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...
There’s nothing wrong with training for an aesthetic goal – and besides, if someone trains hard but says they don’t care how they look, the chances are they’re lying – but it would be a shame to add muscle without improving the other elements of fitness such as...
When you’re looking to get back into fitness, or indeed get into it for the very first time in your life, it’s always wise to start with a short and achievable challenge. Giving yourself a target you can complete within a month will give you a motivational boost...
Photograph: Andy Waterman The very first parkrun was held in early October 2004, when 13 runners got together and tackled 5K around Bushy Park in London. This weekend, when parkrun celebrates its 13th birthday, more than 200,000 runners and volunteers across 1,200 events and 17 countries will be taking...

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,...
Exercising for just an hour a week, regardless of the intensity, can help prevent depression, according to new research on 33,908 people who were tracked for 11 years. The study – led by scientists from the Black Dog Institute, which conducts research into mental health issues – concluded that...
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...
Accepted gym wisdom says that weight training is a matter of lifting things up and then putting them back down. The technical way of saying that is that weight training exercises can be broken down into concentric and eccentric phases. The concentric phase of an exercise is essentially...
There are two main types of runner that require a backpack: the commuter and the long-distance runner. The first needs a pack that holds all the gear they require for a day at the office while still being comfortable enough to wear while running. The second needs a...
This training plan from Coach’s sister brand Men’s Fitness has been designed to push your muscle fibres to their absolute limit, eliciting the biggest possible growth response and raising your heart rate sky-high to send your body into fat-burning mode. Giving your body a serious challenge four times a...