Empower Fitness

Fitness is a calling to take your life to a higher level, to exploit its hidden treasures. An eternal quest to feel amazing in both body and soul.

Operating as usual

20/10/2019

25 years on the planet 😲 feel like a different person to the one I was a year ago, and a different person to the one before that still. Always trying and tasting, staying open minded and evolving...but I’m so grateful to have this constant rock of support beside me 😍

18/10/2019

Sometimes I think all this exercise is good for me...then I see these photos and realise, it’s going to put me in an early grave 💀😂

17/10/2019

If there’s one thing doing an Ironman taught me, it’s to go big and go bold...
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Thank you @lifeinink for my amazing ‘non wanky’ Ironman tattoo 😂 I enjoy looking at it so much I’ve given myself neck strain. Go check her out if you’re in or around Farnham!

14/10/2019

Good [type 2] fun at a wet n windy trail race yesterday. Very proud of Lyd for her first 10k and satisfied with my lung burner of an effort! Think if I lose any more gainz (bro) I might be accused of taking this running lark seriously...😬😂

10/09/2019

How strong you are, the energy you have on the day and whether you stick the landing matter little. I’ve come to realise that how you organise and concentrate your efforts over time are far more important. Control only what is controllable!

Some basics from today, with some bangers from The Streets providing the soundtrack...

28/08/2019

Looking for quality in the miles, not just miles upon miles...
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I don’t believe you can go too far wrong with this approach, whatever form of training you’re undertaking. I don’t see a badge of honour for pointless sadomasochism.
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The quality, or at least an awareness of, every rep, interval or foot strike is what matters most to me. Make time count, don’t count time as they say!

22/08/2019

Why do I need a bridge to be a good athlete?
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1) Cus it’s fun.
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2) IMO your goal in the gym, studio, pain cave, whatever you want to call it, should be to far exceed the strength, range of motion or metabolic demand required in your sport and/or life. You are subjecting your joints to rigours far more demanding than you will ever experience in a bike race, marathon or chaotic school run, in a safe, controlled environment. Race day, like your day-to-day, is fraught with a million variables and the gradual onset of fatigue. You need to be sure that you can retain good form to prevent injury and prolong efficiency. So whilst you don’t strictly need to take the spine through this amount of extension to flourish, the idea is to raise the bar when considering what your joints are capable of.

14/08/2019
13/08/2019

Creating some space and stabilising the shoulders 🤸🏻‍♀️
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Don’t be the dick clutching his/her shoulder after every set of bench. Look after what is the most complicated - not to mention abused - joint in the body, plus have a little fun with it too!

12/08/2019

Always practice in safe, open spaces 🚨😂
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I love the versatility of bodyweight strength training and how it can be replicated anywhere, but always know your perimeters! 😆

06/08/2019

The warmup for me is more of a listening process. It is never fully planned, instead attention is directed to each joint or muscle group respectively, through a series of staple exercises (squat, shoulder flexion, hip internal/external rotation, transverse rotation through the spine etc.). Routine creates efficiency, but that’s not what you’re looking for in a warmup. Demanding each muscle get up to speed and stop being so god damn tight will only result in a pinged hammie. Rather look for the green lights on what is good to push and red lights warning you to take it easy!

23/07/2019
17/07/2019

It’s all a game.
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That’s what you have to tell yourself when the war of attrition, that’s being waged inside your head, gets a little too much. Endure just one mile more...one mile more.
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One of my toughest physical tests to date, thank you to everyone who wished me well and supported me throughout my training!
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The sweetest part of the day - bar running down that finishing straight - was sipping a cold beer with Lyd in the hotel lobby afterwards, knowing the work was finally done...for now!
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Back to the drawing board we go 🤔💭 @ Bolton

10/07/2019

Tuck planche is feeling a little more secure these days, looking forward to focusing on this post Ironman and moving out to straddle planche once I’m back on the creatine 💉😂
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Keep watching for a tasty little drill (and some even tastier gurns) I picked up from @themovementjourney for some super strong, bulletproof hips!

09/07/2019

Here I am training functionally, in preparation for when my umbrella is violently swept away by gale force winds.
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Give the lateral body some love ❤️We don’t move in fixed robotic planes, so if your sport/life involves some form of twist, dip, duck, dive or dodge (name the film ref. below ⬇️) then why would you train like a robot? It’s fun to explore those neglected areas like the obliques, QL, serratus etc.

08/07/2019

How to do a squat, a handstand, and eat enough protein on a plant based diet.

