I’m really excited to introduce you to the videos I’ve done with www.FindYourZone.tv. Not only are the videos affordable - they’re $1.00 apiece – but once your purchase them you can view them on your computer and soon you’ll be able to view the videos on a mobile device or a tablet (the app will be available shortly).
We have roughly 40 videos that are available for purchase. I’m going to highlight some of the content and how I think you can utilize over the coming days.
I think the General Strength and Mobility videos are really important for all runner – high school milers to adult marathoners. It’s been my experience that most runners – most meaning 95% or more – are weak in their hips and could use better firing/strength in their glutes. These routines focus on those areas and will help you handle more mileage and more intensity. The other thing that’s nice about all of these routines is that they’re already set up as a cool down: the harder work comes at the beginning of the routine and the easier, gentler work comes at the end. A nice progression from hard to easy.
For an example of how I use these routines when working with athletes, the first one I want to highlight is Myrtl. Myrtl is actually the only routine that can be used as a warm-up (which I did today with a high school athlete who needed to run very little as they have a tweaked ankle). I have athletes do Myrtl the very first day I work with them. They inevitably have one or more of the exercises challenge them in such a way that they can’t complete the exercise without some effort. But if they stay with it, in just a few short weeks Myrtl becomes something that they look forward to doing after a workout – a simple cool down that keeps their hips loose.
Myrtl is just one of the routines in the video series. Going from easiest to hardest are:
- Lionel Hampton
- 1st 20
- 2nd 20
The 1st 20 and the 2nd 20 are routines that are intended to take 20 minutes and are very challenging for those how have poor general strength (but again, if you do these routines a couple of times a week, in a couple of months they’ll simply be a nice ending to your workout). Conversely, the Nighttime routine is very easy and something you could do an hour before bed to get some hip mobility and strength (important the evening after a hard workout).
I’m happy to answer any questions you have in the comments below. In the coming posts I’ll explain in more detail how these routines can work together and how you might use them in a week of training.