The only way you’re likely to keep exercising is if you enjoy doing it, or at least appreciate the feelgood endorphins that flood your body after a workout. So it makes sense to spend time trying every piece of equipment in the gym until you find the one...
When you’re looking to get back into fitness, or indeed get into it for the very first time in your life, it’s always wise to start with a short and achievable challenge. Giving yourself a target you can complete within a month will give you a motivational boost...

How To Do Box Jumps

When House Of Pain exhorted the world to jump around, jump around, jump around, jump up, jump up, and indeed get down, they were almost certainly not lauding the benefits of adding plyometric exercises to your training regime. But that doesn’t stop the song being great workout advice. Throwing...
This three-workout strength programme focuses on three key lifts, the back squat, deadlift and overhead press. Each one is the star of a workout, and we’ve selected those moves because they’re the most effective for building whole-body strength. The supporting cast includes moves that will prime your body...

How To Do The Cable Row

When it comes to adding serious size, it is arguably cables (rather than dogs – sorry) that are man’s best friend. The pulley attachment creates a constant level of tension that free weights struggle to beat. And the cable row is one of the best cable exercises around,...

The 21 Best Workout Apps

Unless you really know what you’re doing, it can be easy to waste time when working out, aimlessly drifting from machine to mat without actually doing much working. You can solve this problem with a personal trainer, or extensive planning, or you can just download one of the many...
Barbell complexes – workouts where you do multiple moves back to back without putting the bar down – seem simple enough. After all, the weight isn’t heavy – it’s perfectly acceptable to do one with an unweighted Olympic bar. And the rep count isn’t too high. In the...
The best day of the year is Christmas Day. Ignore the Scrooges – that’s just a fact. The second best day is probably your birthday. The third best day is, without any doubt, National Fitness Day. Of course if your birthday falls on Christmas Day both are ruined...
When you consider what skiing involves – pelting down snowy hills at 40km/h-plus with only your skill in using two thin planks strapped to your feet keeping you upright – it’s not surprising that it causes more than its fair share of injuries. It’s not only injury that can...

What Is The Pioppi Diet?

Pioppi is a tiny fishing village in the south of Italy that has a cracking beach and a sea museum. It is also the spiritual home of the Mediterranean Diet and the inspiration for new book The Pioppi Diet by Dr Aseem Malhotra and Donal O’Neill, which aims...