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The Best of The Brunch

January is always peak time for fitness fads. Most of these are nonsense but there are some trends that are on point. This year one such trend is animal movement, the many benefits of which have been highlighted by Gymbox and experienced by attendees of new class lactic jungle. 

However, not everyone has access to the biggest functional fitness training centre in London. So to showcase how to incorporate animalistic movements into your training plan, wherever and however you train, I appeared on  Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch  Sunday 29th Jan 2017 to discuss how very basic movements can be used to strengthen your core and improve your mobility.

Amidst lots of jokes about how this might lead to a host of people opening their own ‘gyms’ which are, in fact, just empty rooms with mats in, I showed the presenters and guests how to lizard, bear and crab crawl their way to better fitness.

See some shots of the action below:

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Crawling into 2017

As we say goodbye (or good riddance) to 2016 there is a new fitness trend ready to bring in the new year…..crawling. Yes you heard me correctly, crawling is set to be all the rage according to Gymbox and the Independent. Crawling has lots of mobility and strength benefits, but it’s not just about reverting to your pre-walking state and getting everywhere on your hands and knees, there are lots of different ways to crawl:

The Bear Crawl is a full body movement that requires you to load your core by tucking your pelvis under and squeezing the abs. Once stable, create tension between your toes and fingers and move forward by moving your right hand and left foot and then alternating – all whilst keeping your knees as close to the ground as possible without them touching down. If it hurts, you’re probably doing it right.

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The Lizard Crawl requires more co-ordination and, as you’re much lower to the ground, the pressure in your core is increased. The alternating motion of the bear crawl is, however, the same.

 

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Finally the crab crawl stretches out your hip flexors and engages the thoracic spine as your pull your shoulders back and down. This, and the fact that you will really feel the burn in your gluten, means it’s a particularly great exercise for anyone who sits at a desk for 8 hours a day.

 

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The Suffering

The suffering race wasn’t even on my radar the morning before, but after finding out it was a qualifier for the UK champs next month and next year’s European and World championships I had to have a crack at it.
The race came in at 12.8miles and some really tough rigs and hard terrain as well as 1500ft elevation. Despite all this I somehow managed to get on the podium and finish 2nd out of some 300 people.

Onto the UK Champs!!

Spartan Beast: Barcelona

This was a brutal 24km race with nearly 6000ft elevation gain. Despite some major difficulties in getting to the race, and not being able to start in the elite heat, I still managed to get through the course in 3 hours 22 minutes. The terrain was extremely churned up and muddy and I got stung with 30 burpees at the rope – but it was a great warm up for the big one: OCR World Champs in Canada .