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Marathon Runners
Enhance Performance
Mike Reinold

Strength Training for Runners

There are still a lot of misconceptions about running and how to best train runners to minimize injuries and enhance performance.

Let’s simplify running a little more.

Running is a series of little jumps. The rear leg has to propel the body forward. The stride leg has to absorb force.

To minimize your chance of running related injuries and enhance your running performance, you need to understand both of these concepts.

The key to both of these is strength training. We can build tissue capacity to handle these forces much more efficiently, especially if we build a specific strength training program for runners with these two concepts in mind.

I discuss this and so much more in my latest article featuring an excellent interview I did with running guru Chris Johnson.

5 Common Core Exercise Mistakes and Fixes
Injury Treatment
Mike Reinold

5 Common Core Exercise Mistakes and Fixes

We’ve come along way over the last decade when it comes to training the core.  Not too long ago, training the core consisted of mainly exercises like sit ups, with no specific attention to how the core functions.

One of the key areas of core training that I focus on to enhance movement quality and performance is stabilizing the core while the arms and legs move.  Essentially proximal stability, with underlying distal mobility of the extremities.

However, don’t forget that the body is amazing at compensating to get the job done.

Any lack of mobility or motor control will often result in compensatory movements.  Many people want to fly through their core program, but often times don’t focus on the quality of the movement.

Here are 5 common core exercise mistakes that I see, along with some suggestions on how to fix them.  I posted these as a series on Instagram, if you want to see more posts like this, be sure to follow me there.

treating shoulder injury
Enhance Performance
Mike Reinold

The 5 Biggest Mistakes People Make Returning to Training After a Shoulder Injury

We have found helping someone return to highly demanding training environments following a shoulder injury is one of the trickiest areas to navigate. The knowledge our mentors have taught us and the experiences working with clients at Champion has given us some great insight to this challenge. We’ve experienced what works, what didn’t, and what really derails people when trying to get back to the training they love. In an effort to help readers out, here are five of the most common errors we see made when trying to return back to training following shoulder injury.

5 Exercises to Combat Sitting All Day
Injury Prevention
Mike Reinold

5 Exercises You Should Perform If You Sit All Day

Do you sit all day? While sitting may not be as evil as the media wants you to believe, sitting all day definitely feeds into a sedentary lifestyle. Try these 5 quick and easy exercises you can perform anywhere to combat sitting, reverse your posture, and start feeling and moving better.

sitting isnt bad for you sitting isnt the new smoking
Injury Treatment
Mike Reinold

Sorry, Sitting Isn’t Really Bad for You

Over the last several years, sitting has really been crushed by the health and fitness crowds, as well as the mainstream media. Sorry to say, but sitting isn’t really bad for you and shouldn’t be the focus. In this article I talk about why sitting takes the blame, what is really bad for us, and 3 steps to combat sitting all day.

How to Develop Elite Pitching Performance
Baseball
Mike Reinold

3 Things Baseball Players Need to Develop Elite Pitching Performance

To truly understand how to best train youth baseball pitchers, we must understand 3 things: 1) What do elite level baseball pitching mechanics look like? 2) What are the mechanical faults most common in youth baseball pitchers? And 3) How does youth pitching mechanics change as they age? In this article, we’ll discuss these differences and how to train baseball pitchers to develop elite performance.

The True Hip Flexor Stretch - Mike Reinold
Injury Treatment
Mike Reinold

The True Hip Flexor Stretch

The hip flexor stretch has become a very popular stretch in the fitness and sports performance world, and rightly so considering how many people live their lives in anterior pelvic tilt. However, this seems to be one of those stretches that I see a lot of people either performing incorrectly or too aggressively.

The Science of Weighted Baseball Training Programs
Baseball
Mike Reinold

The Science of Weighted Baseball Training Programs

Weighted baseball training programs to enhance pitching velocity are becoming more popular each year.  However, there are so many questions regarding the proper use of  weighted baseballs. We still do not understand so much about these programs. We’ve recently finished a huge 2-year research study on the safety and effectiveness of weighted baseball training programs.