Ankle Fracture Recovery Progress

    I broke my ankle at the very end of November when two large dogs running at full pelt, collided with each other and the back of my leg. I pirouetted and crumpled with a crack to my knee followed by another to my ankle. I thought it might be interesting...

    Grip Strength Monitoring Spreadsheet

    Since I broke my ankle late last year, I have been relying on my wrists a lot more than usual to support my daily activities and I have come to see them as my latest achilles heel in my resilience journey. They just aren’t strong enough for a day of...

    Experiment 4 - Knees Over Toes

    A couple of years ago a surgeon told me I needed a knee replacement but he wasn’t prepared to operate until I’d lost a shed load of weight. I never really felt convinced that my knee did need to go, perhaps I was just running scared but accepted that the...

    Stop Breathing to Run Faster

    At 50m the air a scuba diver breathes, starts to slowly and painfully poison them. A single but very long breath can enable a freediver to sink a whopping 200 toxic metres. While freediving has its attractions, my extraordinarily buoyant body precludes me from this activity. This hasn’t stopped me...

    Weightloss Update - DexaScan

    2 years ago I was offered a free Dexascan to reveal what lies beneath. Since then I’ve been booking myself in for 6 monthly progress reports at BodyScanUK. Most of these scans revealed only micro improvements to my weight. However, having this scheduled check-in booked, seems to curb the worst...

    Experiment - Operation Healthspan

    My third experiment aligns with the start of the New year. A new year full of hope for global health and well being. This last year was truly an odd one. Where the world did its best to tackle the covid-19 pandemic, I managed to adopt a few healthy habits...

    Experiment - Getting Inverted with a FeetUp Trainer

    I’ve long been sold on the benefits of getting inverted, especially for people who lift heavy stuff. It is said to decompress the spine, counteracting the relentless foreshortening of gravity but also leads to heart rate reductions and stress relief. While I am totally up for the concept of bodily...

    Experiment - Warrior Arts - The Mace

    I’m a big fan of projects, if I haven’t got focus and novelty in my life I tend to drift off course. From today, taking inspiration from Raptitude and his series of experiments in life, I am going to start documenting these experiments more formally here in the blog. As...

    Wendler 5/3/1 Strength and Powerlifting Template

    I am now making available the spreadsheet I use to calculate and track my weight training program which is based on the classic Jim Wendler 5/3/1. It’s a relatively simple program with increments determined by your historical performance rather than a blind drive to add plates. I’m a big fan...