Develop a Gorilla grip and conquer the monkey bars

Are you taking part in Tough Mudder, Spartan or another obstacle course race? You are probably aware that a mainstay feature of these races is the monkey bars!  Some people do this effortlessly but if you are anything like me then you probably have found them a struggle! Keep trying, keep failing: I have put … Continue reading Develop a Gorilla grip and conquer the monkey bars

The 10 Best Weight Lifting exercises: Shoulder Press

Please see a continuation of my top 10 weight exercises: where I give my opinion on some of my favourite exercises that have been a staple of my gym routine for many years. I have a very traditional and basic attitude to weight training - you won't see gimmicky exercises or "Wolverine Workouts" here.  If … Continue reading The 10 Best Weight Lifting exercises: Shoulder Press

The 10 Best Weight Lifting exercises: Triceps extension

Please see a continuation of my top 10 weight exercises: where I give my opinion on some of my favourite exercises that have been a staple of my gym routine for many years. I have a very traditional and basic attitude to weight training - you won't see gimmicky exercises or "Wolverine Workouts" here.  If … Continue reading The 10 Best Weight Lifting exercises: Triceps extension

The 10 Best Weight Lifting exercises: Push Press

I continue my series where I count down my top 10 weight exercises, giving my opinion on some of my favourite exercises that have been a staple of my gym routine for many years. The purpose of this weekly series is for me to share with you the reader my favourite workout exercises.  I don't tell you … Continue reading The 10 Best Weight Lifting exercises: Push Press

The 10 Best Weight Lifting exercises: Side Raises

Please see a continuation of my top 10 weight exercises: where I give my opinion on some of my favourite exercises that have been a staple of my gym routine for many years. I have a very traditional and basic attitude to weight training - you won't see gimmicky exercises or "Wolverine Workouts" here.  If … Continue reading The 10 Best Weight Lifting exercises: Side Raises

The 10 Best Weight Lifting exercises: The Bent-over row

I have had many years going to the gym.  Many times I have tried various gimmicky exercises, which I usually picked up from some fitness magazine or website.  Sometimes it has been some gym bro extending his "knowledge" As I have got older I realised that sometimes it is better to stick to the basics … Continue reading The 10 Best Weight Lifting exercises: The Bent-over row

Just what the doctor ordered

I walked in to see my GP a gibbering wreck.  Despite knowing I needed to do this, there was a reluctance to what I was about to do. Despite being at my peak of fitness I doddered over to my seat like an 80 year old. I sat down and swallowed, my nerves made me … Continue reading Just what the doctor ordered

What should I bring to an Obstacle Race?

What should I bring to an Obstacle race? You've come up with training circuits in the gym, you've run - a lot and you've even taken part in boot camps.  What else can you do? On Saturday I will be taking part in Badass Mudder.  It seems so long since my first Obstacle Race - … Continue reading What should I bring to an Obstacle Race?

The 60 minute makeover – a crossfit style workout

The 60 minute makeover:  I am always looking for new ways to meet the needs that an obstacle race challenges you.  I do various routines in the gym to help me out. Here is a really intense workout that my personal trainer friend got me doing. He calls it the 60 minute makeover because when … Continue reading The 60 minute makeover – a crossfit style workout

Spartan Inspired gym workout

Spartan Inspired gym workout: I said that I would make more effort to speak to people in the gym, especially being friendly with the staff.  This has already paid off. In the topic of conversation a personal trainer asked what I am working towards.  I told him how I do obstacle races and I aiming … Continue reading Spartan Inspired gym workout

Burnout! Action!… So what next?

Burnout! The last four weeks have been disappointingly stagnant. Sometimes you can plan all you like, yet it does not transpire.  A number of activities I was working towards did not take place. I wanted to learn joinery but the course was cancelled, with no suitable alternatives on offer. An obstacle race I had been … Continue reading Burnout! Action!… So what next?

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. 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 … Continue reading Major Series North Review