From national press articles to mainstream television, our straight-talking approach to exercise, reflected in press coverage.
We’re proud of the relationship that we’ve developed over the years with journalists and researchers, looking to publicise a different view about outdoor fitness. Read about what Muddy Plimsolls has been up to and who’s been talking about us, below.
HuffPost UK Back On Track: How To Make The Most Of Your Local Outdoor Gym
We’re delighted to have been interviewed by Jennifer Barton, commercial fashion & lifestyle writer at The Huffington Post UK. Her article was an introduction to making best use of those static outdoor gym machines you see everywhere in local parks. So much more can be done in a workout, as explained in the article, so we’re extremely happy that this piece encourages readers to try outdoor training.
Selfridges.com ‘Inspirations’ blog: Suzanne Duckett’s London Guide to Group Fitness
‘Inspiration’ is Selfridges.com’s weekly dose of fashion and lifestyle trends and new arrivals that the iconic store loves. And this summer our brand of outdoor calisthenics and trim trail training has been included in a pick of outdoor exercise experiences by wellness expert Suzanne Duckett. Suzanne is a Tatler contributor, editor of The Spa Guide and The Antidote (thisistheantidote.com) which offers a ‘clean, conscious curation of realistic remedies to help counteract modern-day maladies’. And we believe Muddy Plimsolls’ sits nicely with that ethos.
Essentials magazine: Breath of fresh air
We’re featured in Essentials Magazine in an article on exercising outdoors. “BREATH OF FRESH AIR? Try something different by hiring an ‘outdoor personal trainer’ who will give you trails and trials in the open air. ‘We have the distinct advantage of space, so we can incorporate sprinting, evasion games and street furniture into our workouts to make it fun,’ says Jason Doggett, director at Muddy Plimsolls, which offers mobile outdoor personal trainers across the South East.”
Coach Magazine: Top 10 ways to get an outdoor workout
We were delighted to be featured as the only personal training firm in this Top 10 of outdoor workouts in London. Coach Magazine has a distribution of 300,000 and is available within London, in major UK cities and and also at sports and leisure clubs, gyms, hotels and businesses.
The Tab: I went to an outdoor gym and it made me feel like a caveman
Journalist Bob Palmer exercises outside and likes it. He asked Muddy Plimsolls for some advice and a brief background on why more and more exercisers are training outdoors.
Trail Running Magazine: Technical Trails in the city
We were asked to give advice in the magazine’s Ask The Expert’s section. Trail running typically takes place in the countryside. Can a trail runner train effectively for such an event when they live or work in the city? We thought they could and we give some helpful hints.
OK! Magazine Diet & Fitness Summer Special: Power walking
Our first appearance in OK! magazine. Power walking is a great low-impact beginners exercise that we recommend particularly for pre- and post-natal clients. We were asked for our advice on power walking after actress Helen Flanagan was spotted using it as part of her pregnancy exercise regime. We were already fans of this exercise and were happy to say a few words.
Forever Sports: 50 Things Every Man Needs To Do This Summer
In addition to taming a wild animal and hitting a hole in one, a Muddy Plimsolls workout is the perfect pursuit for the well-rounded man this summer. Read more.
lastminute.com blog: 50 Brilliant Things To Do In London In Summer
“During the summer months, London is transformed into a whole new city. So when it’s hot in London and the thermometer starts rising, here are our top ways to chill out, relax and make the most out of the warmer weather.” We’re very happy to be a brilliant thing to do in London this summer.
The Southwest Journal: A breath of fresh air
Published for residents of Richmond, Putney, Barnes, and all areas of South West London.
What better way to blow away the cobwebs than with a creative personal training session with everything from pull-up bars to balance beams.Taking place in the area’s many green spaces such as Battersea Park, Clapham Common and Wandsworth Common, Muddy Plimsolls will push you to your limits and then some.
Men’s Health: 15 minute outdoor circuit
Our latest appearance in Men’s Health. We were asked for an outdoor workout to help shake off the winter blues and embrace the Springtime weight loss stampede. Job done with a simple but challenging circuit to be completed in your local park or green space.
When the UK’s biggest fitness publication for men calls, you answer it. We’re glad Men’s Health liked our 15 minute combination of bodyweight exercises. Push-ups, pull-ups and burpees may be common enough moves but it’s all to do with how you put them together that turns a bunch of exercises into a workout.
The Sun: Running advice
Muddy Plimsolls does attract a fair number of journalists’ calls. But the question from this one was on the unusual side
You never know how your comments to the press might be picked up and broadcast nationally. So it came as a surprise, a day after a telephone interview with a journalist, to see Jason Doggett’s comments appear in The Sun online. The subject? What advantages there might be to Liam Gallagher’s backwards-running regime with a personal trainer.
PT Magazine: Innovative outdoor workouts
Making the most of the outdoors during your workout is what Muddy Plimsolls is all about. We talk about four key elements that can be used by fit pros and clients alike
PT Magazine is aimed at both fitness professionals and members of the public interested in getting the most from their training. This article gives some insight in the creative ways we like to use local parks and green spaces to produce effective, challenging bodyweight training programmes.
BBC London: Royal Parks fitness licenses
Jason Doggett of Muddy Plimsolls was interviewed by BBC London TV News, on camera in Regent’s Park, about the introduction of fitness licenses … and his brush with the Metropolitan Police.
The Royal Parks Press Office suggested that BBC London speak with us about the parks’ new fitness licenses. Muddy Plimsolls is one of the parks’ first officially registered fitness operators. When we got our bright yellow armband – visible from a mile off – we did a happy dance in the office. (Read more in our blog post.)
US Marine Corps: female fitness training
Our client’s physique is good enough to be featured on a US Marine Corps website, created specifically to educate and train female Marines.
