How Was Your Year? Why Reflection Is Important + How To Self-Reflect

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How was your year? Mine was a pretty busy one! From work projects to CrossFit competitions to travelling, things have been non-stop, and honestly I haven’t had much time to reflect on my progress and assess where I was headed.

It’s so important to self-reflect, so this year I’m going to dedicate some time to it, and ensure I’m working towards my goals rather than shooting off in random directions.

Read on to find out why reflection is so important and the best techniques to use to self-reflect on your own year.

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9 Reasons You Should Enter A CrossFit Competition… At LEAST Once

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Entering a CrossFit competition can seem like a pretty big deal – all those people, gymnastics, and weights! But it’s something I believe every CrossFitter should try out, at least once.

If you’re sitting on the fence about entering then read on. This should convince you to enter faster than a judge can yell NO REP!

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Photos by Liam PDB Walsh

A Very CrossFit Christmas | 2017 Gift Guide for the Avid CrossFitter

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Since it’s now December 1st we can now officially start talking about Christmas – woohoo! In every store is the latest must-have toys, tech, and beauty products,just waiting to be chosen as a gift by the perfect receiver.

But what do you do if the person you’re buying a gift for’s interests are a little less mainstream? I can’t really help if their hobby is Warhammer, planespotting, or backgammon.. but I CAN help if they are into CrossFit, as so am I, and I, too, want stuff for Christmas. Read on to find out the best gifts you can buy your CrossFitting loved one this Christmas! View Post

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Want To Try Indoor Ice Rock Climbing, Manchester? What It Is + How To Start

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Ever fancied trying ice climbing? Or maybe you know nothing about it! In this post I will introduce you to the basics of ice climbing and show you how I got on at my very first session.

I’ve started trying to say yes to many more things – stuff I’d normally umm and err over, tell someone I’d get back to them about, then never bother getting back in touch. I now just say yes then figure it all out afterwards. That’s just how I came to try ice rock climbing this week!

Read on for all the info you need as a beginner ice climber PLUS watch the icy cool video I made on the GoPro Hero 6 of my session!

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The GoPro Hero 6 and ice rock climbing session were gifted to me by Currys PC World. You can check out their GoPro Extreme Sports Map of the UK here!

How To Become A Personal Trainer | Level 2 Gym Instructor Tips

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The secret is out – the past few months I’ve been working hard around my job and blog to qualify as a Level 2 Gym Instructor! It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years but was worried how I’d be able to fit the work in – but really it’s a completely manageable course as long as you’re willing to devote a couple of hours to it.

I did mine with Lifetime Training and will continue on to my Level 3 with them (I’ll cover the decision-making process for the fitness provider in another post) so I thought I’d cover the process on my blog for anyone else who’s feeling nervous about doing the course. As ever, any further questions please feel free to comment here, on my social media, or send me an email, but for now read on for my tips on becoming a Level 2 Gym Instructor.

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The 9 Best (Swing-Free!) Kettlebell Workout Moves

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The swing is an amazing workout, targeting the glutes, hamstrings and back, plus the cardiovascular system – but if that’s all you’ve been doing with a kettlebell, you’re missing out!

From building functional strength to working on endurance and even mobility, the humble kettlebell has a lot to offer. You could start with these 9 movements, then as you get more confident start to sub them in for barbells to work on unilateral strength, or even create your own movements to target your needs and weaknesses.

Read on to hear my 9 best kettlebell workout movements and watch a video of how to do them!

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The 5 Best Fitness Motivation Videos | Stories of Strength + Overcoming Adversity

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Ever gotten a little dramatic or over-emotional over a workout? I know I have, and it can take me into a spiral of self-doubt and wondering why I bother exercising in the first place. “Why do I have to do this to myself?”, I think, as I angrily throw a barbell to the floor.

These lapses in motivation are nothing compared to what some people face – yet they still fight hard to train. They’ve overcome adversity like few of us have known and never use it as an excuse.

In this post I’ve compiled five of the videos that have really changed my perspective on working out. Yes, sometimes things are tough and workouts can hurt – but some people would kill for the opportunity to move their bodies in the way that I can, and these videos help remind me of this.

As you watch these videos, remember this – you don’t have to do it. You get to do it.

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