Skip to main content

Women - Forget Your Limits

A good day! Had a moment of pure, pooped out joy tonight. My second session with Chasing Lights Collective and Nav put us through a session of a mix of drills and HIIT circuits, with shit loads of Plank related exercises, that we'll probably suffer from in the morning. But.. after years of having a complete block on this one, I finally managed to do what had previously been impossible. 

The Standing Jump Bench Squat!

A mofo of an exercise that I have never managed to do right. I always had a block on this one and stepped up - then down - then convinced I couldn't do it, stepped up - then down and took the easy route out.

Tonight though, I got it. Stepped up - then down - a couple of times, to work out the height of the outdoor bench I was going to start jumping onto. Then thought "f*ck it! At worst you're gonna fall on your face, but you have two hands and you can stop that from being really painful". So what are you waiting for Barras.. Get your shit together and give it a go! and okay, it wasn't graceful, or perfectly manoeuvred but it was okay.. so I did another, then the full set, then I felt pretty good and they went on, they kinda worked out alright.

I believe that our ability to do stuff is often partially to do with our general fitness levels and mostly to do with the attitude of facing the challenge and getting your head around it. The best way I can describe this, is similar to the fuzzy logic that was so brilliantly taken the piss out of by Harry Enfield's - Women Know Your Limit sketch. 

Every time I have been faced with something that really confuses me or seems to push the limit of what I feel capable of achieving, this sketch comes to mind, with the illustration of the effect on the woman's brain. It always makes me laugh and somehow makes me give it a go, to get past the thing that is doing my box in. I don't want to be the fragile, sweet little thing.. I want to be the kick ass bitch who's gonna be able to grab that challenge and drop kick it over the fence.

Big props to Nav though, and all the folks in the group tonight, it was a great session and a little encouragement went a long way. I seriously need to sort my planking out though - core strength is definitely not my speciality :) xx

Credit: Illustration above adapted from a series of Plyometric exercises on the

Additional Posts You May Enjoy

Adventures in Girona: Winter Training Camp

It's taken a while to come down from the buzz of this camp, to try to put into words the boost which the experience has given me. To be fair, its probably gonna take a while longer for it all to sink in still, but I'll try to give you a slice of how it went, to tide you over until I have got my head back into gear and worked my way through all the footage.

In January, I was totally lucked out, to be given the opportunity to join the Adventure Syndicate ladies, in Spain for a week long Winter Training Camp, with Lee Craigie, Emily Chappell and coach John Hampshire, within the grounds of Girona Cycling. As well as being led by this incredible team, the group of ladies participating alongside me, were a force to be reckoned with.

Do you ever sign up for something, with anticipation that its going to be pretty cool, only to find that you have by some strange fate, found yourself in the middle of a complete game changer? This was my initial thought on day one and over the course o…

Calling All Ploggers

We're all finding ourselves surrounded by more and more brands and channels making us aware of the rising plastic pollution problems. Most of us have been trying to recycle for years, but there is still too much plastic ending up in landfill, or worse across our landscapes and in our seas. Our European cousins in Sweden are ahead of the game as usual with their efforts to clean up and have been combining their love of the outdoors, exercise and being generally good humans and cleaning up after each other.. Behold a new phenomenon - Plogging! Erik Ahlström started the Plogging movement, which is a combination of litter picking and jogging, when he moved to Stockholm from the Åre ski resort. He created the website Plogga to help organise events in 2016 and it has been growing internationally since. The Mindful Movement Club recently had a beach walk and clean up session at the beginning of summer near Shoeburyness, but interest in this proactive way to get exercise and clean our enviro…

Backpackers Keep It Up - 365 days and counting

Founded on 16th February 2017, the BackPackers are a running crew like no other. Led by Community Captain Leeanne Adu and Vice Captain Megan Beggs, alongside regular coaches Nav and Chevy from Chasing Lights Collective, the crew has grown in numbers and strength for the past 365 days.
Celebrating its 1st Birthday this evening, there are instantly recognisable reasons for its success. This is a family of nurturing individuals, not hardcore running machines. They celebrate the efforts required to keep moving, regardless of the every day mental and physical challenges which often prevent runners from getting to the start line, let alone claiming their medals. 
With 3 pace groups - Walk / Jog, Jog or Joggier, they welcome all levels of runners - but they do not focus on Speed, Time or Distance. These are new and seasoned runners, beginners, happy joggers, runners returning from injury - the back of the pack - but do not let that fool you.
This crew meets every Thursday evening at 6.45pm,…