Are you new on the blog or curious what high value piece of content you might have missed in 2021? If so, I have you covered.
While facing much unpredictability in 2021, I still tried my best to remain consistent with the educational content. This ranged from social media posts (Facebook & Instagram), webinars & Fireside Chats, and exclusive content in the Ignite Your Run private Facebook group. Whether you caught some of this or none at all, let me help you by summarizing the best of 2021.
At the end of every year, I like to “wrap-up” by sharing the most viewed content. These are not my top choices necessarily but which were viewed the most to provide a more objective measurement system.
Below you will see the top 3 pieces of content broken down by category. This includes articles, videos, Fireside Chats, and webinars. Please click each individual link to view the content and understand why it was so popular in 2021!
And, of course, if you have any questions or need additional help moving forward please click here to schedule a FREE 30-minute consultation.
Top 3 Articles
In the following, I will share the most viewed articles posted on my website in 2021…
In the following, I will share the most viewed videos watched on YouTube in 2021…
#1: How to Perform the Lateral Squat
#2: Soleus Strengthening for Runners
#3: 5 Knee-Friendly Squat Variations
Top 3 Fireside Chats
In the following, I will share the most viewed Fireside Chat segments in 2021. For those of you new to the Fireside Chat, this is a conversational-type webinar where I invite some of the top professionals in the running, health, & fitness world to share with us their knowledge and experience regarding a particular topic.
#1: Improving Mobility for Runners with David Jennings, DPT
#2: Pelvic Floor & Women’s Health with Cassandra McCoy, ATC
#3: RED-S & Nutritional Considerations for Endurance Athletes with Jill Merkel, RD
Top 3 Webinars
In the following, I will share the most viewed webinars from 2021. These are FREE 60-minute webinars that I hosted on a regular basis to educate people about various topics to improve function of the body, performance, and reduce the likelihood of injury.
#1: Pelvic Control: The Overlooked Link to Better Running Performance & Injury Reduction
#2: Core Training That Matters: How to Train the Foot, Core, & Breathing to Impact Running Performance
#3: How to Reduce Tightness & Feel Your Best Without Wasting Time Static Stretching
I hope this Best of 2021 resource provides you with some guidance and understanding regarding various topics which will allow you to see the best possible results in 2022. Of course, if you have questions or need help moving forward please click here to schedule your FREE 30-minute phone consultation.
Interested in joining a community of motivated runners to learn about running, injury prevention, and nutrition? Click here to learn more about the Ignite the Run private Facebook group!
If so, I just held a 60-minute webinar on ‘Strength Training 101 for Runners’ which should be a game changer for you!
Strength training can be a worthwhile supplement to your running. Research shows that it helps improve performance & running economy, and addresses the risk factors associated with injury. But, it has to be executed properly to create the results you desire without adding more to your plate which makes it harder to recover.
In this webinar replay, what you’ll learn is…
What you’ll learn is…
The key takeaway from my most successful running clients
Important principles that should guide your strength training program
Basic exercises to target the foot, calf, single leg strength & stabilization, and core
And much, much more!
As an added bonus for watching this webinar replay, I want to invite you to the upcoming RunStrong Challenge which will kick-off on Monday, November 8th. This 6-week strength training & injury prevention program caters to each individual while the group competes for big prizes.
Injury prevention is a hot topic in the running world, and for good reason. Runners are searching for the best strategies to stay injury-free and thriving within the sport. But, is preventing injury actually attainable?
In this webinar, I presented on the topic of injury prevention by thoroughly reviewing the research. What I found was a lot of conflicting information compared to what is commonly seen around the running community. It’s my hope that you will use this to be more objective and fine tune your program to create the best results possible.
What you’ll learn is…
The most common running-related injuries
Which risk factors are associated with injury
Important injury prevention tactics and their effectiveness
The role of footwear in reducing your injury risk
I hope you enjoy this webinar! Click here to set up your FREE phone consultation to understand how to individualize these strategies to your needs and learn more about the Healthy Running Program.
In this edition of ‘In the Spotlight’ let’s talk with Tammy Moorey. I have had the pleasure of working with Tammy since July 2020. This was during the height of the pandemic when we started virtually but have since been able to meet on a monthly basis as she continues to kick up her training.
To say I’m impressed with Tammy’s dedication and consistency is an understatement. She will do whatever it takes to run pain-free and live a healthy lifestyle which has made my job very easy. Because let’s be honest, with knee osteoarthritis you constantly have to be on top of the smaller details in order to function with limited pain at a high level.
