View Full Version : What I Learned in 2006 by Eric Cressey
01-12-2007, 05:17 AM
One of my favorite authors over at T-nation. A lot of great points.
01-12-2007, 05:28 AM
Here are my takes on those points:
1. Absolutely! I've always had really flat feet and that has always been a problem with running (I do it because the Army makes me...not because I enjoy it).
About 2 years ago I made the switch to wrestling shoes while training but I was still wearing the heavy motion control shoes + corrective inserts and I was still having problems with running. Last christmas I got my first pair of Nike Frees, wow is running in those an entirely different experience! I have been trying to explain the benefits to people who still train/run in regular running shoes.
The only things I don't like about the free's is that if I wear them when it rains my feet get soaked and the fact that my wife hates the way they look (which means I can't wear them everywhere I want to, maybe when you get a wife you'll get that part).
2.See point 1
4. I'd have to give this a try, to see what he means here. I know he's touched on the subject before in previous articles.
5. AC & Lou Schuler have a lot of single leg movements in his book New Rules of Lifting, I never realized my unilateral leg strength was so crappy until I tried my first set of Bulgarian split squats. Thanks AC!
6. Great advice! I guess I should stop feeling so bad when I bug guys like Robb, Greg, Mike, Dan, Steve...etc with questions.
7. His articles are what turned me onto foam rolling and SMR to begin with with. Great stuff in a masochistic sort fo way.
9. I've been incorporating these at least once a week maybe I'll get a little more diligent with them.
13. Dan John is great, I can't say enough good stuff about him, I've only met him once, and interacted with him online a bit but he is awesome and has been lifting/coaching longer than I've been alive. He really does "get it."
I was definitely gym obsessed when I was younger, though I still enjoy it now I try not to let it get in the way of life.
01-12-2007, 08:56 AM
About 2 years ago I made the switch to wrestling shoes while training but I was still wearing the heavy motion control shoes + corrective inserts and I was still having problems with running. Last christmas I got my first pair of Nike Frees, wow is running in those an entirely different experience! I love have been trying to explain the benefits to people who still train/run in regular running shoes.
Anybody ever tried Earth shoes? They have a negative sole, which puts your toes higher than your heels. It's supposed to help with alignment...
01-12-2007, 09:20 AM
I second your suggestion about reading that article. I always get a lot out of Eric's articles - I especially like that he seems to be able to incorporate some really intense training with athletes that are also doing much needed corrective work. As someone with some ROM/activation problems to clean-up, I really appreciate that view point.
Allen - I can feel your pain on the single-leg stuff. I recently started some physical therapy for a hip problem and they have me doing a bunch of single leg stuff. I definitely could use some more work on that stuff!
And the video of the guy hitting 40" on the vertical was pretty cool.
01-12-2007, 11:08 AM
I like his take on shoulder stability and injury prevention....reminds me to do more prehab scapula stabilizer work. (Could of used that info 15 years ago....)
He makes a good point about balancing single legged strength/movements. I always tell people when lifting one leg/arm....start with the weakest first, then never do more on the stronger one (even if you can) until your strength balances out.
I'm going to add more ankle traction work to see how that affects everything. 30+ years laced up in stiff hockey skates certainly has made for weak ankles (and ankle injuries).
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