Fit for purpose? Are we so blinkered in your fitness goals that we overlook our general fitness and functionality? A recent trip to south wales for a break from the rush of everyday life saw me and my girlfriend standing in a car park looking across a stream and along the edge of ravine where a path meandered up the slopes. This was Penn-y-fan, one of South Wales most popular peaks and our plan for the day was a leisurely walk up to take in the view. Looking up the rocky ascent didn’t bring much cause for concern, the path
A key attribute of being ‘TrueSapien’ is the desire to ‘Challenge Life’.Here you’ll find event reviews and previews, helpful information on various types of challenging activities like running, OCR, Triathlon, cycling, swimming and calisthenics.Benefit from experiences shared by other TrueSapiens. Be inspired to try new things, step outside your comfort zone and push yourself further than you thought possible!
Be TrueSapien. Challenge Life.
What is it to ‘Be TrueSapien’? ‘TrueSapien’ is the aspirational, omnipotent version of our self. It is achieved only by consistently challenging oneself to improve. To relentlessly pursue your true potential by aligning with our natural traits, instincts and abilities as Homosapiens. TrueSapiens use this pursuit of personal improvement to effect change and lead by example so they can fearlessly, passionately and grittily inspire and encourage others to unleash their own TrueSapien. TrueSapien Philosophy TrueSapien’s don’t judge their value or ability against others, but compares them self to their past self and aims to be the very best they can
Aims, goals, dreams, ambitions, aspirations, objectives…… However you want to describe them, these are the building blocks that collaborate to build the purposeful life. The mediocre would have you believe that ‘opportunity'(or in their case, a consistent lack of opportunity) is also also a major factor. But that’s another discussion. But what is, possibly the main determining factor behind success with these building blocks? Short-term pain, long-term gain. Yes, this may be the cliched quote straight from the wall of a 1980’s Bodybuilding Gym or possibly some regurgitated business management spiel. This doesn’t mean it should be overlooked or
Spartan and other Obstacle Course Races (otherwise known as OCR) continue to grow in popularity and participation. Spartan in particular has great appeal, encouraging participants not only to take part in an event but to adopt the ‘Spartan’ culture which has many similarities with the TrueSapien philosophy, so not surprisingly many TrueSapiens have gravitated toward them. There are various race offerings to suit different fitness levels and experience. TrueSapien Ben Comery provides a first hand account of his experience of a recent Spartan Race…. I was calm. I stood shoulder to shoulder with the best and I was calm.
Be better than you outwardly appear. Yes you read correctly. To non TrueSapiens this may seem odd advice, in a society where everyone around us seems to want to appear BETTER than they actually are. People want to APPEAR more attractive, stronger, fitter, faster, richer, more successful. Desperate to prove themselves better than others. Social media unfortunately provides a convenient and accessible platform. It doesn’t matter whether they actually ARE any of the above, the shallowness and superficially biased society care more about what others think of them than what or who they actually are. This all results in inflated
James Hodgson is a Team GB Triathlete. This week he’s competing in the European Sprint Triathlon Championships in Dusseldorf. He’s kindly shared with us one of his run element training sessions… Challenge yourself and give it a try! Overview This is a really good speed endurance session for 5K runners, whether you are competing in triathlons or pure running races. You need to be able to run for an hour or slightly more continuously and be physically able to work hard for the eight kilometres. However, if you are starting out or haven’t done a session like this before, don’t go diving into the eight reps…....
Why is it that people everywhere are systematically wasting their potential, seemingly happy living their lives completely within their comfort zones, never experiencing what life has to offer outside of them? Just because modern lifestyles are made physically more comfortable to due technological advances, is it acceptable not attempting to use our remarkable bodies to the limits they are capable of? Acceptance Of Mediocrity is Like An Epidemic How many people do you know that settle for mediocrity or even less when it comes to their health, lifestyle or physical functionality? Maybe you can even count yourself in this category…...
Why is it always me? ~ Neville Longbottom As the title of this update from the one and only Neville Longbottom in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets says, ‘Why is it always me?‘. I say this as for the fourth, yes, fourth, off/pre-season in a row I have had my triathlon training hindered by an injury of one kind or another. Since 2013 when I damaged my right rotator cuff that has caused on and off problems with my swimming. Back in 2014/15 I had a suspected stress fracture in my pelvis that stopped me from running. 2015/16 it
Alina Warren – An introduction Hi, I am Alina, an open water marathon swimmer from West Wales. I started open water swimming in the summer of 2009, when I was 16. I am a PhD student at Aberystwyth University, and I can be found in the water when not in the office. How I started open water marathon swimming My journey to starting open water swimming was completely unplanned. I was on holiday with my parents, both keen canoeists. My father had taken me out into the lake to learn the basics and I of course fell out and had to
Discover what makes runner and OCR Competitor Ben a TrueSapien. We’re following Ben’s training diary over the coming months to gain an insight into a TrueSapien’s daily training. Read the first post in this series for a Background to Ben and the first week of his diary. What follows is week 2 & 3 with Ben’s account of how he felt before, during and after and a description of the session. 15/1/17 Before: Ready During: Cold and wet After: Sore ankles 21km/13miles – 2 hours Went exploring the NDW again. Lots of frozen mud to smash my ankles and…...
Starting anything can be daunting and overwhelming and that’s certainly the case with adding new and alternative training concepts to your plan. One of the most popular additions to many functional training programs is Kettlebell Training. The advantages of Kettlebell Training are widely recognised and much lauded. One of the standout attributes to this form of training being that outlay is relatively minimal and training can be performed almost anywhere …… but to get optimal results it’s vital to get the right equipment for YOU. Jamie Lloyd offers this advice. Jamie is ‘The Total Body Breakthrough Expert’, an award winning
Discover what makes runner and OCR competitor Ben a TrueSapien. We’ll be following his and others training and challenges this year and in the process gain an insight into what drives them and why being a TrueSapien and not just an average Sapien, is so rewarding. What follows is a brief introduction to Ben and a week in his training…. Ben Comery, 27, has been running since July 2015. Having dabbled with weight lifting and cycling for a few years he discovered a love for running through obstacle course racing (or OCR), completing his first Spartan race in October 2015…....
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