Dr. Jordan Metzl on Having a Strong Butt and Staying Healthy

Dr. Jordan Metzl wants you to strengthen your butt. It’s integral to running healthier, happier, and with far fewer injuries.

Dr. Jordan Metzl

As the biggest muscle group in the body, the glutes power your stride. When they work well, they give your form more smoothness by giving you a strong, stable foundation.

And as Dr. Jordan Metzl is fond of saying:

“A strong butt is key to a happy life for runners.”

But all too often, we neglect our butt. Through a combination of training mistakes and lifestyle factors, it becomes weaker and unable to generate as much force as we’d like.

A weak butt also predisposes you to a host of running injuries. Glute strengthening is critical.

And for those runners with a history of injuries, a focus on strength training is often the difference between healthy and injured. Shawn is a good example of how strength work can fix your “hip-knee-butt” problems:

“I just ran injury free at the HURT 100. I’ve been dealing with a “hip-knee-butt” thing for the past 4-5 years, and this is the first time in a long time that I wasn’t impeded by stiffness and pain; I had “lift” in my hips and never needed to swing out from the knee to overcompensate. I feel the healthiest I have in a long time. Thank you!”

Today on the Strength Running Podcast, I’m speaking with Dr. Jordan Metzl about injury prevention, why the butt is so important, and how you can make yourself more resilient to running injuries.

Dr. Jordan Metzl on Preventing Running Injuries

A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Metzl is one of the most highly regarded doctors for runners. He delivers lectures around the world and has published numerous peer-reviewed papers.

In addition to his medical practices in New York and Connecticut, Jordan has written several books for athletes including:

He’s the creator of the IronStrength workout for runners and is a multiple marathon and Ironman finisher.

Today on the podcast, we’re discussing how to keep you healthy and running stronger.

Our topics of discussion include:

  • The importance of having a strong butt
  • Strength training’s (bloated?) injury prevention benefits
  • Balancing high mileage with staying healthy
  • The injury risks of highly cushioned shoes like the Nike Next%

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