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Talking shop with Brian Dorfman

A Kinesiologist who's certified in yoga and craniosacral therapies, Chinese herbal medicine, and massage, Brian Dorfman embodies the term "holistic healer." At his kinesiology clinic located in Solana Beach, California, he's logged some 25,000 hours of hands-on work,...

Taking care of your spine

Running clears the mind and compresses the spine. The spinal cord is the brain's messenger. It lives in the center of your vertebra and finds peace when given just the right amount of twist and torque. With long term stress, problems of the spine can range from...

Start the season in rhythm

Want to get the most from your season? Make sure to maintain flexibility in your pelvic girdle, this will allow you to get the most out of your training and peak race performance. Use these stretches when you need some rhythm or as a pre-run warm up and notice the difference.

Override the stress response

In our culture of high output and high stress we tend to rely on our fight or flight system to keep us going. The nervous system, however, can also be the answer to help us destress. This network has a mass of 4.5 pounds/2kg and accounts for 3% of our body weight. It...

Number Crunching

Yoga teachers Rodney Yee and Brian Dorfman compare notes on the ideal size for a yoga class. As Yoga's popularity expands, so do class rosters. This bodes well for yoga's continued longevity, but when does popularity become overpopulation? Can too many students dilute...

Make a Good Race Great

The difference between a good race and a great race is in the subtle preparation. After working with 6 different Ironman world champions, I realized that their preparation was similar: Everything was measured to fit one intention, they wanted to peak, on one day to be...

How a swimmer can learn to run

  Paula Newby-Frazier and Jesse Stensland started the sport as top swimmers and transformed into great runners. How can a swimmer learn to run? Two differences stand out in the mechanics of running vs. swimming: the position of the ankle and the movement of the...

Calf care

As most track stars know, there can be a price for speed. The track is often the place where athletes feel their speed and find their shin splints. Heather Fuhr and I meet for the purpose of resolving shin splint problems that had their beginning in high school. There...

The art of athletic recovery

There's an art to athletic recovery. At some point, you have to stop and wait for your legs to recover, and for your body to feel sharp and responsive. Recovery balances the immune and hormonal systems, aids digestion and facilitates the removal of cellular debris. In...

Flexibility training: Running stretches

There's perfection to the movement of elite runners. Watching them run, I'm often struck by the beauty and grace in their stride, with the perfect alignment of their hip, knee and foot. Their upper bodies seem relaxed, lifted and strong. I wish I could run with such...

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