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…

Running around with the Royal Marines Commando

The Royal Marines have a little gem hidden in Woodbury Common they use to test their recruits. Lympstone in Devon holds the keys to some of the most picturesque, and brutally challenging terrain to get you ready for your next mud run. Woodbury Common is one of the country’s best outdoor gyms shared by local…

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…

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…