Classes for runners? Absolutely. Running is not an activity unto itself, and runners can absolutely benefit from … let’s call it “continued education.”
Good Form Running (or other running form clinic)
Most running stores will offer some form of running form clinic. It involves an analysis of your current form, an explanation of what constitutes good form, and the things you can correct to improve. This can take privately or in a group setting, and can be full of great information. Instructors will look at your posture, your arm position, where your foot strikes, how you carry your weight, and the length of your stride. From there, they can make suggestions on ways to become more efficient and a better runner.
Any Rolling Class
Look to your local running store or gym for a class on rolling. During this experience, instructors should introduce you to a variety of different rollers (from the big foam rollers, to the smaller rolling balls and bars). Each type of roller can be used in very specific ways to help your muscles recover from the stress of running and other activities. It can be incredibly helpful to learn the proper way of relieving those areas, tightness, stiffness and soreness.
A Good Stretching Class
Whether it’s yoga or any other runner-specific practice, stretching definitely ranks up there with great classes for runners. Stretching makes you stronger, and helps keep your muscles flexible and up to the task of handling your miles. Runners sometimes neglect the benefit of a good stretch, and should definitely build it in to their training routine.
A Garmin Informational Class
Are you using your Garmin (or other running watch) to the most of its potential? Do you know how to make the most of all its features and functions? If not, maybe it’s time to fix that. Again, check with your local running store for in-person or online options to learn that ins and outs of your fitness watch of choice. The new knowledge might help you make the most of your training and goals.
A Self-Defense Class
Running is an activity that can leave you very vulnerable. Runners get caught up in their movements, and sometimes even their music or their own thoughts. While it’s never fun to think about the negative, knowing how to defend yourself against the possibility of an attack is a really smart and practical idea. Check out your local gyms, sheriff’s office or martial arts studios for more information.
What classes or clinics would you recommend for runners?
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