Run Slower to Run Faster!

Your muscles and heart need to be strong and your energy systems need to be taught how to work properly, and that takes time and care. Amongst other things, your exercise professional should prescribe lots of slow running, at a really easy heart rate. This is because slow (running) work gives you a long-term gain… Read More

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Running: Should You be Jumping or Falling?

Running is often described as a series of jumps. When our foot strikes the ground we naturally – and partly as a result of gravity and our biomechanics – want to displace most of the energy we are subjected to upward. We are much less efficient at translating these vertical forces into a more horizontal… Read More

What Two Factors Determine the Metabolic Cost of Human Running?

Research Paper Title What determines the metabolic cost of human running across a wide range of velocities? Background The ‘cost of generating force’ hypothesis proposes that the metabolic rate during running is determined by the rate of muscle force development (1/tc, where tc=contact time) and the volume of active leg muscle. A previous study assumed… Read More

Start Running Right with These Tips

One of the most common questions from those considering running and those new to running is “what tips do you have for those just getting started?” I have been running since 1990 when I started training to join the British Army, although the Army showed me how much I had to learn! Although the Army… Read More

Back Pain While Running: Causes And Solutions

Introduction Many people start running to reduce their everyday discomfort from arthritis and other maladies, so it’s very frustrating when this exercise increases pain instead of decreasing it. That is especially true of back pain, because most people expect their legs or knees to hurt, but not their backs. If you’ve been to see the… Read More

What is the Correlation between VO2 Peak, VLT & RE in Special Forces Personnel?

Research Paper Title Oxygen Uptake, Velocity at Lactate Threshold, and Running Economy in Elite Special Forces. Background To examine the correlation of peak oxygen uptake (VO2 peak), velocity at lactate threshold (V(LT)), and running economy (RE) in a group of Special Force Squad members. Methods VO2 peak, V(LT), and RE of 120 male elite special… Read More

Special Forces: VO2, LT & RE?

Research Paper Title Oxygen Uptake, Velocity at Lactate Threshold, and Running Economy in Elite Special Forces. Purpose To examine the correlation of peak oxygen uptake (VO2 peak), velocity at lactate threshold (V(LT)), and running economy (RE) in a group of Special Force Squad members. Methods VO2 peak, V(LT), and RE of 120 male elite special… Read More