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Mental Health: Olympian Leon Taylor’s top tips for managing mental health

Great Britain’s Olympic diver Leon Taylor was hyperactive and labeled a ‘problem child’ by the family GP. Leon’s parents tried to tire him out rather than use medication, and that’s when his love of activity and appreciation of the benefits began. During his competitive career and in the past 10 years as a mentor and..

Tom Daley says Leon Taylor was his idol as a young diver

As a 10-year-old, Tom Daley watched Leon Taylor win a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games and knew he wanted to emulate his success. Almost 16 years on, the pair have reflected on their long-standing friendship which has now seen mentoring between them go full circle. Taylor says winning silver in the 10m synchro...

Our trail running top gear picks

Our resident Ultra-Runner Anderson Moquiuti has put together a list of his favourite items from the Wild Earth online store. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or looking to take your run from the road to the trail these top picks will take you the distance Salomon Adv Skin 5 Set Running Vest Keep it simple....

Should you race during ultra training?

You have lined up your big event, and now you are focused on peaking for it. This might be six months away, four months down the line or it could even be something in the 2020 race calendar. A question which is often asked is whether you should race in the build-up to an ultramarathon...

How Cycling can change your life

I stopped diving in 2008; a back injury prevented me from continuing and my medical team told me firmly I should ONLY do yoga for the foreseeable years. Not being someone that does as he’s told very often, in 2009 I ran the London Marathon for SportsAid!! I favoured running over any other kind of...

Fuelling a multi-stage ultra for vegan runners

Running multi-stage ultra marathons often means being self-sufficient for days at a time. Freeze-dried or dehydrated food is therefore a necessary component of the multi-stage adventure. Lightweight, easy to prepare, and energy-dense, you’ll struggle to find a more convenient fuel source when running 250km in the desert, jungle, or mountains, esp

Sustainable growth – managing high performance

Habitual high performance.                             A focus on the importance of sustained training and lifestyle changes for athletes. Developing high-performance behaviors to become habitual and a driver of sustaine

Physical benefits of cold water/ice bath

When I was a competing athlete I absolutely hated ice baths. I was told I had to do it, it would help me recover. Train, ice bath, compete, ice bath, and so on. I’d have done anything to get out of it. Now, you’ll find me enjoying daily dips in the English Channel in December...

Rise (and fall?) of the ‘Superboss’

By James Hewitt Performance Scientist Do ultra-running CEOs and IronMan MDs represent the ideal for health and performance? At Hintsa, we have the privilege to work with a wide range of clients, across a spectrum of activity levels, from elite athletes to office workers. We regularly talk about the benefits of physical activity and encourage a

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Fit for anything

It’s pretty obvious that to get better in any activity, you must practise the skill you wish to develop, and practice it precisely. This training principle, known as specificity, is relevant to most things we do in life. In other words, the best way to train for running is to run, for swimming is to...

Support – what do athletes want in a coach?

Care, commitment, communication.   Offering a support system so the athlete maintains the physical and psychological belief and trust in their abilities. Striving to go above and beyond to help maintain a balance between competition and life.   I have referred back to a speech a number of times throughout my coaching career from, Open,...

Challenge – what does it mean to challenge yourself?

Never stand still.   Challenging athletes to be self-critical, find new limits, raise their standards, push themselves, and be open to ideas. Constantly evolving, forever improving.   ‘A challenge is something new and difficult which requires great effort and determination’. This is why we do what we do, we want to push ourselves and

Cyclists’ tips for avoiding bruised tackle

A couple of years ago I spent two weeks cycling around China, doing about 75-100km a day, a lot of it on very rough roads – which made me appreciate the padded bike pants and gel seat cover a friend in the know made me buy before I left Australia. But as sore and swollen...

Conquering a full Ironman triathlon

In 2017, we spoke to Ineke Moyle about her triathlons, training and how she wanted to do a full IRONMAN triathlon. Well, Ineke held true to her goals and completed her first full IRONMAN recently. We had a chat to her about 2018 and how she keeps her mindset strong to reach these goals and...

Best ways to get a full body workout outside of the gym

Of course, we all know that liftings weights, if done properly, is a great way to stay in shape and remain healthy. But often lifting weights day in day out can get extremely dull, and you can quickly find your motivation decreasing as it becomes more of a chore than an exciting challenge. That’s why...

Are you at risk of overtraining?

What is Overtraining? Highly motivated athletes are extremely susceptible to overtraining which can lead to physical, mental and emotional burnout. Overtraining can be defined as placing the body under a level of work or stress that it is unable to adapt to. The athlete experiences stress and physical trauma from training at a higher rate...

15 Weird and wonderful ways to keep cool this summer

It’s that time of year again, the heat is here. Big time. There’s nothing worse than being too hot, especially in bed. While most of us have air-conditioning, for the few who don’t or are trying to save on their energy bills, here are some weird and wonderful ways to help keep you cool this...

10 Ways to exercise at home

With COVID-19 restrictions in place, it’s all too easy to suddenly fall into sedentary routines, and maybe nowadays the only exercise you’re doing is walking from your home office to the fridge and back again. Well, there’s no shame in that – it’s important to keep your spirits up with some tasty treats! But alongside...

10 Trail running tips

It wouldn’t be too much of a sweeping statement to suggest that most roads are pretty much the same. Trails on the other hand can offer a huge variety. This is one of the beauties of trail running in fact. Each trail has its own unique terrain, but also its own unique challenges. If you’re...

Why is posture important to runners

How desk posture increases your likelihood of pain, injury and limits your maximum power. So, how exactly can a poor desk posture while working contribute to increased pain, likelihood of injury and limit your overall power when running? To understand this further, we’ll look at why rounded shoulders and a tight back may occur in...

5 benefits to get into sport

Sport is good for us, we all know that. Yet, for some reason, the lure of the sofa and a good box set is too overwhelming for some of us. For some, it can be about confidence, for others it could be about finding the time or it could even be that some don’t feel...