Dance is a grueling and demanding sport. The hours spent training rival those of competitive endurance athletes, and during competition season, you may as well move into the studio for all the time you spend there. But, despite the hours spent practicing technique and perfecting choreography, sometimes those studio hours aren’t quite enough to fully… Continue reading The Best Beginner Cross Training Exercises for Dancers
If you’ve been dancing for long enough, you’ve probably heard conflicting opinions about cross training. There’s debate on everything from what counts as cross training (hip hop is cross training for a ballerina, right?) to whether or not dancers should do any exercise beyond dance — do you really need it to succeed, or is… Continue reading A Dancer’s Guide to Cross Training: Benefits, Goals, and Considerations
Our bodies are fascinating pieces of “machinery” — although jumping comes naturally and appears simple in theory, the actual science behind the motion is deeply complex and rooted in specific biomechanics that can make or break optimal performance. But, we’ve never shied away from the complex. Jumping is still 100% a skill that can be… Continue reading How to Jump Higher: The Science Behind a Better Vertical
Humans are built for growth, both physically and mentally, and trying new things is the perfect way to challenge yourself, embrace new perspectives, and experience things differently. After all, there’s got to be a reason why adults constantly encouraged you to try new things as a kid (most of those offensive vegetables ended up being… Continue reading The Mental and Physical Benefits of Trying New Sports
For most athletes, devoting time to rest and recovery is like balancing a checkbook…you know it’s important, but it’s hard to appreciate the value. Spending money is fun and exciting only if you have the money to spend, just like crushing a hard workout is fun and rewarding only if you have the energy reserves… Continue reading Why Athletes Need Rest Days: The Benefits of Optimal Recovery Periods
When it comes to the fitness gains you make, wouldn’t it be great if any forward progress were permanent? Once you hit that PR, you’d never fail it again. Once you ran your perfect 5k time, the only place to go would be forward – no fear of slipping back and losing precious seconds. Only,… Continue reading The Rate of Detraining: How Fast Do You Lose Muscular Strength and Aerobic Endurance?
If you had an extra hour each week to devote to training, what would you do with it? More miles? Cross training? Yoga? For most runners, strength training would be the last choice to fill that void. Whether the objection comes from worries about getting slow or questions about the science, weight training is still… Continue reading The Why and How of Strength Training for Runners
Why You Need to Be “Fit to Run” Before Running to Get Fit Chances are one of your New Year’s goals is to improve your fitness. Most people either want to lose that stubborn belly fat, improve their energy, be more productive, or sleep better. These are all side benefits (or side effects if you… Continue reading Why You Need To Be Fit To Run
Is there an effective strength program for runners who hate the gym? The long distance running community is not typically renowned for its love of gym sessions. Most runners just want to run and strength training is still commonly absent in training plans for the running season. The case for strength training may inadvertently not… Continue reading Strength for Runners Who Hate the Gym
“Will lifting weights make me a slower runner?” It’s a question physical therapists get asked all the time by runners fearing that increased muscle mass will slow them down. Although the running community is becoming better educated on the benefits of cross training with resistance workouts, it is still a deeply rooted belief that runners… Continue reading Does Strength/Plyometric Training Affect My Running Performance?