What’s the Difference Between Fast- and Slow-Twitch Muscles?

It’s not uncommon for athletes to hear certain phrases like “You look like a distance runner,” or “You’re built for sprinting!”. These comments don’t necessarily hold any malicious intent, but they’re based on the assumption that someone’s athletic build represents their athletic caliber. Oftentimes, this kind of thought process is based on the observation that… Continue reading What’s the Difference Between Fast- and Slow-Twitch Muscles?

How to Prevent and Relieve Muscle Soreness After Exercise

Picture this: you’re nearing the end of a new workout, working up a sweat and hitting your stride. Feeling a mix of exhaustion and energy, you wrap up your exercise feeling like a warrior that came out the other side even stronger. That is, until the aches start to kick in a day or two… Continue reading How to Prevent and Relieve Muscle Soreness After Exercise

The Rate of Detraining: How Fast Do You Lose Muscular Strength and Aerobic Endurance?

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?

Is It Safe for Young Athletes to Lift Weights? Or Will It Stunt Their Growth?

I’m sure you’ve heard it before…“Lifting weights as a kid will stunt your growth!” This dogma has been passed down as fact for decades with stories retold of “so-and-so” who lifted weights too early and didn’t reach a normal height. Whether this is some type of fear tactic created by parents who didn’t want their… Continue reading Is It Safe for Young Athletes to Lift Weights? Or Will It Stunt Their Growth?

The Why and How of Strength Training for Runners

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

Perception of Strength Training for Women

          Recently, a few of my female patients have expressed their concerns with going to the weight room. I wanted to write a blog this week on overcoming these thoughts and preconceived notions that the weight room is not a place for women. I also wanted to create a safe place… Continue reading Perception of Strength Training for Women

Strength for Runners Who Hate the Gym

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

Does Strength/Plyometric Training Affect My Running Performance?

“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?

Strengthening the Knee: A Biomechanical Approach

Anterior knee pain is so prevalent, almost everyone knows someone dealing with it.  Most likely it is keeping them from doing the activities they love; things like running, going to the gym, playing basketball, or lifting up their grandchild. Anterior knee pain due to abnormal forces going through the patellofemoral joint is estimated to affect… Continue reading Strengthening the Knee: A Biomechanical Approach

5 Must-Do Strength And Balance Drills For The Perfect Soccer Kick

How can some soccer players explode the ball off their foot while others struggle? If you have played soccer, or watched your fair share of youth and professional soccer games, you can appreciate that some players stand out in their passing and shooting ability. As a physical therapist, strength and conditioning coach, and motion analysis… Continue reading 5 Must-Do Strength And Balance Drills For The Perfect Soccer Kick

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