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Dr. Wells: Downhill Running: You can't resist gravity

By understanding and applying the science of downhill running, you can improve your technique and train your nervous and musculoskeletal systems to help you run faster more easily. Downhill running training will also strengthen your body to be able to handle many of the muscle stresses associated with downhill, flat and uphill running. Dr. Greg Wells has more. ...more

Dr. Wells: Immune system - Running as preventative medicine

You may have noticed that as a runner, you take fewer sick days than your co-workers. You might also be the only one of your group of friends who doesn't catch the cold that is going around. This isn't just your imagination. ...more

Dr. Wells: Core strength - More than a six-pack

The "core" is a common term used to refer to the middle section of the body between the lower part of the rib cage and the hips. Core strength training improves overall body functional power, balance, posture and may help reduce the risk of injury. Dr. Greg Wells and University of Toronto's Human Physiology Research member Jessica Caterini discuss. ...more

Dr. Wells: Interval training a powerful way to improve fitness

Once you have been training for a reasonable amount of time and have established your basic fitness level, interval training is a powerful way to improve both your overall fitness and specific running ability. Dr. Greg Wells and University of Toronto's Human Physiology Research member Jessica Caterini discuss. ...more

Sleep: Training with Your Eyes Closed

There is a reciprocal relationship between sleep and exercise. If you sleep properly, you will probably perform well during your next workout or race, and if you exercise regularly, you will be able to sleep well. By understanding and applying the science of sleep, you will know how to optimize your health, fitness and performance. ...more

Aging - How Running May Be Able to Stop the Clock

We live in a day and age when the eternal desire to live longer has become more and more of a reality. From ninety-year-old marathon runners to forty-year-old Olympians, everywhere you look athletes are pushing the limits of human potential - at any age. By understanding the findings of science, you can learn why some people are aging less quickly and, more importantly, you can figure out how to turn back the clock on your own life. ...more

Regenerate: Your Job Isn't Over When the Workout Ends

Recovery is an aspect of training that is getting significant attention right now because research is revealing the various techniques you can use between workouts that will have an important effect on your response to training. ...more

Refuel: Hydrating and Eating for Better Recovery

Research has found that hydration and nutrition are 2 key techniques you can use between workouts that will help you to recover faster. By understanding and applying the science of refuelling, you can ensure that you give your body the help it needs to rebuild its energy supplies quickly between workouts. This is the key to becoming "the 24 hour athlete." ...more

Tapering: When Less is More

Whether the race in your sights is a 5K walk or a marathon, the goal of your training is to be at your best when the gun goes off. To optimize your performance, you will need to have an effective taper - the final portion of your preparation where you decrease your mileage. By understanding the science of tapering, and the role that rest plays in all forms of exercise, you can achieve your goals. ...more

Hills: Get Stronger to Go Faster

Even if you are not a glutton for punishment who likes to push yourself up the neighbourhood hill or working toward a race with a significant uphill section, hill training should be an integral part of your training programme. By understanding and applying the science of hill running, you can improve your training program to maximize the benefits of this low-impact, high-benefit type of workout. ...more

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Dr. Greg Wells Biography

Greg Wells, Ph.D. is a scientist and physiologist who specializes in health and performance in extreme conditions. Most recently, Dr. Wells was the on-camera sport science and sport medicine analyst for the CTV Broadcast Consortium during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and Canada's 2012 Olympic broadcast for London 2012. Dr. Wells is currently an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education at the University of Toronto where he directs the Human Physiology Research Unit. Previously, Dr. Wells served as the Director of Sport Science at the Canadian Sport Centre where has had the opportunity to work with dozens of athletes who have won medals at Commonwealth Games, World Championships and the Olympic Games. Dr. Wells also believes that to truly understand extreme conditions you should experience them yourself. To this end he continues to build on his experiences as a former international level competitive swimmer, as a marathon runner having twice completed the world's toughest marathon 600 miles north of the arctic circle, and participated in the 11,000 km Tour D'Afrique bike race - the longest bike race in the world.

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