As the adventure-racing trend continues to take over the world, forms of training such as Parkour and Ninja Warrior (which we once saw as entertainment and judged – don’t pretend like you didn’t!), are quickly gaining momentum and popularity through the viral nature of social media. All of a sudden people are busting out moves on roofs-top and chimneys like…

Which is great (albeit dangerous), but it brings me to my point. It can be tough to tell which Insta-celebs are legit (and qualified) from the passionate faux-pros. You wouldn’t buy a second-hand car based on the sleazy car salesman’s pitch alone, so why are we buying into this dangerous world of uneducated advice willy nilly?

What works for one person won’t necessarily work for another. Everyone has a different level of fitness, strength, agility and speed, and those who have studied and have experience in, know how careful they need to be with their recommendations. Our body compositions are so different that one person thrives on peanut butter, yet it induces anaphylaxis in another.

Personally, I’m inspired by the competitors at adventure-races who tackle the death-defying obstacles with ease (for my complete Spartan review click here). By athletes who train for a purpose that goes beyond aesthetics, money or power. By educated fitness and nutritional professionals who genuinely want to make a difference in this world and practice what they preach.

Not too long ago, I was lucky enough to cross paths with two fitness professionals I genuinely look up to. Andrew Papadopoulos and Jenna Douros. If anyone can inspire you to backwards-hill-climb-sprint or lift yourself up a set of stairs with your bare hands, it’s these two. Not only are they physical machines, they’re inspirational, educational and most of all, they’re friggen lovely.

Take Andrew Pap for example who, within an hour of meeting, lifted me onto his shoulders (with a 10kg sand bag over my own shoulders) pumped out a few squats, lunges and parkour jumps, then put me down before I even realised what was happening. ‘Whoopdidoo’ I hear you say, but it was what happened next that was a true testament of character.

What I should mention is that before doing this, I put Pap through a few rounds of hill sprints, so like any normal person he’d worked up quite a sweat. At the time I was wearing my favourite army-green coloured SKINS (#bestincompression) and hadn’t even considered that like any colour-lighter-than-black, it darkens dramatically the moment it comes into contact with liquid.

So the moment Pap put me down, you guessed it, I looked like I had weak bladder control. It was one of those moments in life where you can either take the high road, or sink into a mortified heap and beg the earth to swallow you up. Naturally, I chose the latter…

Humbly apologising and acknowledging that it was, in fact, his neck sweat, we had a good old laugh and he quickly moved on like the professional he is.

With all the fitness and nutritional advice and recommendations out there, make sure you do your research and know your self and your limits. I’m all for new recipes, crazy fitness fads and parkour (obvs), I’m just saying that before you go ‘jump’ because some faux-pro Insta-celeb tells you to, just make sure they’re genuine, because it’s all fun and games (or smokes and mirrors) until someone loses an eye.

This week I’ve included a fuss-free, fun workout that will leave you feeling energised and satisfied. Perfect for that lunchtime pick-me-up. Enjoy.

Becky Bergman
Girl on the Go

Girl on the Go’s 10-8-6

After warming up, complete each of the following exercises consecutively for 3 rounds:

  • Hill sprints (10m-15m)
  • Bodyweight row (complete a supine row and lay under a waist-height rail, then use your arms lift your chest (and bottom) up to the railing. Keep your core engaged and use both feet to stabilise.)
  • Travelling burpee
  • Push up (knees/toes)

Round 1: 10 reps of each exercise (rest for 45 seconds)
Round 2: 8 reps of each exercise (rest for 45 seconds)
Round 3: 6 reps of each exercise (cool down)