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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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.

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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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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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!