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What is a Gait Analysis and do I need one?

What is a Gait Analysis and do I need one?

Many people think gait analysis is all about—and only about—someone watching you walk or run and evaluating your feet and your shoes. How many of you have done the following? A clerk in your local running store watches you jog, and suggests a pair of shoes that are more stable, or more neutral, or more cushioned, or are the type that "forces" you to land mid-foot. Voila! Your biomechanical problems are solved. This is what most people know and have come to accept as gait analysis.Let's examine the most common misconceptions about gait analysis, and create a real picture of what it is, what it isn't, and how it...

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5 Ways to Change Your Mindset (and Reach Greater Goals)

5 Ways to Change Your Mindset (and Reach Greater Goals)

When researching and writing my most recent book, The Road to Sparta, I learned that our forbearers maintained certain mindsets and ideals that resulted in healthy, balanced lives. Obviously these practices date back millenniums. But if you look closely at the main values of what drove people like the ancient Greeks, you’ll discover that many of their daily principles are still relevant today. Here are some of these lessons you can apply to your life for greater fitness and health this year.1. Exercise. Not daily, constantly.The ancient Greeks considered activity and exercise indispensible in living a full life. The modern word “gym” is derived from the Greek word, gymnasia (which literally means...

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How I plan my training

How I plan my training

Last week I shared an image on my Instagram stories of my training plan. A couple of people messaged me, surprised that I use Excel for this. And maybe I’m a Luddite who is behind the times of running training plan wizardry, but I actually find this the best way to do it.I have to confess, until recently I preferred a good old fashioned pen and paper for the job. The satisfaction of ticking off a session only marred by the ones you have to cross out or modify. So I upgraded to a digital version of pen and paper. Because training plans very rarely go...

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