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Improving Physical Ability

Growth in the Popularity of Running is an Opportunity for PTs

You don’t have to be a running coach to improve someone’s ability to run, but knowing your stuff can help. Laura Fountain, aka The Lazy Runner, offers advice for PTs working in this area, and strongly recommends building links with other fitness professionals

Running is booming! According to Sport England’s Active People Survey, the number of weekly runners in England rose by 63,000 to 2.1 million in 2015.

A record 247,069 people applied for a place in the 2016 London Marathon and more than 55% of those were looking to tackle the 26.2 miles for the first time.

Far from taking trade away from the gym floor as runners flock to the park to get their workout for free in the fresh air, the growth in the popularity of running offers an opportunity for personal trainers.

As the popularity of running builds, so will the number of clients you’ll encounter who are looking for help and support in training for long-distance events.

Running is a great sport and people take it up for many different reasons. For some it might be motivated by a desire to get fitter or lose some weight, but this isn’t the case for every runner.

Many runners are motivated by the sense of achievement that they get from being able to run longer distances or faster times and do things they’d previously thought they couldn’t.

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