New Courses Starting Soon!

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This month sees the start of a new season of fitness and well-being classes starting in and around An Coire and Drumnaph Nature Reserve, Maghera.

With the nights drawing in, and the cold winds starting to blow, it’s very easy to let our health and fitness slip. The battle between that run in the drizzle and the sofa (by the fire, with the comfort food) is either an epic one, or over the second your backside hits the cushions

Having a training partner is a huge benefit for over-coming the hibernation instinct. Just having someone to push you, someone relying on you is a real boost

Another option is to join a class. Committing to a regular class is a perfect way to give you the shove out the door and the incentive to get on with it.

Anyone who was with me on the recent Drumnpah C25K programme will agree that working as a group really aids the ability to commit to a schedule. The days where people were running by themselves were not so easy to stick to (you know who you are).

Working as a group can offer you many things; from camaraderie, support, advice, friendship, and even a bit of friendly competition if you choose.

The courses we run emphasise the way our bodies are designed to move, moving naturally and freely. The strengths and conditioning gained will be ‘real world’ functional gains

All of our courses are friendly and informal. The emphasis is on each person’s individual goals and fitness. You choose how hard you want to go. You will be encouraged, not bullied. This should be a fun experience. Sweaty, yes. Tiring, yes. But fun and enjoyble.

Beginners Circuit Training Class – 6 weeks.

30th September 2015 7pm – 8pm – An Coire, Maghera

The focus of this session is to build functional strength, fitness and conditioning by utilising aerobic activities and dynamic resistance training. Using conventional and unconventional movements and equipment, we will aim to build upon the necessary elements needed for ‘general physical preparedness’, the ability to deal physically with whatever life throws at us.

Whatever your ability, you pick the intensity that you want to work at. Fun and friendly atmosphere.

All abilities welcome.

Cost – £24 for 6 weeks or £5 per night.

Book Here or call into An Carn.

Flexibility and Mobility – 4 weeks

11th November 2015 7pm – 8pm – An Coire

Join us in a gentle workout focusing on the improvement flexibility and range of movement. Through stretching and the natural movement we can increase our general quality of mobility which has a far reaching benefit to multiple aspects of life. Catering to everyone’s individual range of motions, we will aim to iron out the niggles by using movement, stretching and games. Expect potentially sore abs from hysterical laughter.

Suitable for all abilities.

Bring a yoga mat if you have one. (I do have some).

Cost – £16 for 4 weeks or £5 per night.

Book here or call into An Carn

See you there.


Welcome to Wild Fitness

Welcome to the Wild Fitness Blog.

It is my hope that this blog will arm you with some of the knowledge and skills to look at health differently.

My interest in health has evolved from a niggling feeling that conventional wisdom seemed not to quite hit the mark. The endless drudgery of exercise sessions left me bored, sore, and with little of the desired effect I was after. Sticking to a ‘healthy’ diet made me feel miserable, obsessive about when I needed to eat, and ultimately feel like a failure when I fell off the wagon (usually after an epic gym session).

My profession at this time was as a survival instructor specialising in primitive skills and foraging. It was this interest in paleoanthropology, and ethnobotany (the study of plant use by humans) that really piqued my interest in our ancestral health. How was it that our ancestors (and contemporary hunter-gatherer societies) were able to survive on relatively low calorific diets yet maintain  naturally athletic physiques, achieve feats of dynamic athleticism without formal structured ‘training’, and seemingly have an absence of the various metabolic and lifestyle related diseases of the modern age?


This interest lead me to look at what foods were available to our hunter-gatherer ancestors within the natural environment, and at what movements were required to obtain these foods.

Along the way I discovered others who were leading the way in popularising this approach to looking at the diets and lifestyles that we are optimally evolved eat and live.

Loren Cordain’s ‘Paleo Diet‘ was the first piece of information that seemed to make sense to about how we were meant to eat. Then came Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint, which for me did well to marry paleo/primial principles with a modern lifestyles. Diet was just one aspect to the Primal Blueprint, with exercise/movement being another. This in turn lead me onto commentators such as Erwin Le Corre and his wonderfully complete MovNat system of human movement; Ido Portal’s Movement Culture; and Darryl Edwards aka The Fitness Explorer, and his excellent take on Movement and Play.

From the readings of these great commentators, there was suddenly a open door to a wide, varied and infinitely fascinating world of ancestral/evolutionary health and fitness for me to delve into. This world has allowed me to learn from a remarkable community of individuals and groups, devoted to understanding how we are designed to eat, to move, to live.

It will be a lifelong study for me to just scratch the surface. The more you learn, the more you realise there is yet to learn. And this excites me.

The aim of this blog is to pass along the information and practices that work for me, to question the information that we are told, and to share in the fun of finding your place within our natural world.


Be a part of Nature.