How Do Rugby Players Train + Are They More Powerful Than CrossFitters? An Interview With Katy Daley-McLean

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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.

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Photos and interview opportunity provided by England Rugby

Lost Your Fitness Mojo? 5 Top Fitness Bloggers Reveal How To Get It Back

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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.

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New To Women’s Rugby? Here’s 9 Things I Learned About The Sport | Ad

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There’s been so many of you who have commented or messaged me to say you were signing up to an England Rugby Warrior Camp after reading my posts, which is amazing to hear! I’ve done two now – both were quite different to each other – so I thought I’d put together a little about what I learned as a newbie to women’s rugby.

In short, if you’re feeling nervous about trying rugby for the first time, then there’s absolutely no need to be. I’ve had loads of fun both times and everyone’s been really welcoming, so I’m confident you’ll enjoy it. Read on to find out my tips, then check out the remaining Warrior Camps available to book, and let me know how you get on!

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This post is in collaboration with England Rugby Warrior Camps.

England Rugby Warrior Camps Are BACK + The Benefits of Winter Rugby | Ad

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Did you hear that the Inner Warrior camps I did back in August drove a massive 3,500 women to pick up a rugby ball for the very first time?

If you didn’t get chance to try rugby then – or gave it a go and loved it – then I have some great news for you. Warrior Camps are back for 2018! The camps are running 12-28th January 2018, encouraging women to kick-start their fitness routine for the new year and challenge themselves to take up a new sport.

Some awesome stats came from the last wave of camps – over 10,500 women attended camps since January 2016 (way in excess of the 8,000 target) which meant that 41 new female contact rugby club teams began in 2017.

I covered the benefits of playing rugby after my first rugby training session, but if you’re unwilling to get on the field during the winter, here are some of the benefits of getting outside to play during the cold weather that will hopefully change your mind!

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This post is in collaboration with England Rugby Warrior Camps.

How Training For A Marathon Helped Me Deal With Grief

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There’s no doubt marathon training is tough for anybody, especially if it’s your first time, but I have a very personal reason as to why it was so hard for me.

I don’t want running a marathon to be something I dine out on forever, although I honestly think it may be the biggest thing I’ve ever achieved. It’s not something I would really like to do again but I’m glad I did it and I learned a lot about myself whilst doing it.

Seeing everyone training for their spring marathons makes me think about my own marathon training experience. As hard as I found the actual marathon, it was the training I found really tough, especially the longer runs. All but one I did by myself, which sent me to some dark places mentally and physically – but I’m so glad I did it that way, as it really helped me work through the grief of losing my dad. View Post

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Swimming For CrossFit Athletes | The Benefits + How To Begin

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With a new year comes new challenges – and mine is to learn to swim properly! Not just for Tribal Clash, but being able to hit the pool every week to do effortless lengths is amazing to me. I started my lessons last night and will be learning every Tuesday for the next 13 weeks, so I’m sure I’ll let you know how I get on.

I’m very lucky that one of my coaches (and friends!) Emma is a mega swimmer, who has won international medals in swimming – with thanks especially going to her CrossFit training. She very kindly agreed to write a post about the benefits of swimming in relation to CrossFit, and she should know, having coached former Fittest Woman Sam Briggs, Games athlete Sara Sigmundsdottir, and Meridian Regionals athlete Emma McQuaid.

Read on to find out Emma’s tips and how you can start to add this awesome activity into your training – at any age!

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Pool photos by Neil Shearer Photography for Kitbox

The 12 Days Of Christmas | Celebrating Christmas With A Gruesome CrossFit WOD!

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It’s customary for every CrossFit box to celebrate the holiday season and have a big blow out at the end of the year with a massive WOD.. but incredibly, despite being three Christmases into the sport, I’ve managed to avoid it so far! This year, though, there was no getting out of it, so I got myself to Reebok CrossFit Stockport to celebrate the season with the gang.

The workout goes just like the song – so you do one rep, followed by one rep of the first move, then two reps of a new movement, then one rep, two reps, then three reps of another movement, and so on. This means you do a total of 364 reps for time, and there’s no simple moves in this workout, everything should be scaled so it’s challenging for you.

Click through to watch the video I made of the workout, and watch me suffer in the name of Christmas… You can tell I’m really not okay at the end!

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