The goal of this blog is to help athletes run faster. It’s that simple. Most of the posts are educational and intended to help individuals and coaches broaden their training knowledge, then apply that knowledge to their unique training environment and training parameters.
Only a handful of the recommendations on this site fit all runners:
- Develop the aerobic metabolism.
- Run a weekly long run.
- Do the lunge matrix before every run/workout.
- Do some sort of General Strength and Mobility (GSM) after each run/workout.
Now we have a one more bullet point to add to that list:
- Active Isolated Flexibility as a daily training element.
Had I learned this system that helps prevent injury and helps runners gain symmetry (anterior chain to posterior chain, left side to right side) I would have shared this years earlier. Better late than never.
In the coming days I’m going to be sharing what I’ve learned in the last couple of months as I produced a DVD called Flexibility for Runners, which features Phil Wharton. There is no doubt in my mind that if you’re an athlete and you want to run faster, you need to incorporate this work into your training. If you’re a coach who is working daily to help athletes run faster then you need to not only learn the Active Isolated Flexibility exercises, you also need to learn how to teach them to your athletes. This system is simple, once you understand it, and in just a few weeks you’ll see significant gains in flexibility, gains that you won’t see with static stretching.