with John Nuttall, Head Coach for Endurance Performance, Loughborough University England.
Due to high mileage, endurance runners often complain of low back pain, tightness in the hips and shin and foot pain. To ward off injuries in areas of the body that are critical for endurance success, John Nuttall presents a 5-part conditioning drills series that he feels is essential to running economy and training consistency. The five parts are:
- Dynamic Stretching - Prepares the joints for the rigors of distance training.
- Skipping Hurdles Drills - Assists in strength development for the gluts, hips, back and abs. Nuttall offers tips to watch for imbalances that a runner may be experiencing as well as advanced training drills using a medicine ball to further strengthen the core and build a better running posture.
- Lower Leg Conditioning - Drills for conditioning the lower leg to allow the athlete to sustain a greater training load.
- Core Stability - Exercises designed to develop the entire core rather just focusing on the lower abdominals.
- Skipping Drills - An exercise sequence designed to tie together all of the components of the entire program.
In all, Nuttall shares over 40 exercises that, if done on a regular basis, will allow a distance runner to improve fundamental skills and lower injury risk.
48 minutes. 2009.