Strongman For Beginners | What Is It + How To Start Strongman Training

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If the idea of throwing weird objects around and hitting heavy stuff with other heavy stuff piques your interest, then read on – I may just have the activity for you…

My Squatbot Squad events soft-launched in June with an aerial yoga session and launched fully last week with a big bang with a beginners’ strongman session, coached by the incredible Laura Hoggins of Biceps & Bronzer fame. I’ve done a bit of strongman before and thought I knew my stuff, but I learned so much about technique from Laura that I wanted to share more with you here!

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The 5 Best Pieces of Advice Given To Me As I Became A Self-Employed Personal Trainer

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Just over a year ago I hiked the Camino de Santiago, and I wrote about what you should know plus what I learned doing it. I covered the walking, the recovery, and the friendships along the way – but what I didn’t talk about was what I truly learned and how the trip inspired me.

I spent the week with a group of incredibly inspiring people who were all living their own dreams and doing their own thing, and smashing it hard – and it made me think, why not me?

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International Yoga Day 2018 | What My Yoga Practice Means To Me

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Picture the scene: it’s 2003. You’re in the pinkest teenagers’ bedroom you’ve ever seen (seriously, there are pink walls, a pink carpet, and pink bedlinen), the only colour variation being the bright yellow TV/VHS combination, upon which a crackly yoga class is playing. View Post

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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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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.