Whether you play on the pristine grass of Premier League pitches or the boggy ground of Hackney Marshes, building up your fitness with a bit of pre-season training will help you impress come the season proper. As a former professional footballer (who enjoyed a spell with QPR) turned personal...
If you have ever made the mistaken assumption that resistance bands can’t really stress the muscles in the same way weights can, this workout should be a real eye-opener. Three rounds of this circuit will leave your arms and shoulders in tatters. This upper-body resistance band workout, designed by...
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...
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...
There’s nothing more frustrating than heading to the gym all pumped for your workout, only to get there and discover it’s jammed to the rafters. Whether it’s because fellow lifters are using the dumbbells you want or they’ve been left in the furthest corners of the cardio section,...
This three-workout strength programme focuses on three key lifts, the back squat, deadlift and overhead press. Each one is the star of a workout, and we’ve selected those moves because they’re the most effective for building whole-body strength. The supporting cast includes moves that will prime your body...
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...
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...
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...
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...