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 a lot of effort into trying to improve my upper body strength to conquer this pretty simple obstacle – I did pull-ups, lifted heavy weights and would even jump in play parks and use those monkey bars (when kids weren’t around of course) and yet it still was the most excruciating pain going across something that was a measly three metres at best.

It became something I always dreaded when I was obstacle racing as I knew I was bound to come off and have to do a penalty.

By luck, I was having a walk with the family around a local beauty spot where it had a ‘trim trail’ which I took great pleasure in showing off.  Then I got to the monkey bars.  I felt that old dread but as I was only messing around I thought I might as well give it a go.

Much to my surprise, I worked my way across the bars with ease first time.  I wasn’t warmed up and I was probably about two stone heavier than when I last went across the bars in the peak of my OCR career.

So how did I get the strength to conquer the bars with so little effort? Continue reading “Develop a Gorilla grip and conquer the monkey bars”

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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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Gym Fails

I was browsing fitness videos on YouTube yesterday and I came across this:

If you don’t have time to watch, basically it is a guy making sarcastic and amusing comments of people working out – doing stupid routines, dropping weights, etc, etc.

I am not sure if I should laugh, because if you are a regular gym user you will have been there at some point. Continue reading “Gym Fails”

Race Day Mistakes

From my experience of racing (i.e. running and obstacle races) I have noted a number of mistakes.  Because I am not perfect, I have even done a few myself:

Drinking the night before

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This might seem an obvious mistake, but at nearly every obstacle race I have seen someone do this. Continue reading “Race Day Mistakes”

2015 – My adult year

And so another year ends…

To sum it up it has been a busy one.  I thought I would sum it up through my health, creative, wealth and social life.

Health

This has been a particular let down.  I don’t feel like my fitness has really returned to form – I have not had as much time to dedicate to keeping fit and when I do I have found it a real struggle.

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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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The Spartan Manchester Double

As part of my race calendar I set myself the challenge of running the Spartan Trifecta this year.

spartan

This means that I am required to run:

  • The Spartan Sprint (Approx 6km)
  • The Spartan Super (Approx 12km)
  • The Spartan Beast (Approx 20km)

The Sprint and Super Races Continue reading “The Spartan Manchester Double”

Simplify your goals – Do, Doing and Done

I admit, I probably enjoy planning my goals a bit too much.  Sometimes I feel like I do too much planning and need to just get on with it.

So I welcome ways that make planning goals easier.

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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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Hey ho, let’s go… insane at Badass Mudder

Hey ho, let’s go… insane at Badass Mudder:  On a very hot, humid Saturday morning my friend Tom and I took part in the Badass Mudder obstacle race at the River Lune, Lancaster.

We crashed over at friends, so had a pleasant 30 minutes drive through the country.  When we saw the Badass sign with an arrow we knew we had taken the right road.  It was £3 to park, but no one was collecting so we got a freebie.

badasssign2 Continue reading “Hey ho, let’s go… insane at Badass Mudder”