Introducing Run FIT…well a look behind the scenes at it anyway! The official page has yet to be built on the web site, but we wanted to give our faithful Blog readers a quick look at the newest program Tidewater Performance is layering into its offerings!
Tidewater Physical Therapy has long offered programs to runners to help them improve their stride, speed and overall performance. After all, physical therapists are experts in how the body moves. At various Tidewater clinics, from South Hampton Roads to Gloucester and from Williamsburg to Richmond, physical therapists are ready to get you in, videotape you walking / running on a treadmill and analyze how you’re moving.
Now, with the Tidewater Performance Center, Tidewater can take that one step further. With the Tidewater Be Fit to Run(Run FIT) Program, each client undergoes a Functional Movement Screen with a certified athletic trainer or licensed physical therapist and an in-depth biomechanical assessment of your body.
Clients receive a footwear and orthotic evaluation, complete with appropriate recommendations.
Then, clients are videotaped using Dartfish Video Analysis Software, where Tidewater therapists and trainers can identify inefficiencies in a gait cycle.
A brief, yet effective home exercise program will be developed for each client at the end of their first visit. This is very custom!
Here’s where Tidewater Performance Center’s program gets special. Follow on next visits are led by one of our degreed and certified personal trainers, who will develop a custom fitness program to address the unique needs identified by the athletic trainer and physical therapist. Follow-on workout sessions will include 45 minutes of cross-training focusing on strength, core stability, flexibility, and balance. Why? This will unlock a body’s full potential! The last 15 minutes of each visit will end with more videotaping of clients on the treadmill to see where there’s improvement.
Why does all this matter? Why take the time to see how you’re moving? Wasted energy is a huge factor in running because it can lead to poor efficiency. Excessive running on an incorrect platform can cause a lack of reflex stabilization. It’s all but guaranteed that you’ll never get any faster if you continue to train in ways that aren’t best for your body.
At Tidewater, we believe you can’t run to be fit until you are fit to run.
As Diana Lee said, “you can’t run to get fit. You need to be fit to run.”
Stay tuned! We’ll have more on this program very soon!