SO SKINNY? SO LAST YEAR
Racing snakes step aside – lean, muscular athletes are taking to the fore, bringing their avocado and selfie sticks with them
Training and nutrition for a lean, muscular, real body
Working as a personal trainer back in the early noughties, I fought an uphill battle trying to convince clients that it was better to be fit and carry a few extra pounds than skinny but barely able to squat your own bodyweight. Fortunately, we now live in more enlightened times and there’s been a move away from model skinniness in favour of a more achievable, real body.
So, how does #strongnotskinny apply to you as a runner? Sticking solely to distance running certainly isn’t the way to go. It’s catabolic – meaning it breaks down body tissue, including valuable lean muscle mass – works through a limited range of movement, and barely touches your upper body. Incorporating some resistance work into your training, however, will build strength, increase resilience to injury and improve your speed and power.
You don’t need to hit the gym; ; find a park with a fitness trail or throw in some exercises during a run. Or tryry some new activities to challenge your body, such as rock climbing or Ashtanga yoga. The take-home message? Challenging your body in new ways will reap mass benefits when you return to the trails. If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve got some suggestions…