Each year I volunteer to marshal a 10 kilometre cross-country fun run which is put on as a fundraiser for a local school. I always really enjoy the event as it an opportunity to observe how a large sample of people move. The runners at the front of the field move incredibly well; making the motions appear fluid and efficient with no wasted effort. It comes as no surprise to me that the further down the field you get, the more knee supports you see being worn by the runners and the more difficult and painful the effort of running appears to be.
This year I decided I would keep a mental note of the proportion of those runners wearing knee supports who exhibited out-turned feet as they ran. It wasn’t difficult for me to remember the proportion because it turned out to be 100%. Continue reading →
All too often we hear positive feedback about the exercises and lessons on this site, but when we ask if people are actually doing the exercises they reply “There’s nothing wrong with my knees.” These people insist that their other regular exercises, whatever they may be, are enough to keep them fit – without thinking about form of movement. Unless you’ve mastered perfect posture, and a perfect strength balance, however, whether you’ve got knee pain or not, there is likely something imperfect with the mechanics of your knees. Those who claim otherwise just don’t know it yet. Here is a little story we wrote to illustrate this point. Please read it, and consider the message carefully, because resolving knee pain through strength training is not just for today: it could affect all of your tomorrows. Continue reading →
We all know Usain Bolt is fast. Really fast. But he could be faster. A quick look at his start, out of the blocks, tells us that. By considering the positioning of his knees, and the alignment of his legs, he could improve his speed – and his future health. Here’s how:
What’s the issue?
After he pushes against the blocks for his immediate start, for the next few steps his foot and leg are turned out when pushing back against the ground. This rotates his body, so the knee of the lead leg has to come in. It drives across his body (as shown in these pictures) in order to counter the rotation. Continue reading →
Continuing our series of trainee interviews, today’s trainee is Ross Beard, an accountant from Essex. Ross regularly trains with Chris in person, which has helped him recover from debilitating knee injuries. His case study shows how you can return from barely walking to competing in sporting competitions.
1. What problems did / do you have with your knees?
Whilst playing football I suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. Eventually, after misdiagnosis and long waiting lists, I had the ligament reconstructed using a hamstring graft. I suffered extreme muscle atrophy in both legs, my knee did not feel stable, I continued to limp, I started to experience problems with other parts of my body and remained very cautious when doing physical activity. Continue reading →
We believe you can overcome knee pain, even if you don't. Strength and mobility are possible through simple, easy to learn exercises - no drugs, no surgery. These lessons and techniques come from trainer Chris Williams, who resolved life-long knee problems through personal study and hard work.
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