Older Yet Faster: The Secret to Running Fast and Injury
“Older Yet Faster” (Book with colour illustrations and photographs, and online videos of lessons and exercises) is a manual for teaching runners how to transition to efficient running and to help them to avoid incurring almost all of the common running injuries as they do so. It is ideal for beginners to learn how to run well and for experienced runners to changeover to good technique.
Coaches can also use this book as a reference on how to implement technique change for their clients, and we expect it to become the go-to manual for medical professionals, to help them deal with running related injuries caused by bad technique and footwear.
After learning how injuries are caused and then gaining a good understanding of running technique in the early chapters you will be prepared to read about our technique-change system which we call “OYF Running”. This consists of “Keith’s Lessons” used in combination with “Heidi’s Strengthening Exercises” and forms the main body of the book."
Keith shows you how to run efficiently in a simple, step-by-step guide both in the book and with videos. Each Lesson provides exercises set out in a format which is both easy to understand and implement. The first three lessons teach you the basics of running correctly and the last three help you put these into practice and help you to refine your technique over the period of your transition. This program is set up so that runners can teach themselves in conjunction with the online videos and forum.
Heidi’s Strengthening Exercises consists of a well-ordered series of exercises which will help your body safely adjust to the redistribution of the workload and are essential to rebuild parts of the body which have been neglected due to poor technique. It should be started as soon as possible, in order to build strength and to deal with the resultant muscle and tendon soreness that you will start to experience. We identify specific injuries and how they are caused and we show how by improving running technique, and re-strengthening these injuries are quickly cured.
Podiatrists will find Heidi’s experiences and advice particularly interesting, especially as they will almost certainly, be in conflict with what is still taught in universities. Chapters Twelve and Thirteen, ‘Managing the changes’ and ‘Rehabilitation’, explain what should happen during the transition and what to do should you get injured, or if you are currently injured.
Chapter Fourteen is very important as you must have suitable footwear to run with good technique. There is then a chapter on how your body shape will change as you adopt your new technique and a chapter on general tips and traps a list of commonly used terms, a glossary and an index.Finally, we have included three appendices: For Coaches, For Podiatrists and a detailed look at Heidi’s strengthening program. In Appendix A, Keith discusses how to implement his Lessons from a coach’s point of view, in Appendix B, Heidi explains how she treats her patients who are suffering with specific injuries and in Appendix C she explains her Strengthening program in greater detail for medical professionals and interested runners.
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As an athletics coach, this is my "go to" book for helping people improve their running form. There are 100's of books on the topic but this one nails it ... with a truly practical approach to getting better. The explanations, the advice, the drills, the video demonstrations blend perfectly to help you get there.
BTW - It's not just for older people, it's for anyone who wants to improve their running form !
In a world full of fads, quick fixes, and people cashing in on what’s fashionable, it’s rare to find a book that’s honest, effective and does exactly what it claims. With years of personal experience from both authors and feedback from 100’s of clients coached by Keith all condensed into an easy to follow program to help you recover from all the common injuries runners encounter. Then there is the foot strengthening exercises to prepare you for running with correct form. These exercises were created by the co author Heidi who has a wealth knowledge and experience helping patients and runners strengthen and fix their feet, in her role as a podiatrist. These are all easy to follow with concise instructions and diagrams to follow. You will see and feel a change in your feet within the first week. You will become more aware of how neglected and underused the muscles in you feet have been.
Then there’s the lessons themselves. Simple, easy to follow and understand , they will teach you the common pitfalls most runners encounter and show you how to rectify. Years and years of trail and error and feedback have gone into these exercises (and the whole book) to make them simple yet effective. All you need to bring with you is commitment.
Sold? Hang on, there’s more, much more. Not only do you get a wealth of knowledge gained over years of running and fixing patients - there is a bank of videos online with every exercise and lesson to watch over. Not sure if you’re doing it right?, watch the video, pause it, watch it again. It’s all demonstrated and talked through so you will get it right.
Still not sure? There’s more - to help you with every step of your transition you will be supported my the online group which is growing daily. Everyone is at different stages of correcting their form and they will offer you feedback, constructive criticism, advice and tips to help you achieve everything being taught. You really are getting so much more than you pay for and it works.
Since buying the book it has helped me fix my Achilles, visibly strengthen my feet, recognise what I’m doing wrong when running and begin the road to correcting it. I’m engaging the muscles I should be using and have started to feel the speed benefits of running with good form, and I am only in the early stages.
This isn’t my purchase of the year, it’s my purchase of the decade