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Category: Cardio & Strength

Callum cycles the world

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When Callum Fairhurst’s brother Liam was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 10,  Liam was determined not to feel sorry for himself and wanted to help others. Following his brother’s death, Callum was determined to continue his brother’s fundraising by cycling the world in his memory. Olivia Hubbard finds out more about Callum’s remarkable [...]

The weighting game: Olympic lifting for children

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David Parker explains why Olympic weightlifting is a beneficial and suitable activity for children and adolescents. This summer, the world’s best Olympic weightlifters will compete for gold in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. Non-competitive Olympic weightlifting has increased in participation1 and many younger people are taking up the activity. However, should children and adolescents [...]


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FitPro’s Olivia Hubbard shares her experience of running her first half-marathon: the Vitality Run Hackney. For any first-time half-marathon runner, the ideal weather would be a cooling breeze, light drizzle and a general October dampness to the air. I flicked on BBC weather at 6am and read “highs of 27°C today” in London. It was [...]

On the ropes

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The undulating waves of battling ropes certainly look impressive – so how effective is this training method? asks Dan Henderson. If you’re a trainer, then you’ll be well aware that battling ropes have become an increasingly popular training tool in recent years. They’re now commonplace in commercial gyms and boot camps and are being used [...]

SKILLMILL – an innovative non-motorised treadmill

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Technogym, a leading producer of design and technology-driven fitness equipment and solutions, has launched the SKILLMILLTM,   the first non-motorised treadmill to combine power, speed, stamina and agility training. Fiona McAuslan takes it for a spin. What is it? The SKILLMILL functions a lot like the barrel roll equipment that you find in a children’s playground. [...]

Research review

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Do Pilates and Nordic walking walk the walk?   What impact does Pilates and Nordic walking have on overweight or obese clients? Associate Professor Mike Climstein and sport and exercise scientist Joe Walsh investigate further. Title: Effects of Nordic walking versus Pilates exercise programmes on blood glucose and lipid profile Author: Dr Hagner-Derengowska et al (Clinical [...]

Player Strength

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OK, so England may be out, but this graphic from Betway suggests our players were harder, faster and stronger than they’ve ever been before …    (Also scroll down below the graphic for Pete McCall’s words of wisdom about strength training using ViPR and how to achieve the very best outcomes …)  source   Achieving muscle strength and size [...]

What it means to run a marathon

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Last month, thousands of people were elated to have secured a marathon place for the Virgin Money London Marathon 2016. Official charity partner the NSPCC is calling on more runners to join its race team. 2016 will be a significant year for the NSPCC, as the children’s charity marks 30 years of its ChildLine service, [...]

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