When I left University, I had to stop rowing because my new job didn’t have the flexibility for me to join rowing sessions on the river. And, as a team sport it had to be done on other people’s schedules. This is why I decided to run. I could run when I had time, but what I missed was the strength work we used to do to help our rowing.
When I started the strength programme alongside my rowing, I went from being put in the 2nd boat to earning my place in the first boat, as me increased strength and power meant I could row faster. So, when I took up running, I wanted to do strength work to help with that. I hired a personal trainer, who was a marathon runner herself.
And, one of the key tools she used in our sessions was kettlebells. I had never used kettlebells before, but the exercises were both challenging and fun. And I managed to run my first ever 10k in 52 minutes as a result. (Incidentally, I stopped seeing the personal trainer after this race, and it took me 5 years to improve on this 10k time, despite racing it often. I’m sure this was down to stopping strength training, and funnily enough, when I finally did beat that debut, I was a regular with strength training).
Whilst our personal training sessions were in a gym, what’s great about kettlebells is that with a little bit of space, you can do kettlebell training virtually anywhere. And this is why when I did my kettlebell training course last year, I was so excited to be able to bring this great training resource to runners anywhere. And what’s more, because its an online course that I’ve created, you can do the workouts at a time that completely suits you – total flexibility!
I love Kettlebell Training. 🙂
It’s for runners who want to improve their strength and speed. It is especially beneficial for uphill running, and endurance over longer distances.
It’s not for you if you’re pregnant, recently given birth, have hypertension, osteoporosis, or severe injury of the spine.
There are 3 main workouts in this programme, as well as a kettlebell complex. In addition, you get an 8 week workout schedule so that you can incorporate kettlebell training easily into your life.
Workout 1 – High intensity
This is a real high intensity workout full of compound movements. It will really build up leg strength and power, helping to power you to your next pb.
Workout 2 – CORE focus
This workout is all about core stability. The turkish get up especially helps to build full body strength and stability.
Workout 3 – Posture
This all body workout gives a lot more work in the upper back, which will help with maintaining correct posture whilst running long distance events.
Kettlebell Complex – High intensity full body workout leading to massive improvements in strength and power.
This is a real high intensity workout that will take about 4 minutes.
What’s great is you can do the workouts at a time to suit you. With the warm up and cool down they will take between 25 and 40 minutes. There is an 8 week schedule which tells you when to do these workouts.
And you can sign up right now!
Anywhere you like – in your garage, in your garden, in your local gym, in your living room (though don’t smash the kettlebells into your tv!).
Click the buy now button on this page, and you’ll be sent an email with login instructions which will give you all the information you need to know to get started on the course.
If you have any questions about the course, drop me an email HERE.
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Angela Isherwood is the founder of I Run Success
She is a REPs Level 3 Personal Trainer, a Run England Running coach, and a multiple marathon runner. She is a London Marathon Good for Age runner, a Boston Marathon Qualifier, a parkrun Run Director and Trainer for Goodgym Colchester.