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Do you need a coach?

Is getting a coach for you? How will a coach help? The Myth Only the pros need coaching The Reality You do not need to be a pro athlete to have a coach. In fact, there is probably more need for the non-pro to have a coach, than the pro! The Dilemma Over-training, under-training, peaking and injuries – bumps that become hurdles that become walls in any athlete’s running career Let’s look at a runner’s […]

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Get in shape the fun way

What? When? How? What to do, when to do it, how to do it? These seem to be the most frequently asked questions that I hear from friends and people who want to start running, training or getting fit. Get in shape through your brain Personally I found and still find the most important thing is mindset. Firstly, remembering that you are doing it for your own well-being and to challenge yourself to achieve personal […]

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Booze, cigarettes, multisport warrior

Michael Gombart’s journey to becoming an athlete started when he was 25 years old. He weighed a porky 94kg, was a smoker and drinker, and had an acute fear of anything related to exercise. “At the beginning of 2013 I had a major health scare and ended up in hospital. The symptoms: an acute panic attack and extremely high cholesterol. There and then, I decided to change my life. In April 2013, after making necessary […]

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Is your training intensity high enough?

We can determine the answer by asking three telling questions: How many kilometres of running, cycling or swimming did you log this week? What was your time on your feet for your running sessions? (Coaches like to call that TOF). What was your average and maximum intensity for each session? Chances are that you will be able to answer the first two easily enough, but you might come unstuck on the third question. The three […]

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Is your training a form of slavery?

“Train like a slave, race like a king.” These words dropped from the pages of a magazine article with all the grace of a crashing downhill skier. The pearl of wisdom is attributed to a South Africa former pro cyclist, whom I shall refer to as a fearsome rodent of Irish heritage, aka Anon O’ Mouse. I picked the pearls up, wrapped them in a brown paper bag and handed them over to my Acimom […]

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Win The ‘Little Time To Train’ Battle

Make time for fitness with these proven tips. Recently I was running a social 10k with a trail club and had an interesting conversation with a runner who was battling with the few extra kilos he was carrying along like an over-sized waistband. Still, he was trying like a champ and giving it everything to stay with the group. He admitted that he was disciplined in other areas of his life but that his Achilles […]

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When Will I Ever Be Fit?

How Do I Become Fast / Fit / Healthy? “You’re looking well and sporty!” Do you get that much? People asking how you stay fit? If they do, damned right. Congrats. High fives all round. You deserve it. We’ve been consistent, haven’t we? And if you’re the one who’s been asking, I hope these guidelines will help you get to the point where you are getting these compliments. Oh, and did I mention? No matter […]

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Record entries of nearly 4,000 for Sabrina 2013

Summer in South Africa is tough to beat, especially if you’re fortunate to find yourself somewhere along the beautiful Garden Route. Think Blue Flag beaches, clean ocean water, scintillating views and tranquil forests. Add a few trails meandering down gravel roads, across mountain streams and onto sweet singletrack, plus a bunch of legendary athletes in a number of adventure sporting disciplines. What you get is the SABRINA LOVE Ocean Challenge, a fun, family event comprising […]

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Enjoy The Beach, Stay Fit These Holidays

While you might want to relax on the beach on holiday, you also want to enter 2014 healthy and fit, don’t you? You’re away from home, possibly without bike, surfski, maybe even without your running shoes. How will you possibly train? How about maximising your holiday and getting a workout like a lifeguard at the same time? What you’ll need Swimsuit, goggles and a bright coloured cap (for visibility in the water) Method 1 Hit […]

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Is Your Exercise An Unhealthy Addiction?

South Africa is a country that seems to thrive on sporting extremes. Think of the Cape Epic, Two Oceans, Comrades, Dusi Canoe Marathon, Midmar Mile, Puffer, joBerg2c, Skyrun, Totalsports Challenge and many more. When I moved to this wonderful country from the UK five years ago, I was totally amazed at how fixated people were with exercise volume. I met people who were spending three hours in the gym daily, runners who did 30-40km pack […]

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