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Sabrina Daolio, OCR, obtsacles, The Warrior Race 2016, interview

When it takes feet of faith to get to OCR World Champs

Meeting Sabrina Daolio Training with one of South Africa’s leading Warrior women can be pretty intimidating. The first time I met 25-year old Sabrina Daolio was at BattleRush, the Johannesburg based obstacle course she calls home. She challenged me to attempt a few obstacles, and although I had some Warrior Race experience, I was nowhere near her caliber of grip strength! We started off swinging across a few rings, nice and easy. But before I knew […]

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Alexander technique, tips, running, postural muscles, phasic muscles

Train intelligently with The Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique (AT) has been used for over a century to facilitate kinaesthetic awareness and strip away unnecessary physical tension. With no equipment or a machine, which is unusual in our techno age, AT guides us into identifying where our imbalance lies. Frederick Alexander, the founder of this technique, is famous for coining the term psycho-physical unity and revolutionised the way we view the mind versus body relationship. He was an Australian actor who […]

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CrossFit, tips, multisport, strength, fitness, barbell work, high intensity workouts

Crossfit: Improving the life of South African multisporters

Embracing change is a fundamental tenet of any successful lifesaver or multisporter. A last minute change in the race conditions, routes or even a change in the format of the event itself is not only welcomed, but relished as part of the challenge. A change in season is no different. Winter ushers in opportunities to sharpen skills, change equipment, build strength and focus on new goals. Along with those opportunities come the challenges of temperamental, […]

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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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recovery, race recovery, endurance sport, stretching, mobility, cycling

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, overcoming injury, recovery, advice, rest, mental strengbth

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, polarized training, high intensity interval training, steady state training, tips

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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tips mountain bike stage racing, Matthys Beukes, Philip Buys, Sani2c 2017, mountain biking

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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