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Tribesports User of the Week: James G


Posted by James (Jim) G under Running, Adventure Racing, Fitness & Training on 28 November 2013 at 12:00 AM

James G runningWhich Tribesports Challenge has been the toughest and which are you most proud of?

Since I started getting back into fitness 12 months ago there have been many milestones along the way which, at the time were ‘proudest moments’. My first run was about 4k and I had to walk after 1.5k so when I first completed that route, running all the way, it was an awesome feeling.

Now though it has to be finishing the Great Eastern Run Half Marathon in under 2hrs. When I first booked it back in February I wasn’t anywhere near able to even run the distance, or even half of it, and the best I expected was to get under 2.5hrs, so to smash my original target by such a big amount was a great feeling.

Awesome profile picture - how often do you train with inversion exercises?

Our local council spent a fortune last winter putting a load of outdoor fitness equipment in the park, for the most part it is poorly designed and not used, but thanks to the great challenges from Al Kavadlo on Tribesports, I found the Monkey bars are a fantastic bit of kit. Whenever I run through that way I finish with a good session on the bars. 

James G profile picture

During the summer there is always young people hanging around and they are often impressed to see an ‘old guy’ doing hanging crunches and I see them trying it out for themselves when I have finished.  It is a good feeling to have inspired a young person, even in such a small way.

 I don’t have the right set up to do them at home but we often build pergolas as part of our garden projects so I get a few extra sets in on those, whilst I am at work, sometimes.

You've had an awesome return to fitness, what would you say was your biggest motivator to get back in shape?

My first son was born just before my 41st birthday, my second before my 44th, being an ‘older Dad’ I really wanted to be fit again so that I could enjoy more activities with the boys and of course to set the right example to them of how to live a healthy life.

What's been your favourite mud race to date?

It has to be the Insane Terrain race at Doddington near Cambridge. These events are run by a local East Anglia team and the venue was a brilliant choice. They used a Moto X track for much of it and incorporated lots of well established, muddy, stinking water obstacles. It was very reasonably priced too, definitely a company worth watching as they develop their events.

Insane TerrainAny more lined up?

Yes, I will be warming up next year with a couple of 10k X country events before doing some more Insane Terrain runs, I would like to do a Tough Mudder but it will depend on cost and distance.

Which body weight exercise do you find gives you the best results?

It’s been said before, pull-ups are King! You get to work arms, chest, back and abs. Then there are all the variations you can do such as L-sit Pull-ups which will intensify the work on different muscles.

Which Tribesports user makes your day?

Well for me the star of the community is Matteo R, he is a great athlete, and a consistent contributor who is always ready to encourage others whilst remaining incredibly humble himself. But there are so many great people on here who really make Tribesports a wonderful community. Though of course I have to say that the Tribesports user who really makes my day is, Stephonie G, my wife. Steph has committed to get fit and raise money for Help For Heroes next year by completing the Cambridge Go Insane mud run in June 2014, so I’d appreciate all of you giving her plenty of encouragement.

What's your favorite quote?

There are plenty of oft used quotes relating to sports and fitness but this one is more apt for Tribesports and its community ethos;

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” 

Charles Dickens