Bike Fit with Physical Therapist
PHASE IV ERGO POWER™ – Bike Positioning and Fit & Stroke Analysis with a PHASE IV PHYSICAL THERAPIST: Correct bicycle fit is vital to injury free peak performance. Having a Physical Therapists with 35 years of experience in sports medicine and training guarantees your fit is dialed in for performance, comfort and injury prevention. Through the measurement of joint angles and assessment of your biomechanics while in motion, we will detect faulty cycling mechanics, imbalances and any inefficient use of your cycling power. Finding the proper seat height and fore-aft position, along with stem angle and length, will place you in the best position for optimal power output and comfort on the bike. The correction of leg length discrepancies, along with optimal cleat placement and proper upper body position will improve your speed and ability to go long without pain. Pedal Stroke Analysis utilizing Computrainer technology enables us to analyze your left and right leg efficiency and power output in real time.. You will be instructed in cycling drills to allow you to recruit the correct cycling muscles to improve your efficiency and power.
Pedal Stroke Analysis
Correct bicycle fit and pedal stroke analysis is vital to optimal injury-free performance. Through the measurement of joint angles and appraisal of biomechanical deviations while in motion, we can detect imbalances. Correction of limb length discrepancies, shoe choice, and optimal cleat placement and drills will improve your power and stamina. The PHASE IV computer analysis of your pedal stroke and right-to-left power output and efficiency is conducted with specific coaching drills to improve performance.
At PHASE IV we refine your bike handling skills under expert supervision. You will learn to corner & descend with confidence, and refine your pedal stroke under everyday conditions. Your opportunity to learn correct running, swimming, and cycling skills will push you toward performance gains!
Run Gait Analysis with PT
Few people would take up tennis or golf without first taking some lessons a pro. Most runners, however, mistakenly think that because running is a basic human function, and since we all did it as children, we do not need to be taught how to run. While it’s true that the human body has evolved to be an efficient running machine able to cover long distances with an well honed economy of motion our civilized life style has robbed us of the built in efficiencies that evolution has provided. Our muscles have shortened and weakened, our joints have tightened and movements have become corrupted by hours of sitting and a lack of stretching. To exploit the gifts that evolution has gifted us we need to learn to run in a way that benefits energy conservation and keeps us protected from injury. The Phase IV Gait Analysis is performed by Physical Therapists with expertise in joint function, human movement patterns and the myriad of ways that runners get hurt. We will video your stride frequency, knee rise, foot and leg position at foot strike, and upper body carriage to identify biomechanical deficiencies and correct them. We will assess whether your shoes are appropriate for your mechanics and provide you with drills to maximize your efficiency and increase your speed.
PHASE IV WATERPOWER© PERFORMANCE PROGRAM
Working against water’s natural resistance makes for a healthier more balanced workout than is possible on land- with virtually no risk of damage to the body. For both exercise programs as well as rehabilitation, pool workouts build aerobic and anaerobic fitness, muscle strength and tone, flexibility, good body alignment and agility. The Waterpower© Performance Program can be conducted either in our private facility, your home or other location.Endurance athletes, in particular, need extended aerobic training but run the risk of losing the “snap” in their legs. The quick muscle contractions needed to power over a hill or catch a competitor who pulls ahead is lost with all the over-distance training. Power is the missing ingredient in the typical endurance athlete’s training program, yet can be accomplished safely and efficiently in the water.Plyometric workouts for power training involve a quick stretch of a muscle immediately preceding a muscular contraction. In this way the contraction is further enhanced over that which can be achieved when starting the jump in a crouched position. Bounding and box jumps typically done on land are dangerous and often lead to injury in endurance athletes because the landing is so violent. In water the explosive jumping is met with more resistance and therefore stimulates an even greater muscle contraction while the water cushions the joints on landing. For many, the swim is a major headache. Unfortunately, without proper stroke mechanics and a decent understanding of the stroke, improvements can be permanently elusive! The same goes for seasoned swimmers. Often the only way forward from already fast to even faster times is through technical refinement. Personal training with a PHASE IV staff coach can help take your swimming to the next level!