Yesterday I was invited to a ‘guest blogger’ session with Strive, a Navy SEAL-inspired workout which focuses on functional speed, strength and coordination, and is run by a pair of Cambridge MBA endurance athletes who’ve previously worked with Navy SEALs (though the atmosphere of the class is anything but ‘bootcamp’).
As a healthy person, there’s a silent danger that you’re just going about your active life, following your fitness routine, and one day, you realise you’re Bill Murray and you’re living a gym-going version of ‘Groundhog Day’; same thing, same time, all over again, x 10… I think that the beauty of classes like the Strive experience are that they mix it up for the body and mind, in a social and encouraging group environment. The use of chains, tyres, heavy medicine balls, sprints, competitive time-trials, stacking boxes; you just cannot predict the random actions / motions that your body is asked to perform. I reckon that unpredictability is a genuinely effective way to shock the muscles into change mode!
One of the Navy SEAL mottos is “the only easy day was yesterday” – this session certainly invoked that notion! An endurance experience of ‘plyo-pyramids’, ‘partner exchanges’, ‘static core holds’, ‘burst sprints’ and ‘team tyres’ which are all pretty demanding, and they pride themselves on never repeating 2 sessions, so that you’re constantly kept guessing. All images were shot at the Westway Sports Centre, under the A40 in very changeable London weather conditions – which felt a little bit like hell week might 😉
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