Fitness: Learn to stay injury-free at ActiveSG running clinics

Loaded movement training combines movement with resistance such as weights, to help participants get stronger and fitter.
Loaded movement training combines movement with resistance such as weights, to help participants get stronger and fitter.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

In another initiative to help Singaporeans keep fit, national sporting lifestyle movement ActiveSG has rolled out the ActiveSG Running Clinic, which was launched at the Sports Hub yesterday.

The clinic is the first of a series which will be conducted at five other ActiveSG sports centres situated around the island starting from March.

ActiveSG chief Lai Chin Kwang said: "We wanted to enable an ecosystem where like-minded people who are interested to go deeper to understand the proper techniques of conducting functional fitness can come together.

"We also wanted to roll out interesting programmes and activities to deepen our engagement with Singaporeans and get them out of their sedentary lifestyle and be active."

The clinics are targeted at both amateur and serious runners, and will be presented by local and international fitness and running personalities.

The sessions will guide participants in new training methods to run more effectively while staying injury-free.

One such method is loaded movement training - a form of exercise that combines movement with resistance such as weights, to help the runners get stronger and fitter.

Michol Dalcourt, a pioneer of this form of training, said: "One of the benefits of loaded movement training is variability.

"A lot of runners get injured because they do a task over and over again on a hard surface and because of a lack of variability, the risk of getting injured goes up.

"By doing loaded movement training, you bring the nature of how we move in real life to the gym and you are able to train your body to optimise itself and not wear it out."

National marathon runner and SEA Games champion Soh Rui Yong, who was present at the event, praised such clinics.

He said: "I think it's great because we have a lot of people running… and it's important for us to educate people on the importance of smart training so they don't over train and get injured.

"Through all these clinics, we can spread the right ideologies about training and running, and we can help the public live happier and healthier lives though sport."

The running clinics are free of charge and the public can sign up via the ActiveSG website (www.myactivesg.com) or through its mobile application.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 16, 2016, with the headline 'Learn to stay injury-free at ActiveSG running clinics'. Print Edition | Subscribe