Author Archives: Tony Lowe

About Tony Lowe

The nerd behind the scenes who keeps the bytes moving that makes the BeFitApps programmes happen. A committed cyclist and climber Tony finds no shame in wearing lycra in public and is not embarrassed about the veins visible in his forearms!

Good intentions – trying to stay active while at a conference

Singapore – a great but expensive conference venue As part of our other lives Rachael and I regularly attend international conferences in some interesting places. However rather than being a glamorous activity, living in a conference hotel, eating buffets and spending the day stood on an exhibition stand networking is not conducive to feeling fit and healthy. So when we book the hotel we are always keen to have access to a good gym facility and perhaps a pool, promising ourselves that this time it Continue reading →

To be the best triathlete you can be…

To be the best that you can be, you will need…Strength, Power, Control, Efficiency, Flexibility. We hope that you enjoy the new and shorter video that demonstrates our TriFit programme.  With 28 videos covering over 200 exercises, try the ultimate conditioning programme for Triathletes… Current BeFitApps members and those already signed up to SkiFit will have immediate full access to TriFit. If you are not yet a BeFitApps member, sign up here to get full TriFit access today Triathlon footage from CHALLENGE Americas (REV3 MAINE Triathlon Continue reading →

First sportive of the year – La Petite Bisou

The weather is turning and its time to get out and blow away the cobwebs and start getting seriously fit for the summer. For me the first serious outing is La Petite Bisou sportive which is a fabulous local event with excellent organisation. You really do feel like a professional cyclist with the start/finish gantries, motorbike outriders, roadside spectators and rolling road closures. However, at this time of year even a 75km event is enough to really tire the legs and body which are unaccustomed Continue reading →

The benefits of swimming for cyclists

Triathletes probably all know this already but it seems clear now that swimming can provide significant benefits for other aerobic sports such as cycling. Strong evidence for this comes from the return to form of Team Sky cyclist Richie Porte after a 2014 troubled by illness with a dominating performance in the 2015 Paris-Nice stage race. The secret sauce in Richie’s success? A winter spent blending training miles on the bike with an average of 20km swimming per week in his local pool in Launceston, Continue reading →

Professional cyclists know the importance of core stability – do you?

It seems that professional cyclists are waking up to the benefits of core stability and strength for maximising cycling performance. In this video by the Global Cycling Network we see how the Tinkoff-Saxo team are integrating core strength sessions into their training programme. So, do you want to add a cycling specific core strength session into your cycle training? You are in luck as that is what the team at BeFitApps have developed and it forms a key part of the cycling component of the Continue reading →

A guide to skiing in Japan from Bruce Goodlad

Japan holds a special place in the heart of skiers who will immediately think of those stunning sequences in the ski movies where the riders float effortlessly through clouds of overhead powder. While we probably all have a skiing trip to Japan on our must do list, not many of us have been and I for one don’t really know what such a trip would be like or how I should go about organising it to make sure it really is the ski trip of Continue reading →

An introduction to skiing in the Chamonix valley

Chamonix is famous in the skiing world for its very steep accessible terrain and provides the backdrop to many Redbull style extreme ski movies. However Chamonix is also a destination that can be enjoyed by recreational skiers and families, when you know where to go and what to do. This week we managed to catch up with Shona Tate from Bass Chamonix who in this short chat gave us the benefit of her experience of skiing and ski instructing in the valley for over a Continue reading →

The Clank: a new core exercise devised by Neil Maclean-Martin

Neil Maclean-Martin in his relentless search to develop exercise programmes to improve performance and prevent injury has developed a set of new core exercises which he calls “the Clank”. Use the Clank to take your core workout to the next level! Firstly what is the Clank? If you have done any of the SkiFit workouts you will now be very familiar with the side plank which is the exercise that works your obliques in the core routines. Well a Clank is basically a half side Continue reading →

The one minute ski fitness workout

Short intense workouts are the must do fitness craze for those of us trapped in today’s high pace, stressed out, all work no play, lifestyles. So here is a perfect short intense workout for getting you ready for your ski holiday this year. You can slip this into any part of your day… waiting for the kettle to boil, waiting to get in the bathroom in the morning, while the ready meal is in the microwave, while stood in the checkout queue at the supermarket Continue reading →

Ski instructor report: first off-piste easy after SkiFit!

Alison Culshaw from Off-piste performance has been a keen user and advocate of the SkiFit programme, following the programme herself in the build up to the season and even giving away subscriptions to her clients. Now Alison and her students are reaping the rewards as this recent report from an introductory off-piste skiing course shows. So if you are thinking about trying more demanding skiing this season, particularly venturing into the off-piste, you would really benefit from getting fit in advance. The SkiFit programme is Continue reading →