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How do workouts make you feel?

» by March 19th, 2008 at 12:27 am » Comments (18)

I suspect all of us have emotional routines attached to our training sessions that play a big part in the training process. I often feel nervous before a workout, but at the same time I know this is a good thing. If I don’t feel nervous, a little voice in the back of my head […]



Indoor rowing training

» by March 12th, 2008 at 12:46 am » Comments (95)

Joining a club is a great way to train for a new sport because you can rely on the club to set your training sessions and you get the opportunity to test your progress in competition settings. However, you might not always have access to an indoor rowing club and you have to plan your […]



Benchmark your strength and fitness

» by February 15th, 2008 at 11:16 pm » Comments (13)

I came across this interesting tool on the Crossfit Seattle website: a programme of athletic skill levels. It covers four levels from well-rounded beginner through intermediate, advanced and finally elite. The programme lists, by type of strength or conditioning, an appropriate benchmark for each of the four levels What makes this ranking different from the […]



Training programmes

» by February 10th, 2008 at 1:39 am » Comments (3)

This is the fifth article in the series Getting into weight training: a female-friendly guide. 1. Why lift weights? 4. Exercise technique 2. Types of weight training 5. Training programmes 3. Starting out 6. Create your own programme Training programmes A training programme arranges exercises into individual gym sessions or routines, so that you know […]



Create your own programme

» by February 10th, 2008 at 1:39 am » Comments (9)

This is the sixth article in the series Getting into weight training: a female-friendly guide. 1. Why lift weights? 4. Exercise technique 2. Types of weight training 5. Training programmes 3. Starting out 6. Create your own programme Create your own programme Creating your own programme is very do-able even if you are new to […]



Crossfit London sunday workouts

» by December 22nd, 2007 at 2:35 pm » Comments (5)

Crossfit London does Fight Gone Bad I’m in London for the festive season so I have grabbed the opportunity to get some quality Crossfit sessions in. I’ve been going to the weekly Workout On Sunday sessions down in Stratford, east London. As you can see from the picture above, there’s no poncing about in gyms, […]



Bodyweight or bust!

» by December 2nd, 2007 at 6:51 pm » Comments (23)

There is a wide range of strength exercises you can do using only your own bodyweight and whatever walls, railings, stairs you have to hand.



“300” workout

» by November 6th, 2007 at 10:55 pm » Comments (6)

There’s been a lot of noise this year about the training methods used by the cast and crew of the Frank Miller film “300” to get super-fit. They trained at Gym Jones, which specialises in functional strength and conditioning. The workouts are characterised by high intensity, high reps and the use of a variety of […]



Fitness assessment – October 2007

» by October 31st, 2007 at 8:37 pm » Comments (0)

I am back in the gym this autumn after a spring and summer of outdoor sports and activities. I moved down from London to Cornwall in the summer and I have just recently joined a new gym. They were offering free fitness assessments so I thought I would take advantage and see where I am […]