Search

Liam Gallagher spotted ‘strengthening quads’ with backward sprints up Parliament Hill

11:13 20 March 2014

Liam Gallagher. Picture: PA Wire/Ian West.

Liam Gallagher. Picture: PA Wire/Ian West.

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Rock stars don’t generally conform to the established way of doing things and former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher is certainly no exception.

Last year, the tabloid press carried reports of an apparently drunken Mr Gallagher attempting to ride on the back of a pet dog in his local watering hole, The Old White Bear, now closed, in Well Road, Hampstead.

More recently, paparazzi have been regularly snapping the 41-year-old pounding Hampstead’s streets in full athletic gear.

But it appears the Beady Eye singer has still managed to inject a non-conventional twist into his new training regime.

Mr Gallagher was recently spotted sprinting backwards up the steepest part of Hampstead Heath’s Parliament Hill, known locally as “Kite Hill”.

An onlooker, who witnessed Mr Gallagher haring up the hill, told Heathman: “I must say, I thought it was a bit rich for a millionaire rocker who sings to fans about ‘Cigarettes and Alcohol’ to be taking his fitness that seriously at the crack of dawn.

“Mind you, he did manage to retain the ‘frontman sneer’, even while running backwards.”

The image of a veteran rock and roll star sprinting manically up a hill in reverse is certainly an amusing one.

However, the act of backwards running, aptly also known as retro running, is well-known for its physical benefits among fitness aficionados.

Jason Doggett, who runs personal training company Muddy Plimsolls, told Heathman: “Running backwards is a common practice amongst athletes and sportspeople. It’s useful for a variety of sports, notably football, that require multi-directional movement.

“Perhaps Liam’s sharpening up his soccer skills?”

Personal trainer Rupert Hambly, who works with a number of clients on the Heath, agreed that Mr Gallagher, an avid Manchester City fan, could be using retro running to sharpen up his football skills.

He said the rocker could also expect to considerably strengthen his quadriceps.

“If you’re running up a hill backwards that’s going to be very hard on the quads,” said Mr Hambly. “I wouldn’t suggest people do it unless they really want to run a lot.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Camden School for Girls pupil Hannah Morris, 15, speaks in the House of Commons

A Gospel Oak schoolgirl became one of the youngest people ever to make a speech in the House of Commons as members of the UK Youth Parliament held their annual debate in Westminster last Friday.

32 minutes ago
Thieves attempted to steal a cash point machine from Highgate Post Office in Archway Road in the early hours of this morning.

Thieves attempted to steal a cash point machine from a post office in Highgate in the early hours of this morning.

Professor Stephen Powis, medical director of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Stephen Powis, medical director of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, explains why the hospital believes its plans to construct a pioneering new research institute will bring huge benefits to local patients.

14 minutes ago
Planned engineering work could affect your journey this weekend.

There is a relatively minor programme of planned closures on the Tube and Overground network this weekend - but they could still affect your journey. Read on for the lowdown.

Most read news

Even for Buffalo – one of the US’s snowiest places – the weather has been extreme,

#NotVotingUkip was labelled a welcome reassurance by some of the Twitterati.

It’s OK-ish, but the value stems from Hitler’s signature.

MP Greg Hands expressed his condolences in a series of tweets about the accident.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition