GO OFF-ROAD

Con­quer the trails with con­fi­dence us­ing this six-move cir­cuit

Men's Fitness - - Contents -

Train for the trails in just six moves

THE COACH

Rob­bie Brit­ton is a team GB ul­tra­run­ner and coach (cen­tu­ri­on­run­ning.com), and is cur­rently ranked num­ber 17 in the world for ul­tras. He went from run­ning his first marathon to com­pet­ing for Great Bri­tain in the World Ul­tra Marathon Cham­pi­onships in just four years.

THE GOAL

‘Be­com­ing faster and more re­silient on the trails is your aim, but this work­out can sup­port and im­prove your per­for­mance,’ says Brit­ton. ‘Run­ning on trails and hills al­ready gives your body a more var­ied work­out than a flat road can – mix­ing up the ter­rain and routes will keep your body guess­ing and work your whole body, not just your legs. But sup­ple­ment­ing your runs with th­ese core, mo­bil­ity and strength­en­ing ex­er­cises will help you hold your form in the lat­ter stages of a race. They’ll keep you mov­ing quickly and ef­fi­ciently.’

THE WORK­OUT

‘Per­form the ex­er­cises in this six-move cir­cuit back to back three times, rest­ing for two min­utes be­tween each cir­cuit,’ says Brit­ton. ‘Do it once a week at first, build­ing to twice a week to sup­ple­ment the work you do on the trails. For any moves in­volv­ing weights, avoid go­ing too heavy. Ex­plo­sive box jumps are the long-dis­tance run­ner’s equiv­a­lent of lift­ing big weights. You’ll earn all the power you need for the trails with­out hav­ing to go too heavy in the weights room.’ Rob­bie Brit­ton will wear Inov-8 run­ning shoes to com­pete in ul­tra races over all ter­rains in 2015. Read blogs from him and other Inov-8 ath­letes at team.inov-8.com

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