5 Ways That Yoga Can Help Runners

Runners have a tremendous amount to gain from adding yoga to their fitness regimes. Due to its repetitive nature, running may lead to injuries and musculoskeletal imbalances which can be uncomfortable and disrupt your day to day life. Yoga can complement the discipline of running as it can restore balance and symmetry to the body.

In particular, through Yoga, runners can improve:



Yoga stretches the muscles that are tight, which in turn increases the range of motion in related joints. Increased flexibility decreases stiffness, results in greater ease of movement and the reduction of aches and pains.


Running mostly strengthens the lower body, therefore certain muscles become strong while others are underused and remain weak. A balanced yoga practice involves the entire body which allows the unused muscles to be strengthened—specifically in the arms, upper torso, abdominals, and back. Strengthening the upper body and core helps improve posture during daily activities and also while running. A strong core allows the arms and legs to move more efficiently and results in less fatigue. Additionally it allows for less weight impact on the legs which reduces the risk of injury. It is also essential for runners to strengthen the muscles in their lower body for a healthy range of motion.



Overusing some muscles while underusing others creates muscular imbalances, which affect the entire musculoskeletal balance and impairs biomechanical efficiency. For runners, biomechanical imbalances eventually lead to pain and injury. Through Yoga, runners can become stronger by improving their balance through the focus of their energy and mind thus reducing the chance of injury.


Lung capacity is of prime importance for runners, because it creates the ability to maintain an even breathing pattern through all phases of running. The better the lung capacity is, the more oxygen is circulated through the system, which is most helpful for general running. However, the breathing pattern used in running and other forms of aerobic exercise involves quick and shallow inhalations and exhalations. This uses only the top portion of the lungs, leaving the middle and lower portions untouched. Yogic breathing involves slow, deep inhalations and long exhalations, making use of the upper, middle, and lower portions of the lungs. Yogic breathing has been shown to increase lung capacity, and greater lung capacity increases endurance and improves overall athletic performance.


Many forms of exercise deplete the body of its energy stores. Yet a yoga practice oxygenates the blood and creates more energy, leaving the body and mind feeling restored and energized. Yoga provides a vehicle through which the body can actively recover from the physical demands of running.

By Gandha Savio

If running is included in your regular exercise routine, why not unwind and try a TruBe yoga session to replenish your energy. You can search Gandha’s Profile in the TruBe trainers page.

You can also view our wide range of expert trainers who specialise in various other workout disciplines.

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TruBe are proud to announce that we are an official partner of the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon taking place on the 8th October 2017! We will be running the half marathon workshops which are held in July and September and will host the complimentary assisted cool down area on race day for all runners! Click here to find out more


TruBe Outdoor Training Timetable – 31st Aug

Choose a session from the timetable below. Each session costs £10 per person but if you are a registered member of TruBe, your first outdoor session will be free!

If you haven’t registered with us, simply download our app and go through our super quick sign-up process.

Date Location
Mon 31st Aug 12.30pm (Bank Holiday) Holland Park
Mon 31st Aug 7pm (Bank Holiday) Highbury
Tues 1st Sept 7pm Clapham Common
Tues 1st Sept 7pm Fulham
Weds 2nd Sept 12.30pm Green Park
Fri 4th Sept 6.30am Hampstead Heath
Sat 5th Sept 10.30am Clapham Common

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Ten Reasons to Have a Personal Trainer On Demand

Exercising at home or in your local park is something we have all considered and even attempted, however it’s not as easy as it sounds. We believe that with a little bit of help you can achieve any fitness outside of the gym. There are many reasons why you may need someone to help you with your training outside of a gym; here are our top ten reasons.

You’re Time Poor
In London, long working hours are the norm and in a city where there is always something to do, usually involving drinking and eating, it is hard to squeeze in a workout. A mobile trainer will come to you, at your convenience.

You’re Expecting a Baby
Pregnancy is a tiring time and the last thing you want to do is leave your house and enter a busy gym. By ordering a trainer to come to your home you don’t need to worry about anything else except making the healthiest body for your baby.

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You’re Injured
Being injured is a difficult time but it is still extremely important to keep exercising to maintain good circulation to deliver nutrients to the injured area. Some injuries will make it difficult to travel as you may have crutches, need a wheelchair or you’re just worried about being knocked over.

You’re A Work-At-Home Mum
Looking after children is a lot more than a full-time job and unless your gym has a creche it can be difficult to find the time to exercise. If your order a personal trainer to your home you can workout and keep an eye on the little ones at the same time.

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Gyms Aren’t For You
The gym can be an intimidating place. An on-demand personal trainer can help you exercise just as well, if not better, from the privacy of your own home.

You Want to Make the Most of the Nice Weather
The sun can make rare appearances in London, but when it does London has some of the best parks to work out in. However, it is definitely easier to lie on the grass than to do push ups or sit ups, so a personal trainer that will meet you at the park will stop your workout turning into a picnic.

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You’re an Exercise Newbie
If you are new to exercise the last place you want to go is somewhere full of judging eyes and so called “experts.” A personal trainer outside of the gym will help improve your fitness levels from the privacy of your own home.

