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Injured?

What If You Could Still RUN?!

The Alter-G Treadmill at Rubin Health Center

What is an Alter-G Treadmill?

St. Pete Running Company recently visited the Rubin Health Center. (Check out the video!) The Alter-G Treadmill is a type of treadmill that lifts the person up while they run/walk. There are arrows that the person can select to reduce/raise the amount of weight applied when using the machine. It enables regular folks like us to use the same training machines that world class athletes use.
Cody Angell using the Alter-G Treadmill
For Example:
A 200-lb person can reduce their weight on here by 25%, and experience what it would feel like to run if they only weighed 150 pounds!
Another example:
That same person could reduce their weight by 50% and run as if they were a 100-lb person.

The experience is unlike any other, unless you were planning on going to the moon.

Injured? Try Alter-G!

Shin splints, plantar fasciitis, joint pain?

If you have an injury, you might consider trying out the Alter-G treadmill. A person suffering an injury may not be able to run under normal circumstances, but with a reduced weight on the Alter-G they may be able to resume running much sooner. This could potentially accelerate recovery.

 

Visit Dr. Rubin

The Rubin Health Center in St. Pete has the only commercial grade Alter-G treadmill available for use. It's one of a kind in the area. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the same exact one for their athletes to use.
Cost:
This one is available for the public, and rates start at around $1 per minute.

 

 

 

Blogger Bria is employed as a customer service manager at St. Pete Running Company.

 

 


THE TEN-STEP FOAM ROLLING ROUTINE November 30, 2015 10:53

If you've been to our free foam rolling class, you know just how valuable foam rolling can be for your muscles. Like a toothbrush for the body, using a foam roller smooths out muscles, works out knots, and decreases injuries to help runners, walkers, joggers, and athletes of any kind maximize their potential.

Here's a simple foam rolling routine to help you make foam rolling a regular habit. The first five steps give specific foam rolling routine suggestions. The last five are essential foam rolling tips.

10-Step Foam Rolling Routine

  1. Begin by sitting on a comfortable surface such as a yoga mat with the foam roller directly behind you.
  2. Roll from the back down (mid-upper back, glutes, hamstrings, calves, ending in prone position with quads)
  3. Repeat three centered rolling motions in each zone, breathing evenly
  4. For the back, roll from mid-to-upper back with pause on spots with feedback
  5. On glutes and legs, angle slightly to the left and roll three times, then repeat with a slight angle to the right (about 45 degrees)
  6. Tip: Foam rolling can be done every day, before and after a workout
  7. Tip: Avoid joints and the bend at the hip, work the muscles around these areas
  8. Tip: Spend extra time on areas giving feedback (note: feedback is not pain, but the places where muscles announce they are in need of extra attention)
  9. Tip: To work on areas with feedback, pump the brakes, windshield wiper, and wheels go round and round (for the motion of the feet or legs)
  10. Tip: For shins, work on outer muscle only (not bone of inside shin) in a prone position and do a crunch with the roller moving along the shin muscle

 

FREE TRIGGER POINT CLASSES COMING UP

Our Free Trigger Point classes take place about once a month at St. Pete Running Company. Visit our EVENTS page to find out when we'll host the next foam rolling class.

 

 

Blogger Bria works at St. Pete Running Company as a customer service manager.


THE BEST SHOE FITTING PROCESS IN AMERICA November 06, 2015 22:04

Why St. Pete Running Company is the Place to Get Fitted for Shoes

Selecting the correct running shoes for you is an important decision, and not always an easy one. Shoes change each year and so does your body. We are so convinced about the importance of wearing the right shoes that we have developed a unique fitting process called StrideSmart. We are the only store in the world that uses this process.

After going through our shoe fitting, customers usually leave our store with the correct footwear as well as an understanding of their stride. When asked, our expert staff can and often will suggest stretches, strengthening exercises, and adjustments to a person's running form.

Initially, our expert staff will spend a few minutes listening. We want to learn more about you: goals, old shoes, injuries, challenges with running. We're here to help. Also, like any good shoe fitting, we measure your foot both seated and standing. We look at the length & width of your foot as well as your arch length.

At St. Pete Running Company, this step in the shoe fitting process is just the tip of a very big ice burg.

We want to get an understanding of the way your body moves. We will look at a few important things such as 1-legged squat & 2-legged squat to get an idea of your body's natural movement pattern.

The StrideSmart Shoe Fitting Process takes into account several important factors:

  • Individual needs
  • Injury history
  • Personal Goals
  • Body alignment
  • Running/walking form
  • Gait
The running and gait analysis involved in a StrideSmart Shoe Fitting Process is an in-depth evaluation. Some key things to note:
  • Takes little time out of a busy day (about 20 minutes on average)
  • Shoe fitting is not just for runners, but also designed for walkers and joggers of all abilities.
Interested in your free StrideSmart Shoe Fitting Process? Stop by St. Pete Running Company any time during operating hours. No appointment necessary. No obligation to make a purchase. This shoe fitting process will change the way you select running and walking shoes. We're proud of the way our process helps athletes of all abilities maximize their potential.
Have you made mistakes in selecting running shoes in the past? You're not alone. Find out The 3 Most Common Mistakes People Make When Selecting Running Shoes.

