29 Mar '12, 7pm

Strengthen glutes! Weak glutes lead to runner's knee, IT band issues, etc.Do these moves. #runningtips

For the past decade, coaches, trainers, and physical therapists like me have told runners to "work your core "—the muscles of your torso that support your every move. And so many runners have added crunches and planks that strengthen the abdominals and back to their routines. But these exercises do little for the powerhouse muscles that surround the pelvis. The gluteal (buttocks) muscles are so commonly left out of runners' strength programs, I call them the forgotten core. When we run, the glutes hold our pelvis level and steady, extend our hip, propel us forward, and keep our legs, pelvis, and torso aligned. So when our glutes are faulty, our entire kinetic chain gets disrupted. Studies link glute weakness to Achilles tendinitis, shinsplints , runner's knee , and iliotibial-band syndrome. Indeed, many injured runners I treat come to physical therapy with strong abdominal...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/article/1,7120,s6-238-263-266...

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