Jae Gruenke: End That Injury For Good! Re-Train Your Brain To Run Faster, Smoother and Injury-Free For Life

January 25, 2017


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On this show we’re joined by Jae Gruenke, GCFP, a Feldenkrais practitioner and founder of The Balanced Runner™. For the past 14 years she has helped runners from beginner to Olympian learn to run pain-free, efficiently, and fast. She specializes in helping those whose problems have not resolved with medical treatment and those transitioning to natural running form, minimalist footwear, and barefoot running. She teaches in the US, the UK, and Germany and also offers The Balanced Runner Online Running Technique Camp and other online programs, find out more at www.balancedrunner.com.

Topics we cover:

A different way to tackle things:

  • Jae’s background in dancing and becoming a runner.
  • Jae thinks and operates a bit differently than most when it comes to how to build a solid runner. She explains her philosophy, techniques and what makes her different.
  • She teaches neuromuscular education techniques using the Feldenkrais Method – retrain the brain.
  • The mind-body connection to running.
  • Why classic workouts/strength training are often not enough for runners especially to resolve injury.
  • Why a lot of experts, physios, coaches, etc., still can’t help people resolve reoccurring running injuries.

Specific running issues and remedies:

  • When running we want our hips to shift – a little – and not be too stiff, why this is and how it should all work in the kinetic chain…
  • “The one thing that works is learning to shift your pelvis so your weight goes all the way over your right leg so your gluteus medius doesn’t need to overwork nor your knee turn inwards. This requires a movement of your pelvis and spine, and this brings us back to core stability and the more effective alternative, core action.”
  • What would prevent someone from moving their hips adequately? i.e. Tight hips: causes and solutions
  • How to fix a runner with chronically sore quads – more in Jae’s blog here.
  • Importance of arm swing (if we don’t get to it above)
  • Improving hip extension – is the couch stretch enough? 😉
  • Correcting R/L imbalances and why the R side is always dominant no matter if your left- or right-handed
  • Glutes: are the usually overworked or underdeveloped?
  • Mention of the book “The Talent Code” and how its themes tie in.
  • And much much more in this episode!

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