Author Archives: Rene

‘PRIMAL WORKOUT’ – NEW MINI-WORKSHOP

vaulting

‘Learn the fundamentals of natural fitness and move the way nature intended’ Following the success of our ‘Hell & Back’ workshops, we are delighted to bring you the ‘Primal Workout’ experience – a series of 4-hour mini-workshops in scenic Glendalough valley, Co. Wicklow. This workout will provide you the full introduction to ‘evolutionary fitness’ and…

Glutes or feet – what really causes your running injuries and muscle pains

When I speak to runners who have recently been treated for injury one of the most common pieces of the information they share with me is that ‘the physio told me I had weak glutes’*. This often goes with a comment that ‘I have tight hips’ and a prescription to do an exercise like this…

PODCAST: CE & Barry Murray on nutrition and performance – part 3

Podcast

René Borg speaks to Barry Murray, performance nutritionist and owner of OptimumNutrition4Sport, after our first of joint workshop in Wicklow. This time we are taking questions submitted by you.  This is Part 3. Listen to Part 1 or Part 2. Listen now (note we had a few outages, they have been largely edited out) In part 3…

TOE DRILLS (TOE-GA)

Toe drills or ‘toe-ga’ is a series of drills invented by Lee Saxby and taught as part of the VivoBarefoot Coaching certification education. Please find in this article a simple video showcasing coach René Borg executing some of the moves.*   Read our full article on the topic here Note the drills shown here are…

ARTICLE: Runner fix your foot – toe and foot drills for injury free running (‘toe-ga’)

Toe-ga

 ”In the first year after you took up running – what did you learn most about – shoes or your feet?” This was the simple question I asked the audience at my recent talk at the Dublin Marathon Expo 2014. When I asked “Was it shoes?” all the hands went up and when I asked…

PODCAST: CE speaks to Barry Murray on nutrition and performance – part 2

Barry Murray, nutritionist

René Borg speaks to Barry Murray, performance nutritionist and owner of OptimumNutrition4Sport, at the time of our first joint workshops in Wicklow held on the 1st-2nd November.  This is Part 2. Listen to Part 1. Part 3 now available here.   Listen now In part 2 of this 3 part series we cover What’s the story…

ASK US ANYTHING – AT THE DUBLIN MARATHON EXPO

CE Expo Stand

We’re back at the Dublin Marathon Expo this weekend and Jason Kehoe and René Borg will be at our stand to answer any questions you have about running. We will be at stand 23D close to our friends from Sub4Sport. Our stands aims to the place where you come to do the talking, we do…

REVIEW: ‘The Complete Guide to Bodyweight Training’ by Kesh Patel

Complete guide to bodyweight training

So what’s the story with Kesh Patel’s third book ‘The Complete Guide to Bodyweight Training‘? The plot can be summarised something like this: “Once upon a time, as we grew up, our own bodyweight was the only tool we had to develop our movement ability, strength and other basic abilities. Through playful experimentation we began to make…

Should runners train their upper bodies?

Muscular runner

The short and snide answer to the titular question could be: because you will look better. But vanity aside, the real answer is more interesting and no less true. We need to begin by abandoning the notion that running is primarily a lower body exercise when in reality it is a ‘full-body movement’. We will…

Four things to think about during your marathon taper

Marathon run

When I ran my first marathon, in my very first year of running, I decided to ally with a coach from the very beginning. I felt that there was no point committing all my efforts to such a lengthy race and then risk having a bad performance on the day. In the end it turned…