What is RaceFit?
Welcome to RaceFit Gym!
It with much excitement that I unveil my latest venture within the health and fitness industry. I have been fortunate enough to be involved in the industry for the last 10 years, training clients with a variety of goals and objectives but it wasn’t until the last few years that I realise that the industry is missing a gym catered towards endurance athletes. This has lead to the development of RaceFit gym that targets individuals geared towards running and cycling.
Dangers of Overtraining
I have been involved in many long-distance racing events in both running and cycling, road and trail and realised that many endurance athletes tend to do the same thing over and over expecting to see improved results. While there is some merit in doing multiple running and/or cycling sessions in a week’s training, the results are short term as injury, boredom or overtraining tend to creep in.
Resistance training is key
The introduction of resistance training to help improve endurance athletes is paramount, however there is a general concern amongst endurance athletes that resistance training will make you bigger and essentially heavier. This misconception about resistance training has kept many endurance athletes like marathon runners and long distance cyclists out of the gym for fear of getting bigger.
Strength not Mass
At RaceFit we understand this, so our focus is not on mass gain but rather strength gain through resistance training. A stronger athlete will guarantee a better performance and the ability to handle tough race day conditions. In addition, the mental challenges experienced while strength training can lead to athletes in having the psychological edge when it comes to facing the steep climbs or technical descents. The added advantage of being mentally strong during a race is another reason to incorporate strength training into your endurance training program. That feeling of being both mentally and physically strong is what we strive for in order for our clients to be RACEFIT!
So, if you are looking to improve on that PB in your marathon or feel that your running or cycling is hitting a plateau, contact us now to set up a free consultation. If you are on social media, go like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to receive more info on race, events and endurance related topics.
Here is a testimonial from Flora, who is training for her first 70.3 IronMan:
“When I started training with Chris I didn’t have a plan or goals. He helped me to understand that training without a goal is not very motivating! I slowly got into the world of triathlons, and realised that I needed someone else on my team (individual sports are hard!). Chris rapidly became this person, and the person I felt accountable to, in a positive way. My sessions with Chris have helped to improve my triathlon fitness, as well as helping me get all round stronger. Ladies should be able to do pull ups too! Along with being an awesome knowledgable trainer, he has been a great supporter and motivator. As my first Half Ironman rapidly approaches, I am thankful to have a trainer like him on my team.” – Flora James