My first interaction with Tammy continues to be one of my favorites. It was a beautiful sunny Summer day in Michigan and I remember her sitting outside of the hospital for our Zoom call on her lunch break. With a poor prognosis from the doctor and physical therapist regarding her knees, I was confident that if we started slow, respected her pain, but also addressed the underlying areas which were contributing, we would come out better on the other side. Although I knew it would take much longer then a month and was unsure to what degree we could reliably see improvements, I recommended the trial program to make sure this was the best fit for her first step. We regularly look back on this conversation as she was hesitantly optimistic in the path forward. Since then, Tammy has invested herself in the process and we continue to work together in a truly collaborative way.
Without further ado, let’s shine the spotlight on…
Q: Where are you from?
A: “Wixom, Michigan.”
Q: What do you do for work?
A: “I am an administrative Assistant at University of Michigan Hospital.”
Q: When you aren’t working, what are some of your favorite hobbies?
A: “Running, biking, swimming, training the puppy, and all things sewing related. I have made everything from doll clothes to wedding dresses!”
Q: If you could live anywhere in the world where would that be? Why?
A: “I don’t think I would leave Michigan. Why, you may ask, we have the most unbelievable weather. In the spring it is not uncommon to have one day in the 70’s and the next barely above freezing. That said, the seasons are great. Fresh air and new growth in the spring. Watching the grass go from winter brown to vibrant green. The smell of flowers blooming, and the amazing colors. Hot, humid summer days, perfect for swimming at the lake or having a picnic with the family. The colors in the fall are breath taking. Nothing is better than apple cider and fresh donuts from the local cider mill. Winters can be challenging, especially since I prefer to run outside, but nothing beats that first snowy run when yours are the only footprints in the freshly fallen snow. The air is so crisp and clean. I sound like a travel ad lol. On top of all that, there are so many lakes in and surrounding Michigan. 4 of the 5 Great Lakes make Michigan giant peninsulas. You are never more than 6 miles from a body of water, or 85 miles from a Great Lake! Add to that all the miles of dirt trails and paved walkways, can’t get much better than this!”
Q: What are the top reasons you enjoy running, triathlon, and staying active?
A: “I started running to lose weight when I was in my 50s. Then, I had a perfect run. You know, where everything is just good. Nothing hurt. Breathing wasn’t too difficult, and I got home and said, “I love running!” Hubs rolled his eyes and sent me to the store for proper running shoes. I was hooked. I feel better when I run. After I did my one and only marathon, I wanted to challenge myself with something new. I was a swimmer a million years ago in high school, and I love to ride my bike, so it was a natural progression for me to dip my toes into the waters of a triathlon. I joined a local group, learned as much as I could in a short period of time, volunteered for a tri, and then in 2019 I hit the starting line and completed my first tri. It was a sprint tri, so on the short side, but there is progression there as well, so next up is an Olympic tri in August this year!
Staying active for me is necessary. I most likely would have been diagnosed with ADHD or some such thing when I was a kid. I can’t just sit still. I go crazy when I go too long without doing something. Since my grandson was born, I have wanted to be able to do things with him, and not sit on the sidelines wishing I could do the things. He loves to run with granny when we are able to visit! I work in the health system, and have seen what aging combined with a sedentary lifestyle does to our minds and bodies. I may not be a graceful ballerina, but I want people to look at me and wonder just how old I am. I sure don’t “feel” my age.”
Q: On Facebook, I see you cooking up some amazing meals. What’s the best dinner you’ve made recently?
A: “Oooo, that’s a tough one. I love to experiment with food and flavors. I think my favorite recent meal was Chicken Piccata. The capers add such a vibrant pop to the dish! My son, who doesn’t like chicken, even said this was great!”
Q: When you first started working with Garrett, what were the goals you wanted to achieve?
A: “Our first phone call started with me first telling Garrett how old I am, my injury history, and me asking him if he thought I would ever be able to run pain-free again. That was my first goal, to be able to enjoy the sport I love so much. I wanted to feel stronger, and really learn how to be injury free once I was pain free.”
Q: What motivated you to work with Garrett and start implementing a running retraining and strength training program?
