Why Do People Run?

Not everyone is born with an instinctive drive to run. Often than not, people take up exercise to:

  1. They are passionate about the respective sport; running/swimming/cycling/golfing etc
  2. To relieve stress
  3. To get physically fit
  4. To stay in shape
  5. To combat obesity
  6. To fill time

What Are The 2 Common Modes Of Learning?

While it sounds simple enough, you just grab your favorite workout shoes and go, it isn’t how running works. When one makes a conscious decision to get into shape, it’s always a good idea to start slow, with the proper background and research to know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. 2 common modes of learning are:

  • Learn from an instructor face-to-face;

This could be a one to one OR group set-up

  • Self Learn;

The existence of the World Wide Web has made it so much easier to acquire knowledge. A simple click of a button online and you can be gaining new knowledge via watching an online DVD lesson or reading an eBook.

To know which mode of learning is most suitable for you, get more information on the pros and cons of each method and decide from there.


There are all kinds of fitness enthusiasts – those that swear by self-learning and figuring out things for themselves, and then there are those who abide by the instructor-led training sessions. It’s tough to pick which one is a better training method for there are perfect examples for both scenarios to take inspiration from. Which is why we’ve written this blog post today to share with you the differences between and benefits of both training methods.

When Is Self-Learning For YOU?

Self-learning how to run seems like the good option for some inexperienced newbies. Joining a gym or a training program to get back into shape can be seriously intimidating, especially for the body-conscious. If you are a runner that tends to be conscious of being ‘watched’ by other runners, then self-training is the way to go for you.

If, however, you still find yourself worrying whether or not that’s the right thing to do. We’ve listed some of the major advantages to being your own coach.

  1. No one is more aware of your strengths and weaknesses. A self-coached training program is tailor made for what you can and cannot do. By training yourself, you get more in tune with your body, making it far easier to self-assess your limits and your body’s responses to exercise.
  2. You decide the time and pace of your training plan. In other words, you get to set your ‘own time and own target’. Self-training is an excellent way to achieve your short terms goals while consistently realizing and reinforcing your long term goals.
  3. You get to do something solely for yourself. In your workouts and training programs there is no other individual’s interest but your own. You get to motivate yourself, exceed your expectations as well as take credit for your success.

Having said all that, don’t just start right off the bat, though. Running and being a runner is not about how far and how fast you can go. It’s a mindset. So before you begin running, acclimatize your mind and your body to exercise. Plot your goals for an extended period and then consider why, when and how you need to accomplish your said goals. The more detailed your training program is, the more successful you’ll be in achieving all your goals.

When is Self-Learning Not for YOU?

If you feel that you are not a person who can follow a random training program that you found online or even devised one for yourself, self-learning might not be a suitable mode of learning. If you struggle to manage your stride and strength and has a tendency to burn yourself out, then training yourself may not be the most effective approach for you.

When is a Face-To-Face Program suitable for YOU?

Learning by attending a class, in a group or individually, is not an unfamiliar approach. For most people, the interaction between oneself and the coach or with the rest of the participants encourages learning. Many in fact swear on the benefits having individual guidance and attention that only a coach can provide. The right coach can make your running experience, positive, exciting, thrilling and fulfilling. A running trainer, with history and experience fuelling their teaching methods, will always try and assess you as an individual and design a training program that suits your needs.

Thus, if you prefer to acquire an expert’s opinion to put things into perspective for you, then hiring a running coach or a trainer or attending a class might be a good choice to make. Not only can a coach provide the encouragement you need when your confidence is down in the dumps, you will also get the motivation to do better each time. Most of all, a trained coach will help ensure that you maximize your potential as a runner, keeping you injury free without sacrificing the integrity or quality of your workout.

Thatsaid, there is no specificity when it comes to training methods. You can choose to begin running by self-learning and then as you feel more confident in your ability as a runner, you can take up a training program to better your performance. OR, if you feel like you’re at a stage where you know you will benefit more from an coach’s guidance, be sure to contact us today, where our Chi Running instructors are ever-ready to get your started towards your ultimate running goal!