It’s tempting to focus solely on the three Ss – strength, speed and stamina – when training, but regularly slipping an agility session into your schedule will help improve your balance and flexibility, as well as strengthen muscles and reduce your risk of injury – all in ways...
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...
You should know by now that you don’t need to spend hours slaving away in a gym to build a bigger, leaner and more functionally fit body. Indeed, more is often less when your training ambition is to look more like an athlete because you need to give...
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...
Some people love treadmills and spend most of their gym time on them. Some people loathe the most torturous of cardio machines and swerve them every time. For the lovers, we’ve got six new ways to spend time with your favourite bit of kit and four workouts for...
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...

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...

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’s hard building genuinely impressive shoulders. First, the shoulder joint is one of the most complicated and delicate you have, which means it’s far more susceptible to injury. Second, your shoulders get involved in a supporting role every time you train your chest and back, which means they...
Photography: Jim Crossley, F45 Kingston If you’re a regular in the gym, it’s likely that you know the benefits of packing as many compound exercises into your training as possible. Working multiple muscle groups and joints at once through moves like squats and burpees not only helps you carve...