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Great Asses = Great Runners

Mar 26, 2012 | 15 Comments

In usual fashion, The Maple Grove Barefoot Guy inspired this post.  Christian writes about the need for strong hips/ass as a prerequisite to good running form.  I couldn’t agree more.

I’m a huge fan of strength training for runners as a form of crosstraining.  I have an entire section of my book dedicated to weight training, I routinely recommend programs like Kemme Fitness and Crossfit, and I even support Christian’s seemingly […]

A Sampling of Our Ultramarathon Crosstraining

Feb 18, 2012 | 13 Comments

Here’s a video of the type of training Shelly and I do.  A I’ve mentioned before, most of our workouts are inspired by Crossfit and Kemme Fitness.




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What is the Ideal Weight Training Program for Ultrarunners?

Feb 13, 2012 | 21 Comments

In my last post on weight training, I was purposely vague in order to stimulate discussion, though it was implied the question was geared toward runners.  Now we’ll look at a very specific case- weight training for ultrarunning.

Our goals for weight training are specific.  We want to:

Make our bodies more resilient to damage from running 50-100 miles,
Increase balance to facilitate trail running over technical terrain,
Increase proprioception to prevent injuries from hyperextension,
Decrease recovery time after the […]

Ninety Percent of the Exercises You Do at the Gym are a Waste of Time: The “Gym Fit” Problem

Feb 10, 2012 | 82 Comments

This post was inspired by a post written by Tucker Goodrich on Barefoot Ted’s Huaraches Google Group here.

Some exercises people do in the gym are absolutely worthless… except training you to do that exact exercise.

Idiot Exercise

The question: what exercises fit into this “worthless” category?

I’m a huge fan of functional fitness, which is based on the idea of using exercises that mimic the movements we make in our day-to-day lives.  Pete Kemme, one of the thought […]

How to Spot a Crazy Person – Why One Man Simply Can’t Run

Mar 20, 2011 | One Comment

[The following is a guest post by Pete Kemme.  I frequently mention Pete here and finally convinced him to make a guest appearance.  I regard Pete as one of the leading experts on functional fitness.  His crazy-ass brutal crosstraining workouts have helped me finish run ultras on relatively low mileage.  Check out Pete’s fitness site To see what he does, check out this YouTube vid.   Pete, being the humble guy he is, wouldn’t mention […]

How I’ll break Out of a Rut- Lets Fight the Late Winter Doldrums Together

Mar 11, 2011 | 3 Comments

[The following post was written by Jesse Scott.  Jesse is one of the writers I recently recruited to occasionally write for BRU.  Check out his blog “In Search of Solid Ground” to read more of Jesse’s writings.]

Something I dislike doing is explicitly telling others what to do. We’re all individuals with our own wants, needs, and feelings. The best way for me to help others is by giving an example, or in most […]

Gymboss Interval Timer Review

Jan 29, 2011 | 2 Comments

When people begin barefoot running, they usually start at very low mileage.  This is a wise strategy, but may be difficult for runners accustomed to high mileage or high intensity.   When they ask for an alternative to running while they make the transition, I always suggest burpee pullups.

I also recommend programs like Pete Kemme’s workouts or Crossfit.  The problem- many of these workouts are based on intervals… usually of the […]


Weight Training for Runners… The Best Crosstraining Possible?

Jul 17, 2010 | 5 Comments

I’ve received a few emails from people inquiring about my low mileage training for ultramarathons.  If you take weekly mileage alone, my training appears to be inadequate at best; downright stupid at worst.

If this were my lone ultra training, it would be stupid.  I sincerely doubt I would be able to finish even a 50 miler with my running volume.  Life circumstances (i.e. kids) limit my training time.  My secret to maximizing the mileage I can get: high intensity interval […]