London Chessboxing

I’m always keen to try new and exciting exercise experiences for you guys but, Chessboxing has to be one of the strangest!

Yep, it’s exactly what you’d think it is…you play a round of chess, then a round of boxing and the winner is the first to either checkmate his opponent or get a knock out.

I’d never heard about the sport until a pal mentioned it to me and I discovered London Chessboxing.

Intrigued, I went along to have a go myself…

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Fill-N-Go Funnel

Powdered supplements can be a real pain when you’re on the go.

Firstly, where do you keep yours?

Zip-lock freezer bag… plastic food container… or have you been lugging round a 5kg tub of protein powder to each of your workouts?!

Secondly, there’s the Krypton Factor-style challenge of getting said finely-milled protein powder, BCAAs, pre workout, creatine or amino acids into that water bottle or shaker.

Nine times out of 10 we watch helplessly as it goes everywhere but the container or, if you’re like me at work, you try fashioning a ‘funnel’ out of a nearby sticky note!

And what about that ill-timed sneeze, cough or trip that sees your scoop of powder explode into a mushroom cloud and settle over everything in sight!

Well, now bodybuilding.com have the answer…the fabulous Fill-N-Go Funnel!

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Hula hooping heaven

As kids we all had a hula hoop and the simple pleasure this brightly coloured circle of plastic brought us still sticks with us today as adults, bubbling to the surface of our memory when we spot one.

So that, before long, we just can’t resist popping it over their heads and taking it for a spin!

But now you have the perfect excuse to relive this joyous childhood pastime whenever you want – introducing HulaFit.

Yes, there is now an exercise class you can take that has been designed to give you a full-body workout while using a hula hoop.
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Look good, feel good, do good

When it comes to buying sportswear from Sundried, that’s exactly what will happen – you will look good, feel good and be doing good.

The company create ethical performance wear for men and women.

Its founder, Daniel Puddick, has a background in triathalons and wanted to design a range that he would be happy wearing.

The clothing is all handmade, using responsibly sourced materials and Sundried give 5% of their revenue to charity.

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Pound! The most fun I’ve had in ages

When it’s 7.15am and you’re handed a set of drumsticks at the start of an exercise class, not dumbbells, you know the next hour is going to be fun-filled to say the least!

Recently I was invited to take part in a Pound class at Gymbox  to celebrate the launch of, and taste, the new range of vegan protein powders from NaturesPlus

The full-body cardio class is a mix of HIIT and pilates, all based around simulated drumming.

It was invented by two drummers, Kirsten Potenza and Cristina Peerenboom, who, during a gig, were forced to play without stools and had to squat over their instruments.

It was only the next day when they noticed how much their bodies ached that they realised they could meld drumming and exercise together, creating a whole new fitness craze that can burn 900 calories plus an hour.

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