How to use a foam roller

How to use a foam roller

What is a foam roller, and how and why do I use it? A foam roller is an excellent way for runners of all levels to manage tightness.  Tight muscles can be a contributing factor to many injuries, pain, poor…

Solutions for the mental battle of running

Solutions for the mental battle of running

How to make running easier mentally: Overcoming negative thoughts when running Everyone battles mentally with running - at least some of the time.  I've been coaching runners of all levels since 1998, and I've learned that it's perfectly normal to battle…

Glute strengthening exercises for runners

Glute strengthening exercises for runners

How to improve your gluteal activation and strength to avoid injury and improve your running technique   We all possess a muscle powerhouse for running, but sadly this workhorse is under performing or completely on holiday in most people.  Your gluteals…

How to avoid running injuries

How to avoid running injuries

7 important steps for keeping your run training injury free So many people are their own worst enemy when it comes to running.  Here are seven tips for how you can be kinder to yourself while still getting the results…

The 11 Most Common Running Mistakes

The 11 Most Common Running Mistakes

Ironing out the kinks for a smoother run After 17 years in the fitness industry, teaching hundreds of runners achieve personal bests, I've seen the same common mistakes pop up.  If you can avoid the following common running mistakes you'll…

A trainer urging you NOT to train for a marathon?!

A trainer urging you NOT to train for a marathon?!

Essential considerations before training for your first marathon For many people the ultimate fitness goal is to complete a marathon.  Undertaking the 42km event will mean many months of regular training, staying on top of niggling injuries and paying close…

Run your best: Stride length and turnover

Run your best: Stride length and turnover

Running stride: How do I know the right length and rate for me? Often people ask about the ideal stride length when running.  It would be easy to think that striding out would increase your speed and make for a stronger, more…

A solution for exercising with an iPhone

A solution for exercising with an iPhone

How to carry your phone while running or exercising Do you listen to your smartphone while doing your workouts?  Find it a bit cumbersome to carry with you?  A running coach shares her solution for exercising with an iPhone. Please…

I just ran a half marathon and can’t believe it!

Who would have thought that three years ago I would be here?! Written by Lisa Donnet - Client of Healthy Balance Fitness since 2007 Lisa was kind enough to share her recent experience in the St.George Melbourne Marathon Fun Run…

8 Technique tips to get you running like a champion

8 Technique tips to get you running like a champion

Did you know that most people make running harder than it needs to be by wasting energy through poor technique? Correcting your running technique means you can save some of that wasted energy to be able to run faster or…