Spartan Synrgy 360

Obstacle races are becoming more and more popular as people try to push their bodies to the max and find new ways to challenge themselves.

One of the most famous is the Reebok Spartan Race, with events taking place across the country from now to October.

It’s a gruelling race, split into a 5km ‘sprint’, 13km ‘super’ or 20km ‘beast’ course, made up of 20 to 30-plus obstacles featuring mud, barbed wire, walls, ropes and fire that are designed to test both your physical and mental strength. There’s even a junior event for four to 14 year olds ranging from 0.75kn to 2km in length, with up to 14 obstacles.

But how in the hell do you train for something like this? After all, it involves strength, cardio, agility, stamina…

Well, David Lloyd, who are partnering with Reebok Spartan Races for the second year running, have designed an exercise class, in partnership with the races, aimed at building all the skills needed to complete the demanding course, and I got to go along and try it out…

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Innermost

When you’re training hard, if you can trick yourself into thinking you’re getting something ‘naughty’, while in fact giving your body a boost of the good stuff, then all the better.

That’s why I love protein shakes, because I’m getting a great hit of nutrients but I can also enjoy some delicious flavours – cookies and cream, peanut butter, raspberry, strawberry – the list is endless.

But flavour, texture and nutritional content can vary massively between protein brands, and with so many to choose from, I want to hunt out the best and worst.

So, when I was sent info on the launch of Innermost*, who offer no fewer than four superfood protein blends, I thought I’d give them a try for you guys…

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Clubbercise

The lights are low, the music is pumping, I’m on the dancefloor of a nightclub…and I’m in my gym gear!

Yep, because I’m not on a night out, I’m about to work out!

I’m having a go at Clubbercise, a fitness-dance class which fuses clubbing and exercise. For a music loving gym bunny, could there be anything better? Let’s find out…

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Salter bathroom scales

When I’m prepping for a competition I have to visit my coach every other week to be weighed in and measured.

Not only do I have my weight checked but my fat percentage too, all very interesting stuff, but what if you’re just your average health-conscious person who wants to have this sort of info at their fingertips?

Well, the Salter Curve Digital Analyser Scales won’t only help you monitor your weight but your body’s water percentage, body fat and BMI.

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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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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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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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