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Why Crossfitters benefit from learning the Olympic lifts from an Olympic Weightlifter

» by March 24th, 2013 at 6:38 pm » Comments (15)

Learning olympic lifting from an olympic lifting instructor with a background in competitive weightlifting can help you with the technique issues and mental approach that may be limiting your Crossfit performance.

More WonderBar! workshops announced

» by June 12th, 2012 at 2:55 pm » Comments (1)

Due to the great success of the first WonderBar women’s strength training workshop, we now have three more dates in the diary – and three different workshops for you to expand your strength skills! For those of you who missed the last one, WonderBar is a joint venture between my Gubernatrix/Ladies Who Lift projects and Crossfit London. […]

Get the Elite Fitness Manual here!

» by June 30th, 2009 at 11:41 pm » Comments (2)

Olympic lifts, kettlebells, gymnastic rings….these are a few of our favourite things…. Ever wished that there was a single instruction manual containing all of this cool stuff? Well, now there is! Andrew Stemler, creator of the popular i-Course – a full day of learning all the key Crossfit skills – has produced a manual to […]

What is functional fitness?

» by May 18th, 2009 at 5:14 pm » Comments (38)

 Many people including myself and many readers of this site would say we do ‘functional fitness’. We use the phrase almost without thinking, but most people have never heard of it and it must sound very odd. This thought struck me as I was watching a climbing film, Alistair Lee’s Onsight where one interviewee comments that […]

Review: Crossfit London i-Course

» by November 3rd, 2008 at 10:43 pm » Comments (16)

On Sunday I attended the Crossfit London i-course in east London, a full day event aiming to teach participants all the essential Crossfit skills, from olympic lifts to rings to kettlebells to bodyweight exercises. I was invited to attend and review the course by Andrew Stemler of Crossfit London, whom I have trained with before. […]

A weighty topic

» by September 25th, 2008 at 9:56 pm » Comments (9)

I mentioned to a friend that I was training for a powerlifting competition and he said, “So you’ll be wanting to bulk up then!” I explained that you can be any weight you want since, like boxing, there are different weight classes. It is easy to forget that most people don’t know what powerlifting or […]

Interval timers

» by September 21st, 2008 at 8:39 pm » Comments (5)

An interval timer is a great bit of kit for the fitness fanatic. The brand that I use is Gymboss. Many watches now have an interval timing function too. You can set the timer to go off at regular intervals, such as every minute. This allows you, for example, to do a circuit that involved […]

Kettlebell training guide

» by April 19th, 2008 at 4:14 pm » Comments (21)

Kettlebell training guide from Crossfit London

Zone Diet: episode 1

» by April 14th, 2008 at 9:25 am » Comments (17)

Photo credit: Karimian I have recently started the Zone Diet and I thought it would be useful to post my experiences up here every so often. I found out about the Zone Diet through Crossfit; it is their prescribed diet as it is consistent with the Crossfit recommendation to “eat meat and vegetables, nuts and […]

Muscle-up and ring training guide

» by March 5th, 2008 at 12:47 am » Comments (16)

The Ring Training Guide has now been superceded by the Elite Fitness Manual. Click here for details. The muscle-up is one of the most challenging tests of strength for the amateur trainee. If you’ve mastered dips and pull-ups and you are looking for your next challenge, add the muscle-up to your arsenal. If you want […]