coaching

8
Feb

Coaching: More Speed; Less Effort; Fewer injuries

So what running ‘style’ do I advocate? People often ask what running ‘ethos’ or ‘style’ I advocate, or who I’m sponsored by.  ‘Is is the Chi Method?’ they ask, or perhaps the ‘Pose Method?’ Or maybe, because of my love of ‘barefoot’, am I ‘paid by Vibram?’ None of the above! This is not a man-made, developed ‘method’ of running

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8
Oct

Are You Breathing?

No – I mean really breathing.  Let’s skip the usual smart-alec comments of ‘yes, I’ve been doing it since I was born’ and head straight for some interesting stuff … like: did you know that we recover around a third of exhaled heat and moisture when exhaling through our nose? did you know that we uptake most of our oxygen during the exhale

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9
Apr

The Low-Down on On-Line Coaching

Who needs On-Line Coaching? Helpfully, the wonderful chaps at Training Peaks have already done the debate, counted the votes and in the world of getting more value for your money Hiring a Coach wins over A Training Plan.  They’ve even argued the case against the 5 Myths about getting a Coach So, all that’s left for me to do is suggest

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11
Feb

Transition Tips

Simple guidelines to see runners through a comfortable ‘transition’, whether: converting from a heel-strike and toe-off to a more natural and efficient midfoot/forefoot touchdown, or transitioning from supportive, cushioned footwear to minimal/barefoot options. For further information and advice on Running Injuries and Run Coaching, please go to Therapy Services. The general principle in making the transition from heel-striking to midfoot/forefoot

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6
Feb

Perpetual Forward Motion – who’s whispering the loudest?

Efficient Running or Who can whisper the loudest? Yes, the debate between cushioned trainers and minimal has been done to death over the past 12 to 24 months.  Yes, ‘barefoot’ versus ‘traditional’ has been sided-over during the same period, discussed heatedly, with each party tending to stand their ground (no pun intended), remaining rooted to his/her original philosophy … at

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21
Jan

Efficient Running – What Does It Look Like?

We don’t all have to look exactly the same, but we are all human and there will be similarities.  The aim is to run in a more natural way, accommodating the musculo-skeletal anatomy, and avoiding injury.  Common mistakes which your body won’t like in the long run (‘scuse the pun!): Bouncy, toe-y run Over-striding Stabbing the ground with forward force

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21
Jan

Barefoot Audio: What’s It All About?

How Barefoot Audio started Barefoot Audio is the result of a coincidental meeting of a musician and a barefoot running coach – a collaboration of skills not previously seen. On the one hand was coach Helen Hall, endlessly frustrated by the lack of appropriate music with a fast enough beat to help her runners improve their running cadence and technique.

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21
Jan

The 4 Fs of Efficient Running – Foundations : Form : Feel : Fun

Important Considerations for Efficient Running Foundations – Footwear Choice To run with great technique, you do not necessarily need to change your footwear.  There are plenty of runners who run very beautifully wearing supportive, cushioned trainers.  But, in my experience, I would suggest they are in the minority.  The problems with supportive, cushioned trainers boils down to three main things:

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20
Dec

Barefoot Audio: efficient running coaching albums

Barefoot Audio Access your first Barefoot Audio coaching album right now – free download here For those looking to learn how to run safely and efficiently in minimalist footwear, or even literally barefoot, Barefoot Audio’s run coaching albums are innovative tools, and now that they’re available on iTunes, more accessible ones. “We are thrilled to be accepted by iTunes as

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