear by them because they assert they are great for enhancing energy systems, economy, and strength in their athletes. As we've investigated recently, running uphill certainly carries its share of pros and cons, however they find their way into many coaches' programming. Ask most coaches about whether they include repetitions on the downhill, and they will balk at the concept ...
Filed under: coaching, Program Design, Running
In Defense of the Hill Repeat
by Carson Boddicker on Sep 15th, 2009
While much can be made about the specificity of hill running to the predominantly track athlete, an equally substantial argument can be made in favor of the hill repetition session in a cross country or road racing athlete. As many of these courses contain significant grades, it is, indeed, quite specific to train the body to propel itself at angles associated with hill running. This is an application of the SAID Principle, plain and simple....
Filed under: coaching, Running
Finding the Right Hill
by Carson Boddicker on Sep 14th, 2009
I've picked up some good feedback from my post on Thursday about hill training, so I thought it would be wise to clarify exactly what grade of 4% really looks like. To determine the slope of the hill requires a little bit of algebra and the knowledge of the elevation of your start and end points plus the total distance between start and finish. For those who are training with GPS, which I hope is most, this information is very easy to collec...
Filed under: Anatomy and Physiology, coaching, Running
Rethinking Running for the Hills
by Carson Boddicker on Sep 10th, 2009
In the past, I've said that I'm not a big fan of using hills in training in those returning from injury. As I spend more time learning about the subject, I have begun to realize that it may be a short-sighted view and I should really be opposed to IMPROPER application of hill training. Recently as I was reviewing the DVD complement to Bosch and Klomp's Running; a point jumped out at me. If a hill has a slope greater than about 4 degrees, t...
Filed under: Anatomy and Physiology, Continuing Education, Running, strength training
A few thoughts…
by Carson Boddicker on Sep 4th, 2009
1. I've spent some time going through Neuromechanics of Human Movement, as I found this quote to be interesting: "…the function of a muscle depends critically on the context in which it is activated." I believe that too often we look at the body in a textbook definition of function. Does the rotator cuff externally rotate the humerus or does it decelerate internal rotation or does it compress the GH joint? Does the piriformis external...
Filed under: Continuing Education
Podcasts to Hear
by Carson Boddicker on Sep 3rd, 2009
Three great podcasts to check out: The FitCast--Likely the industry leading podcast. Each week there seems to be great new concepts and ideas formulated in all aspects of health and fitness. StrengthCoach.com Podcast--A close second to The FitCast. The beautiful part is that it is dedicated entirely to sport performance. Anthony Renna does a great job. Reality Based Fitness Podcast--Good friends Patrick Ward and Keats Snidemen look...
Filed under: Continuing Education
DVDs to Watch
by Carson Boddicker on Sep 2nd, 2009
Below are several continuing education DVDs that I suggest you watch. Mike Boyle's Functional Strength Coach: Vol 1. Maybe the best DVD series in the field of strength and conditioning. Covers everything from assessment to finished program and everything in between. Lower Body Performance for Sport--Gray Cook and Jeremy Boone. Shows a good dynamic assessment that I've begun to use more frequently as well as training progressions and s...
Filed under: Continuing Education, Running
Books to Read
by Carson Boddicker on Sep 1st, 2009
Keeping with the the theme from yesterday--continued education--today, I'll suggest a few books that I've read lately that you all may want to add to your collection. Running: Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology in Practice--Bosch and Klomp. I highly recommend this book, and am a bit disappointed that I didn't decide to read it sooner in my education. It provides a lot of great science (that sometimes challenges convention) and some inter...