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Today's training tip features Part 2 of our series on training opposing muscle groups. Moms on the Run National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, shares two easy exercises you can do for your quadriceps (the group of four muscles at the front of the thigh) and hamstrings (the three muscles at the back of the thigh). Training opposing muscle groups is optimal for muscle growth, intra-workout recovery and injury prevention. If you missed Part 1 on chest and back, view it here.
Moms on the Run National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, regularly shares tips regarding strengthening our running, fitness and health. Are you a heel, mid-foot or forefoot runner? It's tough to change your strike, but today Carrie shares information about how to minimize injury by thinking about your foot plant.
Moms on the Run National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, regularly shares training tips regarding strengthening our running, fitness and health. We wanted to hear from you, our members, so we're back with another Ask Coach Carrie series. Stephanie H asks: Any tips for training while dealing with plantar fasciitis? Listen in as Carrie shares her advice.
by Kirk Scofield, M.D.
Want to learn Dr. Kirk Scofield’s top tip for switching shoes — without the injury? When a patient of Dr. Scofield is going to change into a shoe that is significantly different, he gives them this formula for success: Run for a minute in the new shoes, walk for a minute, and repeat for about 5 minutes. Then, change back into the old shoes for the rest of the workout.
“The next day,” says Dr. Scofield of Summit Orthopedics, “we increase the initial period in the new shoe slightly, so that we are gradually increasing the total amount of time a patient spends in the new shoe.”
Learn more about guidelines for transitioning to a new running shoe from our friends at Summit Orthopedics.
Moms on the Run National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, regularly shares training tips to help us improve our running, fitness and health. Today, Carrie discusses stretches we can do for our hamstrings, those important posterior thigh muscles in between the hip and the knee. An article by Runner's World stated: "Many runners have quadriceps muscles (on the top of the thigh) that are 30 to 40 percent stronger than their hamstrings (under the thigh)." The quadriceps help propel our legs froward, the hamstrings help pull our legs back. It is important to work and stretch our hamstrings to help the body maintain it's full motion.
Grab a foam roller and a towel or rope and listen in as Carrie shows us some easy stretches.