With new rules making formula one cars faster and heavier, teams have been upgrading their most crucial components: the drivers. At McLaren’s HQ, these changes are inspiring training innovations that promise to fast-track strength and endurance gains for F1 drivers and fitness fans alike The glass and steel buildings,...

The Best Biceps Workouts

So it’s bigger biceps you’re after, eh? There are plenty of fine biceps exercises to try the next time you’re in the gym, but if you’re serious it’s worth adopting a more structured approach. Here we’ve taken two of our favourite biceps workouts and put them together in...

The 100 Rep Workout

Used for decades by Russian soldiers, kettlebells have found favour in the UK in the past few years – and with good reason. Their top-mounted handle makes them ideal for ballistic, swinging movements, giving options that are hard to replicate with dumbbells or a bar. And because moves...

Interval Training for Runners

If you want to post a new 10K personal best, run faster for longer on the pitch or vaporise your love handles, then look no further than high-intensity interval training. The idea is you exercise at a super high intensity, alternated with periods of low intensity or even...
Tackling an obstacle course races requires both strength and stamina, as well as courage and an incredibly high tolerance for mud. We can’t help you much with the last two, but you can ensure you’re fit enough for a Spartan Race by tackling this workout from Dave Downey,...

The Best Upper-Body Workout

Do you want to add a serious amount of lean muscle mass in just 28 days? Then you’ve come to the right place because this four-week, 16-session training plan will do exactly that by pushing your body harder than it’s ever been pushed before. After all, getting out...
To make big changes to your body, you need to make a big effort and give it everything you’ve got. This four-week training plan is designed to help you train smarter so every minute spent in the gym is building lean muscle mass and torching excess body fat....

What Is Metcon?

What is metcon training? Metabolic conditioning or “metcon” for short is a style of training made popular in recent years by the CrossFit community – although the style of training itself is nothing new. The term describes short bouts of higher-intensity training designed to increase metabolic demand and increase energy...
It may have achieved unprecedented popularity in the past few years but whatever you’ve heard, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) isn’t new. In 1912, Finnish athlete Hannes Kolehmainen used interval-style training in his preparation for the Olympics, and came away with three golds in the 5,000m, 10,000m and cross-country...
Photography: Glen Burrows On some level, it’s the same in every sport: to survive at the top, you can’t afford to make mistakes. Tennis players live or die by their unforced error ratios; the best baseball players don’t so much swing for the fences as refuse to strike out. The...