After a whirlwind couple of weeks I am now back home in England and training hard in preparation for the biggest competition for Commonwealth countries. 

Since finishing my ANZ season over in New Zealand with my club Kia Magic, I had two days to organise my belongings and myself and jump on a plane back to England to maximise my workout time with the England squad ahead of the competition.

Upon arriving back in the UK I've jumped straight back into the England Netball programs down in Bath, with semi centralised training, and have been fortunate enough to have been selected for my second time to represent England.

Both myself and the team are hard workout, and have been put through our paces with fitness testing, practice matches and rigorous gym program to keep us busy but more importantly prepare us in the best way possible ahead of Glasgow later this month.

For now, we have a week at home to spend with family and friends before we head into holding camp on the 15th July, and then the real fun starts when we arrive in Glasgow on the 19th, absolutely raring to go! Helping me through my workout and preparation has been my comfy and stylish kit from Moving Comfort and Brooks, it's great to look and feel good when i train and this kit definitely allows me to give it my all.

 

Jo Harten

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The event was not something I had tapered for, but was important as the winner took an automatic selection spot for the European Championship that are to be held in Hungary on the 12th July. 

 

Overall I had a consistent day and really enjoyed competing.  The day started with the swim, which isn’t the usual format for a pentathlon. Here I placed 2nd with a time of 2:08.13. I was eight pentathlon points behind the winner of the swim, fellow training partner and GB squad athlete, Alice Fitton.

 

In the fencing, I won 24 of my 36 fencing bouts which was the 3rd best fence of the day and put me into 2nd place behind the winner of the fence, Hungary’s Tamara Alekszejev, by six points overall.

 

For the equestrian discipline, three athletes- Freyja Prentice and Kate French, and Hungary’s Kamilla Reti, produced flawless rides to land the full 300 points at Solihull Riding Club. But Alekszejev still led, with Alice Fitton moving up to 2nd and I dropped back to 3rd position. I drew a bay mare called Amber. She was difficult in the collecting ring and I knew I would have to ride very positively at each fence if I was to jump each obstacle. In the area, our pace was too fast and consequently we took three poles, which gave me 21 jumping penalties and an overall ride score of 279 points.

 

Alekszejev went into the run/shoot with a 23-second lead over Fitton, and I started a further three seconds back thus the Hungarian athlete had a 26 second advantage. My run/shoot time of 12:47.44, the fifth fastest of the day, brought me home nine seconds clear of Alekszejev. Fitton finished third overall.

 

With my two team mates,  Mhairi Spence and  Alice fitton, we took the National Team title representing Team Bath. 

Sam Murray

From the left: Mhairi Spence, Alice Fitton and Samantha Murray. Samantha is wearing our Endurance Tee.

 

As usual, I had my ups and downs during the competition. I have taken the positives and have clear focus points for the final stages of my training program for the European Championships. I’m really excited and most importantly, I am having a ball!

 

Thank you to Moving comfort and Brooks for my training and competition kit. I ran in my Momentum Shorts, Vero sports bra and used my Brooks Glycerin 11 trainers. 

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We Beat Bootcamp

19 Jun 2014 14:20:25


Up until a year ago I was doing bootcamp twice a week. After the first session, I couldn’t walk properly for 6 days but luckily this was only the case for the first session! It was always challenging, there was always the chance to push myself further and I found that my fitness improved rapidly. Since I moved a year ago I have kept my fitness up with Running, yoga and windsurfing, however when I went for my first bootcamp session in a year last Saturday, I had naively forgotten how hard it had been on my body the first time around and what a difference added resistance makes! So when we were given 2 tyres each and set off to do 2 lots of 5 suicide runs with these, I was shocked back into a difficult reality. It didn’t help that it was pouring down with rain and there was thunder and lightning…

