4 Excuses to Get in Bed (for your muscles)

4 Excuses to Get in Bed (for your muscles)

We all know there’s a ton of stuff we’re supposed to be doing during the day to take care of our body – stretch, sit up straight, activate our abdominals, blah, blah blah blah. It’s true – all this blah blah blah IS very important, but it’s not as easy as just lying in bed. If you know me, I’m all about super easy home care. And… what’s easier than just lying in bed? Today

Why & How to Activate Your Lower Abdominals (activation post #3)

Why & How to Activate Your Lower Abdominals (activation post #3)

Welcome back! This is the third in our activation series. Click here to read number 1 (a general discussion about what muscle activation is and why it’s important, with an overview of the most common underrecruited muscles). Number 2, which you can read by clicking here, focused on glutes. Glutes are one of the most common under active muscles and one of the muscles that has the most effect as far as in the rest

Activation Series 2: Glute Activation

Activation Series 2: Glute Activation

Welcome to the 2nd piece in our activation series – glute activation. In the first of this series, we talked about what muscle activation is and what having under activated or underrecruited muscles means. (if you haven’t read the first one, I recommend you click here to go back and come back once you’ve read it – there is some information I’m assuming you know in this post) In this second piece, we’re talking about

What Does It Mean When Your Muscles are ‘Switched Off’? (and why should you care?)

What Does It Mean When Your Muscles are ‘Switched Off’? (and why should you care?)

Muscle Activation Series – Part I What It Means When Your Muscles are Switched Off and Why You Should Care If you’ve been to an appointment with us before, you’ve probably heard us talking about muscle activation or muscle recruitment. It’s a big issue that affects most of our clients one way or the other, and we’ve found there are three main muscles/areas that tend to be underactive and the underlying cause of a lot

3 Ways to Activate Your Glutes in No Extra Time

3 Ways to Activate Your Glutes in No Extra Time

Here’s a question for you: How much do you think about your butt muscles? If you’ve never had a massage or any reason to notice your butt muscles (aka glutes),  you probably think about it………….. almost never. If, on the other hand, you’ve been to see us for anything from the belly button down, you’ve probably started thinking about it a lot more than you ever thought you would. Weak or underactive glutes are a

Stretching and Recovery in Marathon Training

Stretching and Recovery in Marathon Training

Post summary: this week we look at what and how you should be stretching to help your recovery, along with how you could be stretching and making your muscles tighter without even realising it. Stretching is one of those things that most people know they should be doing, and don’t. Not just because after a run you’re tired and just want to collapse on the sofa, but also because if your muscle’s aren’t hurting, why

Reduce Exhaustion: Get Your Marathon Training Nutrition Right

Reduce Exhaustion: Get Your Marathon Training Nutrition Right

Welcome back! If you’re following in order, at this point you’ve read about how to warm up, conditioning, and the three types of runs you should be doing as part of your marathon training. (is this your first post? If you haven’t seen the other articles yet, but would like to, you can get them delivered to your inbox, in order. Sound good? click here to sign up and you’ll get the first email now, followed by a weekly

The Long Run

The Long Run

Long runs are kind of the movie star of marathon training. Anybody who’s done even the tiniest bit of research on marathon training, or knows anyone who’s trained for a marathon, will have heard about the long run. Your weekend morning, Saturday or Sunday, is taken up by longer and longer runs as you prepare for a marathon. Because it’s usually the most familiar one of the bunch, we’ll keep this short and sweet. Today we’ll

Tempo runs: Are you doing it right?

Tempo runs: Are you doing it right?

I’d say tempo runs are the favourite of our clients. If many people avoid intervals, they love tempo and long runs (well, about as much as you can love killing yourself by pounding your feet on the pavement over and over again – ahem – I mean springing lightly along the road or path enjoying the outdoor sounds of nature…?). A tempo run is often perceived as an easier run because it’s shorter, and you can

Tips for Marathon Race Day

Tips for Marathon Race Day

This is the last article in our 10-week series on how to prepare for a marathon. If you’d like to get the weekly series delivered to your inbox, click here to subscribe. You’ll get the first email (Marathon Training: A Compressed Guide to Everything You Need to Know) within minutes, and then each week get a new email covering the different important aspects of marathon training. Marathon Race Day Tips So the big day has

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