The Physical Performance Show: Assoc Prof Rich Willy: The Masters Runner (REWIRED)

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In episode 338 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares a conversation with Assoc Prof Rich Willy, The Masters Runner in this rewired Expert Edition.

In this episode, we focused discussions on the needs of the Master’s runner and explored the physiology, biomechanics, injury risk and rehabilitation of the Master’s running athlete.

Rich shares around why we slow down as we age, the principles that underpin the changes that we see, why our tendons tend to lose stiffness as we age, what happens to our calves as propulsive elements as we mature as runners. Why strength training is such a critical component of the ageing runners training program and how to structure strength training around the week’s running volume. Rich answers the age old question, is running bad for our knees? He explains why a fast walking pace can be correlated with great longevity in life and touches on the role of footwear and shoe selection for the ageing or master’s runner.

To listen to Episode 338:


Click the icon to listen to the interview on iTunes or listen using the Soundcloud player below

Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • Definition of a Master’s runner/athlete
  • Life of Dr. Rich Willy
  • Current projects
  • Injuries for Master’s runner vs younger runners
  • Countering the myth ‘negative effects of running’
  • Effects of running in later years
  • Basic conceptualisation trying to minimise injuries
  • Key Tips around strength training
  • Recovery Time
  • Go to exercises for calves
  • Running Shoe Tips

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To follow Rich Willy

Twitter: @rwilly2003
Instagram: @montanarunninglab
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