120kg squat

Around the beginning of November last year I set myself the objective to be squat 120kg one rep max by the end of January 2018.

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My one rep max at the time was 105kg, which I would say I performed with a “faltering” form.  The pressure of my weight pushed my back and shoulders too far forward when squatting that I imagine if I had upped the weight it would have looked like I was doing a good morning.

Video of a good morning weight exercise.

Because I underestimated the difficulty to maintain good form (even for what seems like a measly extra 15kg) and remembering that I was running the No Ego Challenge in March, I failed to achieve my January objective. Continue reading “120kg squat”

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Be your crowd

Self-limiting beliefs are the biggest hindrance to our true potential.

When you have goals, or you just want to get something done, the first battle often is fighting against these beliefs, which can sometimes use a lot of the motivation that would actually be better used to get the task done.

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10 Reasons to run/cycle outdoors rather than at the gym

I have recently got into doing more outdoor cardio.

I have found myself a number of times sitting/standing in a fixed position looking at:

  1. Mirror image of myself
  2. Uninspiring motivational poster/advert
  3. Boring view of the gym car park

This was all something that made gym cardio really tedious, hardwork.  This resulted in a significant reduction in doing cardio.  Here are 10 things I thought of (while cycling outside incidentally). Continue reading “10 Reasons to run/cycle outdoors rather than at the gym”

10 miles into the longest run…

The Spartan Beast was a huge achievement in many ways – it was the longest distance I have run and the longest period of time that I have had my fitness tested over.

How did I get through this?

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Is the Seven Minute Workout Bullshit?

Through fitness blog browsing I came across a workout called:

“The Scientific 7-Minute Workout”

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Naturally my cynical brain thought that a workout that claims to have  be only seven minutes must be bullshit. Continue reading “Is the Seven Minute Workout Bullshit?”

Find New Fitness Challenges: If not now? When?

fitness  One of my main fitness goals has been to find new fitness challenges.

After having a prevailing foot injury, I thought I was going to end up finding an activity that would not put pressure on the feet.

To my relief, the worst of my injuries are gone and now it is just effort to find my form.  So I came up with a few options for new fitness challenges

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I’m back!

It’s frustrating having an injury that stops you doing what you love.

In the past two years I have made a niche for being a 5k and 10k runner, with my times gradually improving throughout the years.

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My favourite shot of myself taken during a race

 

Round July I was a bit broken down – my legs ached, I had twisted my ankle on the left foot and on the right foot I had a dull reoccurring pain that would not go away on the flat of my foot.

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Burpee Hell

 

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Ahh the Burpee, you know a exercise is going to be hard, when even the physically fit seem to despise it.

When I perform it I feel like my heart will explode, unfortunately when I die and go to hell the devil will have whole groups of us performing the exercise constantly.

Major Series North Review

On Sunday I took part in the Major Series, in the Northern heat in Wetherby.  The weather was sunny, although very windy, so it got cold quick if you weren’t moving.

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This was my second obstacle race, with Spartan being my first.  The distance was more than the Spartan, being between 10-12km.

There was an option to do a 5k, but that was called the Minor which, as far as the ego is concerned, isn’t very encouraging. Continue reading “Major Series North Review”