Dossier: Running coaching

Greater strength for improved performance

The Sanitas running coaching participants Nicole Abgottspon and Christoph Banik aren’t just looking to cross the finish line of the Zürcher Silvesterlauf race in December, they want to improve their general fitness, too.

“It’s important that both are fit on completing the training and haven’t sustained any injuries,” stresses coach and marathon legend Viktor Röthlin. “This means their musculoskeletal system must be able to handle the increased burden.” This is why various exercises to improve flexibility, strength, coordination and speed have been incorporated into their training programme. They also regularly receive endurance training ‘homework’ from Viktor Röthlin. Here’s a littler taster of the exercises our candidates are doing for you to try at home:

Viktor Röthlin,
European marathon champion and fitness expert

“My goal is to ensure that Nicole and Christoph make it over the finish line of the Zürcher Silvesterlauf. But I also want the coaching to encourage them to get more exercise in their daily routine.”