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

Drop The Dumbbells And Pick Up The Bar To Improve Athletic Movement

How many of you have a biceps day?  A shoulders day? A chest day?  Maybe you just have an arms day… The truth is that there are thousands of workout programs out there pitching the same form of training to improve strength…isolated overload.  The theory is that by taxing the muscle it will promote growth.… Continue reading Drop The Dumbbells And Pick Up The Bar To Improve Athletic Movement

5 Progressive Strength Exercises to Improve Shock Absorption and Power in Running

Efficient powerful running is truly beautiful to watch. When I observe a graceful runner performing their craft I am captivated and in awe that elegance and strength can coexist in such a wonderful way. As with any sport, some people are just born with the ability to run with ease and lightness of step. Most… Continue reading 5 Progressive Strength Exercises to Improve Shock Absorption and Power in Running

Kids and Strength Training: Is It Safe?

Parents ask me all the time, “When is it safe for my child to start weight lifting?”  This question has become even more common in the last 5 years as competition in youth sports is skyrocketing.  Where I work in Los Gatos and San Jose California more and more adolescents are specializing in one sport… Continue reading Kids and Strength Training: Is It Safe?

The 5 ‘Essential’ Strength Training Exercises For Running

It is estimated that up to 79% of runners become injured in a given year.  Research has pointed to multiple causes of strain and injury with running including decreased strength of the gluteus muscles, quadriceps, and core. Strength training has now become a standard part of training for runners.  A while back, most runners felt… Continue reading The 5 ‘Essential’ Strength Training Exercises For Running

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