26.2 miles done… What next?

Pain:  Fitness:  Hobbling from the Belfast City Marathon finish line to a spot where I could lie down and hold back the tears brought on by the pain in my feet, I thought “never again.” I simply wasn’t prepared for the pain brought on by pounding the road for that many hours. Four days later…

5 key tips for better rope climbs

Scaling ropes is one of the new trends CrossFit has helped to make ‘cool’, and I couldn’t be happier. More than dangling from a bar pumping your arms to shift your body weight, climbing a rope engages every muscle in your body if you do it right. Though some movements like legless rope climbs are designed to…

Happy 352nd Birthday Royal Marines

To celebrate the birthday of the Royal Marines, I’ve compiled a WOD that will inject tears into the eye of those who even look at it. The Marines were formed in 1664 and became a Commando regiment in the second world war, developing the training techniques that are still considered cutting edge today. Regular army…

Everyone needs Pyramid workouts

A Pyramid workout challenges you’re co-ordination during fatigue, boots muscular endurance, and not so gently pushes you to the brink. Here’s a Yogi using the same format to work on her shoulder strength with press ups. But since we’re looking at all round functional strength and conditioning, each round will hold three exercises, which we’ll repeat…

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…

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…

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…