5 reasons crawling is the ultimate compound move

 Crawling isn’t just reserved for babies and Saturday nights out. The benefits of stripping back our movements to the very basics can surprise us. Positions like a plank have us shaking because we’re so used to office chairs and memory foam mattresses. Try holding a squat for more than a minute and feel the burn….

I don’t wear earphones in the gym. Here’s why

I decided about a year ago that I’d stop listening to music in the gym to work on my concentration and mental stamina, fully aware of the pain in my lungs. Wondering around the gym over the past week I’ve been paying attention to the number of people wearing earphones, having a little dance to themselves. Which is…

Why I don’t use CrossFit gyms

In a recent post on Chin Strapped, I wrote about the need to instill a love for fitness training in young people. But a new study today into the financial stability of many Britons has exposed the flip side to the CrossFit argument. And a company that charges as much as £200 per month is pricing out those…

Death by plyometrics

I’ve really enjoyed staying in an AirBnB on Bull Island on the coast of Dublin Bay over the last three days. Surrounded by natural resources to get a ‘creative pump’ on, I took myself out running to see what I could find. Dollymount beach is just half a mile up the road and as I…

Why habits are a good thing

  For years it was reinforced to me that ‘habits’ are synonymous with ‘nasty’ things like smoking, biting nails (of which I’m guilty,) and squeezing the toothpaste from the top, and not the bottom, of the tube. DON’T DO THE LATTER – IT’S JUST WRONG However, good habits have you doing beneficial actions without thinking….

Fitness cheat 101 – Grip

We’re not a fan of cheaters at Chin Strapped and certainly don’t want to encourage short cuts. It’ll do you no good. Nevertheless it’s important to identify the crucial skills and strengths that are integral to most exercises. Work on those, and your weaker routines should get easier. And cue.. the latest in a long list…

Daily WOD – Monday 13th

While hiking yesterday in Tring, Hertforshire, the muscles on the soles of my feet and my Gastrocnemius at the front of my calves were on fire after about three hours, and eight miles. This is pretty normal and I get it a lot while out racking up the miles. But given the demands, low gradient…

Exertion vs Depression

A report today found that over a third of teenage women display symptoms of anxiety or depression. The study investigated the mental well-being of 30,000 teenagers in Britain and found, among other things, girls are twice as likely to experience anxiety or depression. This points towards a severe “epidemic” as the Times is calling it,…

Holiday WOD advice

Going on Holiday is by and large the main target a gym goer sets themselves. Avoiding embarrassment on the beach is an admirable goal. But we’re not in Towie, and if you’re reading this blog you’ve probably got a bit more about you. That being said, it’s very easy to dip into a ‘get up…

Fitness journalism is more important than you think

In any journalism field, it’s easy to get sucked into a bubble were you speak to the reader as an expert. Chin Strapped is all about relaying the simplest of ideas about fitness. Recently, I’ve read a number of reports and watched numerous pieces that are all well and good, but in the mind of the…

How to boost testosterone | Reuben McIlrath PT

You’re probably thinking, this is something I learnt when I was 11 going through adolescence. But how often have you heard the word ‘Anabolic’? It simply means growth. So don’t be scared off by that buzzword in the anti-doping industry, “Anabolic Steroids.” ‘Anabolic Hormones,’ are essential for the body to grow, and an even more…

A Cardio session you may actually enjoy

I entered the gym this morning rather lethargic, not the best feeling to promote a good cardio day. As if I was going to back down though. A cup of coffee before I left the house helped get my body and mind into a ‘working mood’ and after my R.A.M.P. warm up I was up…