Why a pill or a stretch or an exercise to strengthen a muscle never resolves the problem.

  Science has made massive progress over the last century. But, as we zoom in more and more on the infinite detail of the parts, we tend to forget the global, panoramic view. This is particularly so in looking at the living human being. This reductionist approach means that we don’t see the blindingly obvious… Continue reading Why a pill or a stretch or an exercise to strengthen a muscle never resolves the problem.

Going away this Easter? 10 minute simple bodyweight session that can be done anywhere to maintain fitness.

With many clients away for the next week or two over the holiday period, they often ask me what they should do to avoid losing too much of their hard won gym fitness. So here’s a very simple body weight session that will take no more than 10 minutes each day. Do this first thing… Continue reading Going away this Easter? 10 minute simple bodyweight session that can be done anywhere to maintain fitness.

6 ways to run a faster marathon with less effort and fewer miles – Mike’s story.

  Mike came to me the October before last, seeking my help. 56 years old, he had taken up running a few years ago for general health and fitness – specifically to destress from his busy but sedentary business life and to lose some belly fat which had been growing steadily for the previous 10… Continue reading 6 ways to run a faster marathon with less effort and fewer miles – Mike’s story.

Why runners of all standards are flying with the Running Gym Method

At the Running Gym I have devised a method for improving performance and minimising injury risk that works. We see massive improvement in all our runners, most smashing their previous PB’s out of sight and our injury rates are much lower than the 70-80% per year quoted as the norm for runners.      How… Continue reading Why runners of all standards are flying with the Running Gym Method

Hands up if you don’t want to run faster more easily.

I bet loads of people raised their hands yes? OK, so you guys don’t need to read further – leave social media now and do something more useful. For everybody else, here’s the story: We are runners. We don’t like being inside. We don’t like lifting heavy weights. We don’t enjoy brutal painful gym workouts.… Continue reading Hands up if you don’t want to run faster more easily.

What use is that vibrating platform thing to me as a runner?!!

     One of the great benefits for runners of using the gym for training is to be able to use the power plate (a vibration platform). Most people have no idea what to do on it and many just use it for massage. Once you understand the overriding importance of your feet (you’d think… Continue reading What use is that vibrating platform thing to me as a runner?!!

How to avoid ‘hitting the wall’ in your next marathon

  Here is a story that might prove helpful to all distance runners, but especially those tackling marathon and beyond. The story is real but I have changed the name to protect his identity. Tom was typical of many runners. He loved his gadgets and attached great value to the statistics they gave him. He… Continue reading How to avoid ‘hitting the wall’ in your next marathon

What’s the most efficient way to improve your run times?

   Imagine a typical recreational runner.    Let’s call her Linda. Linda is a 50 year old working mum with limited time due to work and family commitments. She can only spare 6 hours a week on her main love – running. She’s trying to get faster over 5k. How should she train optimally to… Continue reading What’s the most efficient way to improve your run times?

Run a faster marathon by learning to run at a slower pace!

    Yes it’s true! To run a faster marathon most runners need to learn to run more slowly not faster. There are literally hundreds of thousands of sub 4 hour marathon wannabees who fell short of their goals because they got to 18 or 20 miles then fell apart, walking or jogging the last… Continue reading Run a faster marathon by learning to run at a slower pace!

Running further and faster with less effort – at any age. Scott’s Story.

  Scott’s Story. All his life Scott had been postponing that moment of supreme achievement. Now 55, he was a high achiever and most would say he had a successful career. He had a supportive wife and two great kids, now grown up, but still he felt strangely unfulfilled. Most of his peer group regarded… Continue reading Running further and faster with less effort – at any age. Scott’s Story.