What’s the best gradient for hill sprints?

What gradient should you use when running hill sprints? It’s a question that crops up a lot. And I don’t think there’s a clear answer to what (in theory) is quite a straight forward question. While, I’ve covered many of the different types of hill training in other articles; one area that I’ve paid less attention … Read more

4 Key Cycling Workouts For Runners

Cycling Workouts for runners

When it comes to cross training for Runners, you really can’t get much better than cycling. Not only is cycling a great alternative to running on easier days, it’s also great way to maintain running fitness when you’re injured. But that’s not all… Cycling can be an effective way to boost running performance – which … Read more

7 BENEFITS OF CYCLING FOR RUNNERS

7 Benefits of Cycling for Runners

Considering adding in some cycling to your running plan? If you’re a runner looking to reduce injury risk, enhance recovery and increase running speed, then cycling is a great option. As runners it can be easy to overlook the training benefits of cross training. It’s natural to prioritise run training. This makes sense, since training should always … Read more

FTP Cycling Tests: How to measure and increase your FTP

FTP Cycling Tests: How to improve FTP

A Functional Threshold Power (FTP) cycling test is a simple, non-invasive, way of assessing your cycling performance level. As well as measuring cycling performance, it’s widely used to determine specific cycling training zones. In this article we’re going to take a look at FTP tests, how to assess FTP and look at ways to improve … Read more

Ground contact time balance: why symmetry improves running efficiency

Running Symmetry and efficiency

If you want to improve running efficiency and become a faster runner: then pay attention to your running symmetry. That’s the findings of a recent study, published in the International Journal of Exercise Science. In this article we’ll take a look at: running symmetry, why it’s important, how to assess it using ground contact time … Read more

10 Benefits of Trail Running

Trail Running Benefits

Considering including some trail running? Here’s why trail running will improve your running. Trail running can really benefit all runners. Whether you race on the road, track, cross country, or trails, including regular trail running should form a key part of your run training formula. From increased strength and stability, improved running efficiency, fewer injuries, … Read more

Hill Sprints: the key to improving strength, power and running speed

Hill Sprints Running Speed

To run fast we need muscles that are strong, powerful and efficient. And that’s where hill sprints come in… Hill sprints are one of the most effective running workouts for building stronger and more powerful muscles. They help to develop running cadence, stride length and running efficiency. And, by strengthening key running muscles and tendons … Read more

6 Reasons Why Runners Should Include Downhill Running Training

Downhill Running Training

Downhill running is a skill that’s often overlook. After all, downhill running’s easier so why would you need to train for that? And, if I’m being honest it’s something I’ve sometimes overlooked. But that’s a mistake. In fact, specific downhill running training can be used to boost running performance. Making you a stronger, faster, and … Read more

Long Hill Running Intervals: Improve Aerobic Capacity (VO2max) and Muscular Endurance

Long Hill VO2max Running Intervals

Long hill intervals combine the training benefits of VO2max running intervals and hill training. They’re similar to the longer intervals that most runners are familiar with – 600, 800 or even 1000m intervals. They’re also run at a similar intensity. There’s just one difference….the additional resistance from running against gravity. They’re a great way to … Read more

Tempo Hill Intervals: the best all round endurance hill running session?

Tempo Hill Interval Training

If you’re looking for a hill workout to develop aerobic and anaerobic endurance, muscular endurance, fatigue resistance and your lactate threshold, then you can’t get much better than tempo hill intervals. Tempo hill intervals are one of my favourite hill sessions. In fact, they’re my go to hill workout in the build up to key … Read more