Fitness & exercise

Fit for a Festival

First appeared in Telegraph Weekend 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, cigarette in the other, an unplanned nap followed shortly afterwards after which I awoke […]

Tears and triumph

First appeared in Reader’s Digest Magazine 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 through deep, dank mud whilst the wind blows hard against my face. Blighted by Northumbrian rain, just lifting each […]

Round one to women boxers

First appeared in The Guardian. 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 boxing. I hardly recognise myself; I am a fighter; my shoulder muscles flicker when I move and […]

The pros and cons of Crossfit

First appeared in The Guardian. 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 screaming encouragement at my partner as she completes the final set of our team workout. We only met today, […]

The Crossfit conundrum

First appeared in The Sunday Telegraph. 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 ‘sport of fitness’ known as CrossFit – that many people have yet […]

Free your mind and body with Parkour

First appeared in DIVA magazine. Say the word Freerunning to most people and they’ll reference the daredevil high speed chase (over rooftops, walls and up a crane) in the opening sequences of the Bond Film, Casino Royale. But there’s far more to this cheap and community-led movement discipline, also known as Parkour, than adrenalin and kamikazi […]

Flying high

First appeared in Sunday Telegraph. There is no easy way of jumping from a thirty foot platform and swinging through the air like Tarzan. Not for me anyway, who, at 33 years old, has only spent a few days in a pseudo-jungle a decade ago without a trapeze in sight. Of course I had dreamt […]

From tri-phobic to tri-hard. My year in the exhilarating and addictive world of triathlon

First appeared in Saturday Telegraph ‘Weekend’ section. It all started with a tropical open water swim where I beat one of Britain’s greatest female freestyle swimmers to the finish. Admittedly, ex Olympian, Becky Adlington, had leapt into the Caribbean waters as an afterthought. Terrified of the sea, she had travelled to Palm Island in the […]

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