25 January 23

Find your way to start running today

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Have you always wanted to start running, but just don’t know where to start?

May be you have an event 
you want to aim for – well slow and steady wins the race! In the Winter months it’s far too cold and dark outside so bring your training indoors to one of our 13 gyms.  

It will feel great to get back to a health and wellness routine and you can give yourself a big high-5 for getting started on your way to 5k. Aim to follow this routine 2-3 times a week. 

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It all starts with a good warm up!

  • Start with 5-10 minutes of work on a cardiovascular machine of your choice.   
  • Think a brisk walk or a light jog on a treadmill, a medium intensity session on a rowing machine or a good cycle pace on a bike.  
  • The goal is to get your heart rate increased and your muscles warmed ahead of your main workout. 


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Build your stamina in your workout.

Aim to complete 3-4 sets of 12-15 repetitions of the following exercises, and rest for 30-45 seconds between each set.

Be sure to choose a weight that provides a comfortable challenge as you start.​

  • Leg Press

    Leg press

    A compound weight training exercise in which the individual pushes a weight or resistance away from them using their legs.

  • Leg Extension

    Leg extension

    A resistance weight training exercise that targets the quadriceps muscle in the legs.

  • Leg Curl

    Leg curl

    An isolation exercise that targets the hamstring muscles.

  • Hip Adductor And Abductor Machine

    Hip adductor  

    Resistance weight training that trains the muscles inside of the thighs.

  • Hip Adductor And Abductor Machine

    Hip abduction  

    Resistance weight training that trains the muscles for turning the thigh outwards.

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Finish by getting the heart pumping!

Hit the treadmill and aim to move for 10-15 minutes at a pace you feel comfortable with. 

Record your total distance and as you build up your fitness, aim to push yourself a little bit more during this time and beat your previous best or run for a little longer.

Don't forget to cool down.

Pick any cardiovascular machine - Treadmill, Bike, Rower – and aim to move for 5 minutes at an easy pace, to reduce your heart rate before completing your session. 

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All you need to know

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