Fitness, Health, Training

Why you should try Electric Muscle Stimulation Training (EMS)

What is Electric Muscle Stimulation?

Electric Muscle Stimulation Training or EMS is a training method where electric current is sent through your muscles and contracts them. In addition you will also perform exercises, but it can also be done without.

Usually you have to wear a special type of vest or body suit connected to an EMS machine or device. You will be sprayed with water, so the electric current is transmitted to your muscles.

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Why you should try a new sport in 2018

2018 is round the corner, and while I am already finalizing my goals and challenges for next year, I also plan to try new things like a new sport.

And to get you on board I have written a series of blog posts that I will publish over the next few weeks. Maybe there is also something in there for you to try in 2018.

There are three main reasons why I challenge you to try a new sport next year.

New impulses for your training routine

Your body needs to be constantly challenged to improve and get better. Trying out new sports and activities is great to mix up your training routine and give your body new impulses. Mixing up your routine is detrimental for your progress, and trying out a new sport can help you with that.

Once you start and get your first delayed onset muscle soreness you will know that you used muscles you have not used in a long time.

It will challenge you mentally!

Trying out something new always means leaving your comfort zone. Sometimes more, sometimes less. But by trying out a new sport there is always a chance that you will fail or not be good at the sport. Maybe it also means getting over your fear of heights or cold.

By stepping outside your comfort zone and trying a new activity you will get over that initial fear. You might or might not like the activity, but you already became a different person just by trying.

Trying a new sport is social!

Getting all your friends together for a new, fun activity sounds amazing? It absolutely is. You will laugh at each other’s fails, and celebrate each other’s progress.

Even if you don’t have any friends to do it with you, a new activity is a great opportunity to meet new people.

Are you planning to try a new sport in 2018? Let me know in the comments below.

Fitness, Health, Motivation, Running

How to run in the cold

Winter is coming! Where I live, this will mean temperatures well below freezing. I will definitely switch parts of my training routine indoors where I will do some spinning, yoga, strength training and lots of pole. And I will do some winter sports outside, like skiing and ski mountaineering. But I want and need to keep on running outside too. I’ve already written a blogpost about how to run in the dark, so here are my top 5 tips for running in winter.

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World's Toughest Mudder training
Obstacle Course Races, OCR, Training

My World’s Toughest Mudder training plan to hit 50 miles

When I look at my goals journal for 2017, the first entry is World’s Toughest Mudder. And in the section of what I need to do it says:

Train like a crazy person.

Although this pretty much sums it up, I thought it might still be a good idea to get into the details of what I did this year to hit 50 miles and what lessons I learned.

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