There are very few people who would say no to running a little faster. No matter what your favourite distance is, and how relaxed your approach to the sport is, the need for speed is hard-wired into the human psyche. When you first start running simply doing more of...
Photo Credit: Getty Images for Harlequins Even if you have no intention of ever stepping on the rugby pitch, there’s no shortage of reasons to take workout cues from the sport. The physical challenge of playing pro rugby requires its players to be in supreme shape. Being rugby fit means packing on...
There’s nothing more frustrating than heading to the gym all pumped for your workout, only to get there and discover it’s jammed to the rafters. Whether it’s because fellow lifters are using the dumbbells you want or they’ve been left in the furthest corners of the cardio section,...

How To Deadlift

Weightlifting in its purest form is lifting something up and putting it back down. That’s the deadlift in a nutshell. It’s simplicity personified and one of the best muscle-growing, strength-building, health-improving moves around. Performed safely, the deadlift will strengthen every bone in your body, challenge every muscle across your...
When was the last time you thought about your shoulder mobility? Probably never, unless you’ve experienced issues with your shoulders. But issues can strike at any time if you neglect your shoulders, and it takes just five minutes to work on your mobility before or after a workout. For...

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,...
If there’s one piece of training kit to splash out on, it’s a foam roller. Without good mobility, your efforts to get stronger, build muscle or even sit comfortably at your desk will be futile. This simple tube, when used right, can soothe tight muscles before, during or after...
Taking on a challenge for charity is a noble endeavour and it doesn’t have to require months of training ahead of a marathon or showering yourself in icy water. For this year's Jeans For Genes Day on Friday 22nd September, which raises money to support children affected by...
Fitness DVDs are big business. If you’ve ever fallen down a Sky box-shaped hole and found yourself scanning the depths of cable television you’ll have been exposed to the alarming array of options. But one that deserves your attention is the somewhat threateningly titled Insanity workout. It’s one of...

How To Get Strong

There’s more to training than big muscles. Fine-tune your sessions to ensure you’re making your body stronger and more functional – and improving your everyday life. Boost Your Big Three Tweak your technique in the bench press, deadlift and back squat for near-instant gains. 1. Find your width A narrow grip on...