Bodyweight is back

Lucy Fry explores the growing trend of Calisthenics.   Why not drop that dumbbell for a moment. Just when everybody, everywhere, finally agreed to the manifold benefits of weight training, [...]


‘It’s like walking through fire’ – the rise of competitive fitness

From log carrying to trail running, events such as Tribal Clash and CrossFit are growing fast. What’s the appeal of this hardcore approach to training?   You probably didn’t notice but at [...]


Fit for a Festival

Nine years ago I lay on the grass at V-festival in Essex whilst listening to throaty Scottish rocker, Paolo Nutini, sing a jazzy tune about a pair of new shoes. Glass of Prosecco in one hand, [...]


Tears and triumph

Record numbers are signing up for to Triathlons for the ultimate physical challenge – but what’s the personal impact of this high intensity sport? Lucy Fry found out…   I’m running [...]


Is this yoga? It’s a bit of a stretch …

There are few exercise styles left these days that haven’t had the word ‘yoga’ slapped on the end to give them a shiny newfangled edge. Since I started practising eight years ago, I’ve noted [...]


Conscious clubbing with a strong heart beat

It is 11am on a Tuesday morning in South East London and I am an hour into my first 5 Rhythms session, dancing my way through Chaos. My induction to this free-style 90-minute movement class has [...]


Why I joined the ladies who punch

Have you ever had a single thought that turned into something life-changing? Mine came on 9th August 2012 when I sat on my sofa and watched in awe as 29-year-old Nicola Adams fought her way to a [...]


Round one to women boxers

It’s 7.30pm on a Friday night and I’m tucked away in the corner of York Hall, Bethnall Green, London’s oldest boxing venue which, tonight, is hosting ‘London Calling’, an evening of white collar [...]


The pros and cons of Crossfit

I’ve never been a team player, nor the kind to whoop my way through exercise, but standing here in a huge Battersea warehouse in London’s newest Crossfit space, I find myself aggressively [...]


The Crossfit conundrum

It’s not every day that I write about the pros and cons of a particular sport but first have to explain the rules. Yet so young is the subject of this week’s column – the self proclaimed [...]

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