The First US University Obstacle Course Racing Scholarship!

Did you know that obstacle course racing (OCR) has become so popular in the United States of America (USA), that on 14 April 2017, Umpqua Community College’s (UCC) Department of Athletics signed William Turner and Andrew Paschall for the UCC’s Obstacle Course Racing programme, becoming the first two scholarship athletes of their kind in the… Read More

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The History of Fitness…

Ever wondered about the history of fitness? If the answer is yes then follow this link to an article written by Lance C. Dalleck, M.S. and Len Kravitz, Ph.D. which describes: Primitive man and fitness (pre-10,000 B.C) The Neolithic Agricultural Revolution (10,000-8,000 B.C.) Ancient civilizations – China and India (2500-250 B.C.) The Near East (4000-250 B.C.)… Read More

7 Tips for Successfully Completing Boot Camp, or Any Intense Training Experience, Courtesy of WWII Marines

Marcus Brotherton (Art of Manliness website) suggests there are seven tips for successfully completing boot camp, or any other intense training experience which are: Expect immediate, difficult change Never complain Never fight the man who trains you Pace yourself Don’t be a “grab-ass” Learn rules quickly, follow them explicitly Respect the leader with the low… Read More

Think You Know The History of Fitness?

Article Title The History of Fitness Introduction As we enter the 21st century, one of the greatest accomplishments to be celebrated is the continuous pursuit of fitness since the beginning of man’s existence. Throughout prehistoric time, man’s quest for fitness has been driven by a desire to survive through hunting and gathering. Today, though no… Read More

UK Boot Camps: When They Started

Boot camps were brought to the UK by Robin Cope, a retired British Army officer, in 1999 “as an alternative form of group training to gyms” (BMF, 2012).  However, Wikipedia suggests that the fitness boot camp concept did not reach our shores until 2005 (Wikipedia, 2012). Wikipedia usually so right, but on this occasion so… Read More

2000s and UK Boot Camps

Boot camps were brought to the UK by Robin Cope, a retired British Army officer, in 1999 “as an alternative form of group training to gyms” (BMF, 2012).  However, Wikipedia suggests that the fitness boot camp concept did not reach our shores until 2005 (Wikipedia, 2012).  The idea of British Military Fitness (BMF) was to… Read More

2000s and Celebrity Boot Camps

Celebrity Fit Club was a reality television series that followed eight overweight celebrities as they tried to lose weight for charity.  Celebrity Fit Club aired in the UK from 2002 to 2006 and in the US from 2005 to 2010; the US version was called Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp from 2008. Split into two… Read More