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048: Listener Questions: Becoming a Better Runner, Swim Training and More! [Podcast]

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Team PURSUIT triathlete Megan Pennington, on her way to the OVERALL WIN at the Litchfield Hills Triathlon!

Team PURSUIT triathlete Megan Pennington, on her way to the OVERALL WIN at the Litchfield Hills Triathlon!

Today we dig into some great questions sent in to us from listeners.  The first has to do with becoming a BETTER runner, something nearly every triathlete and pure runner has thought about at one time or another (or a few thousand times!) :)

Whether it’s right here in our Pursuit Athletic Performance lab during a gait analysis, or out on the trail or road OR over a beer at the local pub, we always relish the opportunity to talk to anyone about running.  (Anyone who knows Coach, KNOWS how much he can talk, talk, and talk some more about this topic!). No apologies necessary though – running has been a passion of Coach Al’s since first running “Boston” in 1983.

Every so often though, a conversation with a frustrated triathlete turns to a sort of self depricating exchange where they end up telling us (trying to convince us, or themselves, perhaps?) why they CAN’T be as good a runner as they really would “like” to be.  Whether this self-doubt stems from a long period of training struggle or chronic running-related injury, the bottom line is that most triathletes have much more running ability inside of them waiting to get out than they realize! They just don’t know how to GET it out!  In the podcast, we offer some real and practical suggestions to take your running to a new level.

In case you’re one of those who is impatient and curious and can’t wait to listen, here are some hints:

  1. No! It isn’t necessarily about planking, more of it, or doing it differently.
  2. No, it won’t necessarily be “easy.”  While we offer some practical suggestions that you CAN implement tomorrow in your training, the truth is that it generally takes a long time to “get good” as a runner, all things being equal.

Also, we jump in on some questions about all things swim training for the triathlete.

  • Is it REALLY worthwhile to spend time doing kicking sets if I am racing in a wetsuit and generally never kick in a race?
  • Why is the coach writing “hypoxic” sets for us anyway? Is it really valuable, and if so, why?
  • And more!

Thanks for joining us! Make it a great day!

~Coach Al and Dr. Strecker

Virtual Gait Analysis Winner Announced! It’s Nancy Gworek!

Thanks to the many hundreds of you who downloaded our new ebook, Unleashing Your Potential 101. We hope you have made your way through the information, and are beginning to see how incredibly essential a strong, stable, balanced, and mobile body is to your ultimate athletic development.

As promised, we have selected the winner of a FREE Virtual Gait Analysis (VGA) from all of you who took the time to like us on Facebook and download the book. And the winner is….

Drumroll…..

Nancy Gworek!!!

We had some fun with the drawing, and you can see it in the video below. :) Congratulations, Nancy! Please get in touch with us so we can get the process going, and get you on your way to new levels of strength, power, and speed.

If you would like more information on our Virtual Gait Analysis option, we have two blog posts you can consult for a complete overview –Online Gait Analyis: What you Need to Know, and Online Virtual Gait Analysis: Coach Al and Kurt Give You the Details. We have created an outstanding “virtual” analysis system for those of you who cannot make it to our Gait Analysis Lab.

Be sure to check our Facebook page for regular updates on our athlete’s training and racing. They are out there kicking major butt this season! But just as important as PRs and fast race times, they recover, are much less prone to injury, and are back at it year in and year out. You can be too. Give us a call anytime!

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15% Off On-Site or Online Gait Analysis Packages NOW Through Marathon Monday, April 16

pursuit athletic performance, gait, gait analysis, online gait analysis, virtual gait analysis, boston marathon, triathlon, cyclingSpring is in the air and that means the Boston Marathon is around the corner! The triathlon, cycling and field sport seasons are heating up too! It’s a great time to get your season off to the best start ever with an in-depth look at how your body is moving.

 

What can our gait/movement analysis tell you? To start….

  • Where are you leaking speed?
  • Why are you stuck in a performance plateau?
  • Do you have hot spots ripe for injury?
  • Injured regularly? We’ll figure out why
  • How will you hold up to training?
  • How will you ultimately perform?
  • You KNOW you can go faster, but nothing is working?

For many athletes, gait analysis provides the missing link to resolving all of those questions.

We can help you start 2012 in the most empowered way possible with a custom gait analysis for yourself or a loved one. On-site and online options available.

True gait analysis is not a generic exercise, but is a scientifically-based and technically precise process. It is highly individualized. At PAP, we systematically attack YOUR weaknesses while enhancing YOUR strengths.

