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Axel van Weel

Sports Writer

Having been an all-around athlete all his life, practicing sports like windsurfing, surfing, snowboarding, running, tennis and fitness, Axel is always looking out for ways to stay fit and healthy. He writes for various lifestyle publications across the world, including Wallpaper Magazine, Surf Magazine and a variety of advertising agencies.

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Sporty woman
Those of us that have been lucky enough to enjoy the natural exercise of outdoor winter activities must shudder at the thought of going back to working out on static gym machines. But have no fear; you can carry on training in freedom. Even without the excitement of rushing down a mountain, there are some great ways to get a full natural work out without setting foot in a gym. Today we talk about bodyweight training as an alternative for the gym. What is bodyweight training? As the name suggests, bodyweight training involves nothing more than your own bodyweight. No external weights or resistance like you would find in a...
Sportive man and woman riding mountain bike
The Dutch are the tallest people in the world, something I as a Dutchman am quite pleased with. In general, genetics and environmental factors such as nutrition are the determining factors when it comes to adult height. But I’d like to think there is another contributing factor to the Dutch extraordinary height, and that’s the fact that we ride bikes. We ride our bikes to work, to school, when we go out, when we go grocery shopping—we ride our bikes pretty much everywhere. And we cycle come rain or shine. As a result, we’re a pretty healthy nation and healthy things tend to grow. Whether the latter is actually a...
It’s a well-known fact that social pressure makes you do things maybe normally you wouldn’t do. You run just a little faster when overtaking that hot girl or guy, you do a few more reps because your gym buddy did as well, or you jump a little higher on your skis because you know there’s a camera pointed at you. It’s the very reason why personal training (P.T.) works. Not just because a personal trainer creates a tailor-made workout schedule for you, but mostly because he or she will tell you to keep going when you really don’t want to anymore. But in the age of social media and personal...
As winter is slowly but surely coming to an end, it’s time to start thinking about ways to shed those excess winter pounds. So find your way back to the gym, the park, the pool, but this time instead of routinely stepping onto the treadmill or cross-trainer for an hour or so, try something that will catapult you back into beach-readiness in no time. It’s called High Intensity Interval Training—or HIIT in short—and once you’ve tried it, you’ll never look back. HIIT consists of a series of short high-intensity intervals, followed by longer low-intensity intervals. It can be applied to any kind of cardio workout, whether it’s running, cycling, rowing,...
Of all cardio activities, running is by far the most popular. It’s very accessible, doesn’t require complicated equipment and it burns calories like few other sports. But just because it’s such a basic sport, it doesn’t mean there are no developments in technique. One of the hottest debates in the world of running right now is about the optimal foot strike technique. There are three basic foot strike techniques; heel, ball and toe. With a heel first strike, your foot is in ‘toes up’ position and you hit the ground first on your heel. A ball first landing means your foot strike takes place towards the rear part of the...
Jumping to Better Heart Health
Let’s be honest—very few people work out at the gym because they enjoy the actual activity of lifting weights or running on treadmills. We work out for a better health, to enhance our physical appearance, to optimize our bodies for other sports or to recover from injury, to name just a few reasons. And though arguably most exercises contribute to a stronger cardiovascular health, there are certain principles that will help you better reach your objectives and reap the benefits of your efforts more effectively in the process. Keep it realistic By all means aim for the sky, but make sure to keep your objectives within reach. Unless you’re willing...

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