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Dairy Abstinence April

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That title sounds a bit crook, doesn’t it…

A few years ago I attended a job interview and was predictably asked to list a couple of my weaknesses. I said “ice cream” and “pizza” and we laughed. The interviewer then asked, “No really, what are some of your weaknesses?” I started crying and again said “ice cream” and “pizza”…

Whilst that anecdote is not completely accurate, there are elements of truth to it. And given that it has been a few months since we have rolled out one of our world-famous challenges, we thought, “Let’s start a dairy free challenge …

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A few days in the life of a raw vegan

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[Please note that the UNITED household is a vegetarian household so whilst we may take the piss out of vegans, it’s from a place of love and admiration, and some dietary frustration.]

According to probably science, the two hardest things in life are giving birth, particularly if the child has a head as big as mine was, and living a raw vegan lifestyle. This week we have decided to take on the easier of these two scenarios – raw veganism.


From the outside, raw veganism may seem like a lifestyle of self-righteous eating habits that needs …

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The triple mayhem

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If you are ever at home and feel like doing some exercise but don’t know what to do or aren’t sure how long to do it for, here is a really neat routine that only lasts for 11 minutes but will seriously get the heart racing. It requires nothing but your body, and preferably a flat space. The idea is to blitz yourself over a three-minute period, take a quick break, and do it again, and again.

The triple mayhem

The triple mayhem works like this (movements standards at the bottom of this post):

Start a running clock

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30 day burpee challenge

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The Project UNITED 30 day burpee challenge comes to a close on Friday. So what did we learn?

Firstly, the numbers

Across the thirty day challenge, here are the numbers that mattered:

  • Rest days: 4
  • Days spent burpeeing: 26
  • Total burpees, beginner: 835
  • Total burpees, intermediate: 1815
  • Total burpees, advanced: 3555
  • Total burpees, elite: 3830
  • Days spent cursing the damn challenge: 29

What did we achieve?

Apart from the discipline of sticking with a 30 day fitness challenge, burpees provide a raft of health benefits across the entire body. From strength, mobility, cardio conditioning, and power, burpees are a …

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The 30 day burpee challenge

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Here’s one for the lovers of punishment. It’s the official 30 day burpee challenge, and here’s how it works:

The procedure

  • Each day for 30 days, a participant performs a set number of burpees based on the calendar below.
  • There are various levels of difficulty from beginner to weapon (the official term is “elite”).
  • Each consecutive day, the burpee quota increases.
  • Every 7th day is a rest day.
  • There is no need to start on the first of the month (i.e. starting any time is fine so long as you can string together 30 days in a row), though
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3000m sprint pyramid

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The 3000m sprint pyramid is a beauty for measuring maintained running speed over multiple increasing distances. It’s easy to perform, requires minimal equipment, and can be done almost anywhere.

The objective

The 3000m sprint pyramid requires the participant to record their running times over a distance of 3000m broken up into one interval each of 200m, 400m, 600m, 800m, and 1000m. In-between each interval is a rest of, in order, 15 seconds, 30 seconds, 45 seconds, and 60 seconds. The overall time will be calculated as total time minus rest intervals (two minutes and 30 seconds). In other words:

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Here’s why we should love netball

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This was a completely impromptu post, but it was undeniable. Whilst it is not entirely relevant to Project UNITED’s other posts, it is relevant to the overall project with regards to building a community and doing what is needed to have it survive. The final was played yesterday, but that is only half the story.

There has been a lot of discussion in media circles about the difficulty women’s sports face in gaining mainstream media attention outright, but this post is not about that. It is about having faith in something you believe in, and a passion to make it …

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Bring Sally Up push-up challenge

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When American singer songwriter Moby brought us Flower, we doubt he could foresee that it would become an anthem for various fitness challenges the World over. From squat challenges to plank challenges to strict handstand push-up challenges, it has become the basis for three and a half minutes of movement madness. In this post we are going to look at the push-up variation of the Bring Sally Up challenge.

How the Bring Sally Up push-up challenge works

The only aid required for this challenge is a copy of Moby’s Flower song. Fire it up and follow these steps:…

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The burpee lap

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The burpee lap will go down in the annals of history as one of those are-you-freakin-serious type activities that gets passed down from generation to generation during story time. You will certainly earn your breakfast getting this one done.

Burpee lap process

The burpee lap is the process of covering a distance of 400m by performing as many burpees as is needed to get to the finish line.  To perform a burpee lap, you will need a stretch of space that will allow you to cover 400m. A 400m running track is ideal, but a 100m football field will work …

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