7 Ways Weekend Walking is Wonderful for Wellbeing

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This blog is mainly about forms of high-intensity exercise – lots of jumping around, flinging heavy weights and moving as fast as possible – but lately I’ve gotten into something a little lower in impact: walking. Whether it’s come from being cooped up inside a car, office or gym all week, or whether it’s because I’ve turned the big 3-0 and my interests are becoming tamer, at the weekend I’m really enjoying getting out into the countryside for a leg stretch.

But is walking really all that weak, or is it actually really good for you? The more I thought about the parts that make up a good walk, the more I realised how many benefits it has. Read on to find out the 7 ways walking is wonderful for wellbeing. View Post

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Marginal Gains | How I’m Working To Get Better At CrossFit In 2016

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Since starting CrossFit in July, I’ve made a lot of progress and have really fallen in love with the sport. I’ve learned how to snatch and climb a rope, my clean has improved no end (too bad I still can’t clean my flat) and my mental attitude to both fitness and my own body has improved too. Now I’ve reached a point where I want to get better – to compete, maybe – but simply doing what I’ve been doing isn’t bringing me any more progress.

In a nutshell, I need to get leaner, faster, and better to be CrossFitting at the level I want to be at. It’s easy enough to say that, but how exactly am I going to go about it? By breaking my needs into different areas I can establish marginal areas I can work on, and get valuable gains that I wouldn’t have managed otherwise, had I simply attacked the bigger picture.

It goes without saying that consistency is key, which I’m going to strive for in 2016, but I’ll also be making plans to hit the following marginal goals..
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Dude, How’s My Movement? | FSTFitness’s Exclusive Movement Screen

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The ego is a little devil when it comes to weightlifting. “More weight!“, it says, and I usually comply, somehow getting through the lift using willpower alone.

Eventually, you reach a point where sheer grit is no longer enough, despite the ego screaming at you for more. There’s something that’s stopping you from getting heavier – be it technique, mobility, or flexibility. That’s definitely something that’s happened to me, though I was unsure what the problem was and how to fix it. But how do you get back to basics without bursting your over-inflated ego?

This question was in the forefront of my mind when I was contacted by Danny Holland of FSTFitness regarding his new movement screening he’d like me to try out. Could this be the answer to my lifting troubles?

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Les Mills ONE Live Manchester | Or… What Not To Do On A Hangover

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Hey, you know what’s not a great thing to do the night before going to do an entire day full of Les Mills classes? Buy two bottles of wine between three of you, then drink the majority of it yourself. Ouch.

Yeah, I spoiled something I had really been looking forward to by giving myself a rotten wineover. I had an absolute ball at the last ONE Live I went to in London, so when I heard that Manchester was confirmed I got myself Pump-ed and prepared for a day full of Les Mills classes.

I had a bit of a revelation on Saturday, though, when I realised why I loved ONE Live so much, and maybe my wineover fit with the revelation more than I previously thought it would..

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DOMS | What Are They, And How Do I Prevent Them?!

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There’s a weird sort of satisfaction us fitness people get when we get DOMS: they’re the sign of a job well done in the gym, one, two, or sometimes even three days prior. Nonetheless they’re a painful sign, and can be pretty agonising for days after working out, especially if you’ve tried out a new workout or gone harder than usual!

One of the questions I’m frequently asked is how to get rid of DOMS, though unfortunately without stopping working out this isn’t going to happen completely. There are, however, some tips and tricks you can use to alleviate the symptoms and maybe even help heal DOMS faster. Read on to find out what DOMS are and how you can help yourself to recover faster from them!

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QDos Fitness 2nd Birthday | My First CrossFit Comp!

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You either win, or you learn.

Or at least, that’s what I tell myself when I don’t win something! I’ve already spoken of the many benefits CrossFit has brought me, but another is that it’s made me humble and more open to learning. Generally I enjoy doing things that come naturally to me that I’m good at (doesn’t everyone?) but I find CrossFit really challenging, yet I can’t get enough.

The extent of my challenge was brought home on Saturday, when I competed in my first CrossFit competition. Yes, it was just the QDos Fitness in-house comp, and yes, my partner Pablo and I came second to last in the scaled category, but I absolutely loved it – the whole day definitely exposed some of my weaknesses and also showed me where I am strong.

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Don’t Quit | Setting + Hitting Fitness Goals

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Goals are so important not just in fitness, but in life, too. They keep you moving, focused, and above all, you get a huge sense of achievement once you’ve finally smashed those goals you’ve been working hard to achieve!

Running was my main sport, and it’s easy to set running goals – I want to run my first 5K, I want to run X distance in Y amount of time, I want to run the Manchester Marathon this year. Now I’m not entering road races or even running as much, I’m finding I have to be more creative about my fitness goals, especially if I want to make them SMART – that’s specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely.

You may remember that a few months ago I set myself two goals – a 100kg deadlift and a sub-45 minute 10K time, both to be achieved by the end of summer. Okay, I realise end of summer is a bit vague, but I sort of did that on purpose as I wasn’t sure how my life was going to pan out over the next few months. View Post

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