Amy Bramble’s review of WildForestGym

Published on Amy Bramble Yoga Blog, 22 June 2015

Amy Bramble

Last month, I went on one of the free trial sessions currently on offer at the WildForestGym in Brentwood, Essex. It was a perfect, late spring afternoon and I absolutely loved it!

Amy Bramble

Bluebells in the woods…

The bluebells were out in full bloom, carpeting the woods and the centre itself managed to combine my love of the British countryside, movement, balancing, challenging myself and breathing in fresh air. Continue reading

5 More Podiums Places for TEAM Wild Forest Gym

5 podium wins for TEAM Wild Forest Gym

TEAM Wild Forest Gym is on a podium run. Adding to its fantastic Nuts Challenge wins the TEAM are hitting the top of the podium once again for the last 2 weekends.

1st Place Females Muddy Trials, Scotland 12k Louise Johnstone
1st Place Age Group (2nd place overall) Warrior Run 6k Caine Johnson
1st Place Age Group (4th place overall) Warrior Run 6k Mark Johnson
3rd Place Females Dirty Dozen 12k Toni Cupit
1st place Age Group Dirty Dozen 6k Mark Johnson

Race Reviews

Mark Johnson – Warrior Run

The race over all was good. Once into my stride was able to overtake 2 racers that had run past me on the long run. Great log carry and tyre lift plus eased through 2 sets of monkey bars. Was able to overtake strugglers on the rope climb. Was able to put into practice the hill climbing training on the steep hills. I had no problems with the cold water. All in all a great race and a great finish.

Caine Johnson – Warrior Run

Leading up to the race I had a lack of training due to illness. I managed to complete all obstacles without missing any and having to do push ups. It felt quite heavy on the biceps and quads due to the climbing/carrying and the hills/water and jumping. As a bit under the weather the water was a shock at first but easy to overcome; as was the lengthy runs and hills. I was also okay with some new obstacles like the staggered monkey bars and the tyre flip. All in all, it was a tough race for just 6km and was tough all the way through with no real rest, which was great.

Toni Cupit – Dirty Dozen

What a great race day. Was a flat course, with lots of running, in between deep trenches and riverbanks. Sheep dip was quite early on, and there were a couple of  river swims. The ground was a mix of hardened clay and thick, claggy clay, which was made interesting by a long tyre pull, then there was a log carrying section through woods along muddy tracks. Two sections that zapped your energy were the run/ wade through the river, and the BMX type track, before you headed on to the large obstacles. The obstacles were really sturdy and well-built, the marshalls were great, really encouraging and fun. The atmosphere in the village was brilliant, really friendly. Could have done with a changing area, but all good!The barbed wire crawls hurt so much! Lucky people on the Sunday when it turned to mud! Thanks to Doug Spence and his team for putting on a great event.

Louise Johnson – Muddy Trials

Great to be taking part in a local (Scotland) race.  Taking place on the Craufurdland Castle Estate in Kilmarnock, fantastic route, trail, water and mud to add to the mix.  Natural terrain obstacles are really working for me recently in terms of being challenged and putting up a challenge.  Fantastic people and support for each other!  Would highly recommend!

Ironically I wasn’t meant to have been racing as my energy had been zapped for 2 weeks leading up to the race and pretty much not been able to train. So decided to run it rather than race. Without the pressures of going out to win the race, I came into my stride and low and behold it was the best running I had ever done. All in all with my new running technique that I had been working on in TEAM training I not only finished but I won it, outright!

Four podium wins at The Nuts Challenge

TEAM Wild Forest Gym

FOUR PODIUM WINS for TEAM Wild Forest Gym with an awesome weekend racing at The Nuts Challenge.

  • 1st Place for Thomas Blanc in Mixed Nuts 01:54:20.
  • 1st Place for Caine Johnson (17yrs old) in More Nuts 00:57:57
  • 2nd Place for Mark Johnson in More Nuts 01:02:43
  • 2nd Place in age group 14-19 (overall 5th place) for Ross Cohen in More Nuts 01:07:28.
  • Commiserations to Louise Johnstone who was beaten by the cold and had to pull out on her 3rd lap of Tough Nuts. Continue reading

Thomas Blanc 6 times Spartan Race Champion

Thomas Blanc Spartan Champion

Coach Report

by Michael Cohen, Head Coach & Manager

Thomas has laid down the gauntlet with the UK’s finest OCR Spartan Race series. For the last 5 weeks every racer has tried to out race him. He has raced the arduous hills of the the Spartan London Sprint, the fast flats of the Spartan Cambridge Sprint, the technical course at the Spartan Yorkshire Sprint, and then the harshest of storms at the Spartan Edinburgh Sprint. Last weekend it all culminated in a double win at the Spartan Midlands Super on Saturday and then the Spartan Midlands Sprint on Sunday. Continue reading

Tough Mudder London North Review – 5 May 2013

This is the 2nd year for Tough Mudder in the UK. Having trained dozens of Mudders for this years series it only seemed appropriate to  stand up and join them at Tough Mudder London North.

On 5th May the weather had broken and as I am driving to Kettering, Northamptonshire, the venue of Tough Mudder North the sun is shining. This 20km /11.5 mile obstacle course race is set in the amazing and manicured grounds of Boughton House and Estate. I decided to arrive 2 hours before the first wave was due to set off at 9am not knowing how busy the carpark and registration was going to be. Continue reading

The Reaper Review

the reaper

Not to be mistaken for an obstacle course race The Reaper is advertised as 5.5 miles extreme cross country race with 20-30 obstacles thrown in.

It is the 30th March 2013 and I am driving to the awesome Pippinford Park Estate in Nutley, East Sussex. Spring should have arrived, however as I am driving to The Reaper I am watching my in car thermometer plummet down to 2.4°C, and with windchill it was now -1.6°C. Not only that it is snowing! Continue reading

Obstacle Racing & Training Kit

Here’s are our recommendations for obstacle racing kit based on experience and where possible tried and tested.. Continue reading

Review – Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon v’s Tough Guy 2013

Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon

This is not the full review on my my newly tested Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon. That is to come once the mileage is up.

Meanwhile Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon takes on Tough Guy 2013.

Are they going to stand up to the mark, the mud and the obstacles?

Mike Wiltshire of Primal Lifestyle, Official UK Distributor for Vibram FiveFingers was kind enough to give me a pair of  Spyridon to do a review on them a few days before my Tough Guy 2013 on Sunday 27 January 2013. Continue reading

Inspiring Books

Wild Forest Inspiring Books

Have you been inspired by a book?

Born to run Christopher McDougall One of my all time running classics is Born to Run by Christopher McDougall.

`Christopher McDougall is talking evolution and preaching a revolution… His book is already a sensation…a rollicking tale well told’ –The Times

It is time to share your inspiration!

Please let me know what books have inspired your and maybe a few words or short review. Continue reading

Alexandra’s Training Session for Tough Mudder

Tough Mudder TrainingI’ve been trail running for many years, on sand, mud, wet grass and even in water just below my knees so I thought Tough Mudder would be the thing for me and that I just need some really tough or boot camp training in the gym or in my back yard and a lot of off road running.

Well I still think Tough Mudder is a thing for me, but what I was calling mud is now just earth or simple dirt with a bit of water in it. The word “mud” has a different meaning for me after the Tough Mudder training Session with Michael Cohen. I got the “taste” of real mud training.

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