A: “In December of 2019 I was participating in an online Pilates class and did a side lunge. I did something wrong and my right knee popped. I was in so much pain, I called the next day for an appointment with my PCP. She referred to physical therapy, and orthopedic surgeon, and ordered an MRI. The surgeon basically told me if I didn’t stop running I would be headed for a knee replacement in a matter of a few years. He also said that the pain would most likely never resolve without a knee replacement, but he ordered an off-loader brace so I could walk pain-free. I was so sad. I think I cried for a week. I watched a few of Garrett’s webinars and practiced some of the exercises he demonstrated. He always demonstrates with proper form, which I find so many videos do not do. Anyway, I won a free consultation after one of these webinars. We talked for a while. He was so optimistic that he would be able to help me. If I remember right, I signed up for 1 month thinking this is never going to work, and I should just hang up my running shoes. I don’t know if Garrett heard it in my voice, but when he said he is confident he could help me I was crying. Right there, outside my office, tears running down my face that someone on the planet believed in me. Believed that I could be pain free again. That was all I needed. Just thinking about that phone call I’m crying. There was hope! There was a possibility I could run!”
Q: What are the most noticeable improvements you’ve seen so far?
A: “Just on the pain level, there isn’t any most of the time. If my knee does act up, I am able to resolve it in a matter of a few days instead of months. I also feel more secure and grounded doing most of my exercises. My crossover is almost gone. With my bowed legs I don’t know that it will ever be 100% gone, but I don’t hit my ankles while running anymore!”
Q: Have there been ups and downs over the last 9-months or did things progress pretty smoothly?
A: “Strength-wise, I have progressed rather smoothly with only a few minor adjustments along the way. Running has seen its fair share of ups and downs. Overall, the downs are becoming shallower and not lasting as long. Before I met Garrett, I would be in pain and stop running altogether for weeks at a time. Now, we make adjustments and find ways to still run without over stressing my body.
Q: Recently you ran a 10k as a training race in pursuit of an upcoming 1/2 marathon and full marathon (oh yeah, and triathlon!). How did you do?
A: “The first 5 miles were great, not quite the pace I wanted, but I was consistent in my cadence and felt very happy overall. The race was only 5 miles, so my husband met me for the last 1.2 miles. That was much slower, but we made it to 6.2 miles, knee pain free, but my foot started acting up. Bummer, I know!
Last weekend was 2 10k races, one in the morning and one in the evening. The morning was great. The evening was raining and slippery. I was very pleased with both races. My times were similar even in the different conditions. Slipping and sliding I never felt like I was in danger of hurting my ankles or knees. The strength exercises have helped me so much in that area!”
Q: What is your favorite part about the Healthy Running Program?
A: “I don’t think I could pick a favorite part, but I would have to say that learning from each other was great! Being accountable to each other, and maybe a little friendly competition along the way helped keep us all engaged. We learned so much about strength training as well as how to reinforce proper movement with the RAILs plans Garrett put together for each of us. I love that the plans were very unique. We may have had some of the same exercises, but we each had an individual plan to follow. I enjoyed the fireside chats as well. Learning about shoes, nutrition, and why we need to drink so much water are all very important aspects of becoming a better runner.”
Q: You have been a very good communicator throughout this process by commenting in the coaching app on a daily basis. How much do you feel this has contributed to your success?
A: “I think sometime I may sound like a broken record, “adductor rocking is my favorite,” but overall, I know that commenting holds me accountable to Garrett and myself. When I have a question on form or need a kick in the rear to up the weight, Garrett always responds, sometimes when I don’t expect him to. Really, Garrett, why are you answering my questions at 10:00pm? I love it though. Without documenting where you start, you do not know how far you have come! To look back at some of my early workouts where I could barely squat with body weight to now, holding a 25lb weight plate or more and not having any trouble it’s motivation to keep going. At the same time, if a certain move is causing me trouble or pain and I don’t tell Garrett what is happening, he can’t resolve it.”
Q: What is that one thing you dislike the most but continue to work on because you know it will help?
A: “There are a couple, the first is the cervical lateral flexion. My neck has been a problem since a horse riding accident when I was young, but I know that if I don’t keep it moving I will lose the ability to move at all. So, I do it and silently whine that I don’t like it. The other is lateral hand stabilization with the top leg lifting and lowering. They are just hard for me to do. Getting better, but I also sometimes whine out loud while doing them. I have dropped to the floor sobbing, “I can’t do these!” Only to get up and finish the reps assigned because that’s what I’m supposed to do!”
Q: Is there one exercise you find yourself doing more often then others based on how it impacts your knees?
A: “I think I do adductor rocking daily, sometime multiple times a day. There is a pulling sensation on the inside of my knees, and this gently works it out. I also add in thoracic spine rotations several times a week!”
Q: Has there been a specific exercise early on which you were worried would aggravate your knees but it actually went better than expected?
A: “Definitely squats. I watched my first squat video the other day and impressed myself with how much better they are now. I never had the knee pain I expected, and Garrett telling me to just go for it was a game changer!”
