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"The best athletes train consistently less hard than their competitors think is necessary. " - Phil Mosley
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"The facts, numbers and concepts inherent in the world of sport and exercise science can appear pretty complex, confusing and frankly, contradictory to many. If I can yank back the curtain on some of that and show you the workings, then so much the better."

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15 September 2012
HIIT and run
HIIT and run - Why you should add high-intensity interval training to your running schedule First published in Runner's World Magazine - September 2012 Read the article >... Read more >

20 December 2011
Treadmill Running - so much more than convenience.
This is an article for published by Triathlon Plus magazine:- Treadmill Sessions of Champions - The indoor running workouts that work for the pro's, and how you can adapt them to work for you. In June this year I was lucky enough to be invited to watch the USA Triathlon team, and the likes of Andy Potts, Hunte... Read more >

30 November 2011
Cold Weather Training - no excuses please.
This is an article originally written for Triathlon Plus magazine: Cold Weather Training – Don't Let It Beat You. Training in less than perfect weather conditions is a reality of life for most triathletes based in Britain. In some ways, because our climate is temperate rather than seriously cold, damp rather t... Read more >

3 November 2011
Q&A: Does lifting weights hurt your speed?
Q. I am new to triathlons and have previously been an avid weightlifter and short distance runner. I enjoy weightlifting but am worried it is detrimental to my speed. What's the general rule on weight for triathlons. Will lifting hurt my distance training? A. Weight training is a controversial topic amongst enduranc... Read more >

19 August 2011
4 Steps To The Perfect Taper.
Here is a short piece I did for Cycling Plus magazine on tapering down to a cycle sportif event which comes up in 10 days. The basic principles hold true for any other endurance event. The key is to experiment because we all react differently the 'unloading' of training stress - these really are just the bare bones...... Read more >

18 August 2011
Heart Rate Training 101 for Novice Runners.
Q&A article written for Runner's World:- Q. Why should I use a heart rate monitor when I run? A. Heart rate is a bodily response to physical exertion. With each beat of the heart, oxygen molecules contained in the blood are pumped to working muscles. The harder we run, the more oxygen our working muscles nee... Read more >

16 August 2011
Book Review: Breathe Strong, Perform Better by Alison McConnell
Here is a short book review I did for Triathlon Plus magazine. The book was written by Professor Alison McConnell who was my tutor during my Master's year at Brunel University. Alison guided me through a dissertation in which I studied the effects of different cycling positions on running economy off the bike. That sub... Read more >

19 July 2011
Barefoot Running. Born To Run, But Since Forgotten how?
Dump the Nikes and start running barefoot - or at least get a pair of Vibram Five Fingers. I now hear this everywhere. It is certainly a very appealing idea to be able to throw off another layer of corporate branded sports equipment and do as nature intended, running barefoot through grassy meadows. There is already s... Read more >

4 May 2011
Easy, Moderate and Hard. How many training zones do you really need?
Deadly Simple Training Ever feel the need to de-clutter your training and lose all the gadgets?  The good news is that it could make you faster than ever. Here's how. If you have become one of those triathletes that need to get more tooled up than your average US marine before each training session, then listen ... Read more >

15 April 2011
Running Economy. Why improving it will take your running to the next level.
Improve Your Running Economy The Latest Research Suggests That We Could All Improve Our Running Economy. Here Is How.  Of all the factors that determine our ability to run fast over long distances, running economy is probably the least understood by exercise physiologists. Indeed, ask any recreational triathlete... Read more >

28 March 2011
Polarised Training. The best endurance athletes in the world do it, shouldn't we?
According to Albert Einstein, the definition of insanity is ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. As a triathlete, you need to ask yourself this question: is the time and effort I spend training really giving me the results I deserve? If the answer is no, then you are probably trai... Read more >

27 March 2011
The 10 Laws of Endurance Training
1. Train Frequently, All Year-Round The human body thrives on physical activity. Little and often always outweighs heavy training sessions interspersed by lots of days off. Our physiological systems adapt to the stress placed upon them consistently not sporadically. New or improved movement patterns are engrained by d... Read more >

24 November 2010
Building base fitness. How to do it right.
The off-season is here and you can look at it in two ways: miserable weather, dark evenings and slippery roads, or a chance to reinvent yourself as a triathlete. It’s the perfect time to build the physiological characteristics that will underpin your spring and summer racing campaign. The first step in training for... Read more >

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  • When I met Garth in 2013, in my late 40s, I was already in reasonable shape. Or so I thought! The programmes Garth has set for me have coaxed me along to a much higher fitness level.

    Brian Shea, Investment Banker, Surrey

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  • Hi Garth
    Many thanks for a truly memorable weekend. The training, teaching and experience was fantastic: I was still reliving some of those climbs on the plane home! It was also great to meet your lovely family.
    Thank you again and I can’t wait to get back down for another weekend of precision training.

    David Persaud, London May 2015

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  • I was fairly new to cycling. I loved it, but felt like I had reached a plateau - I was suffering from frequent illness and injury, I didn't see much reward out for the extra effort in, and consequently my motivation was starting to falter. By good fortune, the gurus at Cyclefit recommended Garth Fox - and I haven't looked back since.

    Max Kirby

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  • {Garth is} a man of integrity, who seems to be driven by nothing more than a desire to help others to achieve their dreams - be these to finish a sprint triathlon, or to qualify for Kona - Garth will be at your side (sometimes literally!) every step of your journey. You're in safe hands.

    Professor Alison McConnell, BSc, MSc, PhD, FBASES, FACSM.
    Professor of Applied Physiology, Brunel University, UK. Author of "Breathe Strong, Perform Better"

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  • My goal after having two children was to get back to at least the level of 10k running performance I was at before having children, which was 50 mins. Under Garth's highly professional guidance I recently managed a time of 45 mins and came 6th in my age group! I am ecstatic and have already set my sights on a triathlon next year. As Garth always tells me, the limits are only where you set them. Thankyou!

    Karine Seguin - Head of European Business Development – Financial services sector, London

  • Garth's success in the field of sports physiology begins with his passion and respect for endurance events and the human body. He has a deep understanding of the connection between training, racing, recovery, and nutrition and how proper balance in life can optimize one's performance.

    Michi Weiss - Pro Ironman Triathlete.
    2011 Xterra World Champion, Olympian and 4X Ironman Champion.

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  • Garth's enthusiasm for endurance sports physiology seemingly knows no bounds. He has a great understanding of the human body and how it responds to rest and training. He's also one of those rare people who have both communication and analytical skills, when most people only have one or the other.

    Phil Mosley - Elite Triathlete & Coaching Editor of Triathlon Plus magazine

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  • Garth really knows how to connect the dots between training and performance. His enormous expertise in physiology and sports science makes his training interventions very perceptive and his ability to tease out the precise adaptations required for the desired improvement in performance with different training stimuli is uncanny.

    Peter Leo - U23 Triathlete - Student of Sports Science

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