Posts by: Frank Murphy

Tread the unknown path – what is running

If you think of running only as a competitive sport, for sportsmen and athletes to compete in Olympics and other events, just think again!

Today, running has come of age as a best exercise for the muscles, heart and body, burning calories, toning the body and enhancing the overall well-being of the runner. Read More…

Cool down – when? why?

Before doing any exercise, whether it be running, circuit training, football or whatever you chose, it is vital that beforehand you go through a thorough and effective warm up routine and that afterwards you effectively cool down.

We have touched on warming up here, with the aim being that your body; mainly your muscles, and your mind are prepared for the work they are about to do.

If you don’t warm up before exercise then you are highly likely Read More…

Buxton half marathon

What a day!  Sunday 26th May saw 5 Stoke F.I.T. runners line up amongst 226 other runners to tackle the very hard and hilly Buxton half marathon.  Gregg Boughey, Lucinda Stone, Dave McGuire, Matteo Loforte and myself all met up by race HQ and discussed what we were up against!  Only Gregg and Lucinda had done the race before, so the rest of us were unsure of what was to come and just wanted to get stuck in!  Dave had done the Potter’s Arf twice before joining us at Stoke F.I.T. and had done the much flatter in comparison Stafford half since.  Matt however, had no experience of racing yet!  This was his first half marathon, and what a course to pick as a first!!  They both run so well in training and I’m not sure they even realised what they were capable of, especially Matt Read More…

Choosing the correct running shoe

Running shoes that fit well, support your feet and enhance your performance are the first pre-requisite of a running program.  

Choosing a correct shoe for yourself is as much an art as it is a science and involves careful analysis of your individual requirement. Here we give you an insight into what all should you take into consideration before you pick up a pair of running shoes.

Running Shoes – Type of Foot

Every individual possesses a different set of characteristics, as far as the feet are concerned. The shape and structure of the foot goes a long way in determining the kind of shoe you need.

The Wet Test: Perform the wet test on Read More…

Trevor Hulme

At the beginning of 2012 I tipped the scales at the heaviest I had ever been. I had just joined the gym and wanted to get fitter and healthier for the sake of my kids, I didn’t want to be the dad you couldn’t run around the park  because I was out of breath easily. Despite this I lacked the motivation to go to the gym on my own and push myself. I lost some weight through eating a bit better but this alone was not going to help my fitness.

I have known Frank for long time, Read More…

Sami Munden-Griffiths

This is Sami’s second testimonial, to read her first, please click here.

At the age of 14 I was diagnosed with depression, some say it’s hereditary, some say it’s a learned trait, either way there it was. Over the many years I have tried various things, happy pills, herbal remedies, ignoring it, allowing myself to some dark places (this wasn’t very nice at all) but now I think I have learned to manage it.

Certain times of year seem to be my triggers, season changes being a regular one to cause my mood dips but Christmas is my killer. Read More…


Achilles tendinitis (correctly named Achilles tendinopathy) is a medical condition characterized by the inflammation and irritation of the Achilles tendon that can occur either in the acute or chronic form.

The condition derives its name from Greek mythology, named after Achilles, the invincible Greek warrior of the Trojan War, who was considered to be vulnerable only at his heel.

The Achilles tendon is a large rope-like Read More…

Fabulous February post #26

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending!

I was unfit and could not run up the road, I’ve changed my ending! 🙂


Jenna Jones

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