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The Hour’s Michelle McManus has bravely taken on the challenge of taking part in the Great Scottish Run 10K in September – but before she can get her task under way, the bubbly presenter has to get a training regime in place.
“The Great Scottish Run is fast approaching. I have signed up to do the 10K for The Hour. But before I can even dream about getting in there and start training for my running, I need to lose a few pounds and get some serious strength about me.
“I’m meeting today with one of Glasgow’s top personal trainers, Ros Elrick, and I can’t wait to see what she’s got in store for me,” Michelle said.
Personal trainer Ros told Michelle that the core areas she wants her to work on are her tummy muscles, legs and her upper body strength. Michelle was then shown how to do exercises with a medicine ball to strengthen her legs, and advanced stomach exercises on a mat.
And the poor presenter soon realised that she’s in for a trying time during her training programme. “I didn’t think it looked that difficult when I first started, but it’s a core workout, it’s non-impact but deep muscle,” she explained. “I’m using a lot of muscles that I didn’t know I had and I know by tomorrow I probably won’t be able to walk. Stephen will need to help me into the studio!”
And if Michelle thought that was bad, she hadn’t seen anything yet as Ros stepped up the pace once again. “I think it’s fair to say that Ros basically beat me up today. But I haven’t felt my stomach muscles since around about 2001, and the boys are back! Watch this space," Michelle said.
We’ll be following Michelle as she trains for the 2010 Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run. Keep checking back on our special pages dedicated to her mission to see how she’s getting along, as well as for all the latest news about the sporting event on September 5.
Find out more about the 2010 Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run from the official website. You can also get updates from the event’s Twitter and Facebook pages.