Can You Cycle 100km Without Training? Women V Cancer Ride The Night 2018

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Over the last weekend of May I cycled 100km from Windsor to London and back again, overnight, through one of the biggest storms I’ve ever known, all without training.

Can you cycle 100km without training? If you’re just here for the clickbait title, then yes, it’s possible. If you’re here to hear more about Women V Cancer Ride The Night 2018, then read on to hear about every stage of the journey, and the caveat to that initial sweeping statement!

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Fitness + Cortisol Release | How To Exercise When You’re Feeling Stressed

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Is your workout helping you chill out… Or is it making you more stressed? With so many of us turning to fitness to help burn off day-to-day annoyances or even trying to alleviate chronic stress, I wondered whether these tough workouts were helping us reduce stress in the long-term or whether the cortisol released during high-intensity training  was actually making us worse. View Post

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11 Things You Need To Know Before Competing At Tribal Clash Portugal

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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.

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Training For The Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run? Here’s How To Avoid Those Pesky Running Injuries

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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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Plant-Based Power | The Best Vegan Post-Workout Snacks

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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Reebok Legacy Lifter Review | Are These The Weightlifting Shoes For You?

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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!

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The CrossFit Games Open | Should You Scale Or Give RX A Go?

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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.

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Main article image by Strong Media, all other photos from the respective coaches.