The therapy of running: Muscle People

American long-distance runner, Kara Goucher, once said this about why she chose to run: “I don’t feel like myself unless I run. It’s how I deal with sadness and happiness. I need it. It’s like therapy.”



Christchurch runners are fortunate, then, that they have access to expert running coaches, such as those at the Muscle People Running Centre, who provide extensive programmes and facilities to help clients pursue their passion. With running being so accessible and popular, it’s also one of the most common ways to develop an injury. Running injuries often affect the hips, knees, ankles and feet of runners, and can negatively impact muscles and joints.

Runners who have suffered injuries are often frustrated at their inability to get back out there as soon as they would want, but it’s important to receive the best advice and treatment from an expert who understands your goals and will work to help you achieve them. The team at Muscle People ensure clients are back running their favourite tracks as quickly as possible, but more importantly, as safely as possible, without the risk of future problems.

The Muscle People’s point of difference however, is found in the three key benefits derived from their programmes:
• Detailed video analysis of running technique, followed by a plan for improvement
• Running specific-movement screening to assess any movement flaws preventing optimal running patterns
• Reduced risk of injury through optimal technique
• Improved performance through individualised training programmes

After the video analysis, your physio/trainer will go through their findings and recommendations with you and plan out future sessions that are pitched to each individual’s running level. The running and exercises are performed in intervals, so clients needn’t worry that they won’t keep up. It’s perfect for all levels of fitness and running experience. Clients will receive valuable tips and advice on their running technique.

The Muscle People program is suitable for all levels of runners, including children who may love sports but are struggling in a school sports environment. Like the adult coaching, kids receive a detailed video analysis of their running method, followed by a plan and then sessions to help improve technique. These sessions not only improve the child’s running technique, but also give a huge boost to their confidence on the sports field.

No matter your skill level, there will be something for you. Call now to book in your personalised running programme.

Muscle People has three locations in Christchurch:

City Clinic – 12 Hereford Street, Christchurch (by the YMCA building)
Phone: 03 961 0236

Bishopdale Clinic – 13A Bishopdale Court, Bishopdale, Christchurch
(inside the YMCA building)
Phone: 03 360 3606

Wigram Skies Clinic – 67 Skyhawk Road, Wigram, Christchurch
Phone: 03 322 9400


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