Fitness

GoT's 'Mountain' is still Europe's strongest man

In July, IRL strongman and actor Hafþór Julius Bjornsson successfully defended his title as Europe's strongest man for the second year running. While Bjornsson is best known for his role as Gregor "The Mountain that Rides" Clegane in the wildly popular HBO series Game of Thrones, his amazing feats of strength are fast taking on a life of their own. Earlier this year, he was named Iceland's strongest man for the fifth year in a row, while he capped off this most recent competition with a personal best 450kg deadlift. The world record, held by Lithuanian powerlifting Zydrunas Savickas, is a mere 523kg – which we'd say is well within Bjornsson's reach.

Gym goer knocked out cold by over-enthusiastic 'hype man'

A little motivation can go a long way when it comes to success in the gym, and having a gym buddy is a sure-fire way ensure you show up for your next session. But we're not sure how enthusiastic this gym-goer is going to be when he comes to after he was dealt a particularly solid dose of motivation by his over-enthusiastic "hype man". The set-up was posted to Facebook by fitness personality James Alexander-Ellis, and just goes to show that even the best of intentions can backfire when it comes to gym success, especially where tricky equipment and technique are involved…

How you can use weights to improve running performance

Celebrity PT Alexa Towersey dishes on why weight training should be part of your race-day prep

The latest and greatest health and fitness products, from active wear and at-home gym equipment to fitness trackers and wearable tech.

Georgie Gardner's top five tips to help kids with reading

The mother of two shares advice on a cause that's close to her heart

Kayla Itsines on the importance of warming up, cooling down and stretching

Most of us don’t bother to cool down and stretch properly after a workout, which leaves us with tight, tired and sore muscles

Why falling off the workout wagon means you're human, not a failure

I watched with despair as my six scheduled training sessions were whittled down to one

Acrobatic duo take tandem surfing to another level

As Australians, incredible displays of surfing prowess are part of our day-to-day lives. But friends Lauren Oiye and Chuck Inman have taken the sport to the next level, absolutely thrashing the competition at the Tandem Surfing competition this week in Waikiki, Hawaii. The pair use a combination of gymnastic manoeuvres and sheer strength to carry off the stunts, which won them the 2012 ITSA World Tandem Tour and 2012 ISA World Championship titles. "We attempted to create lifts that have never been done before," Oiye said after the event. "This year we are so excited that many of those lifts we have created will be scored on the new lift chart."

Simple steps for getting the most out of your foam roller

We spoke to celebrity trainer Kirsty Welsh on why you should be foam rolling