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I am amazed at the power of internet - how one piece of information leads to another and enriching your knowledge about a specific topic. Great!. Thanks to the Internet. Today, I stumbled across an old, forgotten exercise which could improve your running by leaps and bounds. Seriously!.
This is not a new exercise to us. We all would have done it at some point in our school life, during the drills, NCC parades or regular physical exercises in the school. Just that, now this exercise has a name and challenge associated with it.
This “Hundred-Up” exercise was created by W.G. George, the fastest miler of 19th century, to perfect his running form. In George’s essay, he says he invented the 100-Up in 1874, when he was an 16-year-old chemist’s apprentice in England and could train only during his lunch hour. By Year 2 of his experiment, the overworked lab assistant was the fastest amateur miler in England. By Year 5, he held world records in everything from the half-mile to 10 miles.
Interesting. Could this exercise be the magic bullet for all runners?. I don’t know. The only way to be sure is to try this out.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, what about a video?. I found this video on youtube, which clearly shows the Minor and Major variations of the 100-Up exercise. You can start with “100-Up Minor”. When you can comfortably do 100 reps (50 reps on each leg), please promote yourselves to “100-Up Major”. Please do this exercise on a daily basis (anytime of the day) until you are comfortable with 100 reps (50 reps in each leg) in “100-Up Major”.
The Challenge is simple and more about the self-experimentation of the 100-Up exercise.
I am in for the “100-Up Challenge”, starting today. I am comfortable doing 100 Minors and 20 Majors. I think, in couple of weeks, I should be able to do 100 Majors. I will post the results after 30 days.
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