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Sprinting is a fundamental skill. Like swimming, being able to build a fire, and make a shelter, it’s a skill that could save your life. Sprinting is also a kick-ass workout! However, before you head to the track to work on your sprint, it’s important to make sure you go about your workout the right way. Sprinting is surprisingly intense, and a lot of wannabe Usain Bolts end up pulling a hammy or tearing a groin the moment they pick up the pace.  Here are seven tips for making your sprint workouts as safe and productive as possible.  1) WARM...

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People who exercise regularly can be a pretty stubborn bunch. I should know; I’m one of them! That stubbornness is a good thing when it comes to training consistently but can cause problems when you are ill or injured as it may make you reluctant to miss a workout. Sometimes it’s okay to exercise through illness or injury, but other times it just makes things worse and could even delay your recovery. The trick is knowing when it’s okay to soldier on, and when retreat is your better option.    Let’s talk about illness first…  As a rule, if an...

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Rope climbing is a skill required by most branches of the armed services. In the UK's Royal Marines, recruits must be able to climb a 30-foot rope while carrying over 30-pounds of kit. This is not only a test of strength and fitness but a test of confidence and bravery. 30-feet can feel very high when you are hanging from exhausted arms and waiting for the training instructor to give the order to descend!  Rope climbing might seem a somewhat antiquated skill, but it’s one that could save your life. Helicopters sometimes cannot land and have to hover over their...

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Blisters and other foot problems can bring even the fittest, strongest person to their knees. I don’t care how tough you think you are, if your feet start to breakdown, the rest of you won’t be far behind. Make sure your feet don’t let you down by preparing them properly. INCREASE MILEAGE GRADUALLY  Covering too many miles too soon is a great way to tear your feet to shreds. Like weak, unconditioned muscles, a sudden increase in mileage can leave your feet sore and raw. Increase your mileage gradually so that your feet become accustomed to the added stress. GO...

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When performing feats of strength, you are only as strong as your weakest link. For many people, that weak link is their grip. It doesn’t matter how big your biceps or how sculpted your triceps are – if your grip is weak, you are nothing but an empty threat. Pull-ups, deadlifts, climbing ropes, rock climbing, grabbing, holding and subduing an opponent all require a vice-like grip. A lot of gym bros use wrist straps to make up for their puny grip. Don’t be one of them. All wrist straps do is treat the symptom and not the cause. If you have...

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