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In CrossFit Endurance, Running

December 01, 2007

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What is the definition of good running technique? There isn;t one. But why? These are questions that Pose running's founder Dr. Nicholas Romanov has asked since 1979 and that I've been asking, well, since "shin splints" entered my personal lexicon. So what is good running style then?

There are laws that govern us all and there is no changing the way gravity affects us. In every sport… Continue Reading

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In Running, Videos

December 01, 2007

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In a companion piece to the articles by Collins and MacKenzie in this issue, triathlete and multisports coach Michael Collins explains how to work with, rather than against, the natural forces at play in nonsprint running. Gravity, ground reaction, muscle elasticity, muscle contraction, torque, and momentum are the key factors. However, the technique of many, if not most, runners is such that they are always fighting these elements rather than harnessing… Continue Reading

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In Running

December 01, 2007

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I have been a swimming coach for over twenty years, and in the swimming world most people understand the importance of technique for becoming a great swimmer. However, in the running world the main focus is on training harder, longer, or faster, and people seem to think you just "naturally" learn to run correctly by doing a lot of it.

Most of the running books I have checked out spend a lot more… Continue Reading

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Why You Should Sprint Train

By Tony Leyland

In ExPhysiology, Reference, Running

May 01, 2007

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Last month I talked about rest periods during interval training and said I would discuss high-intensity sprint and peak power workouts further. One of the things I talked about is the need for relatively long rest periods during short-duration, peak-intensity work that lasts less than 10 to 15 seconds. I also noted that when it comes to sprint workouts that train short, maximal-effort running intervals, many… Continue Reading

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Improving Running Mechanics

By Karl Geissler & John Baumann

In Running

September 01, 2006

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We have outlined a model of acceleration mechanics that emphasizes the importance of training the body to handle explosive single-support applications of force (as described in issue 44 of the CrossFit Journal). Moving the body from zero to 20 mph (11.25 seconds per 100 meters) is a seemingly simple yet highly complex task for the athlete to perform. It requires specific strength applied in a purposeful, concerted manner.

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Acceleration Mechanics

By Karl Geissler and John Baumann

In Running

April 01, 2006

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In our article on speed development in last month's CrossFit Journal we described terminology that is commonly used in discussions of the acquisition and development of sprinting skill in all athletes. One of those was acceleration, a term that has come into vogue within the last ten years in the field of high-performance personal training. Acceleration is the rate of change of velocity, and it is most often associated… Continue Reading

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