The saying “Use it or Lose It” is nowhere as relevant as with muscles. For our overall fitness and good health, we are advised to exercise the major muscle groups. When it comes to running, we employ the same set of muscles over and over again due to the repetitive nature of this activity, resulting in neglecting other muscle groups in the body. Many runners think that they do not need to work their lower body for example, because running works the legs. In reality, though, during running legs are trained for endurance rather than strength. Strength training will help…

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With exactly 16 weeks before the Milton Keynes Marathon, which I have recently signed up to as my first challenge for 2013, I attended a workshop last weekend at Crystal Palace in London called “Master the Marathon”.  The whole day event was hosted by Sam Murphy who is a renowned running coach, fitness author and journalist. I have already acquired some knowledge about Marathon running through reading books and articles in magazines, in fact, I have even run one last year! However, I felt that I needed a better understanding of the key principles behind successful preparation and execution, in…

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At the start of another new year, I want to bring some fresh elements into my own training. First of all, I (still) do not have an unlimited amount of time to train, therefore I am looking for the best return on the time I CAN invest into working out. Having learnt from my sports injuries to date, I would like to focus on quality and variety, rather than quantity of exercising. Most of my injuries were caused by overtraining and not preparing my body properly for the challenges ahead. HIIT seems to be the answer for some of the things I am looking to…

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In this day and age, you encounter something new almost every day; a better version of this, an upgrade to that; products that most often promise to guarantee you amazing results with minimal time investment and sweating involved. (Yes, we are living in the era of instant gratification, investing time and hard work into something feels like an old fashioned way of doing things nowadays). Some of  these new inventions are quite revolutionary and can truly help you achieve your goals faster; on the other hand however, they may be nothing more but a pricey piece of equipment failing to…

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Even though Power Plate machines have been around for a while, I have never really had the chance or the inclination to try them out until now. I joined a new gym in the summer and this is the first gym I found which can boast with Power Plate machines. I actually looked up the cost of these and found that a decent one (obviously depending on the brand itself) can make your purse lighter by no less than £7,000 – so quite understandably, gyms which are struggling to improve or maintain their membership numbers may not (quite rightfully) have…

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