Confession time – I have a massive girl crush on Ellie Goulding. It’s been a slow grower. Yes, I thought her first singles were catchy. But when I really started to pay attention to her was when she began talking in interviews about her passion for running and when her Instagram feed began filling with pictures of her doing everything from planks to monkey bars to boxing. She started talking fitness before it became cool to talk fitness. And it was around then that I thought she was a “pop star” with a lot more about her.
So imagine my delight when I got invited to a special event earlier this week to launch her brand new Tighten + Tone workout for the Nike + Training Club App.
It’s been quiet on the Fitphernalia front of late. But I haven’t forgotten you or instantly donned my tiger onesie and refused to move from the sofa since autumn hit. No, I’ve been stateside in California – possibly the healthiest place on the planet – exploring the exciting new fitness crazes sweeping La La Land and beyond. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be sharing my pick of the top ones to know about, name drop, and petition the founders to bring to the UK. First up, something with a touch of the sci-fi about it…
DOMS has become something of a buzzword in fitness of late. Once we all worked out what it meant (*clears throat and adopts authoritative tone* That’ll be Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. i.e. the fact that aches and pains usually kick in the day after, or the day after the day after, working out) we liked to name-drop it as often as possible. Or was that just me?
Anyway, we can shut up about it now, because there’s a new workout in town – Speedflex – that uses special exercise machines and promises no (or very little) muscle soreness following a session. Soz DOMS.
While the headline to this post might indicate that I’ve previously branded climbing ‘uncool’, that’s not strictly true. I have always been in awe of the monkey-limbed of the world. On the three occasions I’ve tried indoor climbing , I’ve stood spellbound as the regulars swing from a single hand (or finger. Am I exaggerating? I’m not sure), as they scale terrifying heights. Still there’s no denying that most climbing centres traditionally come with a hefty dose of scuffed paint, naff outfits and…well…nerds.