Fitness & exercise

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 time to consider stripping the plates off the bar and hanging your bodyweight from one instead. Why? Because Calisthenics – the name generally given […]

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, cigarette in the other, an unplanned nap followed shortly afterwards after which I awoke in the early evening to […]

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 through deep, dank mud whilst the wind blows hard against my face. Blighted by Northumbrian rain, just lifting each foot takes supreme physical effort, […]

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 boxing. I hardly recognise myself; I am a fighter; my shoulder muscles flicker when I move and my triceps poke threateningly out […]

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 screaming encouragement at my partner as she completes the final set of our team workout. We only met today, but already I’ve been through […]

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 ‘sport of fitness’ known as CrossFit – that many people have yet to truly understand how it works. […]

Free your mind and body with Parkour

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 jumps. It all started […]

Flying high

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 of possessing natural talent but […]