‘How I Train: 5 Workouts I Never Miss’ – Men’s health UK


Posted: December 10, 2020 at 8:53 pm

It goes without saying that this has been a strange year, but some things never change. Im always going to enjoy bumping some music and working out, and it really doesnt matter to me whether Im benching barbells in a gym, running on the road or exercising to my favourite tracks in my living room.

Mixing up my workouts gives me that all-essential high-low mix, and I make sure the music matches. Heres what a typical week looks like, and the tunes that get me through.

My HIIT sessions can get pretty sweaty, which is why Im thankful that both adidas Sport in- and on-ear headphones are sweatproof and waterproof.

The on-ear phones come with washable ear cushions and inner headband, which definitely comes in handy. There are some great HIIT workouts on the Mens Health YouTube channel, designed by our former cover star Bradley Simmonds.

I like to pick a few bodyweight exercises, with an upper or lower body focus, and do each exercise three times. Ill do 20 seconds of work and follow it with 10 seconds of rest, so these are classic Tabata workouts.

They only take 20 minutes to get through, but you should be absolutely soaked by the end of it. If not, youre not doing it right.

Best with: 3 Wheel-Ups by Kano, Wiley and Giggs

Ive run everything from 5ks to marathons in the past, but I dont think Ive ever enjoyed running as much as I have this year. With nothing to train for and no events on the horizon, Ive had time to give it extra attention.

Four times a week Ill be out on the road, running easy miles as well as speed sessions. I might have my playlist that got me through the Manchester Marathon on, and one of the first tracks is Icon by Jaden Smith, and that'll get my competitive juices flowing.

The adidas Sport in-ear FWD-01 headphones have amazing sound quality as well as a feature called passive transparency, which means I can still be aware of my surroundings and stay safe while my musics on loud. Bonus. You can tell they were designed specifically for running as the controls are ergonomically designed and super easy to use on the move.

Best with: Icon by Jaden Smith

Ive definitely been doing more yoga since lockdown began. Its super-convenient as all I have to do is throw down a mat and Im ready to start.

The noise of inner-city London was, however, coming between me and my practice, so in the end I turned to music to keep me focussed. Ive been practising to different soundtracks, which I'm sure might be bending the rules of traditional yoga, but does it work for me? Absolutely, yes.

Best with: Like A Star by Corinne Bailey Rae

While yoga is great for my focus and flexibility, sometimes I just want to lift some heavy stuff. Admittedly, with gyms closed for most of the year thats been a little harder to do, but I have a set of dumbbells at home and I like to lift them regularly.

Theres no end goal, but I like to lift because and Im sure youll agree its a whole lot of fun. Its made even more fun when its done to music, and Ill wear my adidas Sport on-ear RPT-01 headphones for this. Theyre cord-free, so dont get in the way, and I find I can lift heavier and for longer when Im blasting music through them. They also have a 40-hour playtime so no more last minute overnight charges.

Best with: Jungle (Remix) by X Ambassadors, Jamie N Commons and Jay Z

If I a do a really hard running session, Ill go for a long walk the next day to make sure Im getting some active recovery in and Im ready for my next training session.

Ill also head out for a walk to break up my work day and to take in some fresh air on my lunch break. When Im walking, Ill typically listen to a podcast and tune out, even if just for a short while.

Best with: Wrightys House podcast by The Ringer FC

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