There’s been a change to the annual physical fitness test required of female Marines. From January 2014, they’ll be required to do pull-ups (rather than flexed-arm hangs), exactly as their male counterparts do. The USMC has created a website specifically for female Marines to adjust to the changes. And to the surprise and delight of Muddy Plimsolls, they’ve featured one of our photos on their homepage slider. The woman in the photo is a client of ours, in her mid-fifties, who trains outdoors with us in the Royal Parks of London.
MSN: middle age spread
Muddy Plimsolls were approached by MSN to contribute to an article about ageing muscle mass.
It was a real pleasure to work with MSN once again – and get to talk to their readership about the Muddy Plimsolls approach to fitness over forty. We look forward to the article being published later this Summer.
Recyclebank: eco-friendly fitness
The no-gym fitness trend
The no-gym fitness trend: ‘Personal training away from the gym – How about if you want a little personalised assistance with your fitness goals? Eco-friendly personal trainers are also joining the fresh air fitness movement. For example, London-based Muddy Plimsolls (great name!) specialise in outdoor one-on-one training in the capital’s parks.’
BBC Worldwide: Best in Town
Jason Doggett of Muddy Plimsolls, was invited to an interview and casting at Mox Productions, to discuss taking part in a major new series, commissioned by BBC Worldwide.
A factual entertainment programme, the series pits three local business owners against each other in a battle to see who is ‘the best’ operator in town.
MSN: ‘Game of Thrones’ fitness
Muddy Plimsolls were approached by MSN to contribute to an article about how the Seven Kingdom’s inhabitants work up a sweat.
‘Most of us mere mortals wouldn’t have lasted five minutes. “Overall, I think the inhabitants of Westeros and Essos have a much more active lifestyle than the ordinary viewer,” says fitness coach Jason Doggett, director of Muddy Plimsolls. He’s not wrong there. When was the last time you scaled a castle wall, rode into battle on your charger or took part in a melee?’
Channel 4: Fanny & Friends
Jason Doggett of Muddy Plimsolls, was visited at home by a camera crew for a screen test, for Channel 4’s one-off show that brings the original queen of British cuisine, Fanny Craddock, back to life.
The cookery/comedy show is about creating modern versions of classic dishes, overseen by Fanny’s unique style. Jason was interviewed on camera and filmed in an action sequence in the kitchen, whipping up some scrambled eggs! (Read more in our blog post.)
BBC One: The Young Apprentice
Jason Doggett of Muddy Plimsolls, was approached (once again) by our friends at Fremantle Media, about assuming the role of ‘fitness expert’ for the BBC’s The Young Apprentice.
Lord Sugar will be putting the young entrepreneurs through their paces, testing their business skills. And Muddy Plimsolls is ‘waiting in the wings’ to be called upon for one of the weekly challenges. The series is set to air later this year and although we cannot reveal anything further, it’s been a fantastic and fun experience working with the production team.
Men’s Health: after-burner exercises
Muddy Plimsolls were approached by Men’s Health magazine to contribute to the October issue of their bestselling title.
Ignite the afterburners: ‘The best bolt-on fitness workout – the greatest fitness gains come just when you think you’re done. Bolt these moves onto the end of your session to magnify the benefits of your hard work. Turbocharge your speed with Arm-drives.’
Healthy Magazine: cold weather fitness
Beat the Chill Factor
Beat the Chill Factor: ‘Don’t let the cold or dark put you off – with a little planning, you can exercise outdoors all year round. Forget about hibernating! We know it’s tempting to retreat indoors for a workout at the first sign of frost. But you can continue al fresco, says Jason Doggett, fitness coach and co-founder of outdoor personal training company Muddy Plimsolls. “Committing to an outdoor training programme as the weather turns colder, requires discipline and endurance, but you’ll feel immense achievement,” he explains.’
Baby London Magazine: pre/post natal exercise
Pre/Post-natal Personal Trainers in London
‘Get back into shape, with the help of Muddy Plimsolls’ Fitness Coach. Bring your baby along to outdoor personal training sessions in Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill. For new mums interested in losing baby weight, Muddy Plimsolls offers specialist postnatal exercise one-to-one sessions (or two-to-one, if junior comes along in the buggy!). Muddy Plimsolls understands that a new mum is super-busy. So, they’ve developed time-saving strategies, to make it easier for her to keep on track of weight loss, fitness goals and lose baby weight, whilst balancing all her other commitments.’
The Times Newspaper – outdoor gyms
Muddy Plimsolls were interviewed for this morning’s edition of The Times, on a feature article about the effectiveness of outdoor gyms.
Great Outdoors on Treadmill: ‘As scientists sing the praises of fresh air and exercise, a reporter is put through her paces at an outdoor gym. … “You could get an effective workout here, but only if you combined the weights with something a bit more active. … For a lot of people, the only outdoor exercise they can think of is jogging. Running is fine, but it doesn’t work the upper body at all. This offers more variety.”‘ – Jason Doggett
Men’s Fitness: outdoor bootcamps
Muddy Plimsolls contributed to Men’s Fitness’ feature article about the rise in popularity of army-style outdoor bootcamps.
“Bootcamps should move away from the ‘no pain, no gain’ mentality towards educating clients. Bootcamps don’t do what I do … I encourage clients to try different styles of exercise in order for them to find a physical regimen they actually enjoy rather than dread.” – Jason Doggett
Time Out London: bridal fitness
Muddy Plimsolls were listed ‘Best of the Week’ by Time Out, the ultimate guide to London entertainment & fun stuff to do.
‘Pre-Wedding Fitness Training – fitness programme individually designed to reshape the body, helping brides fit into the wedding dress they really want.’