You can Exercise with Friends
Healthy socialising is hard to come by in London. Ordering a personal trainer to meet you and your friends at a location convenient to all means that you focus on catching up and let the trainer worry about what set you’re going to do next.

You Get Distracted Easily
Home or park environments are littered with distractions that can prevent you from performing to your maximum. A good personal trainer will transform a dull, uninspired area into a focused, training arena.

You Need Fresh Inspiration
Training with your bodyweight requires a lot of creativity. Having an expert to train with can bring new ideas to your training to help you to push through plateaus and reach your goals.

TruBe trainers will travel anywhere in London bringing your workout to you. Its easy to book a session with our iPhone app. Download and book a session today.

Introducing Personal Trainer: Zycco W

Meet Zycco W, a TruBe trainer and bodyweight strength training expert.

What is your biggest client success story?
This would have to be Mark Fisher. Mark had a stroke over a year ago and the whole of the left side of his body stopped functioning for a year. When I first started training Mark, he ate quite badly and could not stand up or straighten out both arms. It took him 10-20 minutes to walk down a short road.

With my training, he has become a lot more confident, being able to stand up on his own and he can straighten both his arms. It now takes him 3-4 minutes to walk down the same road. His eating has drastically improved.

What do you enjoy about being a part of the TruBe Team?
TruBe is a lot like Uber for personal Trainers. I love the way TruBe has incorporated an on demand app into the fitness industry, making Personal training more flexible in London.

What was your biggest health and fitness obstacle and how did you overcome it?
I started my bodyweight training journey over a year ago. It’s been very challenging mentality, but I love pushing myself always trying to improve and get stronger. I am looking forward to being a well known bodyweight specialist.

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What is your favourite piece of TruBe equipment?
The resistance bands. I use them on a regular basis and I’m always trying to think of new ways to incorporate them into my workouts.

How do you treat yourself?
I treat myself by doing other things I love such as photography, videography and graphic design. I also like a cheeky pizza.

What is your favourite instagram account you follow?
My favourite Instagram account would have to be gymrat.nuff_said & mr_barfreakz.

What is your favourite motivational quote?
“If not now, when.”  “Love and Give, and it shall be returned.”

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What is the best piece of advice you have received from a mentor?
The best advice from a mentor would have to be “You are your own brand, everything you do represents your brand, so be the best you and be proud of you.”

How do you find balance in your life?
I find balance by practicing being in the moment, enjoying being with whoever I am with and doing whatever I am doing.

To book a session with Zycco, download the app and find him as one of our featured trainers.

8 best parks in London for your TruBe session

With the evenings getting lighter, the milder weather returning and flowers appearing, Spring is definitely returning to London. It’s time to get outdoors and mix up your TruBe training routine.

To give you some inspiration, TruBe decided to put our heads together and list our favourite London training spots.

1. Victoria Park, Hackney


This park has just about everything you could need. A beautiful tree lined four mile loop for running or cycling, an amazing rope climbing frame for the big kid in you, plus an outdoor gym area for resistance training. And when you’ve finished your TruBe session pop into the beautiful Crate Cafe overlooking the lake for delicious food and coffee.

2. Clissold Park, Hackney

A favourite with runners, Clissold Park provides a well maintained wood-chip trail loop, tennis courts and plenty of open space for your TruBe training sessions. When you’re finished pop along to one of the stylish cafes on Church Street for your post session nutrition.

3. Finsbury Park, Haringey


Conveniently located, this park may not be the prettiest, but for athletes it’s up there with the best in the city. It’s hilly terrain provides the perfect environment for those high intensity sprint sessions and it boasts a fully floodlit running track.

4. Crystal Palace, Bromley


This former Victorian pleasure park boasts 200 acres of beautiful greenery and testing hills for even the strongest runners. It’s also home to the National Sports Centre one of the countries premier athletics venues.

5. Holland Park, Kensington and Chelsea

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Widely considered one of the most romantic and peaceful parks in West London, it features facilities for tennis and cricket, and its central location makes it a great choice for a post-work TruBe session. And if you’re lucky, you may even spot a peacock roaming around the park.

6. Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith and Fulham

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Designated an archaeological priority area, this park is lined by beautiful plane and cedar trees. It’s steeped in history and offers a peaceful place to train.

7. Clapham Common, Wandsworth

Clapham Common

The Common is a hive of fitness activity at any time during the week. It has beautiful wide open spaces, stunning views and great routes for running and cycling. Well worth a visit, especially in the spring.

8. Hampstead Heath, Camden

Hampstead Heath

Perhaps the jewel in the crown of London’s centrally located parks. Hampstead Heath offers the best trail running in the capital, brutal hills and well-maintained fresh water swimming ponds. We’d recommend doing a workout from the top of parliament hill the view is a sight for sore eyes for any London lover.

Why not have your next TruBe personal training session at one of the parks you haven’t visited before? After all, it’s a great way to explore more of London, see if your performance improves when you change location, and see if the grass really is greener on the other side…

Did we miss any out? Tell us your favourite place to train in the capital.

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