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Top ten workout tips from Charlotte Purdue

June 3, 2013

When it comes to training, we’ve all experienced those sessions that didn’t go quite according to plan. Whether its because life got in the way and we had to miss a workout, the weather was typically British and meant our session was cut short, or we temporarily lost that extra bit of motivation that normally keeps us going at 100%.


Whatever the reason, we want to try to minimize these experiences as much as possible and who better to give us advice on how to do this than British long-distance runner Charlotte Purdue.

Charlotte competes for Britain in the 5000 metres and the 10,000 metres, as well as cross country.

Among her greatest achievements are being the European Cross Country Champion 2010, she is currently the British junior 10,000m record holder as well as finishing fourth in the 10,000m 2010 Commonwealth Games; so its fair to say she’s experienced her fair share of training!

She tells us, “Sometimes I see people cheating out the end of a workout before they should finish, or sometimes skipping a workout all together.

“I thought I would share with you my top ten tips to keep at it when the going gets tough!”

Who is really being cheated? The only person losing out when you cheat on a workout is YOU! No one else cares that whether you go to the gym tonight or not, so make yourself proud.

The only workout you will regret is the one you didn’t do!

Change your pace. Cardio training can be a killer. Switch it up and do some circuit training which will combine cardio and weight training to keep you interested and in the zone. Run for five minutes, then do some push ups, then some sit ups then run some more…

Picture this. Visualize crossing the finishing line or reaching your ultimate fitness goal. Imagery will help you to stay motivated

charlotte-purdue-4Grab a friend. Working out with a friend will help you keep up a higher standard whilst working out, as well as helping you to keep to your workout plans.

Break it down. Set mini goals when the going gets tough. It’s not really a three mile run, it’s just six smaller half mile runs!

Enjoy the pain. ‘Pain is weakness leaving the body. Sweat is fat crying’.

Pain is also proof that the workout is working and is tough. Don’t stop now – work it! (Just be sure to know the difference between an injury and normal workout fatigue)

charlotte-purdue-3Compete. Whether it’s comparing yourself to the woman on the treadmill next to you or a friend, make it competitive.

Time yourself over a set distance or up the resistance higher than before. Competition will make you feel good and forget about wanting to quit.

Reward yourself. It could be enjoying your favourite food or a night out afterwards. Dangle in front of you a metaphorical carrot so when the pain starts to strike it makes the end that much sweeter!

Have a purpose. There’s nothing motivating about grinding out a workout with no goals. Have something to train for; fitting into those new jeans or lowering your blood pressure. Both are examples that can provide a necessary kick in the butt!

Tune in. Use music to zone out during your workouts. Make sure they are fast, heart pumping tunes that have been proven to bring cardio to the next level!

Trainers on? We’re ready to go!

To find out more about Charlotte follow her on Twitter @charliepurdue.

Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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