Contribution by Kevin Rentner
During our post-run coffee time, I talked to a couple members about my physical therapy exercises. I then discussed some of what I have learned over the last few months about the importance of core (abs, hips and glutes) work. Part of this learning was through the painful experience of my injury/rehab, but part came from meeting David McHenry, the PT and strength and conditioning coach for the Nike Oregon Project (Farrah, Rupp, Centrowitz, Ritzenhein, and other elites).
Albert Salazar and McHenry were the speakers at a coaches clinic after the Nike Cross National championship in December. Parts of Salazar’s presentation are on Runnerspace and make for good viewing for both coaches and athletes. McHenry posted his presentation on the internet and posted a basic workout for core strengthening and hip strengthening. Originally, these were only for the coaches that attended the clinic and were password protected. He said they would be taken down after two weeks. Apparently, his business had a change of heart and decided to make these available to the public. Check them out at:
A few weeks after McHenry’s presentation, he did a running biomechanical assessment of my son Karsten (cost was only $125 for a 90 minute exam). He then provided a tailored training plan to address Karsten’s weaknesses/imbalances. Though the plan was tailored for Karsten, all of the exercises selected for him are either in the .pdf documents or the videos on the website. Hope they are of use to you.P.S. It’s kind of fun visiting the PACE clinic, almost like going to a sports museum. There are sports photos on the walls and autographed Olympic singlets from the Nike athletes (Goucher, Flanagan and a couple others in addition to the current Oregon Project runners), and other sports jerseys from other athletes