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Claude Eksteen, The Warrior Race 2017, #Warrior4 obstacle course racing, interview

Claude Eksteen blitzes his way to OCR World Champs

If there’s one word to describe Claude Eksteen on the obstacle course, it’s blitz. The 39-year old from KwaZulu-Natal is renowned for his ability to motor through the most technical trails that the local OCR scene has to offer. After successfully representing South Africa for 13 years on the international triathlon stage, Claude has competed against some of the world’s top multi discipline athletes. In pursuit of a new goal, he turned to the exhilarating sport […]

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Endurance race recovery – some valuable observations

It always fascinates me listening and watching our bodies recover from endurance events. There seems to be distinct differences in the abilities of athletes to recuperate from races. Usually elite athletes recover the quickest from these long and demanding exertions, and often show remarkable powers to perform soon after big races. Two athletes who spring to mind in this regard are Raynard Tissink and the late great Benny Vansteelant. I count myself very fortunate to have trained […]

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Injury, the toughest race to win

Being injured is one of the most challenging forms of training an athlete can experience! No amount of training can prepare you for injury. From Glenn Macnamara’s experiences as a pro duathlete and professional coach, he believes injury is a required (if unwanted) part of every athlete’s life. He shares some valuable advice about taking the right approach to overcoming injury, not just physically but mentally.

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Gerda Steyn, Comrades 2017, running, road running, NEDBank Running Club, ultramarathon, interview

Gerda Steyn: our next road running queen

There was no missing Gerda Steyn at the 2017 Comrades Marathon. While 40 is the common age of successful South African women in this event, 26 year old Gerda left commentators stunned when she crossed the finish line in fourth place, with a time of 6:45:45. It’s hard to believe that she only started running two years ago. After growing up in the Freestate, she moved to Dubai in 2014 to start her career as a quantity surveyor. […]

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Polarised training – slow down and get faster!

Putting your all into training with few race results to prove it? Perhaps it’s time to slow down and get faster! That may sound completely irrational, but polarised training has become a ground-breaking revelation for athletes in desperate need of real results.  Jonah Young is an intern biokineticist and physiologist of the South African Rowing team. He has witnessed first-hand the benefits of polarised training, not only through the athletes in his field, but as an […]

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Obstacle Course Racing, OCR, The Warrior Race 2016, obstacles, trail running

The ultimate South African guide to starting OCR

Obstacle course racing (OCR) challenges an athlete to complete a set course by foot, which involves overcoming carefully chosen challenges that are in the form of obstacles. It has been deemed as the fastest growing sport in the world and over the past three years has captured the hearts South African adventure seekers. Thousands of participants sign up not only to test their athleticism, but their sense of grit. So what’s the big deal?  “Being […]

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Mastering tough conditions in a mountain bike stage race

Team PYGA Euro Steel’s Matthys Beukes and Philip Buys have conquered technical terrain in the heat and muddy conditions in the cold, and offer mountain bike stage racing tips for the tough times!

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Is Sitting The New Smoking?

Lower back pain is among the top reasons why patients visit their healthcare professional. While each patient is a unique being, we all share certain repetitive bad habits that allow us to fall back into pain mode and require some kind of intervention. Follow these health tips to avoid the negatives of sitting, and increase your odds of 
not ending up on the surgeon’s and suffering a lifetime of pain and disability.

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Developing mental fortitude for endurance sport

After winning the 400km Munga Trail, Bennie Roux shares key advice about developing mental fortitude.

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Team Cyanosis: nine winning lessons from Expedición Guaraní

Clinton Mackintosh shares more about their victory in Paraguay and offers useful tips for South African adventurers.

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