st. john's fitness training

st. john's fitness training
I ran competitively for 9 years. I raced distances from the 800m on the track to 10km on the road.

Known for it’s high incidence of overuse injuries, the running daemons got me twice – once I rolled my ankle (3rd degree sprain; obviously not an overuse injury) and another time I had IT Band Syndrome. That’s the nature of the sport though…running is a repetitive action-type sport, which invites overuse-type injuries.

Some people are more predisposed to getting injured than others. It could be genetics, running biomechanics, strength/weakness, previous injury and/or poor programming. There are many factors which makes it difficult to decipher an exact cause to each type of running injury out there.

My friend Lou Schuler (an award winning fitness journalist and author of the popular New Rules of Lifting book series) asked me a few questions about running injuries for his latest feature on Men’s Health titled Is Your Body Made For Running?

Check out my quotes and the article here:

http://www.menshealth.com/fitness/born-to-run

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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 had signed up for other gyms in the past and never went or rarely went. Something always got in the way or I was just too tired and lacked motivation to go. This way I’ve made a commitment to Jon or Thomas and I try very hard to keep my sessions once I’ve booked in. JKC is different from other gyms that I’ve tried in the past because no one is there to be “seen”. We are all there to get a good workout in and go on with our lives. And it’s a small gym so you get to know everyone and it’s like a big family. When I joined JKC, I couldn’t do a chin up with an elastic band, but I’ve slowly worked up to 10 free hanging chin ups. That was big because I hate chin ups.

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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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