Our body is a master at compensating, it always chooses the easiest way out. When our feet don't move like they're supposed to our other muscles pick up the slack, hence the reason for tight ankles, sore backs, and caved knees. By giving the feet the attention they need we improve range of motion to our other limbs as wells sensory mechanics, and strength (you're only as strong as your foundation).
Strive to add barefoot play into your movement practice, whether it be walking in the sand, running through the grass, or walking around your house....release the feet.
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Members practice their pulling drills against a fixed wall.
By pulling your feet under your body we shorten our stride and prevent heel striking, thus eliminating heel striking and tons of impact.
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When I first joined the Vent as a staff member we discussed goals/passion projects we had for ourselves. Mine was to write a book and create a community combining strength and conditioning for runners. As I chased that dream I picked up knowledge, confidence, a community and had lots of support along the way. Last night that goal was achieved with the first Vent Run Experience class. It was a GREAT class and am super thankful for all the familiar faces that were in class.
Join us next Thursday at 6:30pm
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VRE Member Highlight: @jghoulia .
* 22 minute marathon PR
* 0 Pain while running
Julia came to me wanting to increase her speed as well as diminish her pain while running. Along with a form analysis and a training plan we met monthly to check in on her training and ensure proper running mechanics. She logged every workout on her calendar and her training was on point!
She had a great race and I'm so proud of her, great job Julia!
Do you spend most of your day sitting?
Do you have full expression of hip flexion and rotation?
Do your hips hurt before/after you run?
"Fortunately, squeezing in a few 60-second increments of stretching throughout the day can give you the same benefits as devoting one larger chunk of time to mobility, says Kelly Starrett, author of Becoming a Supple Leopard and creator of MobilityWOD.com."
Follow along with The Vent coaches and spend 2 minutes, per leg, in pigeon pose.
To have the most efficient foot strike we must pull from the ground every time we run. To understand this movement pattern you can practice with a jump rope. (I love the RX Smart Gear ropes)
Step 1: Begin by starting with single jumps
Step 2: Continue jumping with only leg pulling from the ground at a time
Step 3: Make sure your feet are pulling straight off the ground, through the inseam. You can think foot to beside the knee
Step 4: Kiss your heels with the ground every time
Step 5: After a few rotations, release the jump rope and continue this form, running out from the jump rope.
Are YOUR quads super sore after a workout or a run?
Grab a partner and follow along as the Vent Crew and Dr. Kelly Starrett work together to restore fluidity back to the tissues in the quad region.
Step 1. Grab a partner
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