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The physiology of stretching

Check out this very informative video explaining the physiology of stretching from Dianna Cowern (AKA Physics Girl) featuring the hyperflexible contortionist Sofie Dossi  and University of Southern California Biomechanist K. Michael Rowley.

Stretching regularly can help your flexibility by changing the water content in your muscles, stem cell differentiation, your sensitivity to the mild pain of gentle stretching, the contract/relax reflex loop from your muscle to your spinal cord, and muscle fibre length. 

Scott Jurek Eat & Run

Scott Jurek, world famous ultrarunner, bestselling author of Eat & Run, public speaker and all-round legend gives some tips on diet and running for in this interview with Waylon Lewis of Elephant Journal. "Running is basically controlled falling" - Jurek

TRX Home Kit PackageBarefoot are now suppliers of Official TRX products in Ireland. One of our most popular new products is the TRX Home Suspension Training kit which is a superb product from TRX. Read our review below.

The TRX Home Suspension Training kit comes with all the stuff you need to use it at home, you can connect it to a door as suggested but I have double-doors between my living and dining rooms so I wedge the doors open and hang it off a 2 x 4 that sits on top of the doors. It comes with exercise cards and there's plenty of videos to follow from the official site where you can register your kit and get free access to training regimes using your hologram code. Suspension training is strange to begin with but you quickly find that's part of what keeps it interesting. Pikes and push-ups and all the normal movements are much harder because you've much less stability to begin with.

 

Brazilian ultra-endurance athlete Fernanda Maciel

Meet Fernanda Maciel, Brazilian ultra-endurance athlete quit her job in 2006 and moved to the village of Coll de Nargó, population 40, where she now spends around four hours a day training for ultra-endurance races around the world. She hasn't watched TV since 2005, and meditates regularly, occasionally going on 10-day silent retreats.

Fernanda Maciel set a world record when she summited Argentina’s Aconcagua mountain, because she was the first female to ever run the entire way. But for a woman who grew up in a family of fighters, running up mountains is all in a day’s work — and the stuff of dreams.Fernanda Maciel set a world record when she summited Argentina’s Aconcagua mountain, because she was the first female to ever run the entire way. But for a woman who grew up in a family of fighters, running up mountains is all in a day’s work — and the stuff of dreams.

Barefoot Running Technique Phase1Colm O'Maille Fitness are running an 8 session course in Galway addressing 'Proper running technique' The sessions start on August 24th at the new running track in Westside, Galway and cost €40 for the whole course.

The course is suitable for all levels and addresses a series of important issues which often tend to induce poor running form in order to better help peoples training.

  • Heel Striking
  • Curvature of the spine & Clenching of fists
  • Feet turning out
  • Learn to Prevent Injuries
  • Run further for longer
  • 4 week course just €40

Signup to the course via Facebook

Colm is a Personal Trainer based in Galway who specialises in circuit training, kettlebells and running groups. Follow Colm on Twitter at or on Facebook at O'Maille Fitness

 

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