Time To Kick Start Your Running Season?

Our bodies prosper on being in the outdoors, in the fresh air. Running is an excellent way to release endorphins, which naturally clears the mind, decreases stress and radiates positive energy.

Our movement patterns have evolved so that our bodies are conditioned to automatically choose the easiest options, to minimize the movement required to navigate our lives. We no longer have to walk or run to survive, we rarely need to sit on the ground, and we can exist completely sedentary. Running is an example of an activity we participate in to provide the movement and outdoor time we desire. Unfortunately it is common for people to stop soon after they start, due to over-exertion and associated pain.

Many of us find the whole winter has passed us by and running has been but a distant summer memory. Alternatively for some a challenge we have thought about but not yet accepted due to a lack of confidence or we just need that extra push to encourage us to turn up and engage.  

Running is often associated with ‘overuse injuries’, it is not that we run too much, it is usually because an improper movement pattern is repeated over and over. Unfortunately very few people run with an efficient gait day after day, because our gait is affected by the other things we do in our day, and also what we have done in the past. Often we sit for extended periods of time, which causes changes in our body such as tightening quads and hip flexors, inactive glutes, and a rounded shoulder posture. We either spend time and money correcting these things, or we don’t and we end up with pain and damage when we participate in an activity that requires us to absorb impact or load. This doesn’t mean sitting is the problem, nor does it mean running is the problem. The ratio between moving to not moving is. Running allows us to increase the amount of movement in our day, and gives us a physical goal to strive for. However, if we just run without care for the imbalances our sedentary behaviour is creating, our bodies will be under a lot of stress. If we restore our body to good function first, running will not only be more comfortable and efficient, but it will become a catalyst for a healthier lifestyle that works against the negative effects of our sedentary culture, so we can move towards a more active existence.

This is the basis for the development of our running course. We want to help you become mindful of the impact your daily activities are having on your body, so you can learn how to undo any potential for damage. We will show you how to improve your running technique, by teaching you a program designed for those wanting to excel their running. Over the course we will focus on technique with the use of video analysis. We will work on strength and conditioning to enhance our performance.  

You will be supported by experienced professionals so you can absorb as much information as possible. This course will not only help you run but you will learn how to care for your body so that you can continue to move well and have a very active future.

Week 1: Introduction to running drills followed by strength aspect. 5k run with speed work - video analysis

Week 2: Assess video footage, importance of single side training and foam rolling, HIIT Run full body. 5k run with hill work - focusing on up hill

Week 3: Cross train; Deadlift and Squat focus -working glutes, hams, quads. Technique of foot placement 7k run

Week 4: Use of resistance bands to improve imbalances, blast of the legs AMRAPS.  Endurance run and effective running down hills.

Only $89 for 4 weeks training in a small group to help you reach your potential. Every Monday and Friday starting April 23rd with two options of times either 7:00am-8:00am or 5:30pm-6:30pm. 

Why not come into the gym to ask Jodie about our program or join her for a free run every Tuesday at 5.55pm at Lululemon #werunwhis

For more information contact Jodie Hands jodie@whistlergym.com 604 902 2753

Sign up today by coming into the gym 20201 Karen Crescent (next door to Creekbread) or call us 604 932 1984. 

Happy Running!