You’ll notice a few shocking things when you enter the Crossfit London Blackboard Gym. There are no rows of cardio machines, no treadmills for you to bore yourself to death on, no rows of bikes on which to prop a copy of Heat magazine. There are certainly no cycling trainers standing in the saddle in tight shorts screaming “Spin!”.
According to the nonsense, to get fit you need a monthly membership and the ability to plod or cycle for an hour, three times a week on a leisure centre leased treadmill or fixed bike (while watching telly).
What do we think? We think when you get to the gym you should train, not do what you should have been doing anyway. Covering distance is important, but as part of your normal natural life, not going to the gym.
So our campaign, and frankly, training expectation, is that our trainees walk, jog, run or cycle to and from work.
Aerobic activity has its role in elite fitness, but beyond obtaining some decent technique tips, it needs to become part of your natural daily activity. Your gym work is extra.
This means we expect you to be walking, jogging or running about 5k every day (or knocking up 10,000 steps) Equally you can cycle to work.
Sure there are lots of issues: it may be raining, no showers at work, too far from work – but I bet you that with a bit of thought, you could get an awful lot of activity into you life.
That means your Crossfit London training sessions are extra, not a mere replacement. So today we throw our weight behind every single cycling, walking and running to work campaign there is.
Jogging or cycling distance is the way you get from A to B, and is free. It’s nature’s gift to you. Don’t lock yourself in a room with second-rate trainer and pay them to watch you jog or walk for hours.
Walking, jogging and cycling is free.
Walking, jogging and cycling saves money on petrol, bus and tube fares.
Walking, jogging and cycling helps the environment.
Below are some useful links to get you cycling. If you know of others, please post them under comments. If you ahve hints about getting cycling, or walking etc, please share them
and a wide cross section of other interesting sites
- A to B magazine
- Association of Cycle Traders
- Bicycle Association
- Bike Easy (top tips and expert advice for new cyclists)
- British Cycling
- CoBR (the Consortium of Bicycle Retailers)
- Cycle Bristol CTC
- Cycle Bag East
- Cycle Campaign Network
- CycleCity Guides
- Cyclemaps (UK directory of Local Authority produced cycle maps on the web)
- Cycleweb UK
- Give Cyclists Room campaign
- Greenways & Quiet Roads
- I’d rather cycle
- National Bike Week
- National Byway
- National Cycling Strategy
- Raging Bike
- Stop at Red campaign
- The Tandem Club
- Why Cycle?