Running is one of the most natural movement patterns a human can do, yet it is one of the most injury prone forms of physical exercise. The mechanical rewards of becoming a great runner transition into efficiency in almost all physical activities. At the same time, the injuries that can occur as a result of having poor mechanics while running can be extremely detrimental. I can’t tell you how many times I have had clients of all varieties tell me they had to stop running because they had either been injured by it, or they felt an injury was eminent if they continued doing it. For a period in my development as a personal trainer, I thought running was simply just not good for you. I figured that if it hurt people this much, that it couldn’t be good for you. Needless to say, I was very mistaken.
As I studied and experimented further, I realized that it wasn’t necessarily the running that was hurting people, it was the improper associative muscular patterns while running that were. I learned that if your body was using improper musculature to propel itself into gait, that smaller muscle-groups would have to step in to overcompensate. After I learned what muscles were supposed to be working, the dilemma of getting them to fire correctly was the next obstacle. The challenge of developing a realistic application to correct these muscular imbalances was the Dopamine fix I needed to make me to solve the majority of this puzzle.
Here’s a Video of a personal training session in my gym in San Diego showing you a few techniques on how I apply new associative patterns to line the body up for better running. Enjoy!