Oh, hello May! You’ve heard me mention that almost every weekend in May I’m doing a challenge, and my mega month of challenges started with a big, sunny, sandy bang with Tribal Clash Portugal. It was an incredible weekend of friends, fitness and fun, and I’d recommend it to anyone with a reasonable level of fitness.
We were lucky to have an amazing team pieced together of friends from around the UK, including John and Leon from The Lean Machines, Georgina from Fitcetera, Rhian Pearson, plus Alex Millington, who stepped in last minute for our friend Zack who was resting before Regionals. We also had Ian Runs LDN as support team who took our awesome photos! Only Rhi had done the competition before, which was fortunate as she could use her experience to help strategise for the workouts. We finished 58th out of 131 teams overall and even finished 21st in the SUP race, so we were mega pleased with that!
Throughout the weekend I kept in mind what I’d want to know before my Tribal Clash, so here’s the 11 things I think you need to know before competing at your very first Tribal Clash competition.
If you’re new to running or back after a break to train for the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run, then you may think that picking up niggles or even full-blown running injuries is inevitable and something you have to suck up while training – but this just isn’t true! Running injuries often arise from imbalances or weaknesses, which are then exasperated by the repetitive movement of running.
If you have an injury, then you must seek out advice from a qualified physiotherapist or practitioner to prevent it getting worse. Anyone worth their salt won’t stop you from exercising, but they will help stop your injury from getting worse. However, if you just have tightness or weakness that’s niggling while you run, then you can strengthen that area using strength training. Read on to find out my top exercises, focused on common niggles and injuries, all of which can be done at home with very minimal equipment.
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This Lent I’ve decided to go vegan – and it’s going pretty well so far! I’ve been finding that I’ve been full up, I’ve had plenty of energy and I’ve been enjoying my food, so it’s been a winner so far.
Unfortunately I have found it tough to hit my full protein requirement, especially without overloading on both carbs and fats as well, and I’ve also found it difficult to refuel properly after a workout, so I’ve decided to take a deeper dive into what the best vegan, plant-based post-workout snacks are. Read on to learn more!
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So you’ve decided you want to buy a pair of weightlifting shoes. That’s awesome – time to get under the bar fast and lift heavy! While a pair of shoes isn’t going to turn you into an Olympian overnight, different shoes will suit different people. The Reebok Legacy lifter are pretty different to all the other lifting shoes in the market, so now I’ve been wearing them for a solid year I thought I’d put together a full review of the shoe and how it compares to other lifters. Read on and make your own decision!
The CrossFit Games Open is coming.
That sentence is enough to strike fear into the heart of a seasoned CrossFitter, and yet we all do it every year… for fun, no less.
But if it’s your very first Open you might be wondering “should I scale the workouts or go RX?” The discrepancy between the movement standards is pretty sizeable, although that is to make the Open accessible to all, whilst leaving the elite to thrash it out at the top of RX.
Should you at least give RX a go, though? Five CrossFit coaches – of different experiences of coaching and competing – tell us their thoughts. You can make your mind up from there, but don’t forget your score still counts whether you RX or scale, and you can switch it up from workout to workout.
Main article image by Strong Media
, all other photos from the respective coaches.
Ever wondered how someone at the very top level of their sport trains and eats? How about whether top sportspeople really are more powerful than your average-Joe-gym-goer?
Owner of an MBE, Katy Daley-McLean is the highest England point scorer of all time with 401 in 90 matches and also held the England captaincy for over four years, leading the nation to a World Cup victory in 2014. She’s also an ambassador to England Rugby’s Warrior Camps and patron for children’s charity Team Evie.
I spoke to the England and Darlington Mowden Park Sharks player to find out how she eats and trains, plus her thoughts on how society’s view of women’s sport has changed over the years – along with a video of me challenging her on her power output! Nope, I’m not embarrassing myself by trying to do max burpees on film, but it WAS amusing to compare how my max numbers stacked up against a top athlete’s. Read on for more.
Photos and interview opportunity provided by England Rugby
Since I started training consistently 4 years ago, I’ve never really taken a big break, nor have I ever felt like I’ve lost motivation, dedication, or discipline – and I don’t say that to be a dick, I’ve just enjoyed all the different sorts of training I’ve done so much that I’ve always been eager to get there.
That’s why it’s been such a big shock to the system that the past month I just haven’t felt like training. Normally it would be the highlight of my day, so much so I’d look forward to getting to the gym to see my friends and get my body moving, but right now I dread it.
Maybe it’s that I’ve been super busy lately, or maybe I just feel burnout from constantly chasing so many different goals – I don’t know for sure. As it’s not something I’ve experienced before I can’t even advise on it, so I’ve reached out to some of my fitness blogger friends who have lots of advice to offer me, and you too, if you’re feeling that way.