Will you be signing up for a Gym Membership in 2016?

As funny man Jimmy Fallon said on ‘The Tonight Show’ this week* – “I know a lot of people are a little sore today after going to the gym for the first time since last January” probably true for a lot of people! …… actually I’ve sold gym memberships!!! At the end of the 1990’s I finished University and moved to Glasgow in Scotland. Whilst deciding on which career path I would follow I took a position in a sales team, selling gym memberships for a large Continue reading →

The perfect gift for the skiing fanatic this Christmas!

SkiFit, the perfect gift for the skier who has nearly everything… Its that time of year again when we are rushing around in an Xmas party induced fog trying to find gifts for all the family. But what do you buy for that loved one who lives to ski but already has the gloves, the goggles, the socks, the hand warmers, the thermal underwear, the GoPro helmet mount etc? The answer is a simple and cheap gift that will improve their skiing holiday in ways Continue reading →

Learning with the Geeks – snow pits on an avalanche level 2 course

Learning to dig and interpret snow pits with the experts on the Avalanche Geeks level 2 course reveals the benefits and limitations of this technique. Following the great avalanche level 1 course we attended in 2014 with the Avalanche Geeks (AKA Bruce Goodlad and Mike Austin) we followed up this year with a level 2 course. This course over 3 days revisited the same topics of snow, terrain and the human element, but went deeper into more geekery including some very graphic and thought provoking Continue reading →

Surviving The Snow With Young Children

I’m very lucky to live in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc with  two small children now aged 3 and 6 years old. We enjoy some amazing weather and of course the scenery isn’t bad either! Having children here is a wonderful experience because they spend a lot of time outside being active, changing sports in time with the seasons changing. They  were both born here and therefore I’m now quite experienced in the art of surviving the snow with small children in tow. Because even when the snow hits, we have Continue reading →

Skiing With Drones On The Slopes

Shout it from the bin, from the chair-lifts and tows, “This years must have fashion accessory is here to capture your every turn in ultra dynamic high definition. Helmet cams and selfie-sticks are just so last year. Now it’s the turn of the drone.” Our technologically accelerated world has showed us all manner of marvels. The GPS driven ski speed & distance app for the mobile phone has been with us for a number of years promoting the hard and fast. The helmet with on-board Continue reading →

How Do I Stop My Quads From Burning When I Ski?

By building your butt muscles, otherwise know as your Glutes! It was core, now glutes are the new black.  Aside from holding up your jeans and attracting shouts of “cute butt”, glutes really are amazing in what they do for us. This is the cool bit, glutes are what allow us to do so many things as humans that other animals cannot do.   Standing,  they have evolved so quickly compared to many other body parts. The pelvis took a huge leap from our chimpanzee cousins to allow us Continue reading →

How To Find The Real Snow Forecast

As our home town of Chamonix welcomed it’s first snow last weekend, locals and tourists are tracking weather fronts and pretending to be ‘Snowologist’s’, regurgitating the weather forecast at least three times every hour to anyone who’ll listen. This is what is predicted for us in Chamonix tomorrow. To me (a non-Snowologist) the above means “tomorrow will be a miserable day, remember to wear a waterproof jacket and sensible shoes, and if I haven’t already I should panic about changing the tyres on the car from Continue reading →

Sumos to Musketeers, My Favourite SkiFit Exercise

Tony reflects on starting the SkiFit programme, the fantastic autumn weather and his favourite exercise from the programme… Its that time of year again and we have now started SkiFit-ing in earnest ready for the 2015-16 skiing season. Being very busy with work (I’m sure we all feel that way…) we have so far only managed two full Phase 1 workouts and we our ski fitness is quite a long way behind where it was this time last year. I also blame the amazing weather Continue reading →

Fundamentals of Core Exercises

Quality of core exercises are key.  Unless we are doing them correctly we are not going to get the full benefits and reach our full potential.  We have talked about the importance of core previously and we always have a core section in each of our BeFitApps programmes.  Core exercises are a fundamental part of your training what ever your sport. So when we are doing core conditioning exercises it is very important to do them correctly.  If they are not performed correctly we will Continue reading →

What Is Your Adventure Based Top Trump?

Keith shares some honest thoughts on endurance events, top trumps and the majesty of Everest. I don’t want to write a spoiler alert here so it’s straight over to Keith…  We’d paused for a day in the one street town of Manang in Northern Nepal to prepare our bodies for the next couple of days. They were going to be tough – ascending the Thorung La at 5500m almost at the run with heavy loads of camera and sound equipment. To film the next stages of Continue reading →