Tribal Fitness founder Craig Heslop shares his endurance sports secrets
Time Out Bahrain staff
After running the entire length of Bahrain, Tribal Fitness founder Craig Heslop shares his secrets to being successful in endurance sports.
After six years in Bahrain, the founder of exercise facility Tribal Fitness has decided to leave. And he’s going out with a bang. Last month he ran 67 kilometres – the length of the island – and this month he’s stand-up paddleboarding his entire way around the country. This is how you could take on such mammoth challenges, too...
Move well first
Too many people jump into endurance activities without first mastering the basics. If you are interested in triathlon and your swimming technique is poor then seek a great coach to help you. The imprinting of technique is very hard to undo down the road.
Once you have mastered the basics, you can start adding intensity. Training for endurance with poor technique is asking for pain and suffering. When great technique is met with relative conditioning, we have a recipe for success.
Health vs. Athleticism
Frequent pain, inflammation, a suppressed immune system and the stress to win can negatively affect one’s health. Are you doing this for good health or to win? If it’s the latter, then be prepared to sacrifice a lot of time and even your health.
Listen to your body
Small aches lead to big breaks. If you feel busted then take the day off. Schedule recovery sessions each week and seek urgent medical care if you injure yourself. Sleep well, eat well and take plenty of rest days.
Enjoy the process
A lot of endurance athletes feel depressed after a big race. The huge commitment has come to an end. Enjoy each session and don’t worry too much about the future. Tribal Fitness opens a new branch this May. Visit www.tribalfitness.com/harbour.