Luckily I’d sussed out the rain so went for the minimal clothing approach, after all skin is waterproof and the added weight of wet clothing was not going to help me. I wore the Momentum Short as it is the lightest in the range and these were fantastic. They didn’t hold onto water, stick to my legs or cause any irritation at all while I was running, squatting, lunging and all sorts! I opted for the Endurance Tee on top as it wasn’t quite warm enough for a tank and I was grateful for the sleeves when I had tyres resting on my shoulders! This style is one of my go to favourites and the lightweight, soft material didn’t hold much water, didn’t cling to me and allowed me to feel comfortable throughout.  Whenever anyone struggled with an exercise, they had the option to decrease their resistance or alter the exercise slightly making the whole session versatile for all levels of fitness. I opted for the Vero bra as it has thin straps and wore these in the cross back position. It was perfectly suited for the level of activity and I personally found that the cross back position held me better during the running based exercises.

Endurance Tee Momentum Short

Following the most physically exerting activity I had done in a year, I was drenched to the bone and had acquired a second skin of grass. However, my MC kit had done me proud in the conditions and I loved the challenge and the social support; it was great to mix up my training and there was a whole range of fitness levels there. I will definitely be making this a regular appointment!

Vero

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Sam: Ready for Spring

31 Mar 2014 10:41:30


By Samantha Murray

 

After a cold, harsh two weeks altitude workout in the French Pyrenees, it was a lovely surprise to return home and find a large parcel in my porch. My spring / summer collection of Moving Comfort gear had arrived.

 

The Foxy Full Zip Jacket paired with the orange hot shot tank top and an excellent pair of fitted ¾ length capri leggings have Quickly become my favorite items. The colors are really bright and cheerful and definitely swept away the winter blues.

 

We have started working towards the competition season by competing at warm-up events around Europe. From a weekend in Budapest for a Pentathlon, Shortly Followed by another competition in Rome, the past few weeks have been intense with lots of travel and essential practice for the 2014 season.

 

So I stayed in Rome for some workout and had the opportunity to put in to practice my Italian skills. It felt quite rewarding after the effort I've put into it. The best bit ordering what my favorite desert from a local bar. It's called a " Caffé Turbo " and Consists of: a double espresso, a scoop of iced zabaglione, a scoop of rich dark chocolate ice cream, some Italian style custard and cream on top all in one medium sized coffee cup. It's not really athlete friendly (and not something I'd tell our nutritionist about), but every now and again I believe it's good to treat yourself!

 

At the moment, I'm in Bath and have one more week of workout then, alongwith the rest of our GB squad, I'll travel to Acapulco, Mexico, for the first World Cup of the season competition. Despite the long journey, I'm very excited and have the " Loco in Acapulco " song already downloaded on to my iTunes!  

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Sara's Top 3 For Spring

13 Mar 2014 17:06:08


The Moving Comfort Spring collection has landed for 2014 and brightens up any workout. Being lucky enough to trial a range of the collection, it only takes one use of some pieces to knowthat they're going to be my staple favorites. The colors for this season are so bold, Which I love and narrowing down to just 3 of my preferred items of apparel was a challenge ...

First off is the hot shot tank. Initially, When first handed this tank, I was not sure about the design. As soon as I put it on the angled mesh panels made ​​it extremely flattering and being the most lightweight of the Moving Comfort range, I wore it to hot yoga where it Performed perfectly. It did not get heavy with sweat or ride up, I have since tried it in the gym on the cross trainer and bike and am looking forward to the warmer months so I can take it for a run outside!

My second key piece is the Momentum Short. thesis I have in the bright flame / pixie color-way, Which Firstly make them aesthetically great. The wide waistband is another bonus providing a flattering fit Allowing me to feel really confident and the zip pocket at the back is very practical. T hey're so lightweight you hardly notice you are wearing them. 

My third piece is the Switch it Up Hoodie. I went for a bold color-way in this (pixie swirl / pixie) and I can not get enough of it! Two  hoodies in one, a great space saver When traveling with limited suitcase space . The hoodie is extremely light weight so I tend to put it on while I'm cooling down and after my workouts as the technical fibers wicks moisture away from the skin to keep it dry and quietly it does not overheat you.

Hot Shot Tank

Hot Shot Tank

Momentum Short

Momentum Short

 

Switch It Up Hoodie

Switch It Up Hoodie


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