Archive for September, 2010
Filed under: Running, strength training, Uncategorized
Critical Quality 2–Overcome Gravity
by Carson Boddicker on Sep 30th, 2010
Physics dictates that all objects in motion are acting against the force of gravity. Despite multiple forces that must be overcome, in upright cyclical running, the biggest concern is overcoming gravity's tenacious effects. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="329" caption="Gravity is a bitch..."][/caption] The most efficient and effective runners are able to produce significantly greater forces opposing gravity and are able to do ...
Filed under: Running, strength training
Critical Quality 1–Resist Injury
by Carson Boddicker on Sep 28th, 2010
The first, and perhaps most vital, critical quality for the distance runner is the ability to resist injury. Said another way, the training program of the successful distance athlete is set up in such a way that it encourages consistency in training. Ask nearly any successful distance runner what his secret was following a performance breakthrough, and I'd be willing to bet "consistent training" is one of the first things that pops into mind....
Filed under: corrective exercise, strength training
Strength and Conditioning Webinars Presentation
by Carson Boddicker on Sep 27th, 2010
Last week I had the opportunity to give a presentation for Anthony Renna and Sports Rehab Expert titled Fancy Feet, where I discuss the anatomy of the foot and ankle, the mechanics up and down the kinetic chain with pronation, the influence of the sensorimotor system on the foot and core, barefoot running, and more. In total it's about an hour in length, and packed full of information. Give it a viewing here. Regards, Carson Boddicker...
Filed under: Program Design, Running
Three Critical Qualities of Distance Running Success
by Carson Boddicker on Sep 16th, 2010
I am always thinking of ways to communicate the values of a complete, well rounded program for distance runners that includes more than just running out the door and static stretching after your finished running. The addition of foam rollers, tennis and lacrosse balls to the runner's pack has come a long way in helping them succeed and I am slowly seeing the tides shift to runners being more accepting of ancillary training modes to complement t...
Filed under: plyometrics, Program Design, Running
Superstiffness and Rate of Force Decline: A Theory
by Carson Boddicker on Sep 14th, 2010
In sport, the best athletes are able instantaneously switch between extremely high torques and stiffness production and absolute relaxation. Going from high rates of force development to equally expeditious rate of force decline, over time this allows for greater economy of movement and more efficient, powerful displays of sport skill. McGill calls this ability "superstiffness" and asserts that it can be trained. Superstiffness is created ...
Filed under: Program Design, Running
Crap Against A Wall
by Carson Boddicker on Sep 12th, 2010
In the distance world the programming of anything other than the running component is, by and large, just a mish-mash or disorganized things put on random days with no other thoughts than "we should do this stuff." In essence, by just throwing random training stimuli into the training week--say a recovery run followed by some MaxV work and then some dynamic stretching and then some high knee drills and then some "core" and then some medicine ba...
Filed under: corrective exercise, Running, strength training
by Carson Boddicker on Sep 8th, 2010
Breathing patterns, a common topic on this blog, are of critical importance to the health and function of the human body as they address the mechanistic model and also several other aspects within the bio-psycho-social model of dysfunction. Despite having heard many arguments in the past to the contrary, none have been well supported enough to change my mind on the value of such an approach. That said, as the BP methodology is constantly evol...
Filed under: coaching, Program Design
Patience, my friends.
by Carson Boddicker on Sep 6th, 2010
In my newest pursuit, I've spent the past week working with about 40 male and female middle and long distance runners. My primary responsibility revolves around providing high quality, sensible athletic development programs. So as not to throw anyone under the figurative bus, in block zero, I've chosen to emphasize the acquisition of body-awareness, technical development, and a few requisite skills and postures that will serve as the foundati...
Filed under: coaching, corrective exercise
Functional Movement Screen Integration
by Carson Boddicker on Sep 2nd, 2010
The Functional Movement Screen is no more complicated than a simple appraisal of your athletes' movement proficiencies to provide objective feedback for the quality of your programs and may help identify risk factors and spark action to mitigate potential injuries associated with poor movement or uninformed exercise selection and the system is simply a thought process, not an algorithmic guide. While many may not agree with the FMS in and of it...