About 6 years ago I was “diagnosed” with “inactive” gluteal muscles. I was working with an exercise therapist and my complaint was a sore hip while running. The therapist showed me how one of my glutes was stronger than the other and how my right and left quadricep muscles were mismatched in size and strength.
Over the years I’ve consulted with chiropractors, massage therapists, physiotherapists, and a strength trainer about my “inactive” glutes. I’ve come a long way in terms of glute activation and strength, but even last winter I had problems with skate skiing that seem related to glute activation. So one of my fitness goals for this summer is to significantly strengthen my glutes and improve my hip stability.
Whatever you want to call it – inactive glutes, glute weakness, glute amnesia – it’s a common problem, so…Continue reading
If you follow Nordic skiing research science (really, who doesn’t?) you’ll know H.C. Holmberg. He’s a rock star scientist from the Swedish Winter Sports Research Centre. Dr. Holmberg has been involved in sport as a chiropractor, athlete, coach and research scientist for about 35 years and has published more than 130 scientific papers, many of […]Continue reading
Summary: Improve your motor learning and athletic performance by focussing your thoughts externally rather than thinking about your body and how it’s moving.
This article summarizes the science that compares internal and external coaching cues. You can apply these principles to any sport or motor learning task.Continue reading
The other day I had a chance to catch up with Chris Jeffries, Head Coach of the Alberta World Cup Academy, one of our national training centres.
Chris is someone we often turn to for help with ski technique; he’s generous about sharing his knowledge and is dedicated to growing nordic skiing in Canada.Continue reading