The Ancient Greek messenger Pheidippides is known as the inspiration behind the marathon, having supposedly run 40km from Marathon to Athens in 490BC to carry news of Greece’s victory – but he also ran 220km from Marathon to Sparta in the space of two days before that, effectively...
The Hoka One One Clifton line of low-offset running shoes has attracted a dedicated fanbase on the basis of offering maximum cushioning without adding too much weight. Starry-eyed advocates of the Clifton describe its ride as “pillowy soft” or “like running on clouds”. This is a shoe that...
Pioppi is a tiny fishing village in the south of Italy that has a cracking beach and a sea museum. It is also the spiritual home of the Mediterranean Diet and the inspiration for new book The Pioppi Diet by Dr Aseem Malhotra and Donal O’Neill, which aims...
Unless you really know what you’re doing, it can be easy to waste time when working out, aimlessly drifting from machine to mat without actually doing much working. You can solve this problem with a personal trainer, or extensive planning, or you can just download one of the many...
Starting a rigorous exercise plan is clearly a key part of achieving your healthy lifestyle goals, but it’s important to remember that working out can only get you so far. At least as important is a healthy diet, and a healthy diet doesn’t just mean cutting out on...

How To Do The Cable Row

When it comes to adding serious size, it is arguably cables (rather than dogs – sorry) that are man’s best friend. The pulley attachment creates a constant level of tension that free weights struggle to beat. And the cable row is one of the best cable exercises around,...
In the past men hit the weights room with the primary aim of bulking up, but today the main fitness goal of many is to “get lean” – namely to strip away the fat in your body to reveal the array of muscles beneath. Think Brad Pitt in...
Start refreshing your inbox and hovering by your letterbox, the London Marathon 2018 ballot results will be announced this week. Some runners will already have learned their fate, and everyone who entered the ballot will receive their results before Monday 9th October. If you don’t get anything by...
There are some things it’s impossible for a man to do: lick your own elbow, sneeze with your eyes open, or tickle yourself. But one thing you can do is give yourself a sports massage without having to pay a professional masseuse, thanks to the foam roller. Foam rolling...
The only way you’re likely to keep exercising is if you enjoy doing it, or at least appreciate the feelgood endorphins that flood your body after a workout. So it makes sense to spend time trying every piece of equipment in the gym until you find the one...