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How to train like James Bond


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How to train like James Bond
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By doing a 5×5 training program, he’d maintain that all-important athletic look and ensure every workout counted. 5×5 pushes your muscles to breaking point by getting you to do 5 sets of the heaviest weight you can lift for 5 reps. This sends the

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Marvin Humes shares snaps of his dramatic weight loss after undergoing a major body makeover in just four months

The SunMarvin Humes shares snaps of his dramatic weight loss after undergoing a major body makeover in just four monthsThe SunMARVIN Humes wowed fans as he revealed his amazing body transformations after just four months of training. The former JLS sta…

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KKR muscles in on £600m auction of Pure Gym fitness chain – Sky News

The buyout giant which took Boots private more than a decade ago has muscled in on the £600m-plus auction of Pure Gym, Britain’s biggest chain of health and fitness clubs.

Sky News understands that KKR is among a pack of financial investors that will table indicative offers for Pure Gym ahead of a deadline on Thursday.

The sale of Pure Gym comes a year after the company abandoned a public listing, citing difficult market conditions in the wake of the EU referendum.

Pure Gym’s main shareholder, CCMP Capital Advisors, is working with Harris Williams and Jefferies on the auction, which City sources say is likely to be wrapped up by the end of the year.

CCMP, which has controlled Pure Gym since 2013, has overseen a period of strong growth at Pure Gym, which now trades from more than 170 clubs.

Its relentless expansion comes after a period of turbulence in the UK gyms sector, with operators such as Fitness First being forced into financial restructurings and takeovers.

A successful sale of Pure Gym would crystallise a windfall for Sir Chris Hoy, the six-time Olympics gold medallist, who has a small shareholding in the business.

Announcing its 2016 results in March, Humphrey Cobbold, Pure Gym’s chief executive, said: “Almost a million people currently enjoy our affordable and flexible offer and we’ve introduced a variety of different membership options to suit a wide range of personal circumstances.

“No operator in the history of the gym and fitness sector in the UK has ever achieved this scale of membership.

“For 2017, expansion remains our priority with plans for 20 to 25 openings this year in total.

“Despite our size, we retain a ‘challenger brand’ entrepreneurial spirit with a relentless focus on ensuring our offer appeals to 21st century consumers who want quality and value for money, the flexibility of a no contract offer and facilities they actually use.”

KKR and Pure Gym declined to comment.

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Build An Athletic Body With This Quickfire Home Dumbbell Circuit

You should know by now that you don’t need to spend hours slaving away in a gym to build a bigger, leaner and more functionally fit body. Indeed, more is often less when your training ambition is to look more like an athlete because you need to give your muscles the recovery time they need to adapt and grow.

But even though cutting down on your training time is the way to go when wanting a well-defined, athletic physique, you must also guarantee that what time you do spend training is 100% effective. That’s what this six-move total-body circuit offers – all you need is a pair of dumbbells and the right attitude, and you’ll get out of every session exactly what you put in. So start stripping away body fat and building new muscle mass today.

RECOMMENDED: The 4-Week Dumbbell Workout Plan To Build Muscle At Home[1]

How to do the workout

Do the six dumbbell exercises in order, sticking to the reps detailed, without resting until you finish all the reps of the sixth and final move of the circuit. Rest for two minutes, then repeat the circuit. Do four circuits in total.

Pick a dumbbell weight that allows you to perform the hardest lift for you with good form. Increase the weight weekly as you get stronger

1 Squat[2]

Reps 15 Rest 0sec

Stand tall with feet hip-width apart holding a dumbbell in each hand. Keep your chin and chest up. Brace your core, then bend at the hips and knees to squat down as low as you can. Push back up through your heels.

2 Alternating lunge[3]

Reps 12 each side Rest 0sec

Stand tall with feet hip-width apart holding a dumbbell in each hand. Keep your chin and chest up. Lunge forward and down until both knees are bent at right angles. Return to the start and alternate leading leg with each rep.

3 Overhead press[4]

Reps 12 Rest 0sec

Stand tall with feet hip-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand at shoulder height. Keep your chest up and brace your core. Press the weights directly overhead until your arms are fully extended, then lower them back to the start position.

4 Hammer curl[5]

Reps 12 Rest 0sec

Stand tall holding a dumbbell in each hand, with elbows by your sides and your chest and chin up. Keeping your elbows tight to your sides, curl the weights up together. Squeeze at the top, then lower under control.

5 Renegade row[6]

Reps 6 each side Rest 0sec

Get into a press-up position holding dumbbells. Brace your core and glutes to keep your body stable. Row one dumbbell up, leading with your elbow, then lower it back to the floor. Repeat, alternating arms with each rep.

6 Press-up[7]

Reps 15 Rest 2min

Get in the press-up position holding dumbbells. Brace your core and glutes to keep your body stable. Bend your elbows, keeping them close to your sides, to lower your chest to the floor. Press back up powerfully.

References

  1. ^ The 4-Week Dumbbell Workout Plan To Build Muscle At Home (www.coachmag.co.uk)
  2. ^ Squat (www.coachmag.co.uk)
  3. ^ Alternating lunge (www.coachmag.co.uk)
  4. ^ Overhead press (www.coachmag.co.uk)
  5. ^ Hammer curl (www.coachmag.co.uk)
  6. ^ Renegade row (www.coachmag.co.uk)
  7. ^ Press-up (www.coachmag.co.uk)
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How To Up Your Fitness, Fast – Without Spending On A Gym Membership – HuffPost UK

Summer might be coming to an end but that doesn’t mean your workouts have to slow down. When autumn rolls around and the evenings get dark, it’s nice to head to a warm gym to keep fit. But what if you don’t fancy giving a third of your take-home pay to your local gym?

