DO THESE CROSS-TRAINING EXERCISES TO BECOME A STRONGER RUNNER.
Cycling targets the quadriceps – big muscles that running alone won’t awaken. Having weak quads can lead to knee problems, like runner’s knee.
Get started Hit the roads with your bicycle or join a spinning class once or twice weekly. If you’ve already been spinning regularly and wish to push yourself further, sign up for Virgin Active’s Sufferfest classes.
These indoor cycling classes incorporate high-intensity interval training so that your muscles are constantly challenged. Each class also has accompanying video footage that features officially licensed clips from professional races, such as the Tour de France, that will both motivate and entertain you as you exercise.
Done in a heated room of 38 to 42 deg C, hot yoga helps your body acclimatise to high humidity, every runner’s pet peeve in Singapore. It also burns big calories, boosts metabolism, and improves strength as well as flexibility, particularly in the core, quads, hamstrings and hips.
Get started Studios such as Pure Yoga, True Yoga and Real Yoga offer a good range of hot yoga classes.
A strong core provides the stability and endurance you’ll need to maintain an efficient running form, plus the power to sprint to the finishing line. So make some time for core strengthening. You’ll notice a firmer tummy, too.
Get started Lying on your back, do crunches or leg lifts, increasing the number of reps and holding time as you get stronger. If you prefer guidance, join a group class such as Core 360 at Triplefit Singapore, which teaches exercises that target the abs, glutes and back.