 

Come Get Fitted for Your Next Pair of Shoes

St. Pete Running Company is located in the LA Fitness shopping center right across the street from Tyrone Mall.

Phone: 727-800-5043

Address: 6986 22nd Ave North, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33710

Store Hours:

M-F: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m

 

 

 

Blogger Bria works at St. Pete Running Company as a customer service manager.


5 WAYS TO TELL IF YOUR SHOES ARE WORN OUT June 30, 2015 14:30

Do you have trouble deciding when to buy a new pair of running or walking shoes? Here are some quick and easy tips that will help you determine whether it's time to head over to St. Pete Running Company and replace that old pair with a fresh new pair.

 

1. Soles are visibly worn down

Look for the obvious signs of wear and tear. Check the soles of the shoes. Depending on where your foot strikes the ground, you will see certain areas that have more wear than others. Focus on those areas (wrinkles in the midsole), not the rest of the shoe that may appear to be unused. Also, if there is a sensation of “flatness” or “deadness" where the shoe doesn’t have the bounce that it once did, that can also be an indicator.

 

2. Bilateral pain in the shins or knees

This is a common occurrence when a pair of shoes has lived a long and complete life. Bilateral pain in both legs during a run (both legs have similar aches/pains in the same area) can indicate the need for a new pair of running or walking shoes.

 

3. Bottom of feet are hurting

Shoe cushioning does wear down with time, and it's different with every type of shoe. During a walk or run, if it feels like your feet are getting a rub down that you didn't ask for, it might be time to come in to SPRC and find a pair of shoes with its full cushioning firmly in place. Your feet will thank you.

 

4. You walked/ran/jogged up to 500 miles

 

Most running shoes will last between 300 and 500 miles. Minimalist shoes and racing flats have less material underfoot and are generally less durable, so they will typically last from 200 to 400 miles.

 

5. You bought the shoes six months ago or more

Every runner has a different weight and foot strike, both of which affect the cushioning of shoes. If the mileage rule is too difficult to keep track of, a general rule of thumb is to get new running shoes every six months. While some shoes wear down a little faster than others, here at SPRC we recommend that any pair turning 6-months old should be replaced.

 

What's the solution?

Come in to St. Pete Running Company and replace those worn down shoes. We have a donation bin for the old pair, and we'll be happy to bring you the same pair if you still like them, or fit you for a new pair.

 

 

Blogger Bria works at St. Pete Running Company as a customer service manager.


GRAND OPENING PREMIER RUN & FIT AT ST. PETE RUNNING COMPANY May 27, 2015 15:30

RSVP TO OUR EVENT ON FACEBOOK

On Thursday, June 18th from 6 - 9 PM, St. Pete Running Company is having a Grand Opening celebration for Premier Run & Fit. We are excited to welcome Dr. Eric Schweitzer of Premier Run & Fit to our location!

The Group Run begins at 6:30 PM. Maggie on the Move, a Mediterranean food truck, will be parked in front of the store from 5:30 - 8:30 PM. There will be giveaways & prizes and a whole lot of fun! This is a great opportunity for a meet & greet with the PT who has been voted best Physical Therapist in Tampa Bay. Feel free to invite your friends!

 

About Dr. Schweitzer


Eric Schweitzer, DPT, OCS, MTC
Board Certified Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified Manual Therapist

Eric Schweitzer is a board certified Doctor of Physical Therapy and owner of Premier Run & Fit.  He is the only clinician in Tampa Bay that specializes exclusively in running injuries & enhancing running performance.  He offers a comprehensive running evaluation that clinically explores all facets of your running from mobility to strength to form.

He was an adjunct professor in sports medicine at USF for years before entering private practice.  He has written several textbook chapters on various sports medicine topics, most recently on athletic foot and ankle injuries, and he has spoken at several national level conferences.

He is certified in Active Release, certified in Manual Therapy, and is the only certified Pose Running form coach in Tampa Bay. 

He's an avid runner and triathlete himself. His next race is the Sugarloaf Mountain Marathon in Maine on May 18th.  Besides running/triathlon, he also enjoys traveling, kayaking, fishing, and camping in his free time.

 

About Premier Run & Fit

Please call to make an appointment: 727-442-7500

St. Pete Running Company is proud to welcome Premier Run & Fit to the store. Dr. Eric Schweitzer will be taking new clients right here in the store starting June 15th.

 

Take Away More From Your St. Pete Running Company Visit

With the addition of Dr. Schweitzer, we're very excited to provide our customer family with a more comprehensive experience in store. From our one-of-a-kind StrideSmart Fitting Process to Group Runs to Running Classes, we love to support the community and help people reach their fitness goals. Voted one of the best Physical Therapists in Tampa Bay, Dr. Schweitzer will be able to assist you with diagnosing, managing, and correcting your running or other sports-related injuries.

 

 

 

Blogger Bria works at St. Pete Running Company as a customer service manager.