Never fear. There are alternatives that don’t involve fighting another gym-goer for the treadmill. You don’t even have to get dressed to try out kettlebell exercises at home in your pyjamas. Take your fitness to the next level and save pennies while you’re at it.

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Kettlebells

When you’re short on time and you don’t want to get dressed to workout, try kettlebell exercises at home. A kettlebell is a cast iron weight that looks like a cannonball with a handle. You can use them for strength and cardiovascular exercise. Swinging a kettlebell around is seriously hard work. You’ll work up a proper sweat while burning calories and toning muscles.

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Wild swimming

Swimming pools can be pricey and they are often filled with screaming children. If you don’t mind braving the cold, find your local wild swimming spot and go for a dip. Hampstead Ponds is a famous wild swimming lake in London and is a lot cheaper than regular pool, at £2 a dip. 

Swimming is a low-impact workout so it’s great if you are recovering from an injury, plus you’ll start to see your fitness improve in a whole new way. Take a look at the Wild Swimming[1] website for local swimming ponds near you.

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Plenty of cities have pay-as-you-ride bikes now, making it cheaper than ever to go cycling. It’s fantastic for building cardiovascular fitness and toning your muscles. Regular short cycle rides are the best way to get fit. Start biking twice a week and gradually build it up – before long you’ll be that person powering uphill on your bike with legs of steel.

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Tennis doesn’t have to involve signing up to an expensive club. Whacking a ball around is one of the best ways to get fit while having fun. Tennis is all about quick explosive movements and dynamic strength, plus it builds stamina and encourages coordination. There are dozens of free access tennis courts around the country. Some even offer free coaching for families. Find your nearest free tennis court on the Tennis For Free[2] website.

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While not traditionally thought of as a fitness regime, yoga can be an intense workout if you practice the right style. Ashtanga and vinyasa style yoga not only stretches muscles but also strengthens your core and tones your upper and lower body. A one-hour vinyasa class burns nearly 600 calories. You can easily practice yoga at home by following YouTube videos or join a pay-monthly site. Try Yoga With Adriene’s 45-minute Power Yoga class[3] for starters. 

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All you need to start running is a pair of trainers. The beauty of pacing pavements is you can do it anywhere – whether it’s on your commute to work or along the coastal path on holiday. Start with a short 10 minute jog and slowly build up to 30-40 minutes. Don’t berate yourself if you have to walk.

Just challenge yourself, next time, to run a little further. Running is the perfect fitness regime if you want to see results fast and it is totally free.

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HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training. It involves short bursts of exercise that you can do at home to build strength, stamina and increase your metabolism. Fitness Blender[4] is one of our favourite YouTube channels for HIIT exercises. You can choose different length workouts, from quick 10-minute cardio sessions to kickboxing and skipping. You don’t need any special equipment and you won’t have to pay a penny. If the sun is shining, take that HIIT regime outside and do it in your local park.

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References

  1. ^ Wild Swimming (www.wildswimming.co.uk)
  2. ^ Tennis For Free (tennisforfree.com)
  3. ^ Power Yoga class (www.youtube.com)
  4. ^ Fitness Blender (www.fitnessblender.com)
  5. ^ Suggest a correction (www.huffingtonpost.co.uk)
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7 Minutes. 13 Moves. One HIIT Workout That’ll Make You Sweat

One foolproof way to make the most out of a super-short workout[1]: Crank up the intensity. This HIIT workout will leave you drenched in sweat by working your entire body in just seven minutes. 



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The cool thing about this workout is that it’s not made up of your standard (sometimes boring) push-ups and squats. Instead, the trainers offer a variety of dynamic exercises that will challenge muscles all over your body but also keep you engaged in the workout. Seven minutes will fly by! Because these moves are different from basic bodyweight exercises, it might take a minute to get the hang of them. Try quickly skimming through the video first to get an idea of each so you don’t waste any time when the clock is ticking. 

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To recap: An exercise mat is optional. Perform each exercise for 30 seconds with 10 seconds of rest in between. You’ll want a towel on hand. 

Workout:
1. Downward Dog to Upward Dog 
2. Alternating Reverse Lunge With Knee Drive
3. Burpee Variation to Low Squat 
4. Lying Starfish to V-Up With Clap
5. Y Pose With Thumbs Up
6. Squat Thrust to Bent Arm
7. Narrow Squat to Wide Squat to Alternating Split Lunge
8. Rocking Leg Lift to Jump-Through Push-Up
9. V-Up With Wide Leg
10. Skydive and Push-Up to Two-Point Plank 
11. Walk-Out Plank to Roll-Down Starfish 
12. Vertical Jump to Lateral Jump 
13. Plank Variation 

Looking for more short and effective at-home workouts? Grokker[3] has thousands of routines, so you’ll never get bored. Bonus: For a limited time, Greatist readers get 40 percent off Grokker Premium[4] (just $9 per month) and their first 14 days free. Sign up now[5]!

References

  1. ^ super-short workout (greatist.com)
  2. ^ {{displayTitle}} READ (greatist.com)
  3. ^ Grokker (grokker.com)
  4. ^ Grokker Premium (grokker.com)
  5. ^ Sign up now (grokker.com)