DOMs with Decathlon

I love Decathlon, so I was excited to attend the launch of their Decathlon Bloggers Community last week in London. It was a great opportunity to catch up with friends…and as it turned out, take part in some circuits.


Decathlon Logo


If you haven’t shopped in Decathlon at all, I don’t know what you are waiting for. The stores are an affordable treasure trove of everything you could possibly think of (except bowling balls). Their tag line is simple, “Sport for all, all for sport.” Simply put, they are making sport accessible to everyone, believing that everyone should be able to enjoy being active and that there should be no barriers. Their popular Decathlon Running Series brings free of charge timed races to local communities. I believe in sport being accessible to all and that it should be fun, so I was super keen to be involved with their new initiative, especially as I often feel like a misfit in the fitness blogging world. It’s refreshing that a brand wants to inspire everyone to get active.

I was also secretly hoping that they might set me the challenge of taking a kayak home on the tube. Still waiting on that one. But honestly, the store is so affordable, it’s very hard to visit and then leave with nothing. My current top recommendations in store are the Kalenji running briefs. You will never chafe again and are well worth the £4.99.

It was great to catch up with my partner in crime, Stephen from How Many Miles and we headed over to the store together, eager to see what lay ahead.


Helen and Stephen selfie


So what did await us?

Circuits. Can you hear the dismay in my voice?

Actually, it was a lot of fun. We were split into teams to complete two circuits, competing against the other teams, followed by a fun quiz. We chest-pressed, we planked, we lunged, we did farmers walks, we did squats…all as part of a team. And isn’t that what sport and fitness is about? Yes, I like to run on my own and do my own things, but to encourage others to get out there and have fun, then we need to work together to promote the joy of movement. I think this is one of the things that Decathlon will hopefully achieve through the blogging community.


Walking lunges
Walking lunges wearing weighted vests! Thanks to Sabine for the photo (


The circuits challenge was also my first real piece of exercise after a busy couple of weeks. Oh, how I felt the burn the next day. DOMs was not my friend! But it did remind me how fun it sometimes is to workout with friends.

Thanks Decathlon for such a great introduction to the community. I look forward to working with you and seeing what challenges come our way!


A trembly legged warrior after circuits. Thanks Geraldine ( for the photo


Thanks to Sabine and Geraldine for taking the photos for me!

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