Ironman Kona training with Antony Costes

Only a couple of weeks remain before the triathlon event of the season: Ironman World Championships Kona on 16th October.  One man will be utterly focused on this mission – elite triathlete Antony Costes, nicknamed Le Tigre. Having participated in his first triathlon at the age of 9, Costes has since established himself as a force…

Nutrition for Triathlon

Ian Craig, MSc, DipCNE, INLPTA is an exercise physiologist, nutritional therapist, NLP practitioner and an endurance coach. Previously a competitive middle-distance runner, Ian specialises in sport from an integrative health perspective. He is the editor of Functional Sports Nutrition magazine and also lectures and writes extensively in the UK and South Africa on the concept…

Get into: Track Cycling

With six indoor velodromes in the UK find out how to give track cycling a go this winter. Read more articles like this in Totally Active Magazine. If you’re a cyclist, you can’t fail to have been inspired by the sensational success of the Great Britain’s cyclist this year, including standout performances from Team Sky’s…

Is It Good To Go Long?

Fortunately, for magazines such as this one, endurance is currently very en vogue. Whereas, not so long ago, people would aspire to run a marathon, 26.2 miles is now just not enough and the once considered realm of supermen, ultra-running, is now their goal. Incredible challenges such as the Bob Graham Round or the Marathon…

Nutrition: Hydration and Electrolytes

Ian Craig, MSc, DipCNE, INLPTA is an exercise physiologist, nutritional therapist, NLP practitioner and an endurance coach. Previously a competitive middle-distance runner, Ian specialises in sport from an integrative health perspective. He is the editor of Functional Sports Nutrition magazine and also lectures and writes extensively in the UK and South Africa on the concept…

Top 10 iPhone apps that will enhance your hike!

What apps do you use when going out on a hike?  Last week, we asked and you answered.  Whilst many hikers are understandably traditionalists and see hitting the hills as a key opportunity to escape from the screens of their smartphones, there are some apps out there that can enhance and complement the outdoors experience….

Where to watch the Tour de France – our top tips

Source: Smudge 9000 (Flickr Creative Commons) With Tour de France fever building up at SportPursuit headquarters and all around the country, the biggest question for many cycling fans right now is where to watch this year’s Tour.  With the first three stages taking place in our hallowed homeland, there are many great options for watching…

Indoor cycling training routines to get you through winter

  Image source: Humbert15 – Flickr Creative Commons What an incredibly demoralising few months its been. Dark mornings and dark nights, raining nearly all day and everyday. Not a nice few months for training at all! There is a huge ‘mind over matter’ battle that continues to break down our will power, and all of…

5 tips to stay motivated to exercise

In September I completed my first Ironman in Wales. It required months of focus, motivation and dedication. As a Brand Champion for SportPursuit, I wrote about how to stay motivated, you can read it here.   This winter, I need to train hard and smart but most of all, I need to stay motivated. As…

Racing And Training As A Vegan Athlete

Source – Mike Haller (Flickr Creative Commons) Ten months ago as a cash-strapped student, I changed my dietary habits and gave up meat in a bid to save up some money for a new time-trial bike and the rapidly escalating maintenance costs of road cycling and triathlon. After a few weeks off the meat, I…

Do One Thing, Do It Well – Cyclebeat

Fitness Craze Forget Bikram Yoga, Zumba and Bootcamp classes. Indoor spinning is set to be the next major fitness craze to hit the capital. Most fitness addicts have tried indoor spinning at their local gym. For those of you who are new to the concept of spinning – think indoor cycling machines, loud music, disco…

10 Inspirational Places To Run In Britain

1. Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh Image credit: Lawrence Murray A mountain amid a city, a volcanic plug, a tourist honeypot. Run over grassy ramparts, slip beneath the towering Salisbury Crags, try not to stop running on a steep, winding, unending staircase, scramble the final steps to the rocky, breezy summit of Arthur’s Seat. While you are unlikely…

Starting Out Or Sizing Up – Mountain Biking Kit Lists

Unless you have a habit of living with your head under a rock, you will have likely noticed that bicycles are a bit of a thing in the UK at present. Whether you’re someone new to riding, or perhaps looking for a new challenge; getting those two-wheels off-road is one of the best things you…

The UK’s Best Mountain Bike Trails (As Chosen By You)

image credit: Natash Ramasay Like all cycling, mountain biking is on the up in the UK; a recent estimate put the worth of the UK bike industry at over £900m. Whether you’re a hardened downhiller replete with full-face helmet and neck-brace, or a lycra-clad cross-country climber, as a pastime riding off-road is hugely varied; and…

Sale Preview: Beet It Sport Stamina Shots

New to SportPursuit this week, Beet It is an excellent range of drinks from the Suffolk-based James White Drinks Company. Having produced their beetroot juice for several years; it was shot to prominence from 2007, as academic papers centering on the benefits of nitrate in sport were published. Beetroot is a very good source of…

Getting fit in the cold – Doing it safely, and a few benefits

Well once again snow has washed across the United Kingdom – is it just me or do we seem better at coping with it now? – and with a lot of the day now conducted at sub-zero temperatures, motivation to get out and about plummets, people sticking it out in front of the TV, waiting…

Staying Healthy in Winter

If your sport of choice is mountain biking – or even cycling – you can be forgiven for being put off getting in the saddle during the winter. The cold itself is definitely an issue, but more of a problem are the icy roads (which are potentially lethal), the freezing headwinds and the lack of…

Exercise Recovery Top Tips Visualised

Thanks for all your Exercise Recovery Comments. We pulled together all of them from our Nutrition Competition to see which key tips stand out. It looks like protein, water, compression and sleep are popular choices among you, but why not use the collage to try something new! Chocolate and banana milkshake followed by a spot…

Fun ways to keep fit

Gone are the days when keeping fit was just a case of jogging to the local shops or strolling into town to get roped into signing a gym membership form. Although this is the route many still choose to take, there is now a wide choice of other ways to gain fitness without the need…

Rookie Runner

Admittedly since I left University 18 months ago I have not been the most active of people, but when you get out of a routine of physical activity you’ll be surprised how easy it is to stop. For two years I was a goalkeeper for a 5-a-side University team, I played squash, tennis and tried…

New Swim Spas provide top training aid

Fans of the Sky One Sports show `A League of Their Own` might be familiar with what they’re about to see. Below is the new, innovative swimming aid which could revolutionize the way swimmers train for big events in years to come. Endorsed by 14-time Olympic Champion Michael Phelps, the range of Master Spas enables…