Exercise

Being part of USN’s line-up of ambassadors makes you a member of a highly exclusive club of athletes and fitness pros who travel the world to compete and inspire others to live a healthy lifestyle. As you’d expect, opportunities to join that club don’t come around often –...
Fitness DVDs are big business. If you’ve ever fallen down a Sky box-shaped hole and found yourself scanning the depths of cable television you’ll have been exposed to the alarming array of options. But one that deserves your attention is the somewhat threateningly titled Insanity workout. It’s one of...
Be honest: when did you last train your back really well? So well that you worked these muscles as hard as your “mirror muscles” on chest, shoulders or arms day? If it’s been a while since your back last burned with lactic acid and had a big pump...
To get big arms you need big biceps. That is the conclusion many people reach. And granted, when looking to build T-shirt-tearing guns, biceps training will take the lead. But like Morgan Freeman in The Shawshank Redemption, the triceps, which make up two-thirds of your upper arm, play...
There is no greater reward for being active than a long and healthy life – but that’s something that happens in the future to a different you, so it’s worth hunting out more immediate, material rewards as well. Several fitness apps promise prizes if you log all your activities...
Taking on a challenge for charity is a noble endeavour and it doesn’t have to require months of training ahead of a marathon or showering yourself in icy water. For this year's Jeans For Genes Day on Friday 22nd September, which raises money to support children affected by...
If you’re looking to develop and show off a six-pack you need to put the work in – mostly outside the gym. You need to be following a structured diet that will help you reduce your body fat percentage. You’ll also need to rest and recover appropriately, especially...
While there is an argument for only taking your phone into the gym to follow workouts or listen to music, there’s no arguing that gym selfies are exceptionally popular. A study of the Twitter and Instagram tag #gymselfie last December found 130,000 posts to analyse. So it looks like...
Running becomes a very different proposition when you cross the 90-minute mark. Instead of stepping out the door with the bare essentials and the freedom to run wherever you like, you need to plan your nutrition and tailor your route to include stops for refuelling. Planning your nutrition for...
There’s nothing more frustrating than heading to the gym all pumped for your workout, only to get there and discover it’s jammed to the rafters. Whether it’s because fellow lifters are using the dumbbells you want or they’ve been left in the furthest corners of the cardio section,...
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