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Climbing and Bouldering Technique: All in your legs?

Climbing and bouldering are sports like no other; combining physical strength, flexibility and problem solving to create a sport which requires patience, endurance and pig-headed determinedness to not give in! Your typical climber will tell you that climbing is all in the legs - the less you use your arms, the better. This is one reason those who claim to have "no upper body strength" can pick up good basic climbing technique by learning to rely on their legs rather than their arms - but at what point should you start thinking about your upper body strength when tackling climbing and bouldering challenges?   Reasons to develop your upper body strength for climbing: Trusting your upper body to take your...

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Natural Alternatives to Gels

Sports nutrition has become so scientifically focused that the ingredients in products such as gels read more like a chemistry textbook than an edible food item. As a research nutritionist I am all for scientific validation and from a legal point of view the health and nutritional claims regulations insist on it. However science does have one main flaw, it looks at specific things in isolation so it will analyse one key nutrient or a specific component in an individual food item such as beetroot and cherry.  Nutritionally the key to sports nutrition is energy and muscle repair. This is however what all our bodies want to achieve. You need to produce energy to function but you also have to...

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50 Rep Workout: Ready to sweat?

Ready to give it your all with the Give Me 50 workout? This is a tough, quick and intense workout which will work your entire body, combining the resistance and power body weight moves like push-ups and squats with the cardio, heart-rate raising exercises of jumping jacks and mountain climbers. Finish that off with a nice neat 50 crunches and you've got yourself a workout! Tips to complete the workout: Prioritise good form over speed - some of these exercises are really tough at 50 reps, if you need to break the full 50 down into sets of 25 or 10 to keep good form, then that's fine. Keep a tight core - squats, mountain climbers and jumping jacks may not look...

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