According to Wikipedia, any race can be considered an obstacle race if participants are required to overcome physical challenges that, by their very nature, are defined as obstacles. We’d need a huge amount of space here list all of the obstacles that fall under this umbrella, but here are a few of the most-often employed barriers: mud, trails, walls, water, fire, barbed wire and any combination of barriers that require one to test their strength, endurance, dexterity and mental acuity.
Weightlifting or running? It’s always phrased as an “either or” decision. But here’s the problem: it shouldn’t be. Runners should incorporate weight training into their fitness regimen. You may scoff at the idea of disrupting your cardio routine, but including a weight-lifting program can take your running to a whole new level.
Vertical marathons share some similarities with regular marathons, in that they both are endurance sports which will test your limits physically and mentally. The difference lies in the distance. Standard marathons are 42 km long and typically take 3-4 hours to finish, while vertical marathons take place over a relatively short distance, and depending on the height of the building, can be completed anywhere from less than 10 minutes to 30 minutes to complete. The world record for the Swissotel’s Vertical Marathon’s 1336 steps is a breathtaking 6 minutes and 46 seconds!
As a member of my high school and college running teams, I was one of those rare runners who raced 5ks during cross country and 400 metre hurdles on the track. I needed a way to build flexibility in my hips to clear the hurdles, while increasing strength in my calves to run up on my toes for speed. When my coach suggested I start doing sets of backwards running, I thought he was joking. He actually wanted me to run in reverse. Sound silly? Maybe. But it can really be a beneficial addition to your exercise regimen, whether you are training to finish your first marathon or simply to improve your overall health. In my case, I believe it was what enabled me to compete in such different events for eight years without suffering a single injury.
There are almost always two main groups of people when it comes to running. Those who love the outdoors on one faction and the other who runs on a treadmill at their regular frequented gym. While training my client sometimes on treadmill in the gymnasium and at other times in the outdoors of Ang Mo Kio, I was posed the question: “Is there really a big difference?” What is then the difference in terms of pros and cons of each option?
Is running your physical workout preference? Or is yoga your personal ticket to health? These two activities may appear at opposite ends of the spectrum, but they are not necessarily exclusive. By combining running with yoga, you can create an ideal cross-training regimen.
So, you want to run a marathon? Congratulations! Deciding to run and complete a marathon is a big commitment. So we have prepared this quick marathon preparation guide to assist you from pre-race day up to race day itself.
Do you pound the pavements? Race along the road? Sprint across the sand? Or gallop on grass? After recently training for a marathon and spending most of my time out on the road, I decided to use my post-race recovery to explore what else is in offer for the running enthusiast in search of a more varied, and hopefully, more forgiving terrain.
The thermometer is creeping over 30 degrees Celsius and humidity is 70%. The relentless sun is beating down and you resemble a tap with sweat dripping off every orifice of your body. For those living in warm climates, this is a daily scenario we are all too familiar with when we venture outside for our daily jogs.
Whether you travel frequently for work or are just vacationing for the holidays, travel and hotel overnights can wreak havoc on your waistline, energy, and endurance when it comes to meeting and maintaining your fitness goals and runner’s body. However, with minimal planning and equipment you can battle the bulge and keep at the top of your running game even in the small confines of a hotel room. Below are five workouts to keep you on the fast lane, even when you’re away from home.
Stretching regularly will help you to maintain flexible joints while improving your overall health and fitness ability. While stretching may not seem very difficult, it can actually cause more harm than good if you do not follow the proper rules and techniques when it comes to various types of stretches.
As the Year of the Horse slowly recedes and we get ready to welcome the Year of the Goat on 19 February 2015, channel your own inner animal by learning yoga poses reminiscent of some of our favourite creatures. Maintain your stamina and tone your body by adopting off-run-day yoga poses that require little effort. Don’t be surprised if you’re more agile and toned thanks to these 10 yoga moves guaranteed to get your body humming like a purring tiger.