Held at 6:30pm on Wed 12th March in our Islington boutique, this month’s Guest Instructor Event 'Master The Marathon' is a can’t-miss for runners. Not just one, but two elite instructors will combine their skills to get you perfectly marathon-ready with a detailed talk, Q&A session and an exclusive 'Yoga For Runners' class.
PART 1: MARATHON MASTER CLASS
Personal trainer and ultra-runner Annie Foulds shares her expertise and last-minute training advice ahead of the London marathon. Her one-hour master class includes a Q&A session; a great opportunity to have your running questions and help achieve your personal best.
I first became interested in fitness when...I was a child. Dreaming of becoming a dancer, I trained in tap, ballet, jazz and contemporary dance until the age of 18, when my passion switched to sport. Athletics, netball and running became my forte, and I went onto enter fitness competitions.
My experience in the fitness industry spans...more than 20 years. With qualifications in sport psychology, fitness training, spinning, nutrition & weight management, physiology, pre and post-natal exercise and more, I am also an accomplished ultra marathon runner, ex-professional dancer and fitness model.
My #1 tip for marathon runners is...preparation and start slowly>
PART 2: YOGA FOR RUNNERS
After Annie's talk, attendees can take part in Battersea Ambassador Charlie Morgan’s ‘Yoga for Runners’ class - a 45-minute session tailored to runners and dedicated to improving strength, tone and flexibility.
A CHAT WITH CHARLIE...
I first became interested in fitness...when I was growing up. I learnt to swim before I could walk and went to a specialist sports school aged 12, where I enjoyed hockey, netball, athletics, trampolining and gymnastics. My passion for fitness continued into adulthood, growing to include cross-country skiing, spinning, Pilates, yoga and water sports.
Yoga became my career when...I realised I was too restless for a desk job! After quitting my job as a buyer, I travelled to India for a yoga retreat in the Himalayan mountains. Almost immediately, I knew the practice was going to be an integral part of my life. Six months later, I completed my training as a yoga teacher in Bali, and I've never looked back!
My workout of choice is...a brief full-body stretch, followed by a 30-60 minute run along the river and a good session on my yoga mat, with a deep relaxation to finish.
Yoga is great for runners because...while running gives you a great cardiovascular workout, your muscles become extremely tight which leaves you more prone to injury. 'Yoga For Runners' focuses on the key muscles used while running, enabling you to run at greater ease and for much longer. The conscious breathing techniques will also have a huge impact on your general running ability.
Can't make the class? A video of the Yoga For Runners class will be posted here on Thursday 13th March, so you can reap the marathon benefits from the comfort of home.
For more info on Master The Marathon, click here. Call the Islington store on 020 7226 4051 to reserve your place. Booking opens on Sat 8th March.