Blending Consistency with Variety to Gain Peak Fitness

Contributed Post Mark Allen, Six-Time Ironman Champion, and Renowned Coach

Human beings are hardwired to become efficient at the things we do consistently. Artists perfect their paint strokes over time. It becomes easier and more automatic for a ballet dancer to perform a specific routine when practiced again and again. Endurance athletes are exactly the same. The more we do our sport, the more efficient we become at doing it. But there’s a downside to getting more and more efficient!

Here’s Why We’re Convinced Pokemon GO Is Secretly a Health App

For years, the health and wellness industry has tried to encourage people to get out, move around and log their daily steps. Whether it’s through leveraging technology to track steps and activity or through logistics type services to help make working out easy and fun, companies like Fitbit, Moov, JawboneClassPass, and even Apple Health have all advocated for healthy living through daily exercise and activity.

Here’s Why Your Arm Swings Matter

In the context of running, much of our attention is put on the lower half of our bodies with respect to what we’re doing with our feet, legs, and hips. But, there are actually some important things happening on our upper bodies that — with a little attention and help — could improve our running economy and enhance performance. In our last post, we discussed running and posture; here, we’ll talk about the importance of arm swings and how it affects our balance and stability. (hint: it actually still has a lot to do with your posture).

8 Simple Moves to Strengthen Your Back

Chances are you’ve heard about the benefits that come from a strong core, but what about a strong back? Weak back muscles can lead to back pain (particularly lower back pain), poor posture, fatigue, limited fitness performance and even issues with the hips and legs. Fortunately, there are hundreds of exercises you can do to strengthen your back and improve your overall well-being.

Step More, Not Far – The Dangers of Overstriding

When the goal is running faster and farther (as it is for many of us), we tend to fall into a nasty habit of controlling speed by increasing our stride length rather than increasing our step count. It is one of the most commonly seen form faux-pas for runners, and it’s also one of the most common causes of injury. Yikes! So what defines overstriding?

6 Must-Do Exercises to Improve Pelvic Stability

In one of our previous blog posts, we talked about the importance of pelvic stability in running form to help you improve performance and reduce the risk of injury. As a refresher, here is a quick recap on the pelvis and it’s importance in our running:

Pelvic movement happens on three different planes: sagittal, coronal and transverse, which correspond to tilt, drop and rotation respectively.

4 Things You Should Know About Post Race Recovery

There’s a wealth of information out there that helps you through the preparation period of your race; training programs, race-day tips, your must-do’s and must-don’ts, but what happens after your big day? The post-race recovery phase is just as important as the weeks leading up to your race and here’s why: what you do during this time can help you maximize all of your hard work and get back on your feet (literally!) quicker.

5 Things You Should Know Before Your First Marathon

Last Saturday, five Lumo team members set out for a weekend trip to Napa, California for the annual Napa Valley Marathon on Sunday. The beautiful, relatively flat course starting in Calistoga and ending in Napa was grazed only slightly with occasional showers and made out to be a relatively sunny and temperament day — perfect for a marathon!

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