Posts Tagged ‘ core ’

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Back to Basics

Physical Therapy Exercises for Running Welcome to Week 2 of Not Running a Single Step. It’s actually intentional. No, really. As the season drew to a close, I realized that I had fallen into the trap where I was doing very little aside from running, and I was starting to feel it. My core isn’t […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Change: Building Strength

I had a chat with a friend that went something like this: Her: That post about the gait analysis was hilarious. I could just imagine you trying to hide under your chair as they showed the video. I couldn’t stop laughing. Me: Uh, thanks? Her: No, really. I like that you really talked about how […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Change: Moving in Slow Motion

Last Wednesday night, I went to the UCSF RunSafe clinic. You might remember that I did the other part of the clinic, the VO2 max and lactate threshold training, back in December. I wanted to complete the program and learn how to run without injury. At the clinic, there are four runners and four analysis […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Completing the Circuits

Ever since the end of Team in Training season, I’ve been suffering from a lack of purpose in my workouts. Sure, I’ve been doing things, but the level of effort has been purely half-assed and lacking a plan. This past week I finally started circuit training with a new trainer. Her sessions are intense and […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Making the Most of Limited Time

Monday was a preschool holiday. Tuesday was going to be booked with meetings from start to finish. Two days off? Nope. I split the difference and hit the gym on Monday night. The Plan Monday: Gym Tuesday: Off Wednesday: Pilates Thursday: Gym Friday: Run and gym Saturday: Much too much yard work Sunday: Much-needed rest […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Strength Training With Kettlebells

The first time I saw a kettlebell was several years ago at the gym. A guy was working with a personal trainer, standing on a wobble board and hoisting something that looked like a large cowbell. I honestly couldn’t figure out what they were doing, and half expected to hear the “bell” ringing as if […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Finding Balance with BOSU

With all due respect to the company, there’s something about the name BOSU that just sounds silly. I can assure you that after a serious workout with one of these half-dome gadgets, you won’t be laughing anymore. The BOSU acronym originally stood for “both sides up,” meaning that it could be used on either side, […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: In My Dreams

I’ve been having dreams about running. They’ve been dreams about lacing up my sneakers and going long distances, the challenging double-digit slogs that seem like they’re never going to end, and usually on trails where I can’t see beyond the next curve. In the dreams, I’m very concerned about pacing myself and having the energy […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Coveting the TRX

I’ve never seen a TRX in person, but I heard about it from my Team in Training coach, and I have to say, I’m a little bit obsessed with the idea of it. This thing looks like the ultimate in strength-based core training, and I’m dying to try one. My world does not have room […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Fitness Fix: Pilates

There seem to be two camps regarding Pilates. The first is filled with people who write it off as some ridiculous celebrity trend. The second is filled with devotees who think that Joseph Pilates was on to something. I fall into the latter camp. Developed by boxer Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century, Pilates […] Read More