07/07/2019

When there’s no more work you can do, all that’s left is to put your feet up 🦶🏼🦶🏼
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1 week until @ironmanengland 😬 with the amount of time dedicated to something like this, it’s easy to build it up in your own mind, to be more important than it actually is. It’s simply a race...a really bloody long one!
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I entered it to gain more stories from which to better teach my clients, and to make a few people stop and think ‘fair play, that’s pretty cool...that makes me want to use my body a bit more’.
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So THAT for me is what’s important. I look forward to recounting the pain for you all 😂

02/07/2019

121 & small group coaching in Farnham with a difference!

Reinvigorate the relationship you have with your body, through gymnastic strength and mobility training.

Half a decade's worth of experience working with clients, ranging from complete novices to proffesional level athletes, has taught me that simplicity is not only elegant but highly effective when it comes to building a strong, agile body that you are comfortable in.

That's why I focus predominantly on bodyweight solutions, and empowering clients to replicate their workouts anywhere - no gym required.

Visit iammpowered.com/coaching for more information or get in touch with me directly - I welcome all abilities and goals!

Mark

26/06/2019

Some highlights from today’s session.
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It’s all quite bitty and general at the moment, but this is the first time I’ve not had a pressing strength/mobility goal for about 8 years, so it’s actually really nice to just move for the joy of it! Some of these drills you have to try to fully understand the facials 😂

24/06/2019

Can you have your cake and eat it too?

21/06/2019

When I was about 14 I got launched off a trampoline (the perils of the notorious double bounce 😂) and landed on my sacrum. Once the excruciating pain had numbed I got back on the trampoline and continued with my day, because at that age you are made of rubber and magic.
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Years later it’s fair to say I suffered the consequences of neglecting to mobilise the area, so much so that it had completely locked up and I was forced to endure terrible back pain on the bike.
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Now, after a couple of years dedicated to movement, I’m beginning to recognise the fruits of my persistence, and as you can deduce from this picture, get no pain whatsoever.
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This is not an extraordinary story, what’s extraordinary is the amount of people that neglect rehabbing an injury, and continue down a degenerative path to immobility. Don’t miss out on the joy that is freedom of movement! Shoot me a DM if you think I could help regain what’s rightfully yours.

18/06/2019

It takes 275% more facial muscles to do a seated straddle leg extension than it does to smile, so best avoid it if you don’t want wrinkles.
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Here’s a collection of hip and spine drills that I’m loving at the moment. Tough, laboured and not yet smooth flowing, but strangely satisfying!
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This is how I train to accompany my sport, and the method I see as most effective when it comes to moving with efficiency and avoiding injury. Hit me up if you have a question about strength/mobility training for sport ⤵️

16/06/2019

Lost my Olympic triathlon virginity in some torrential rain and a fast flowing River Thames 🌊
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The pain and pre-race jitters are already but a distant memory! Managed an 8th place age category finish which I’m pleased with considering the few hiccups I had.
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Onwards to the big one in July #ironman @ Royal Windsor Triathlon

14/06/2019

WHAT AN IRONMAN EATS IN A DAY - Ironman Vlog 04

Ever wondered what an Ironman athlete eats in a day? No? Me neither, but I did a video about it anyway...😂 Episode 4 of my Ironman training vlog is live, so give it a watch if you're interested...
https://youtu.be/XJyJoBmzOlM

12/06/2019

We filmed this in the refreshing waters of Lake Montriond, near where we’ll be hosting our adventure retreat in September. DM me if you’re interested in reserving our last couple of spaces!

10/06/2019

If you don’t feel at home in your body, how will you ever feel at home in the world?
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Last year, me and @morphmorfit sat down on the roof terrace of a Moroccan riad and came up with the idea for adventure retreats with the sole purpose of reconnecting people to their own physical existence.
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A physical existence...This is something I see as paramount to all people, firstly for reasons that sit on the surface, such as decreased obesity rates and increased life expectancy, but secondly - and arguably more importantly - so that we can begin to transcend the construct of our inner ‘self’ that we have been ceaselessly creating whilst living in our own heads.
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Liberation comes in many forms, but the way I know comes from challenging the body, testing it and changing it. It results in fluidity of mind that allows you to break down the walls of perceived identity, which has been laced with limiting beliefs you create for yourself.
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....and you know, it’s just a weekend in the Alps without the kids n stuff 🤣
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Few spaces still available so if you have a yearning for an adventure and movement in idyllic surroundings, then DM me.
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Prices start at £530 including flights, workshops, yoga/paddleboard yoga and breakfast, lunch & dinner everyday from our private chef.

