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Tribesports User of the Week: Paul M


Posted by Paul M under Running, Fitness & Training on 27 August 2014 at 11:00 PM

Paul M Black Tech TeeWhich Tribesports Challenge has been your toughest and which are you most proud of?

Toughest Tribesports challenge would have to be the 1500 Jump Up Burpees in a week challenge. These were full burpees with jump and press up. I was determined to take this alongside my normal training, so had to complete them before and after workouts. I can honestly say at the end of that week I was truly knackered! The exercise everyone loves to hate!

Tribesports challenge I am most proud of is the 250 skips without stopping. At 48 I wanted to learn a new skill. I always looked enviously at the guys at the gym who could skip effortlessly, knowing what a good calorie burner skipping is. So I brought a speed rope, watched a few YouTube videos, and started. At first I could do no more than 2 or 3 before catching my feet. That became 5, then 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and so on. Completed challenge on July 22nd this year, 2 days after my 49th birthday while on holiday in Turkey in 30c heat. Love my skipping now and always do some skipping at end of workouts if I have the time.

Skipping speed ropeBeing recently divorced I joined Tribesports in January of this year and found that it has filled a void in my life with it’s supportive community of like minded individuals interested in active and healthy lifestyles.

You clearly love HIIT - when did you first start high intensity training?

In the summer of 2013 and I have Tribesports to thank! I was looking for something else other than running and indoor cardio and searched the internet. Came across the Tribesports HIIT workouts in a fitness article. Started doing the 7 Minute Workout and saw my fitness levels and muscle mass increase. Then started doing other HIIT circuits and hill intervals programmes on cardio equipment like climber and exercise bike. The more I read up about HIIT, the more I understood the benefits of such a time efficient workout which burns fat but not muscle fibre and that also gives you that after burn effect. The variety of the exercises keeps it interesting and challenging and you can tailor the number of circuits to the time you have available. I now also do the Les Mills classes BodyPump and BodyCombat which are all HIIT based. 

Which exercise do you find toughest (but kinda love it)?

Got to be Burpees!

Congratulations on your ultra marathon, what's the story?

Round the Rock Ultra MarathonIronically it was when I was looking to reduce my running mileage as sore knees and back were reminding me of my age. So I wanted to go out with a bang! In Jersey where I live we have an annual walk around the island to raise money for charity. This is a 48 mile course mostly on trail. Then a couple of local runners who had done ultras elsewhere decided to create an Ultra Marathon using the same course in 2012. So the Round the Rock Ultra Marathon was born. I entered the second year it was run in 2013 after the success of the first one they staged. Finished in 25th place out of 65 finishers in 08.56.59. which I was really pleased with as my target was sub 10 hours. Took my medal and retired from distance running on the finish line.101 Paul Milton 07:29 09:40 11:18 13:14 8:56:59

Are you still running regularly?

No. I have listened to my body and only run occasionally. I still love running and always will, but I wanted to still be able to keep my fitness levels and training up as I approach my 50’s, and realised that if I continued my high mileage running I risked more serious and long term injuries which could end all my training. Between 2008 and 2012 I was running 4-5 times a week outside or on a treadmill. After a long run I had to drag myself out of bed the following morning with a stiff and sore back and knees. Although after reading Born to Run I did change to a barefoot style of running and changed to minimalist trainers, which reinvigorated my running and reduced my wear and tear, I was still looking to reduce my mileage.

Barefoot running

So I have changed my focus to gym based training. I still run occasionally on the beach, which living in Jersey, I am lucky enough to have one across the road from my house, but no longer than 10k at a time now.  

Awesome snowboarding photos - have you always loved the snow?

Yes. Started skiing as a child on school trips and moved on to snowboarding in my 30’s. I love snow being such a different surface with so many characteristics to it. Freshly fallen snow as powder is a completely different surface to hard packed icy snow. Different techniques required with different snow types.


Boarding down freshly groomed snow called corduroy, due to the grooves looking like corduroy material, is one of life’s great pleasures for me. The sound of your edges carving through the grooves cannot be replicated. I now prefer the freedom of snowboarding with only 1 plank of wood strapped to your feet rather than 2 skis and 2 poles to worry about going in different directions. The scenery in snow covered mountains such as the Alps is truly breathtaking and still causes me to stop and look. I now have my 2 children skiing with me, which is a great bonding experience for a parent.

Snowboarding the Alps

Do you focus much on nutrition or just eat what you want?

I try to stick to a healthy, clean balanced diet without being obsessive. I believe in treats to reward good eating habits. Mine is dark chocolate.

Where in the world would you most like to complete a Challenge?

I guess somewhere I have never been to. A remote tropical island in Micronesia would do for a skipping challenge.

Tech Tee SS Black TribesportsWhich piece of Tribesports Performance Wear is your favorite?

My recently brought Men’s Performance Tech Tee SS in black. Very good quality material and a flattering cut.

Which Tribesports users make your day? 

I will only list 5, which is a challenge in itself. In no particular order,

Amanda C represents the best of Tribesports, a dedicated trainer who also creates challenges, joins in discussions and provides loads of encouragements to others.

Eunice Y is another dedicated trainer who encourages so many other users and adds helpful advice.

Maryse D is dedicated to her training and to achieving her desired physique. Some people think women with muscles are unattractive, but they are missing the point that strong is the new skinny. I think she is hot! 

Kevin G - you can tell Kevin is retired by the amount of time he spends on Tribesports. He uses that time to create discussions and challenges and provide encouragement to others. Kevin provides so much to read on TS and is clearly very charity and community minded. 

Loretta A keeps challenging herself. Her achievements and goals are an inspiration to us all, regardless of age and she is a great contributor to TS.

What’s your favorite quote?

"Ask yourself: 'Can I give more?' The answer is usually yes.” - Paul Tergat