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Fitness is a way of life

One of Britain‘s leading climbers, Alan Cassidy is a director of The Climbing Academy, which has centres in Bristol and Glasgow. He has completed almost 400 climbs graded 8a or higher, a category that demands great technical skill, physical dexterity and energy.

“I am lucky in that my chosen exercise is how I earn my living and what I do for enjoyment,” says Cassidy, who has competed for the British climbing team and is a qualified instructor. “My fitness has to be part of who I am and what I do.”

Alan Cassidy’s fitness tips:

Exercise on the way to exercise “In my case, this means walking towards the climbs, but for others it could be cycling or walking to the gym or swimming pool.”

Use your body as weight “You don’t need a gym to work out. Your body can be used as weight during exercises such as pull-ups from door frames and simple push-ups.”

Engage in an exercise that focuses the mind “When I am climbing, my mind is working constantly. I am unaware I’m exercising since I’m fixing my mind on the next challenge.”

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