Thanks to the magic of the iFIT platform, a paid subscription service, you’ll not only refine your running skills but also traverse Puerto Rico’s captivating landscapes, all from the comfort of your home. Each stride you take immerses you further into the rich culture and breathtaking beauty of this Caribbean paradise.
We recently spoke with Knox about filming this Series and got expert tips on how to start – and stick with – a running routine to improve your fitness with every step. Read on and get to know Knox.
Tell us about your latest Series Foundations of Jogging: Puerto Rico. What can folks expect from the workouts and locations?
“Puerto Rico is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. At the same time, the culture is so rich and diverse that it’s always an exhilarating experience. It’s also an incredibly humbling experience.”
“As a Black American, it’s impossible for me to think about Puerto Rico without giving respect to the African presence and the Taíno native presence that [influences] so much of the culture. To consider the lives of the African people who toiled under enslavement, the Arawak and the Taíno Indian cultures, and how they survived under colonialist conditions is important for me to reflect on. You can see that in the final workout when I make it to the beach, and I’m dancing with some of the Bomba drummers on the beach by Loíza Aldea. It’s incredible to be there on the shores of the Caribbean with Afro-Puerto Ricans and just intensely, intimately feel the beat of their culture that survives to this day.”
What advice would you give to someone new to running? How can they get started?
“I think about this quote from Arthur Ashe, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” I think about this quote because it’s important to start gradually, be gracious with yourself, and let things happen over time.”
Can you expand on that?
“Appreciating the small steps – no pun intended – will give you a rich appreciation for the practice of running and all the joy it can bring into our lives. That’s one of the best things we can do to minimize those aches and pains as our body learns the restorative and sustainable practice of running. So start gradually, be patient, stay in the moment, and wait for those gains to come over time.”
Get going with Knox!
Take your skills to the next level with these other iFIT Series from Knox available on your NordicTrack treadmill.
Get your cardio journey started as Knox coaches you through progressive walking and jogging workouts, and see the stunning sites that make Mexico City a traveler’s dream!
Run with Knox and learn proper techniques, how RPE works, and his top running tips. Get a taste of South Africa’s spectacular views while establishing your running base!
Knox’s follow-up to his Foundations of Running Series in South Africa focuses on speed through interval workouts that build power and strength in Kenya’s most beautiful places!
You’ll develop speed endurance in Part 3 of Knox’s “Foundations of Running” program, with Tanzania’s breathtaking landscapes setting the tone throughout this Series!
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