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Sailing  Sailing was first contested as an Olympic sport at the 1900 Paris Games. Since then, the classes of boats allowed to compete have continually

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Amy Mackenzie

From a very young age I have always been incredibly active. Growing up I was like most normal kids, swimming lessons, bike rides and trips

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What are Fats?

I hope you enjoyed and took something away from the previous blog on carbohydrates, here is number 2 of 3 and today we are going

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Andy Raju

“It was actually being accepted via ballot entry for the 2014 London Marathon that got me into running. What I learnt over time is that

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Kristin

“I was the kid who HATED gym class growing up. I did the minimum to get by. But I’ve always been a girl after a

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Mickael Boulogne

“Two years ago I decided to get serious about sports. After multiple health problems, exertional asthma, one leg smaller than the other is betting on

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Sarah Sorbek

“Never take your health for granted. It can disappear in an instant. I grew up as an athlete – competitive gymnastics followed by competitive swimming.

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Hannah Rehel

“I was that girl that walked by a mirror and turned her head away because she would cry every time she saw herself. One day

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Elaine Smith

“I am old now. I have struggled with mental health all my life due to an unhappy childhood. I was anorexic at 15 and experienced

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Something New

Humans of HIIT Founder Alex here and I’m trying something new!  Am I good enough? Will I be taken seriously? Will I fail?  The usual

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Tamara Olaniyan

  “I had a relationship with fitness but it was sporadic. I took fitness seriously in spurts: when I needed to enlist in the military.

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Becca Todd

“I’ve always loved sport because of the amazing way it connects and unites people together. It gives people a fun escape and a chance to

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Anisha Gangotra

“By day I work within the NHS and by night I’m an Inclusive Dance and Zumba Instructor. Growing up, I was super active. I loved

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Holly Clyne

“I’ve not always had my disability, in fact, growing up I was extremely sporty. I did karate lessons, signed up for every event at sports

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Rob McMurdo

Rob McMurdo

“From being 5 For 22 years I played football, week in and week out. I started to lose the excitement that football gave me and

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Shweta Minz

Shweta Minz

  “I have always been fit and healthy but things turned sideways when I was diagnosed with “invisible disease” which people know as “hypothyroidism”. My

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David Clarke

“As a boy growing up I was always fit, running around riding bikes and roller blading which I still do. As I grew up the

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Stacey Hitchcock

“Since becoming a Mum, my attitude to fitness has changed dramatically. I want to be a positive role model for my daughter showing her that

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Gareth Mate

“My name is Gareth, I’m English, but live in the Netherlands. I have always loved sport and continually enjoyed being outdoors. Sport and the outdoors

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Nelly Kasei

“I wasn’t really sporty. I spent most of my primary school in choir. I loved it because there was less effort. However; I became adventurous

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Ryan Harris

“I was an athlete throughout my childhood up through high school. Played multiple sports. Even after high school I stayed active for several years playing

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Faye Freeing

“I’ve struggled with my mental health since my early teen years. I lacked a lot of confidence and self belief growing up. I tried pole

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Paul Nicholson

Throughout school I was obsessed with sport, I played as much as I could, my whole life was consumed with playing some game. I was

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Nichola Whymark

  “Growing up I was extremely fit and active. I loved the way it made me feel and loved the competitive element too. I represented

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Sarah Ann Gray

  “After graduating, I worked 6 days a week overseas and literally never found the time to exercise; any spare time I did have I

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Gemma Marriage

  “Growing up I always loved being out on my roller skates, sometimes whilst my brothers pulled me along from their BMX bikes! I basically

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Claire Jones

  “I have always enjoyed sport although I wasn’t the best at typical school sports like netball and hockey. I gave them a go but

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Claire Smith

  “I hated sport at school. It was a mixture of being forced to do it & undiagnosed arthritis, asthma & Crohns Disease. After having

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Angela Soames

  “I’ve never been sporty and don’t consider myself to be – I laugh when my friends call me that! But after trying out lots

