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Trainer Tuesdays, April 16, 2013

Trainer Tuesdays, April 16, 2013

Terry Rice

Question:

"What is a good exercise to help avoid knee pain, shin splints and other ailments when starting to train for races?"

Answer:

Having a proper base of strength is crucial when beginning a running program. The best way to achieve this is by having strong legs and a stable core.

Weighted squats will always rule the day when choosing exercises to enhance athletic ability and avoid injury.  Uni-lateral exercises, such as lunges, Bulgarian squats and one leg Romanian dead lifts are also very import to build strength, stabilization and power.  

Post exercise - foam rolling is an important post exercise, rolling will help to prevent repetitive injury.  Most Importantly, don't go by the "seat of your pants." Have a plan of when to implement your strength work, and when and how far to run.  

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.