Project Description

Training strength for running

HollyP NikeRunI joined Fitness First back in the summer of 2011, I had recently started cycling again and wanted to improve my fitness and wellbeing. I remember meeting Elliot within the first couple of weeks of joining and he encouraged me to sign up for kettle bells, I remember his words being something along the lines of if you want to get fit, strong and conditioned then this is the best class you can take.

I started attending once and week and was immediately hooked. I won’t lie, the first couple of months were tough but the progress was incredible. I was starting to feel stronger and my technique was improving which meant I was lifting heavier weights and gaining endurance. After 6 months I was attending twice a week and after a year I started running again. I hadn’t run for about 5/6 years but beginning again this time was so much easier because my fitness and endurance levels were already there.

Almost immediately I was running 10km’s and rapidly began to up the distance, whilst still attending kettle bells twice a week. In September last year I took part in my first half, Run to the Beat and Elliot came along in support. I finished in a time of 1:48. At this stage I knew I could go faster but my training was predominantly just kettle bells, running and some cycling.

“He is forever offering advice in the gym, even when I’m not training with him…

…He genuinely wants everyone he works with to succeed and progress and he will go beyond the call of duty at times to ensure this is achieved.”

Holly P 90kg Deadlift - strength for running

Holly P 90kg Deadlift – Strength for running

I knew exactly who to turn to for advice and last winter I worked with Elliot for four months solidly on strength training in the gym. He assured me that this wasn’t going to give me huge muscles but would make me stronger. We focused predominantly on core strength which is vital for long distance running and leg strength as well as some upper body.

As well as training advice he also supported me and helped me improve the management of my type 1 diabetes. Controlling blood sugar levels with this condition at times can be challenging, especially during prolonged exercise. Together we worked on trying out new eating patterns and techniques; low carb and high protein to minimize insulin intake, intermittent fasting, protein only after a strength workout to counter-act cortisol release. The process was incredibly helpful and in many ways quite fun trying to find that optimal balance.
In Feb 2014 I ran the Brighton half marathon in a time of 1:43, beating my previous best by 5 minutes. I couldn’t quite believe the progress I had made in such a short space of time.

Holly P's London Marathon Medal

Holly P’s London Marathon Medal

I went on this year to run the London Marathon in 3 hours 50 and cycled from London to Nice in 10 days, during which we travelled almost 1000 miles and climbed the equivalent height of Everest.

I can honestly say though, that without Elliot’s support and encouragement all of those achievements would have been so much harder. I consider him a really close friend and one of the most generous people I know. He is forever offering advice in the gym, even when I’m not training with him; he gives guidance on certain techniques or shows me something new. He genuinely wants everyone he works with to succeed and progress and he will go beyond the call of duty at times to ensure this is achieved.

I honestly couldn’t recommend him enough as a personal trainer, he is absolutely brill!

Holly p

*Please note individual results and experiences may vary.