Running may seem easy and natural, but it does requires proper technique if you wish to not injure or harm your body along the way. In this fifth and final lesson on improving running form, Oliver Henzler explains how you can avoid overstriding. Some people overstride because of a shortened Achilles tendon; regardless of why you overstride, minimalist running shoes or zero drop shoes naturally help you improve your form. Learn how to run correctly, and your body will thank you later.
Looking for an exercise that’ll help you strengthen your core and lose weight? This Pilates workout for beginners teaches you how to practice ribcage breathing, curling sit ups, and head and shoulder raises. Inhale and exhale in a steady rhythm to get the ultimate workout. Get into a routine and watch your body change!
The pull-up is a great exercise for arms and back, but it is easy to get discouraged by the effort needed to do just one. Fortunately, Total Wellness Consulting shows you how to make it easier on yourself while still activating and challenging your muscles. Follow along with home-installed pull-up bar or take your newfound knowledge to the gym.
How to warm up, and increase your flexibility using yoga. This is especially useful for rock climbers who need the warm up to help prevent injury, and the flexibility to get to those hard to reach holds.
Learn how to ride your bicycle in traffic - safely! This lesson demonstrates cycling hand signals, merging guidelines for bicycles, and offers some tips for defensive cycling. If you’ve been wanting to ride your bicycle more often but fear the dangers of the road, this video will leave you feeling empowered and ready to ride with car traffic.
Come at rock climbing from the right angle! This lesson from Rock Climb Tips introduces directional loading, which allows you to maximize your reach and maintain your center of gravity even when facing tricky holds. Explore perpendicular holds, which can increase strength and stability and relieve pressure on your joints and wrists. Hear about the layback, see how and when to swing your body, and learn how to position your body for good balance.
Jumps onto boxes or rails look impressive when other snowboarders do them, but everyone has to start somewhere. Whether you have been snowboarding for ages or are still a beginner, this lesson on jibbing is for you. Mike and Marthe from Section 8 Snowsport Institute demonstrate tips for jibbing on the slopes—how to stabilize yourself, and practice maneuvers you can do on flat land (so it will hurt less when you fall). You’ll be dominating the half pipes and rails in no time!
Yoga can be an excellent way to relieve stress stress of the body - and stress of the mind. Follow along with Esther of Ekhart Yoga as she guides you through a yoga flow focused on breath and movement - increasing your awareness of the present. Grab a yoga mat, clear some space, and feel the stress release during each breath. This lesson walks you through a series of yoga positions, including: the swan dive, downward facing dog, and pigeon poses.
One of the most common complaints among runners is the amount of effort it takes to run—but the problem may be a result of incorrect running posture and not an issue of effort at all. In this lesson from The Balanced Runner, Jae demonstrates an easy way to get your body into the correct forward leaning position: by pretending to lean in for a kiss. By “kissing” the air, your body will naturally lean forward and speed up. Your workout won’t be less beneficial, but it will be easier.
Don’t let bicycle chains wreck your chainring and cassette! Over time, the rivets in your chain build up dirt, oil, and water and the chain begins to get longer. If you are not careful, a worn-out chain can grind against more expensive parts of your bicycle. This tutorial by Joel Babb shows you what causes wear and tear on chains and when it is time to replace them.
Running is an excellent and invigorating way to exercise, but sore knees are a common complaint among runners. In this second of five lessons designed to help runners improve their form, Oliver from The Balanced Runner addresses this issue by pointing out that tightening your abs while running results in a stiff low back and a more jarring footstrike. To relieve sore knees, try a running stance in which the core is loose—running will be quieter, smoother, and pain free.
What you can do to avoid the discomfort of lactic acid build-up in your muscles while rock climbing? In this lesson, Josh from rockclimbtips.com demonstrates arm and leg techniques that will help your body conserve energy, as well as resting positions that will come in handy on longer, more exhausting routes. Finally, learn where to keep your feet while climbing. You may occasionally still feel the weakness from lactic acid build-up in the future, but now there’s something you can do about it.
If running seems like too much of an effort, and you’ve already corrected your running posture (refer to the lesson “How to Run: Correct Posture”) to no avail, Oliver from The Balanced Runner has another tip for you. In this fourth in the series of five lessons designed to improve running form, you’ll learn why most people believe that running requires too much effort, and how to avoid this problem. You’ll still get an excellent workout, but your body will have an easier time of it.
Learning how to punch is one thing; figuring out how to move your feet while throwing punches is a whole separate game - it’s called boxing! Check out this lesson for a breakdown of how to put footwork and combination punches together. You’ll learn the basic shift, how to throw multiple punches in one sequence, and the shuffle step that will give you distance and speed. And for when your opponent starts moving, you’ll know when and how to hop, and how to put the pressure on with your footwork.
Rock climbing may be a fun way to get some exercise, but it can also be mentally and physically exhausting. So, before you hit the walls next time, warm up the muscles you’ll be relying on the most! This lesson from Sensei Emory will get your whole body, from head to toe, prepared for as rigorous a workout as you desire. Best of all, when you learn the “EM Technique” you’ll learn how to use your body effectively, and discover how important breathing is to the way you do and time your exercises.
Expand your yoga repertoire with the downward dog lunge pose. Esther of Ekhart Yoga shows you how to combine two popular poses (downward facing dog and the lunge) for a hybrid pose that stretches your hips and back. This pose can provide a boost of energy in the morning or can be added to your regular routine to spice things up. Pull out your yoga mat, give yourself some space, and follow along.
After a day on the slopes with your buddies, you realize that your impeccable form and incredible speed are less impressive than you thought; your friends are not the least bit amazed by your obvious skiing talent. But a good trick would certainly prove your artistry and skill! Don’t despair! Tobin from Section 8 Snowsport Institute is here to teach you a long forgotten yet awe-inspiring feat you can wow your friends with on your next ski trip—it’s called a “worm turn.”
Ever notice groups of cyclists riding in those tight formations that just scream “expertise” and “serious athletes here”? It’s called riding in a paceline. This lesson demonstrates how to position yourself in a group of cyclists and how to rotate periodically that so every cyclist gets a turn at the helm. A cycling paceline will help the group keep an even speed and even offers wind shelter. So watch, learn, and hit the road!
Overhangs are not only difficult to climb, but can deplete your energy if attempted incorrectly—but that doesn't have to be the case. When climbing overhangs, your shoes are your most important piece of gear. In this lesson from Rock Climb Tips, Mike first explains that aggressive shoes can make a huge difference in your climbing, since their natural arch allows you to hook into the wall more than flat shoes do. Finally, learn about efficient footwork that will help you conserve energy.