We teach you a specific, precise way to progress that–over time–allows you train in a way that WILL unleash your ultimate potential. Novice or elite; front, middle or back-of-the-pack finisher, we work with all athletes.

You can be a runner, cyclist, swimmer, triathlete — you name it.

If you want to improve your performance, durability, resiliency, and SPEED while enhancing your overall quality of life, and greatly lower your risk for injury, we have the best program of its kind to help you meet your goals–and transcend beyond.

CLICK HERE AND GET STARTED! WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU!

We’re At Multisport World Boston Triathlon Expo This Saturday!

Dr. Kurt Strecker and Coach Al Lyman, Pursuit Athletic Performance

Guided Movement Screens Multisport World Boston on March 31! Register in advance.

Attending Multisport World Boston on March 31? If you are, stop by our booth to say hello!

At the NYC event, we offered Guided Movement Screens, and they were a hit! We will be offering them again in Boston. This 15-minute screen will help you begin to discover what is impeding your performance–where you are leaking speed, or if you have hot-spot areas ripe for injury. It’s only $25 for expo participants ($95 value). Slots went fast in New York, so secure your spot by registering here in advance.

Our very own Coach Al Lyman is presenting the seminar, TRIATHLON TRAINING IN THE 21ST CENTURY: MOVEMENT QUALITY FIRST! at 11 am. In the talk, Coach Al will cover why establishing a foundation of quality “authentic” movement with minimal compensation and dysfunction is essential for long term improvement, injury resistance, and overall health for every single triathlete. Special guest, Ironman World Champion record holder Lisbeth Kenyon will join Al to talk about her own movement issues, and how dealing with the challenges have impacted her training and racing.

Finally, you can also register at the booth to a free on-site or virtual online gait analysis package! As you can see there will be lots going on! We hope to see many of you on Saturday!

Gait Analysis Winners from Multisport World New York!

Dr. Kurt Strecker and Coach Al Lyman Conduct a Movement Screen

Another Chance to Win A Gait Analysis Package Coming Up at Multiport World Boston on March 31

At the Multisport World expo in New York City we offered a drawing for two gait analysis packages. CONGRATULATIONS to our prize winners!

First Prize: Janice Brown
Winner of a comprehensive, on-site GOLD Gait Analysis Package!

Second Prize: Julia Nomee
Winner of a comprehensive, online VIRTUAL Gait Analysis Package!

We look forward to working we these awesome athletes to uncover the weaknesses, compensations, and instabilities that are holding them back from training and racing to their true potential. The 2012 season just got a whole lot brighter for both of them!

Attending Multisport World Boston on March 31? We’re offering the same gait analysis package drawings there! Be sure to stop by the booth to register.

In fact, we have a lot going on at the Boston venue. Begin to discover what is impeding your performance with our Guided Movement Screen. It’s only $25 for expo participants ($95 value). Slots went fast in New York, so secure your spot by registering here in advance.

Also, Coach Al Lyman is presenting the seminar, TRIATHLON TRAINING IN THE 21ST CENTURY: MOVEMENT QUALITY FIRST! In this seminar, Coach Al will cover why establishing a foundation of quality “authentic” movement with minimal compensation and dysfunction is essential for long term improvement, injury resistance, and overall health for every single triathlete. He speaks at 11:30 am.

Congrats again to our winners! And we hope to see many of you in Boston!

Online Virtual Gait Analysis–Coach Al and Kurt Give You the Details

Hello Everyone!

At the end of last year, we created an online “virtual” gait analysis option for clients who could not make it to our lab in person, and it has been a great success! We put our heads together to create an outstanding “virtual” system, and it works. Recently, we have been getting questions about the option, so here are additional details for you. We also have a previous blog post on the topic for your referral as well.

We are with our athletes every step of the way! Communication is key, so be in touch with any questions or concerns. We look forward to working with you!

Online Gait Analysis Now Available. What You Need to Know

Online gait analysis is now available with Pursuit Athletic Performance! We put our heads together to create an outstanding “virtual” analysis system for those of you who cannot make it to our Gait Lab. We’ve had many inquiries about this option, and a few questions have come up. Good communication is always key, so here are additional details for athletes interested in taking advantage of the online gait analysis option. We also have a video here if you prefer that format.

Is online analysis as good as coming to the lab in person?

As our clients will attest we are passionate about our work. We would not offer online gait analysis if we could not promise you an absolutely excellent result. Our standards are high in everything we do, and this is no exception.

Sure, we would love it if you could come and see us in the lab. Putting hands on someone and watching them move in person is the ideal scenario. If you can get here, please do. However, if that isn’t possible, our “virtual” analysis system is a great alternative.

How does online gait analysis work?

