Theory & Practice: Flexibility VS Stretching
In general, people have the impression that flexibility = stretching. That flexibility is just as simple as stretching your muscles in order to lengthen them to get a bigger range of motion. We misconceive that after stretching, we can relax our muscles, and by doing this, prevent our injuries. This is what we have been… Read more
Video Analysis: The Framing Concept
Timing, in running as it is in life, is everything. The consequences of poor timing can be catastrophic or they can be minor annoyances quickly forgotten. No matter what the case, whenever you can control timing, it works to your advantage. So it is when you run, and that’s where the framing concept comes in. Timing… Read more
How to Train and Race in the Heat
It seems to be a simple question, but the answer is complicated. Heat is a complex problem and it should be approached from several angles. When you’re training and preparing for the race you must consider the weather conditions during the race you are preparing for your mental, psychological and physiological conditions your technique your… Read more
How to Do Video Analysis Correctly
The video analysis is more popular then ever these days. With the advent of accessible and user-friendly technology, more people then ever venture into the territory previously occupied by professionals only. The upside is an increase in awareness and public interest in this subject. The downside – an overwhelming amount of useless and sometimes plain ridiculous video analyses published… Read more
Training: How to Reach Your Peak Performance
You probably think of your training in terms of physiological factors such as breathing, heart rate and perceived effort. But these elements only reflect how well you are implementing your technique.
Pose Running and “The Science”
Pose running technique has a very specific standard derived from an underlying theory of movement. To the best of my knowledge, Pose is the only running technique that has a standard or for that matter is based on a specific theory of movement. All other running techniques I’m familiar with are based on disjointed rules-of-thumb, with no unifying concept.
The Role and Importance of a ‘Standard’
Unless we figure out how to defy gravity or it suddenly changes the way it works – we will abide by its current standard of operation that has not changed since our planet came into being.
How Science is Misused and Misunderstood
If the context is too limited, the bigger picture is missed and the results can be misleading. This is also one reason why so many studies seem to contradict each other. They lack proper context when analyzed.
File under: Pose Method,Science,Technique
Tagged with: Conceptual Science, Confounding Variables, Cybernetics, Descriptive Science, Reductionist Methodology, research, scientific research, Systems Science
Analysis of Usain Bolt’s running technique
If Bolt manages to increase his average step frequency of running to the level of his rivals, just to something around 4.5 steps per second (270 steps per minute) having the same average angle of falling, his result on 100m could be 9.11 seconds.
Stride frequency is one of the most important parameters of running technique. What is the optimal stride frequency in running and why?
File under: Health,Running,Science,Technique
Tagged with: 180, Daniels' Running Formula, force of gravity in running, hip joint, hip loading, Jack Daniels, knee joint, knee loading, running stride, stride frequency, stride length, stride rate
The Extensor Paradox in running
The original article (below) on the topic at hand, was published in Biomechanics of Distance Running in 1990. As you read the data and conclusions from this research you’ll see that the scientific community was not ready to accept the idea of the role of gravity as a leading force in running. A classical vision… Read more
File under: Running,Science,Technique
Tagged with: biomechanics, distance running, extensor, extensor paradox, Human Kinetics, Irene S. McClay, Mark J. Lake, Peter R. Cavanagh, push off, quad muscles, quads, running technique