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Elite Trail Runners Strength Training

Being a trail runner myself and working as a personal trainer in a small private gym in Stellenbosch with a lot of runners and trail runners, I came to realize there is something most trail runners lack. Running strength! Most of us put in the time and the miles on trails and on the road but we never give strength training a second though. Gym is for those unfortunate people that cant run, right? WRONG! I started up a little gym training group that focuses on running specific strength and functional training and I have been getting amazing feedback from all the athletes. If you want to take your running to the next level you will definitely find some strength training will do just that. Taking it a step further. About 3 months ago I started working with elite trail running superstar couple Landie and Christiaan Greyling and close friend Roelof Feenstra on a experimental phase of super focused strength sessions to see how supplementing their training with specific running focused strength training can benefit their racing. We had just about 12 weeks with the main aim being Otter 2014 for Landie and Christiaan. We worked really hard in the…

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Deadlifts: This might be the missing link in your training.

No, a Runners Deadlift is not picking up your mate after he has collapsed on the finish line due to a lack of training. Its actually something you do in the gym and that can benefit your running greatly. The article I am posting at the bottom states that the Deadlift is the “best running exercise that no one is doing” We are changing that and I am making all my athletes do plenty of deadlifts in the gym at the moment. From light weight, many reps to heavy weight few reps and it is starting to pay off!! I have been getting very good feedback from the athletes after recent races that they feel stronger and more on race day and able to climb better. And that, my friends, is what’s winning races! I am not going to rewrite the article because you really can’t make it any simpler than it already is. Just remember, the Runner Deadlift differs from the conventional deadlift. Normal deadlifts start from the floor and end again on the floor, where the Runner Deadlift begins at the waist position. Then the weight is slowly lowered, and then lifted back to the waist: See the…

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Ride in Bootcamp

Come join us in the stunning Jonkershoek Valley at Ride in Cafe for our Bootcamp. Details: 2 x Bootcamps, each running over 6 weeks Bootcamp 1 = 13 January 2014 to 21 February 2014 Bootcamp 2 = 24 February 2014 to 5 April 2014 Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 to 7:00 At the Ride in Cafe in Stellenbosch, Jonkershoek Road Costs: Each bootcamp consists of either 2 sessions a week or 3 sessions a week 2 sessions a week for 6 weeks = R750 (that is R62.50 p/session) 3 sessions a week for 6 weeks = R900 (that is R50 p/session)  

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