The process is straightforward. When you purchase the online analysis package through our website, we will send you an instruction manual detailing everything we need to perform your analysis. In brief, you will provide a series of still photographs, as well as videos shot at various angles including while running on a treadmill. So, yes, another person is required to operate the camera.

What kinds of things do you examine?

We will probe your movement patterns in various ways. The still photographs allow us to see issues relating to your hip flexors and hamstrings, calves, and hips, to name a few.

The video segments give us dynamic views of your squatting and lunging mechanics. We will also examine your running form from various angles and at different speeds–both with and without shoes.

Will the photographs and video be difficult for me to do?

Not at all. Our instructions guide you every step of the way. Each view and angle we need is illustrated in the instruction manual. No guess work involved. Plus, we think you will find it interesting to understand what we look for during an analysis. It is the beginning of your understanding of how your body moves, and where compensation and dysfunction may exist.

What happens next?

You can send your photos and videos to us online. Clear instructions on how to upload your files are included in the manual. Or you can mail us a CD. Choose whatever is easiest for you. Then we perform our analysis.

Our report will detail specific findings and recommendations regarding YOUR movement patterns, and what you need to work on to become a more stable, powerful, and faster athlete. Also, included in the report are instructions for your first level of training.

Can you tell me more about the first-level of training?

The first level of training is included in the cost of the online gait analysis package. The training details specific strengthening exercises and/or flexibility training customized for YOU. The strength work is what we consider most valuable in order for you to return to a functionally-balanced, authentic state of being, centered around a neutral and stable pelvis. We give as much training as we feel is reasonable for the person to handle, and we ask them to “master” those before moving on to higher levels of training. The process when done correctly is gradual and progressive.

Is this first level of training typically enough?

That depends on the individual person and the amount of dysfunction and/or injury. Some people simply need to reestablish some balance, and are then are pretty much good to go (provided they keep an eye on those specific things we address, and handle them as needed). Other athletes need more work to return to being 100% healthy and ready to train in their sport of choice.

Consider this, however…. Running one mile is essentially equivalent to doing 1200-1500 one-leg squat jumps (depending upon stride rate). The amount of functional strength and balance required to be truly resilient and resist fatigue during the late stages of longer or harder races is huge!

If I need additional functional strength work, can we continue to work together after the first level of training?

Absolutely! If it were up to us, every athlete we see would follow through with gradually more progressive levels of training, well beyond the first round. And we are equipped and ready to help you do that.

Remember, what sets our training apart is that it is customized for YOU based on YOUR particular movement patterns and weaknesses. This is not generic training, but a scientifically-based customized plan. There is no guess work involved about what YOU should be doing. We can bring you to your absolute upper levels of strength and fitness, allowing you to unleash performance potential that has long been dormant, or has never been tapped.

Bottom line: The stronger and more balanced one is, the less the chance of injury, and the greater the performance potential.

Note:
All additional levels of training are at an additional cost, and can be purchased online from us. We also offer Skype sessions to help ensure you are doing the movements well and are achieving the benefit you need.

As a final note, we are with our athletes every step of the way! Communication is key, so be in touch with any questions or concerns. We love to hear from you!

30% Off Gait Analysis Packages, On-Site or Online. Make 2012 Your Fastest and Healthiest Ever

WE KNOW YOUR PAIN AND FRUSTRATION…

  • Suffering from ongoing injuries?
  • Stuck in a performance plateau?
  • Gait Analysis at Pursuit Athletic PerformanceYou KNOW you can go faster, but nothing is working?

For many athletes, gait analysis provides the missing link to resolving all of those questions.

We can help you start 2012 in the most empowered way possible with a custom gait analysis for yourself or a loved one. On-site and online options available.

True gait analysis is not a generic exercise, but is a scientifically-based and technically precise process. It is highly individualized, and reveals much about how you will hold up to training and, ultimately, perform. Shoe store foot analysis is only one small piece of the puzzle. It doesn’t tell you the whole story.

At PAP, we systematically attack YOUR weaknesses while enhancing YOUR strengths.

We teach you a specific, precise way to progress that–over time–allows you train in a way that WILL unleash your ultimate potential. Novice or elite; front, middle or back-of-the-pack finisher, we work with all athletes.

You can be a runner, cyclist, swimmer, triathlete — you name it.

If you want to improve your performance, dexterity, and speed while enhancing your overall quality of life, and greatly lower your risk for injury, we have the best program of its kind to help you meet your goals–and transcend beyond.

CLICK HERE OR ON THE “LEARN MORE” TAB ABOVE AND GET STARTED! WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU!