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 Yin Yoga poses for better overhead squats

In my opinion there is no other movement where limitations in mobility are more evident than with the overhead squat – Cassie Butler writes for Chin Strapped. Being a yoga teacher dabbling in CrossFit a few times a week, means my flexibility gives me a slight advantage. The two areas of focus are ankle/ calf flexibility…

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…

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…