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As bang-for-your-buck workouts go, this 25-minute blast from Melissa Weldon, head trainer at new boutique gym Sweat It, is one of the best we’ve seen. You get a solid warm-up, a round of compound exercises that test the strength of your whole body and a ten-minute stint on...
Coach loves fitness trackers. They’re a great way to keep tabs on your activity, overall fitness, diet and sleep, and we even think 10,000 steps is a totally reasonable goal to aim for. The only problem is they can be eye-wateringly expensive, but there are regular sales and...
Last week, you may have seen reports covering Public Health England’s recommendation that everyone should find the time to fit in a couple of resistance workouts a week. Yes, pick your jaws up off the floor – it’s not a new idea, but a review of the evidence...
1. Sprint, then “rest” To add volume without form failing, keep bursts short. Do a 30-second ski sprint, then “rest” for 90 seconds. Why is “rest” in quotes? Because you’ll do one burpee in the first rest, two in the second… and so on up to 15. Why? “A good all-round...
Castle Howard Half Marathon Next event: 22nd July 2018 Like castles? Like running? Then every event in the Castle Run series will be right up your street. The runs all take place in the grounds of castles in UK, Ireland and France. There are several half marathons to choose between, but...
Just so everyone’s clear – the most important piece of swimming gear you need to buy are trunks. There are very few public pools that will let you in otherwise. Once you’ve sorted those, however, it’s time to pick out a pair of goggles. There’s more to goggle selection...
Cycling is a superb activity to incorporate into any holiday. You get to see far more of an area than you would on foot, while also engaging with your surroundings in a way that sitting in a car or a bus cannot reproduce. For the keenest riders a cycling...
Signing up for an epic challenge to raise money for charity doesn’t have to mean running a marathon, climbing a mountain or fighting your office-mates. Charity walks are a more inclusive way to push your physical limits and raise cash. That doesn’t mean they’re easy. In fact, if you...

Chest workouts

There are no shortcuts to building a truly pecs-tacular chest. Just as with anything worth achieving, it takes dedication and regular training. It also, more uniquely, takes a library of chest exercises that extends beyond the standard bench press and press-ups. The dedication will need to come from...
In a perfect world, we’d all be athletes – able to overhead press with zero pain and perfect form, maximising muscle with flawless body mechanics. But in the real world that’s trickier than it seems. “If you’re inflexible from your nine to five, keeping your shoulders in position...
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