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Kirsten Williams

“I’ve particularly been into cycling since I was a child, mainly distance road cycling as I feel a sense of accomplishment after going further than

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Ross Simpson

“I started training for my sport when I was 14 years old and I’ve enjoyed it ever since. Due to my sport being high risk,

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Holly Hammond

“3 years ago I hated all sports and exercise because I got really badly bullied so I had to do something about it . One

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Lauren Gift

I was relatively active throughout my childhood. I played soccer and a lot of driveway basketball. I stayed out from morning until night and ran

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Joel Jake

“Sports were like a lifestyle to me from childhood. There were times where I was more anxious about sports meet in my school than the

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Gemma Davis

Having spent the majority of my 20s overweight and unfit and I decided I didn’t want to spend my 30s the same way. I wasn’t

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Zara

I started educating myself about fitness and nutrition about 3 years ago, and even then, I have experienced many highs and lows. In the past,

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Gamel Oki

I have a strange relationship with sports – I started out really disliking sports, or rather disliking how bad I was at team sports. But

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Niall Stillwell

“For as long as I can remember I’ve always been involved in sports. Athletics on Mondays, swimming with my mum on Fridays, family bike rides

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Amy Molesworth

“The year before falling pregnant I was at my very fittest, running 5km in 25 minutes and 10km in 52 minutes. I ran or went

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Donna Clarke

“I fell in love with the look of muscular and toned bodies back in 1992 when the U.K. introduced their version of the television series

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Cuan Coetzee

“Fitness for me started out as competition, it is now the main ingredient for my balanced lifestyle. Movement has always been ingrained in me. Growing

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Katie Baker

“From the ages of 6-16, I did gymnastics recreationally and loved it so knew when I went to Uni I wanted to carry on with

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Hannah Divall

“My school days were some of the toughest moments I have been through in my life. When I started playing sport I could escape all

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Jacob Delveaux

“I grew up in a heavy family from the American Midwest — think Big Macs and Thanksgiving dinners. I knew no other lifestyle other than

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Caroline Jones

“For me, sport has always been a way of bringing people together and really helped me when I moved to London 2 years ago. Whilst

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Alexandra Aguinaga

“The journey has been a roller-coaster full of ups and downs. Specially when you are diagnosed with hypothyroidism, gaining weight is something so easy that

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Amol Regina

“I started participating in physical activities at a very age of 6 years. I was in the athletes team of my primary school and was

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Vusi Edeki

“I found my confidence in fitness! I wasn’t always the confident person you see today. I had a secret love of physical activity growing up,

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Kasia Judkiewicz

“I’ve never really been an active or sporty person, I found hobbies that would keep me going but they never revolved around a fitness lifestyle.

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Megan McEvoy

“My fitness journey began at four years old when I stepped on the ice for the first time. From that moment on, I fell in

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Liv Grosvenor

“When I was 3 I was diagnosed with a brain tumour and a neurological condition called hydrocephalus. Growing up this impacted my mobility.I spent a

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Sophia Graham

“I’ve never been a very sporty person. I was overweight as a kid and was always picked last for PE. Luckily my metabolism kicked in

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Gerald Gyane

“I am an avid footballer, it’s been my favourite sport ever since I was a child. I was gutted that I couldn’t make it as

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Liam Addison

“20 stone is when I started losing weight seriously. I always struggled to maintain a healthy weight even as a child. I was completely oblivious

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Gemma White

“I dreamt of playing football when I was young but I didn’t dream of being a footballer; women’s football in the early 00’s was barely

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Hannah Pavelkova

“Throughout my life I have constantly battled with my weight. I was a heavy teenager and never felt comfortable to take part in sports or

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Michael Kiddell

“I’m a mature student that has thrown himself into university life. I am a student night manager, university sports exec vice chair and President of

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Marc Slowey

“I may work in sport however I have a love-hate relationship with training as I have always been someone who trains because of weight gain

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Lynn Smaggus

“I grew up on a farm, so I was always outdoors and active at an early age. Throughout my school years I was very successful

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Harry Millard

“Going to boarding school, rugby was a huge part of our daily life. I was training and playing during the week for school and then

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Sue Tetley

“My relationship with sport and exercise has been rather mixed throughout my life. I was never particularly sporty as a child. I enjoyed sprinting and

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Tom Middlebrook

“Taking part in physical activity has always been something I have enjoyed; a kick about in the park with friends, playing tennis, outdoor adventure activities.

