British military fitness training

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06/12/2013 at 22:11

Hi,

 

have any of our runners ever XT'd with BMF? 

Some excellent classes to strengthen full body especially core, and train mental toughness. I know that I personally have taken minutes off my 5&10 k times and also recovery is much faster as I have been taught how to foam roll properly!

06/12/2013 at 22:40
I've taken minutes off my running times by running.
07/12/2013 at 04:50

There has been a BMF at 9am every Saturday in Bushy Park. I think they might be up to 40 people now. 

07/12/2013 at 10:34
There is a group of them every Saturday morning at Oak hill park and they start just before park run and finish just after it so they are obviously happy to compete with running, so it's funny that you are trying to sell bit as a running XT session.
Besides most of the people I see doing it don't look like runners, it's seems to be mostly women who like uniform or weekend warrior men who want to play soldiers for an hour.
The training looks fun and varied and the instructors seem pleasant enough, I had one invited me to try a session. I 'm not sure what that says about me though as I'm neither of the types that they usually attract

The one thing I don't get is why the instructors always wear a backpack during the sessions, they obviously don't need emergency rations nor survival kit so it seems a bit like an unnecessary bit of uniform to me,? or maybe they are worried about getting stranded 300m from their vans? ;-p
Edited: 07/12/2013 at 10:35
07/12/2013 at 18:43

Never been tempted to train with bmf. Had experience of one of the instructors at warm up for wolf run and wasn't impressed. I do participate in a weekly bootcamp with a very experience PT who is also an ultra runner. He doesn't feel the need to get all pseudo military and delivers challenging sessions that do also support my running goals.

12/12/2013 at 10:46

I LOVE British Military Fitness. By the way, they carry bottles of water in their backpack for a water break half way through the session and sometimes props - I always used to wonder that too.

12/12/2013 at 11:37

Although I know some excellent runners who use BMF for cross training I wouldn't do it myself, I see far too many of the instructors fail to correct bad form and put people at risk of back injury.

12/12/2013 at 13:03

I did some training with an ex-military PT and he always ran with a back pack.  He said that he'd got used to it in the army and now it felt unnatural to run without.  I guess it changes your centre of gravity slightly and adds some weight to make the session more challenging if you want.


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