September 1, 2022 // Liza Smith

Recovery Training???

Isn’t that an Oxymoron? I have been programming active recovery sessions once a week for one of my athletes for the last couple of months, since he completed his B race, and is building to his A race. Last week I received a message from said athlete, asking (in their…

March 17, 2022 // Liza Smith

75Hard… This is what discipline looks like

Back in December last year, after seeing my friend Hannah’s results, I decided to take on the 75Hard challenge. I’d looked at it earlier in the year but dismissed it as I didn’t understand it properly. 75 days of training without a rest day? No thanks! I don’t even do…

January 17, 2022 // Liza Smith

And we go again… From 0 to 140.6

Ironman 140.6 Vitoria Gasteiz – attempt 1 2020, attempt 2 2021, attempt 3 – Lets go 2022. Now this years attempt depends on more than just Covid restrictions. In one of the weirdest injuries ever sustained (and Chris James was with me when it happened and those are his words!)…

March 8, 2021 // Liza Smith

The David Goggins 4x4x48

*As this was a Goggins event I thought I would use his suggestion in his book ‘Cant Hurt Me’ and file my challenge review as an AAR, After Action Review. 4x4x48 – After Action Report Establish the Intent: The 4x4x48 is a training tool that David Goggins (DG) has been…

February 16, 2021 // Liza Smith

Grow days – A Sport Therapist’s view.

Grow Days are the new Rest Days and yes, you need them. A couple of weeks back I interviewed my good friend, Nutrition Coach and Owner of Deep Health Nutrition, Demi Stephens, about how she overcame her aversion to rest days – if you missed it, you can read it…

January 20, 2021 // Liza Smith

Grow Days… the new Rest Day?

Rest Days. For anyone that really cares about their performance they are as important as Training Days… so why do so many people struggle with them?  I’m one of the lucky ones as I have never really struggled with taking my rest days.  Maybe it’s because I’ve been involved in…

January 7, 2021 // Liza Smith

Thank you Toby.

Note…I wrote this blog back in November 2019 but as we are approaching the Open once more I thought it was worth reposting. *For those not in the know The CrossFit Open is a global competition comprised of five workouts over five weeks. The workouts are released every Thursday and…

November 6, 2020 // Liza Smith

Treat yourself like you would your best friend!

One of the things I have noticed lately in various conversations with both friends and clients is that some of us are unfortunately willing to say some of the meanest things… about ourselves. For some reason some don’t allow the whole ‘Be Kind’ movement to apply to themselves. So often…

October 16, 2020 // Liza Smith

HIIT – Are you doing it right?

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is everywhere. Gyms run HIIT classes, people can download a HIIT timer on to their phone… it’s a really popular way of training due to its efficiency and effectiveness but unfortunately the more popular it’s gotten, the less it actually looks like an actual HIIT…

September 28, 2020 // Liza Smith

Improve your cycling – Know your FTP. Yes, it does matter!

As many of you will know, I am an Indoor Cycling Instructor and over the last 3 years I have developed my skills and knowledge to become a Power Trainer. I am lucky to have done courses with two of the best Power Training Providers in UK Indoor Cycling; ICG…

August 4, 2020 // Liza Smith

Improve your running, get in the Zone… Zone 2 that is!

Let me preface this by saying if you are already a Zone 2 convert then this post is not for you as you have already learned the secret and it would be a pretty safe bet to assume you are reaping the benefits.  However, it seems lockdown has pushed a…

July 30, 2020 // Liza Smith

Is your fitness suffering thanks to overtraining ?

One of the things we have likely all seen a lot of during this lockdown period is unqualified Fitness Influencers (seriously, someone still needs to explain what this even is!) and even in some cases PT’s and fitness brands setting up crazy bodyweight challenges as a way to “help” people…

May 27, 2020 // Liza Smith

Is your ego holding you back?

No! I hear you cry indignantly… and maybe thats the truth but something I see all the time is people sabotaging their chances of success and the reason boils down to ego. Ok, what do I mean… You know that person in your fitness class or on the gym floor…

May 14, 2020 // Liza Smith

A feeling or results… which do you want?

OK, so this post might upset a few people but I really think it needs to be said and I’m going to be the one to say it. Let’s talk about chasing that feeling… the burn, the agonising soreness. Has anyone ever said to you, or maybe you’ve said it…

February 2, 2020 // Liza Smith

Why CrossFit?

I’ve had more than a few people ask me why I do CrossFit. I’m not sure if they mean in general, or because I’m a coach with my own fitness brand that isn’t CrossFit. But anyway, I thought I would give the question my full attention and explain why CrossFit. …

December 4, 2019 // Liza Smith

Return of the 6 Hour Hell Session: Choose your Own Adventure

In 2018 I did 4 of these sessions. They came about because I was training for a 36 hour SAS style event where you had no idea what you would be asked to do. I had worked as staff for the event the previous year so I could get some…

October 10, 2019 // Liza Smith

A 6 Hour Hell Sesh

As mentioned in my previous post about my coach, Kerry, here is an example of what a 6 hr Hell Session looks like… Workout 1: 20 burpees + 400m run. 19 burpees + 400m run. 18 burpees + 400m run.. all the way down to 1 burpee + 400m run….

October 1, 2019 // Liza Smith

My Coach and I

The two most asked questions I have had since blogging about my IM journey (apart from when/where is it? and why on earth would you want to do that?) are 1; Why do you, a coach/pt/trainer yourself have a coach, can’t you do it yourself? 2; Why haven’t you switched…

March 17, 2018 // Liza Smith

Become a “Runner” !

So many of my clients either have started or want to start running. Those that have still will not refer to themselves as a “Runner”. When I ask why, they invariably tell me things like “well, I’m a jogger really”, “I’m not that fast” or “I’m not good enough to…

May 12, 2017 // Liza Smith

What I learnt from my first marathon

As many of my close friends will attest to, I was very blasé about running my first marathon, even though the London Marathon is a race I have wanted to tick of my list for a long time. I entered the ballot eight years in a row with no success…

April 4, 2017 // Liza Smith

Not seeing the results you want?

Do you feel like you’re spending hours training but just not seeing the results you want? We all have different reasons for working out and all have different desired results.  It might be that you are just generally focused on being a bit healthier, keeping your heart healthy and keeping illness and disease…

January 16, 2017 // Liza Smith

New Year, New You – How is it going so far?

Many of us use the start of a new year to refocus on our health, fitness and lifestyle choices. I know a lot of people hate the New Year, New You thing but for some it is an important time of year, to be able to put the past behind…

December 16, 2016 // Liza Smith

Why you should stretch every day

We all hear all the time that stretching is important, but do you really understand the benefits? When you’re time poor, there might be a strong temptation to skip the stretching in order to spend more time on cardio, thinking thats the best use of your time. Don’t. Whether you’ve…

December 1, 2016 // Liza Smith

Strength Training for Beginners

Strength training can be intimidating to many. Maybe you’re one such person, maybe you’re completely new to fitness, maybe you only use the CV machines at the gym or maybe you’re a seasoned runner who only focuses on their cardio. It can be especially intimidating if you’ve never wanted to…

September 16, 2016 // Liza Smith

Why a bear???

I adore bears… All bears… I have been known as Liza Bear to my husband for I can’t remember how long. Since becoming an obstacle course racer I have become Mud Bear. I have huge admiration for bears as they have all the skills required to be great obstacle course…