Q: In terms of running mechanics, what areas have you addressed that have made you a stronger runner with less knee pain?
A: “Increasing cadence has led to a shorter stride, which has improved the crossover a lot. I don’t heel strike anymore, which I’m sure was a contributing factor to my knee pain. I am working on hip mobility through the swing phase, which will help to increase speed and efficiency in my running. We have also addressed balance and ankle strength and mobility, especially with the trail races coming up.”
Q: Looking ahead, do you have any big goals/races you are working towards?
A: “I sure do! I am doing the Summer Trail Fest half marathon on June 20, the Traverse City Olympic distance triathlon August 15, and the one I have been waiting for almost a year, Run Woodstock trail marathon in September! My friend and I signed up for some crazy package. I think it has a 5k on Friday night, the marathon Saturday, and some sendoff 5k Sunday morning. I can’t wait!”
Thank you for reading this ‘In the Spotlight’ segment. And, a big shout out to Tammy Moorey. To learn more about the Healthy Running Program, please click here!
| Article written on December 21st, 2020 at 07:22am | Follow Garrett on Facebook and Instagram |
2020 was a wild ride, wasn’t it? Despite the ups and downs this year threw at us, there were still tons of people staying active and pursuing their health, running, & fitness goals. This includes searching for the top content and resources across multiple platforms.
At the end of every year, I like to “wrap-up” by sharing the most viewed content for those of you who might’ve missed it. These are not my top choices necessarily but which were viewed the most to provide a more objective measurement system.
Below you will see the top 4 pieces of content broken down by category. This includes articles, videos, Fireside Chats, and webinars. Please click each individual link to view the content and understand why it was so popular in 2020!
And, of course, if you have any questions or need additional help moving forward please CLICK HERE to contact me directly.
Top 4 Articles
In the following, I will share the most viewed articles posted on my website in 2020…
In the following, I will share the most viewed videos posted on YouTube in 2020…
#1: 15-Minute Core Training Routine for Runners
#2: Improving Hamstring Flexibility with the Romanian Deadlift
#3: Home Strength Training Routine for Runners – Day #1
#4: Home Strength Training Routine for Runners – Day #2
Top 4 Fireside Chats
In the following, I will share the most viewed Fireside Chat segments in 2020. For those of you new to the Fireside Chat, this is a conversational-type webinar where I invite some of the top professionals in the running, health, & fitness world to share with us their knowledge and experience regarding a particular topic.
#1: Foundational Principles to Improve Your Running with Nicole Sifuentes
#2: Finding the Right Shoe for the Job with Dr. Jesse Riley, DC
#3: Your Running Form: What Matters and What Doesn’t with Nicole Sifuentes
#4: Debunking Food Rules & Myths with Jill Merkel, RD
Top 4 Webinars
In the following, I will share the most viewed webinars from 2020. These are FREE 60-minute webinars that I hosted on a monthly basis to educate runners about strength training, injury prevention, and running mechanics.
#1: Cadence: How to Manipulate Your Step Rate to Reduce Pain & Improve Performance
#2: Build Your Run Series: Injury Prevention
#3: Build Your Run Series: Strength Training & Plyometrics
#4: Become a Faster Runner: Movement Strategies to Increase Your Running Speed
I hope this Best of 2020 resource provides you with some guidance and understanding regarding various topics which will allow you to see the best possible results in 2021. Of course, if you have questions or need help moving forward please contact me directly by clicking here.
Interested in joining a community of motivated runners to learn about running, injury prevention, and nutrition? Click here to learn more about the Ignite the Run private Facebook group!
Having an effective dynamic warm-up in place will not only help you improve the quality of your run for that day but can overall reduce your likelihood of injury, improve running economy, and pay dividends moving forward. However, most runners are neglecting the dynamic warm-up altogether or going about it all wrong!
Recently, I held a 60-minute webinar to talk about the basics behind implementing a proper pre-run routine. This is super important if you are not warming up or looking for a fool proof system and drills to see more success with your running. Instead of going into your runs cold, I recommend shifting your focus to do the little things which will positively impact your running over the long haul.
In this FREE webinar replay, what you’ll learn is…
Why the dynamic warm-up matters (3:47)
To stretch or not to stretch? (14:40)
The rules of an effective pre-run routine (17:28)
A simple and fool proof dynamic warm-up system (23:28)
Specific drills & exercises to include pre-run (30:01)
The impact of plyometrics on running economy (46:16)
I hope you enjoy this webinar! Comment below or contact me directly if you have any questions or comments regarding this content. And, if you want to implement the best strategies to improve your running, click here to learn more about the Healthy Running Program.