womens rugby for newbies

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.

indoor ice rock climbing manchester

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!

best kettlebell workout

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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new-fitness-class-2

When was the last time you tried a new fitness class? Last month? Last year? Can’t remember? It’s easy to settle into a routine with fitness, especially as so many of us struggle to enjoy it at first and keep motivated, but hear me out – there are good reasons to try out new fitness classes every now and again.

I’m not saying dump your current programme, as consistency is so important in hitting your goals, but there are definite positives to throwing in a curve ball occasionally. Read on to find out what these benefits are, and the easy way to slot new activities into your schedule!

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bench press for crossfitters

Lynne, Linda, Roney and Justin. What do these 4 names have in common? Are they all going out on a double date? Are they the newest band on the X-Factor? Nope – they’re all benchmark CrossFit WODs which feature bench pressing.

In the year and a half I’ve been doing CrossFit, I’ve managed to avoid doing any bench pressing in WODs, and have benched maybe two or three times during the skill and strength portion of a class. But what’s the big deal? CrossFitters don’t need to bench press, do they?

Actually, benching may be more beneficial for functional athletes than you may think. I chatted to PT and powerlifter Tom Ludley about why benching is important – he also happens to be a firefighter, so knows a thing or two about real life functional fitness…

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crossfit open workout 16.5

They say time is a healer, which is why women decide to have another child, or someone decides to run another marathon. “It wasn’t so bad, was it?”, they muse, as their brain busily hides away the worst bits for self-preservation reasons.

As I type this, it’s actually many, many moons from the final CrossFit Open workout, and whilst the memory has faded somewhat of the actual workout, I haven’t forgotten the fact that workout 16.5 was the worst workout I’ve ever done. I knew from the moment I heard what the workout was that we wouldn’t get along well in the slightest, but after fighting a virus through the rest of the Open, I wasn’t going to give up at the last hurdle.

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functional fitness

Functional training and mud runs are both big trends in the fitness world right now, but are they mutually exclusive? I recently took on the Major Series Mud Run with Blacks and whenever I wasn’t submerged in water or knee deep in mud, I was thinking how difficult obstacle courses and mud runs are to train for, not least because you don’t know what’s coming in them – it’s unlikely my washing machine could handle what it had to do after the Major Series on a weekly basis!

However, there’s something you can add into your mud run arsenal to make sure you’re prepared. Functional training can prepare your body for whatever life throws at you, whether that’s running for and jumping on a bus, or a mud run. Instead of just training one muscle group for growth and/or strength, like a bicep curl, functional training works the entire body with compound moves that improve strength, power, and mobility. This could include anything from your conventional squats and deadlifts to plyometrics like box jumps and even more technical moves like a pistol squat.

Read on to find out how my own functional training benefited me when I tackled the gruelling Major Series Mud Run.

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