08/06/2019

After I’ve indulged myself in a silly race next month, I’m looking forward to focusing on the really important stuff, with the people that matter most...without feeling like I could fall asleep at any minute 😂😴

07/06/2019

All the big issues dealt with!

04/06/2019

The level of production that me and @morphmorfit bring to the table really is top notch 👌🏼😂🤦🏻‍♂️
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This week’s Ironman Vlog is live, so go to the link in my bio if you’re interested!
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It includes a sneak peak of our research trip in the Alps, ahead of our retreat in September. 3 spaces are still available so if you have a yearning for an adventure and movement in idyllic surroundings, then DM me.
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Prices are £530 including flights, workshops, yoga/paddleboard yoga and breakfast, lunch & dinner everyday from our private chef.

03/06/2019

Your training doesn’t need to be in the gym for an hour each day to become valid.
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Neither does it need to be called ‘training’, if your day to day activity serves you well enough (and I’m not just talking in terms of daily step count - think flexibility and variety of movement).
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Moving/training (whatever you want to call it) outdoors gives me a huge sense of well-being and fulfilment, bordering on the spiritual. A feeling of ‘this is where I’m meant to be’ that allows me to forget about modern day ‘realities’ and reconnect to my feral self....grrrr 🤦🏻‍♂️
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I take a whenever, wherever approach which I’ve found to greatly reduce the perceived burden of something which should always be a joy and a pleasure.

02/06/2019

I am inspired everyday by the people I work with.
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I admire the discipline required to consistently allocate time, to focus on something that’s really important [your body], despite the lure (for want of a better word) of successful careers, families and vocations pulling them in all different directions.
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I will always hold them to high standard, and be disappointed when they haven’t done their homework 👈🏼👀 but I regularly remind myself how lucky I am to work with such ambitious, hard working, kind and friendly people...

28/05/2019

Building something that will stand the test of time doesn’t happen overnight. Strong foundations will allow you to reap rewards long into old age and beyond.
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Put money in the bank now and when you’re 85 you can live off the interest, harping on about your golden years as you drink yourself to death on the balcony of an Italian villa or do charity bungee jumps till your ticker gives out - at least that’s my plan anyway 😂
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@bencolgatept here putting my straight line to shame!

27/05/2019

Keeping the foundations strong after abusing the body with endurance training over the last couple of weeks.
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There is evidence to suggest that humans were built to chase down packs of animals - far faster than themselves - until superior endurance prevailed and the animals succumbed through sheer exhaustion.
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Whilst this maybe the case, it was also built to self regulate, which is why it strives for homeostasis. So whilst you may use your ancestors to buoy yourself up and inspire the predator within (easy tiger 🐯), remember that your desk bound, mollycoddled arse has not been conditioned in quite the same way.
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I believe there is only so much improvement the body can take in a set space of time - in other words you won’t go from couch to Mo Farah overnight! Slow progress is good progress...

25/05/2019

Aerodynamics of a shed 🙄 - last night at the lake 🏊🏼‍♂️

23/05/2019

Seek discomfort.
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I’m a sucker for cheap thrills, and cold water is most certainly one of them. Acknowledge the busy mind, which is working overtime to come up with a million and one excuses as to why you should not go in, before kicking it into autopilot and taking the plunge.
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Mental robustness that translates into physical, further down the road. I guess you could say it’s my attempt to conform to nature, rather than insisting it conform to me.
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I reside in a temperature controlled house, sit on cushions that are ergonomically shaped to cradle my bony arse, and walk on soft fluffy carpets so my feet don’t get sore. Chances are you do the same. It feels empowering to shake things up and realise you’re not built from glass after all!

What do I do?

I focus on performance, functionality and longevity through movement coaching. Aesthetics in the absence of capability are hollow and short lived - MPowered stands for true, all-round strength.

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How strong you are, the energy you have on the day and whether you stick the landing matter little. I’ve come to realise...
Why do I need a bridge to be a good athlete? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀1) Cus it’s fun. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀2) IMO you...
Creating some space and stabilising the shoulders 🤸🏻‍♀️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Don’t be the dick clutching his/her shoul...
Always practice in safe, open spaces 🚨😂 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I love the versatility of bodyweight strength training a...
The warmup for me is more of a listening process. It is never fully planned, instead attention is directed to each joint...
How to do a squat, a handstand, and eat enough protein on a plant based diet.
Some highlights from today’s session.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀It’s all quite bitty and general at the moment, but this is the first t...
Can you have your cake and eat it too?
It takes 275% more facial muscles to do a seated straddle leg extension than it does to smile, so best avoid it if you d...

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