Sports Articles

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

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Theory and Practice: Athlete’s Muscles

I hear discussions of muscles and fibers and I wonder if people participating in the discussion are talking about doing something or is it a theoretical discussion of anatomy. If you’re studying anatomy or have scientific interest in the topic of muscles, tissues and fibers then it makes sense, but if you’re an athlete of… Read more

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Technique: How to Run Stairs Without Knee or Hip Pain

Running stairs has always been a popular exercise but to get the benefits it’s important to do it right. Olympic Coach Dr. Romanov explains key elements.

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Training: Jumping Rope – Best Exercise for Your Feet and Body

Jumping rope is one of those classic, timeless exercises that crossed all borders and is favored by professional athletes as much as by kids. It is easily accessible and doable. Any rope would do, no special shoes necessary, barefoot is even better. Anyone can do it. Of course, if we want to be detailed we… Read more

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Breaking 2: Why It Didn’t Happen and The Work Ahead

Nike just made good on their promise to attempt at sub 2hr marathon. Results are in. Here’s why it didn’t happen and what can be done to change that.

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Emotional Training & Coaching

Watching neighbourhood runners is one of my favourite things to do. If only because it’s entertaining albeit at times frustrating. The other day I witnessed an amateur but well meaning attempt at coaching that prompted this write up. Chances are you’ve been there, seen this and know what I’m talking about. Picture this – a somewhat lanky teen… Read more

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The Most Important Exercise for Runners

In the noise of discussions and debates about technique, one of the most vital aspects of training for runners always gets lost – strength conditioning. It is so important that I can not emphasize it strongly enough. Lack of adequate strength is a sure road to underperformance and injuries. Lucky for us, while building strength… Read more

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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.

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Basics of Natural Movement for Kids

Basic means fundamental. And the three fundamentals of natural human locomotion are running, jumping and throwing. Together they lay the foundation of Track & Field, the Olympic Games and are part of virtually all athletic activities. It is essential to start with these in their plain form. The key is to keep things simple yet engaging,… Read more

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How to Increase Your Running Speed in One Simple Step

You can increase your running speed right now. Literally. You can run faster right after reading this article and watching the video. Whether you can maintain your newfound speed for the required distance, say 40 yards or 100 meters, is a matter of training and your skill level. Whether you can run faster than Usain Bolt… Read more

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5 Signs of Overtraining

Sport specific training is not the simplest of tasks, yet so many attempt to train and to create training programs without really having a clue of what training process is. As a result, there are too many overtrained athletes in danger of being permanently injured. It is necessary for every coach and athlete to be aware… Read more

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Pose vs Posture

Like many other terms, these two are often used interchangeably. While it’s ok if you’re talking about arts and photography, it carries a different message when it comes to athletics and human movement. Understanding the difference will prevent a misdirected effort and help you progress. Pose In the Pose Method, when we refer to the… Read more

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Champions Club Chronicles Vol. 4: Outside of My Precious Bubble

It is Monday. After a recommendation from a few people, I now coach track at Warren Mott High School and today is the first day of practice. While driving to school I have images of Bishop Foley practices from three years back going through my head; the short Pose introduction, warmup routine, partner falling drills,… Read more

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Physical Culture

Culture – latin cultura – fineness of feelings, thoughts, tastes, manners, etc., civilization of a given people or nation at a given time; development of the mind or body by education, training, etc., behavior that is socially taught, rather than instinctive or individual. (Thorndike-Barnhart Student Dictionary, HarperCollins Publishers, 1992 p.270). Why do we need to… Read more

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Pose Method in Sports

The question of how to use Pose Method effectively in other sports is asked all the time. Running is part of virtually all sports and athletic activities, but it’s not all just running of course. We’re dealing here with sprinting, dashing, zig zagging, coming to a sudden stop and then suddenly dashing again, and so… Read more

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Form and technique in athletics

Form and technique are directly connected. One is a product, result, of the other. You have to first learn how to (technique) to do it (athletic form) in order to make it happen (proper athletic form). Technique is a skill of doing. We produce good form when we skillfully do something. For example, we produce… Read more

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Running Zigzag – technical skill

Here’s a way of running that is on another level. Running in a zigzag pattern is sprinting with an abrupt change of direction. This approach is used most prominently in team sports like American football, soccer, basketball, etc. when the athletes need to maneuver to avoid other players. This year it was part of a… Read more

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