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Exercises that Runners Should Reconsider

Runners, like many athletes, tend to be creatures of habit.  When something embeds itself into the culture, it is usually there for the long haul.  Such is the case with many supplementary exercises, some of which have more grounding in tradition than efficacy.  Below are three exercises that runners commonly do, but are best left out of most generalized training programs: crunches, lunges, and heel drops.


Ankles and Swimming: Part IV

The final installment of our Ankles and Swimming series is posted at Swimming Science.  In this post we address ankle function in dry land exercises and during the wall contact phase of turns. 

Below are links to the entire series.  Look for us to address other aspects of the kick in coming weeks!

Ankles and Swimming: Part III

Part III of our four part series on the ankles in swimming is now posted at Swimming Science.  In this post we cover the role of the ankles in starts and turns and offer strategies to improve ankle performance in these areas.  Enjoy!

Part I

Kara's World Championship: Part I

The last two weeks has been an interesting time for Pike Athletics and Kara Vatthauer, who competed in the UCI World Para Cycling Championships in Denmark. This was Kara’s first competition at the international level.   The goal going into the races was to learn the ropes of traveling with the national team and gain international experience for future competitions.  

Ankle Mobility and Swimming: Part I

Visit the Swimming Science blog for my recent post on ankle mobility and swimming.  This post is the first in what will be a multipart series on the ankle.  The ankle is one of the least understood joints in the body in swimming, but is vitally important.    

Interview with Coach Marc Evans

We are privileged to have Coach Marc Evans for this interview to discuss a variety of multisport topics.  Coach Evans is one of the true legends in the sport with a resume of accomplishments too long to list here.   Please check out his website at www.evanscoaching.com for more information.