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Thursday, 17 December 2015 05:57

The Gym Diaries 2

Word staff writer Owen Salisbury has started to take his fitness seriously: he’s hired a trainer. In the second of a series of columns, Owen learns the value of patience

Published in The Gym Diaries
Sunday, 15 November 2015 18:16

The Gym Diaries

Word staff writer Owen Salisbury has started to take his fitness seriously: he’s hired a trainer. Here’s the first in a series of columns where we follow Owen in his attempt get muscles like beachballs

Published in The Gym Diaries
Sunday, 16 August 2015 17:34

Performance Nutrition Tips

Don’t diet — it simply doesn’t work. Instead, making small changes to what you consume can equate to big gains when it comes to getting the most out of your training and exercise efforts.

Published in Body & Temple
Thursday, 12 February 2015 19:11

The Top Five Dont's for the New Year

It’s the time of year when many health and fitness magazines have their top lists of how to achieve various body composition goals with countdowns such as “14 days to a six-pack”, “lose 3 inches in 7 days”, “get amazing arms, legs and abs in 8 moves” and so on.

Published in Body & Temple
Friday, 19 December 2014 00:47


There is a culture or myth that in fitness and sports performance, MORE is better. Rest and recovery are as of equal importance as the training or workout portion of the regime when devising a programme. However, because people think they get the training benefits by ‘doing’, they often overlook or don’t understand the importance of rest and recovery.

Published in Body & Temple
Monday, 07 October 2013 08:03

Green Space Hanoi

Green Space Hanoi

Groups of women are moving slowly to thumping aerobics music, barely breaking sweat. An unsteady roller-blader skids past, the five-foot padded mess of flailing arms and wobbly knees narrowly missing the lake before tumbling safely onto the grass. It is a balmy evening in Thong Nhat Park and hundreds of Hanoians are here to enjoy the clear skies, rain-freshened air and people watching.

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