Running puts a major load on the knees, feet and hips making them particularly prone to injury. When we run, the movement starts in the ankle, so it must be strong enough to cope with the load. After all, ankles have to support more than just our body weight because even normal walking can increase the load sevenfold. When we stop or change direction suddenly or if we leap into the air – all required in running sports such as football, netball or jogging – we need strong muscles to provide stability and a sure footing. The strength and conditioning programs at Kieser strengthen these muscles, reduce the risk of injury and improve overall running economy.
Kieser's speicalised machines, B3 and B4, are global firsts that allow targeted ankle training and give the feet the stability they require. Our foot machines B3 and B4, combined with exercises to strengthen the calf and front shin muscles, provide stability and support for the foot. One in four injuries at work and almost one in two leisure injuries are the result of a stumble or fall. Evidence shows that isolating the muscles responsible for ankle stability and then training them reduces the risk of injury. Stronger muscles make it easier to control the foot during its natural rolling from side to side and thus reduces the risk of going over on the ankle. Strong lower leg muscles improve your running, reduce the risk of sports injuries, improve your sense of balance and aid recovery after an accident.