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Running for bigger athletes and lifters

I’m 100KG and back in my army days I was 85-90 KG’s. Certainly I had no problem running back then as I was an infantryman. I never enjoyed it however and always wondered how to improve my style.

Well technique is more important the more you weigh & being large does not mean you are doomed to be a bad runner.

You need to check out the POSE running technique.


It really is the best advise on running I have come across & I expect to get back into it this summer

These dudes run for Hundreds of miles non stop

Just watch the two videos and your attitude to running may change.

LSD Training Sucks

I believe I have lost fitness doing LSD running. Its made me slow like a slug. If you have never exercised & need to lose fat and ease your heart into training then it has value.

But I am an ex infantry soldier, I have lifted weights 26 years. Thanks to LSD my cardio level is very poor.

The fix ? Kettlebell snatches and the viking warrior workout will save my ass. I expect that only 1-2 months doing the cardio KB snatch routine will have my cardio in pristine condition. No more long slow runs to the beach for me.

Kettelbells are far more effective for improving cardio and fat loss while maintaining and increasing muscle.


1.5 mile run in 9 minutes

Yippee I just did a 9 minute run with little difficulty after a 3 week layoff from running because of a hemorrhoid.

I think swimming with fins kept building my fitness and also my calf indurance. I will aim for 9 minutes on my next 3 tests then start aiming for 8:30. I will hit the wall somewhere after that.

I flunked the advanced math test for army systems engineer, so I changed my application to officer corp. Its good motivation.

1.5 mile run update

My average time on the 1.5 mile run is now 9 minutes 30 seconds. That’s pretty darn good. No sign of the calf problems I was having either.

So how at 40 yrs and 100 kg did I take my time to 9.5 from 12.45 ? Well I recommend HIIT and hypoxic training. I like to do my HIIT on the rowing machine. 15 – 20 minutes max and use that as my pre-workout warmup. Basically the more you put into it the more you get out of it. I also do it instinctively or intuitively rather than timing everything exactly.

As for Hypoxic training it definitely is a very effective method for increasing VO2max and lung capacity but it has to be done in the correct way. For example research studies have shown high altitude training to be ineffective at improving sea level performance.

But I did not say I recommend “High Altitude” training.

What I recommend is short duration hypoxic training at low altitude. So the hypoxia only lasts 20-60 seconds. Its done in intervals and not even necessarily under exercise conditions. You can train your lungs and circulatory system in this way even by simply breathing into a plastic bag for short infrequent intervals. Just be careful not to overdo it and induce dizziness or faintness.

You want to stop just before it quite gets to that. This method is also known as carotid masking as it increases the diameter of the carotid artery to the brain.

This kind of training is familiar to free divers and such, you will find its good to relax your muscles while doing the carotid masking.

Hypoxic sprints can also be performed while swimming both surface and under water.

This brings me to my final recommendation which is the Navy Seals training program by stew smith – this is an incredibly tough training program. I will be following it for the next couple of months and have done it in the past too. After that I intent to try stew’s maximum fitness program which I have not done before – that’s a 52 week cross training program.

Heres’s the link to stew’s site:

JumpRope or Skipping kicks Ass !!!

If you are following my blog you will know I am training to re-enlist in the NZ Army at 40.
You will also know I just sprained my darn calf muscle while on the treadmill doing a crazy sprint.

Well I got to thinking what has changed about my training since I was in the infantry reserve ten years ago. In all respects I am a better athlete except at running. My flexibility is about the same, strength quite a bit better, muscle mass greater, cardio is fine on the rowing machine, crunches I can pump out by the hundred.

One thing is different – I used to skip. I also used to do chi kung and muay thai on my hand made punch bag but thats for another post.

Skipping is held to be three times as effective as jogging.

Heres a breakdown of calories burned with intense activities…

  • Wood Chopping 400
    Tennis 420
    Skiing 10 mph 600
    Cycling 13 mph 660
    Running 5.7 mph 720
    Skipping at 120-140 turns per minute 720
    Skull Rowing (race) 840
    Running 10 mph 900
  • The thing with skipping is its a hell of a lot easier on the body that sprinting.

    Your calves, tendons and ligaments are likely to be strengthened rather than injured like they could be running. Thats my only gripe with running being a big guy – I know I can blow a gasket.

    I weigh 220-230 lbs so thats a lot of weight to be putting on my hips, knee’s and connective tissue.

    I do rowing but it wont condition the lower body much even though its great for cardio. Skipping is the solution that can improve your running without risking lower body injury.

    You know as an athlete two golden rules are “Don’t waste time” and “Don’t risk injury”.

    Army Boot Camp at 40 ?

    Well I have nearly finished my electronics engineering degree all ready for a new career and now of course all the employment has dried up with the global economy.

    I passed the army aptitude tests for signals systems engineer which is a damn good entry level job for an engineer but I will need to do 4 months basic training.

    So that means running and lots of it for me.

    My legs are so darn sore today I had to go soak in the sauna and spa for an hour.

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