I was blissfully unaware of my weaknesses until the Saucony Stride Lab App opened my eyes. This analysis tool for runners breaks down strengths and weaknesses in a pretty pentagon, showing you where you need to spend time building muscle or loosening ligaments. It shows you exactly what the problems are, and therein lies the rub.
It seemed like a good idea at the time. Taking a deeper look at how your body works as a runner, noticing where you are strong and where you could use improvement might feel like you are on the road to becoming the next Kara Goucher. However, it’s also like going to the doctor when you have a niggling pain somewhere…you might get a diagnosis you don’t like.
An honest evaluation on the Body Work side yields 4-5 exercises that are challenging, uncomfortable, or just plain hurt. The Stride Lab section might reveal hip dropping or hunching over, which will make you question how every muscle activates on every run.
Case in point, and I’m not making this up…the “Chair of Death Squats.” Seriously, this is what the app calls them. I mean, they are aptly named, but really? Standing in front of a chair, you line your feet up with the foot of the chair. You hold a broom handle along your spine with both hands, then squat. Your knees shouldn’t touch the chair in front of you. Now do that 30 times.
What does this do? Glute activation. Reminds you that you have a butt.
Other exercises include bridges, lunges, squats, calf raises, and one legged-stance work — everything we as runners just don’t like doing. [Read more…] about Saucony Stride Lab App for Better Running