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Breathing more easily?

Last year I took part in a 6 week running bootcamp, run by the most excellent Rebecca Cox in association with the Lunges and Lycra blog. I wanted to step up my training and this was the perfect way: weekly sessions covering different ways to get faster. One session involved mile repeats along the Thames, with two or so minutes rest in between (as can be seen above!). At the end, Rebecca said...

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DIY: Parallettes

When I won the Parallettes 1 course from GMB at the end of 2013, I only had little push up handles from Argos (left of the photo below) to do my workouts with. They were fine for some exercises, but the fact they were so close to the ground made it really hard to do others, and most of the time I took them to the gym and put them on...

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Addiction’s dirty grip

I recently went through a spell of playing games on my phone. It started with SuDoku, then 2048, then I moved on to Dungeon Keeper, a game I was addicted to when it first came out nearly twenty years ago on the PC (oh, now I feel old!). It got to the point where I was spending more than half an hour a day playing them – on the tube, when I got...

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gmb.io/fi

Nope, not some weird code nor an appealing collection of vowels but actually just a damn cool URL leading to the profile that GMB Fitness did on me a few weeks ago! Check it out: gmb.io/fi I was asked if it was ok to feature me as one of the regular profiles they do on people who train with them, and of course I said yes. I had a great...

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Question: Training together with different abilities

I regularly get emails from people, usually with questions about their training, and sometimes just to say they like my videos (thanks!). A week ago I got the email below, which I thought was such a good question that I would answer it here. It’s something I struggled with too, and I many people in our position, so hopefully my thoughts will help, although please do post a comment below to share...

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How To: Make your own deodorant

When I tell people you make your own deodorant, about 70% of them back off in the way you’d expect them to if I just admitted a proclivity for inserting digits into my olfactory cavity on a nightly basis. (Don’t say I don’t help you improve your vocabulary). The other 30%, usually women with lefty leanings, go “really?” and ask for more information. So, ladies, this post is for you....

2014 – A Year To Learn (things to do and not do)

One of the things I realised in 2014 was that I would like to “help people be more awesome”. There is a lot to “awesome” (besides being an overused and increasingly un-cool word): being happy, being confident, being healthy, fulfilling your potential and so on. One of the reasons I wanted to force myself to write more was to find a stronger voice and angle for myself and this blog,...

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2014 – A Year To Teach

When reflecting over my 2014, what stood out most is how the balance of teaching to learning in my life has shifted towards the former and, whilst I’ll probably write another post about the latter, I thought I’d review the past year through this relatively new lens, and talk about what I’ve learnt and how it’s changed my outlook on my own training and work life. A lot of people...

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New years resolve

Every year I try to make a new year’s resolution that I’ll actually manage to keep forever – I see it as a good excuse/reason to make a life-long change in some way, however small. The past few years have been pretty successful: not picking up free newspapers* (unless they have been “recycled” by being read first), not buying pointless plastic bottles (switching to soap instead of shower gel, using...

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News ‘n’ blogs round-up

Little round up of the best articles I’ve read this week. Thought I’d share in case you have time for a bit of reading over the weekend. Training/food: Identify your weak points  (GMB) Easy meals for time-poor people to make (Quora) An interview with the legend that is Bro Ben; artist, musician and the official film make for the UK calisthenics scene (Design Week) Life: Something many people need a bit...