CARDIO

Photograph: Glen Burrows The lunge, and indeed the reverse lunge, are fantastic lower-body exercises, but they have one serious flaw – they only require you to move forwards and backwards. That’s a problem since sometimes you’re required to move sideways, because life doesn’t always come at you head on. As...
It’s not hard to see why high intensity interval training, or HIIT, is such a popular style of workout. It’s short and savagely effective in burning calories and improving fitness, making it the ideal option for someone with a busy lifestyle who struggles to regularly fit in long,...
How do you avoid the lure of the service station pasty? After years and years of being on tour, I’ve realised how much they just make you feel awful afterwards. We’re only young guys but after doing it for 10 years we all decided we had to start looking after...
The Short Version If you’re looking for a multi-sport watch that can cope with long trail runs, all-day hikes and even the odd black run or off-piste excursion on snowy slopes, the TomTom Adventurer has every base (or should that be base jump?) covered. Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5) Things we liked Extensive multi-sport support:...
We all dream of a fully-equipped home gym, complete with several types of cardio machine and more bells – barbells, kettlebells, dumbbells – than a campanologist convention, but for most of us a lack of space makes such an enterprise an impossible fantasy. So it’s best to get...
Training with kettlebells can be an excellent way to boost both your strength and cardio fitness (just check out this kettlebell workout guide) and, like dumbbells, they’re small enough and affordable enough for you get for home use. But don’t just splash the cash on the first one...
There’s no such thing as a secret weapon for building muscle faster, but taking branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) during your workout might just be the closest thing. That’s because these essential building blocks of protein prevent muscle tissue from being broken down, and encourage muscle protein synthesis to...
Adding a lot of lean muscle quickly requires you to do three things perfectly. One: work out multiple times per week following a structured and progressive resistance training plan. Two: follow a varied and balanced nutrition plan that provides enough protein, fats and carbs in the right amounts to give...
Face flushed? Out of breath? Feeling all tingly and satisfied? Whether you’ve had a good session in the gym or the bedroom, your body’s reaction is the same. This is because sex and exercise are inextricably linked: the more you exercise, the better your sex life will be....

Cross-trainers

Pity the gym-goer of the early 1990s, for their cardio workout options were limited to the treadmill, exercise bike and rowing machine. That’s because it wasn’t until 1995 that US company Precor introduced the cross-trainer to the world, sparking a revolution in low-impact exercise. The cross-trainer, or elliptical, has...
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