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Category: Features

Heart Rate, Hippies and Healthy Ageing

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I see that the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual survey of global fitness trends has been published (1). Personally, I didn’t think there were any real shocks and I wasn’t at all surprised to see that ‘wearable technology’ came in (as last year) at number 1. According to the survey, published in the November/December [...]

The rise of modern Yoga

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How does modern yoga incorporate traditional practice in new ways, and who decides whether it is still yoga? Yoga has traditionally been the practice of incorporating meditation – a calmness of the mind – balanced with postures and flexibility poses to leave you feeling strong, lean and Zen. But as yoga has changed over the [...]

Mastering the calisthenics human flag with Stephen Hughes Landers

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Ahead of the widely anticipated FitPro LIVE Workshop Series tour this October and November, calisthenics athlete Stephen Hughes Landers outlines a programme he has devised to help you master the classic calisthenics move, the human flag. Progressive eight-week programme Try the following series of exercises to develop the strength and technique for the flag. These exercises work well when [...]

The Cell Workout

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Imagine being in lockdown for 22 hours a day at Pentonville Prison. Olivia Hubbard asks LJ Flanders about his Cell Workout, which helped to keep him occupied during his detention, and how he turned Cell Workout into a book that has already sold 3,000 copies, with a second volume and an e-book on the way. Olivia [...]

Running Man

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Meet the man who lives life on the edge. Olivia Hubbard speaks to Charlie Engle and feels in awe of his running hunger, human endurance and courageous attitude to life’s challenges. Now I’m no running fanatic – far from it – but I do appreciate the fast-moving pace at which my body demands to be flung. The initial burst [...]

Did you know these Olympians do yoga?

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Yoga may not be an Olympic sport but it’s reportedly a part of the Olympics, as yoga is a component of the workout routine of many athletes who strived for medals during the Rio Games.  It’s no secret that yoga is a complement to other physical activities to increase strength, balance, flexibility and mental control. That’s why it [...]

Calisthenics: “Practice doesn’t make perfect”

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Calisthenics coach Stephen Hughes Landers tells FitPro why he thinks bodyweight training has become a top trend and why the idiom ‘practice makes perfect’ is rubbish. Olivia Hubbard: What seems to surprise clients most of all? Stephen Hughes Landers: There are two things that really surprise clients. One is just how difficult it is to [...]

My Session: Preparing a client for a charity boxing match

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Top Image: iStockphoto.com   Every session with a client needs to be structured to their individual needs and goals. However, there may be elements of this sample training session by Charlie Quinn that can be incorporated into your session preparations. Client goals Kyle’s main goal was to get his body ready to compete in a charity boxing event. Having never taken [...]

Outdoor training options to try out

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Mountain Athletics training sessions, The North Face, NeverStopLondon Sessions are for all abilities, whatever your goal, and are free to join. The group meets in-store at 18:15 to store bags in the community lockers and then gather for a pre-workout pep talk.   Outdoor Training What’s involved? Individuals run in groups from the store in Regent Street [...]

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