A resistance band is one of the smartest additions you can make to your fitness arsenal. They’re cheap, available everywhere and can be used for a huge variety of exercises. “Incorporating a resistance band into your workout has many benefits and can make a great addition to a strength-based...
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,...
Photo Credit: Getty Images for Harlequins Even if you have no intention of ever stepping on the rugby pitch, there’s no shortage of reasons to take workout cues from the sport. The physical challenge of playing pro rugby requires its players to be in supreme shape. Being rugby fit means packing on...
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) might be all the rage in fitness circles nowadays, but Swedish runners have been practising a form of HIIT ever since the ’30s, when the Fartlek system of running was developed. Fartlek means “speed-play” in Swedish, and once you get over any amusement at...
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,...
Bodyweight exercises are great, but once you’ve been hitting the gym for a while you realise there are a few moves that keep cropping up. For good reason, obviously – press-ups, lunges, burpees, unweighted squats and planks do you all manner of good – but sometimes we can’t...
Portable, effective, suitable for a variety of workouts and, most importantly, cheap, the resistance band is in many ways the perfect bit of training kit. While they might not be the best for bulking up, if you’re looking to increase strength and build a bit of muscle, a...
The British and Irish Lions were well beaten by New Zealand in the first of their three Test series against the All Blacks, but there were definite positives for the tourists to draw from the encounter. Along with the wonder try scored by Sean O’Brien in the first half,...
Barbell complexes – workouts where you do multiple moves back to back without putting the bar down – seem simple enough. After all, the weight isn’t heavy – it’s perfectly acceptable to do one with an unweighted Olympic bar. And the rep count isn’t too high. In the...
It is an indisputable fact that boxers are very, very fit and that’s why more gym chains and studios are offering boxing classes than ever before. Add to this growing list newcomer 12x3 Gym, the brainchild of former boxers Darren Barker and Ryan Pickard who both came up through...