Core & More Challenge
Stress – rest – stress – rest… the endurance athlete’s mantra. I love the versatility of core movements that teach me to correctly activate the specific muscles and neural connections that increase my intuitive powers for coping with stress. Stronger stomach and back muscles insure that the forces produced by running are absorbed efficiently throughout my whole body so my reflexes transmit energy back to my legs. That’s huge!
Historically, many great runners around the world kept themselves strong by doing chores in the countryside; digging ditches, repairing fences, chopping wood and mixing concrete. Their morning runs may have been the easiest part of their day. It’s easy to see how modern conveniences make our daily activities so soft and sedentary they actually inhibit rather than promote posture, core strength and balance. So it’s not uncommon to see one-dimensional runners who dabble in comprehensive fitness haphazardly or skip it altogether get progressively weaker and more uncoordinated, leaving them vulnerable to overuse injuries and stuck in a rut when it comes to developing good running form. Not you though!
In each camp you’ll learn several memorable movements from the ground up that build overall muscular strength, especially in the smaller muscles of the hips, butt, stomach and back. You’ll understand exactly what it means to run ‘on your legs not with them’ and why it’s important. You’ll get help organizing the new movements into a slick routine that complements your running perfectly and makes you feel like an athlete not just a runner! Soon you’ll recover better, the most important aspect of training, with no more downtime from nagging injuries. And of course you’ll be able take newly discovered coordination, body control, power and agility directly into your daily runs.
F. M. Alexander (1869-1955), a pioneer in mind-body education, developed a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support, and flexibility. Today this remarkable work has exciting implications for all human performance including running. The technique helps us identify habits of thought and movement and prevent them from interfering with the natural and efficient coordination we once knew as children
“Where the head leads the body follows. The relationship of the head to the torso is of vital importance. The perfect running posture is tall. Imagine a pulley attached to your breastbone lifting your chest gently upward. The back is lengthened with the head and neck naturally balanced at the top. This alignment pattern is both challenged and strengthened by leaning slightly forward to gain momentum. Disturbing the natural balance of the head by thrusting it forward brings a downward pressure that creates shortening along the front of the torso, restricts breathing, and puts strain on the lower back.” – Malcom Balk – Master The Art Of Running
Find Your Foot Posture
The average person takes nearly 10,000 steps a day, which means that our feet bear the burden of several hundred tons of weight each and every day of the year. It is estimated that an average person will walk enough steps in a lifetime to travel around the planet more than 4 times — approximately 115,000 miles. Imagine how distance running adds to these estimates!
This camp provides a basic understanding of the general anatomy of the foot, which is extremely helpful in terms of finding your own personal “foot posture” and “neutral ankle” for the greatest range of motion. The result is that your feet can absorb more impact from ground reaction, and store the energy returned to them from the earth on a stride-by-stride basis. This unique ability is evident in many of the renown African runners, particularly those who grew up running barefoot.