injury prevention for runners
Being a strong runner takes more than just logging in the miles every week. It takes hours of dedication doing the supplemental work, which usually involves massage and chiropractic appointments; self massage (self myofascial release) and trigger pointing; various exercises to strengthen the feet, hips, core, and legs; stretching sessions and maybe some yoga; and lastly maybe some contrast bath therapy or walking around your house in compression gear, hoping to speed up recovery.

What ever your “supplemental” work ritual entails, make sure it adds to the bottom line: making you a faster, more efficient, stronger runner.

Build a foundation of strength so your body can handle all the miles.

Remember, you get what you train for. So, running more miles per week or adding in more intense running workouts will make (should make you) a faster runner, to a point. However, sometimes, doing more for the sake of doing more isn’t always a good idea. Every runner is different, but there will be a point where your body will start to feel little niggles from all the pounding. Supplementing your running with strengthening-type exercises should build a more resilient body, capable of handling the pavement. So, challenge yourself by adding in more miles per week or running at a higher intensity a few times per week, but for the sake of your season, add in strength and core training accordingly.

Everyone has a different vision of what type of weight lifting runners should do, whether it’s high rep sets with minimal breaks to low reps with heavier loads and longer breaks. Some think a leg press is better than a squat, while others think a knee extension hits the quads better than a lunge (yes, it burns more, but isn’t optimal). Also, some have no idea, and that’s why you’re reading this blog. I want you to use StrongerRunner.com as a resource for making you a stronger runner (duh!).

I won’t get into the details in this post about what exercises to do and what not to do. Here’s a post where I discuss some great lower body exercises for runners and here’s another where I discuss some of my favourite core exercises for runners.

Remember, build a foundation of strength so your body can handle all the miles.

Run strong and have a good run today,

-Jon

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I’ve been weight training on and off for years but never really had a specific goal or target in mind so routinely stalled out, plateaued or stopped training all together. Before I joined JKC I was definitely in a fitness slump and needed something to motivate me and get me back on track. I did a bit of digging online, looking at various personal training options and gyms around town but JKC seemed like the best option by far. I’ve tried big box gyms and other personal trainers in the past but none of them have had the perfect combination of goal specific fitness programming, welcoming and supportive environment, and the knowledge and passion to back it all up that you’ll find at JKC. Jon and Thomas are great to work with, they know how to motivate you if you’re having an off day and are well versed in all the different ways to make your muscles burn! I also have noticed some major improvements in my deadlifts since I started with JKC and was really happy with the result.

A few years ago, I pinched a nerve in my neck which led me to be stationary as any form of movement would cause extreme pain. During this time, my fiancé (Sean) started at JKC and loved it!! Once I overcame the nerve issue, Sean spent a long time trying to convince me that JKC is exactly what I needed to safely start working out again (I’m slightly stubborn and was super scared of re-pinching the nerve). Long story short, Sean was right… as much as I hate to admit it!

I never had luck at gyms, if it started to hurt I would call it a day. At JKC that is not an option, as Jon & Thomas will push you to finish the workout, whether you want to or not! Working out in a group setting is also a big benefit of working out at JKC, if you’re not feeling motivated you can simply feed off of someone else’s energetic vibes.

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I had always wanted to start lifting weights and get stronger, but didn’t know where to start. I was looking not just for a gym, but for training on proper technique to prevent injury and a program designed for my specific goals. I also wanted a fun and supportive atmosphere to keep me coming back. JKC delivered on all of this and more.

Jon and Thomas have a wealth of knowledge that help their clients get the most out of their time in the gym. Programs are continuously modified to keep the workouts challenging. Even through everyone’s program is unique, you always have the coaches and other clients cheering you on and pushing you to achieve new bests.

I’m 35 and I started at JKC in November of 2019. I was coming off the win of the Royal St. John’s Regatta in 2019, and our crew was chomping at the bit to be stronger and faster for 2020. The reputation of JKC leached into our group and away we went! Unfortunately the regatta was cancelled due to COVID-19, but I just loved JKC so much I stuck around. JKC is different from other gyms because the level of experience the team has is unparalleled. Jon, Thomas and Craig all mesh well together and mentor me in a way that I know they love what they do and are genuinely excited to guide me towards my goals (and beyond). I really enjoy the atmosphere, the sense of community and all the positive vibes that I experience in every session. There’s never a time I don’t want to go because I’m motivated by the team’s coaching style and I get results.

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JKC was recommended to me by a fellow runner. I was experiencing injuries, and feeling weak and fragile. When I started with JKC, Jon asked me about my goals and my focus. I wanted to concentrate specifically on running, and preventing injury. Jon developed a program for me that has enabled me to focus on my form and strength and has been flexible enough to enable me to train for many different races. I have been training with JKC for six years, and during that time I have enjoyed Jon and Thomas’s expertise in a very warm and supportive atmosphere.

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