How Functional Training (+ Good Trail Shoes!) Can Get You Round A Mud Run

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Functional training and mud runs are both big trends in the fitness world right now, but are they mutually exclusive? I recently took on the Major Series Mud Run with Blacks and whenever I wasn’t submerged in water or knee deep in mud, I was thinking how difficult obstacle courses and mud runs are to train for, not least because you don’t know what’s coming in them – it’s unlikely my washing machine could handle what it had to do after the Major Series on a weekly basis!

However, there’s something you can add into your mud run arsenal to make sure you’re prepared. Functional training can prepare your body for whatever life throws at you, whether that’s running for and jumping on a bus, or a mud run. Instead of just training one muscle group for growth and/or strength, like a bicep curl, functional training works the entire body with compound moves that improve strength, power, and mobility. This could include anything from your conventional squats and deadlifts to plyometrics like box jumps and even more technical moves like a pistol squat.

Read on to find out how my own functional training benefited me when I tackled the gruelling Major Series Mud Run.

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My First CrossFit Open | Workout 16.4

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Last week’s aches and pains turned into full-blown flu this week, and not only did I had to have a day off work, I had a full week off CrossFit! This week’s Open workout was my first time back in the box, and boy, did I feel it. There was no way at this late stage I was going to skip a workout, though.

I’ll be posting  series of mini blog posts over the 5 weeks of the Open (just one week left now!), of which this is the fourth. Whilst these will be too late to offer any advice to anyone completing the workouts, which are released late Thursday night with scores submitted by Monday, I’ll still be able to reflect on the workout and figure out what I can learn for next time.

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The Engine That Could | An Interview With Elite CrossFit Athlete Sam Briggs

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Whether you’re into CrossFit or not, I find it pretty unlikely you haven’t heard of the incredible British athlete Samantha Briggs, also known as The Engine – or Biceps Like Briggs if you’re into social media. Sam has won the CrossFit games, being crowned as the Fittest on Earth in 2013; she’s won the Open qualifiers twice; and she recently set an indoor rowing world record of 500m in 1:33.4. Just this week she had the highest worldwide score for Open workout 16.3, with a massive 158 reps.

Even before I began CrossFit I was a fan of Sam’s – her ridiculous endurance engine and work ethic easily transfers to other sports, inspiring athletes beyond the box. I was super excited to catch up with Sam on her active rest day just before 16.3 was announced; we covered everything from how often Sam trains and how she measures progress, to who she rates for this year’s Games and how she sees CrossFit progressing in the UK.

Read on to find out what life as an elite CrossFitter is really like and what Sam’s top three tips for CrossFit progression.

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My First CrossFit Open | Workout 16.3

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Aaand we’re halfway through! Five weeks seemed like a long time but it’s absolutely flying by. I want to do these workouts every week! This week though I wasn’t feeling too great on Saturday, so didn’t get to complete the workout with the full squad as usual. I did do it with one of my boxmates though (who smashed his way through it) and had some supportive spectators so I can’t complain too much.

I’ll be posting  series of mini blog posts over the 5 weeks of the Open, of which this is the third. Whilst these will be too late to offer any advice to anyone completing the workouts (workouts are released late Thursday night and scores need to be submitted by Monday) I’ll still be able to reflect on the workout and figure out what I can learn for next time.

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My First CrossFit Open | Workout 16.2

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This weekend, along with the rest of the CrossFit community, I completed the second workout of the Open – 16.2. Whilst it’s unlikely I’ll be reaching the CrossFit Games (at least.. this year) I’m still loving being a part of this supportive community. I mean, how many other sports do you see where opponents are so supportive of each other?

I’ll be posting  series of mini blog posts over the 5 weeks of the Open. Whilst these will be too late to offer any advice to anyone completing the workouts (workouts are released late Thursday night and scores need to be submitted by Monday – your best bet is to follow elite CFers on Instagram to see what they have to say about strategy) I’ll still be able to reflect on the workout. What did I learn from 16.2, and how did I get on? View Post

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