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Jordan Lockyer

“My appreciation for fitness probably started later than most. l was a chubby kid growing up so I didn’t really get into sport until starting

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Rogan Sage

“I’ve always been fit. I grew up playing every sport you can think of, my family went to a sports hotel when my brother and

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Sophie Moore

“Exercise, I always hated it. I wasn’t a fan of gyms or running and then I started to lose weight & now exercise is my

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Beth Jones

“I started running a year ago and it has completely changed my life! I didn’t before because I felt like I couldn’t. I felt like

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Emily Taper

“I’ve always been a sporty and active person, at school I used to do everything from dancing and swimming to netball and hockey, but I’ve

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Poppy May

“I was an active person doing photoshoots almost everyday. Travelling to different locations and getting on the floor for angles of shots. In April 2018

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Emily Roche

“For me, I’m not as active now as I used to be, but playing sport has given me so much more than health & fitness,

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Anna Richardson

“I’ve always been someone who’s more interested in running around and being outdoors than working or watching TV. I barely scraped through school because I

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Brian Hensman

“As a kid I was very sporty, mainly football, gymnastics and cricket. I never made the school footy team as our weekly football was a

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Lauren Jeffries

“Before I joined Humans of HIIT I dreaded the thought of exercising, always feeling so unmotivated and uncomfortable within myself. Social media played a big

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Callum Graham

“I’ve always enjoyed exercise, but I’ve never been particularly good at conventional sports. I joined little league as a kid and had to quickly come

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James Gasson

“After spending most of my adult life drinking and smoking a lot and generally not being very active bar a bit of football here and

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Manda Morley

“I was never into sport or exercise in my early teens. When I started college I noticed that I couldn’t remain a slim shape and

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Digby Hayden

“My relationship with sport had a rocky start to say the least; the day after I learned to run, I fell and broke my toe-

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Eduard Susma

“I was born and raised in Romania, I am an amateur boxer and as many men my age, a fighter by nature. After a series

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Angela Darbon

“I’m not a runner! I’m never running when I can walk! I’ve even walked two marathons through the night in my bra.. Then in December

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Naomi Kennett

“Age 8 I was diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis, I wore a back brace 23 hours a day until I was 15 years old. I couldn’t

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Dan Trainer

“I have always been a regular gym-goer, middle-distance runner and part-time crossfitter, so when the world went into lockdown, I’ll admit, I was a little

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Dani Clamp

“At secondary school P.E. was my favourite lesson, even by the age of 14 when 80% of the other girls were getting out of it

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Jon Wheatley

“I’ve always been a pretty fit and healthy person; very active and not one to sit inside and watch Netflix on a day off. Technically

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Leanne Sheill

“Growing up I avoided sport at all costs, skipping every sports day and regularly producing notes with reasons not to attend P.E. I started running

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Beverley Agyeman

“I’ve always really enjoyed being active – from rounders and benchball, to netball and hockey, to boxing and dance – but “active” doesn’t typically look

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Phil Samuel

Exercising has always been a part of my life because as soon as I could walk I was kicking a football. However, once I stopped

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Jack Cross

“Being active is something naturally engrained in who I am. Even on the laziest of Sundays I will struggle to sit still. I’m not necessarily

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Michael and Gabs

“After doing several half marathons, we decided to step up to full marathon distance. London was set to be the first one for both of

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