Take it outside

The clocks go forward this week, giving us an extra hour of daylight in the evening and there’s no better time to take your workout outside. Not convinced? Here are six reasons why you should. A change of scenery Swapping the blank wall or TV screen in front of your treadmill or spinning bike for the great outdoors will immediately alleviate your boredom. Here in Cornwall we’re particularly spoiled for…

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Time to HIIT it

There never seem to be enough hours in the day. With the studio and three holiday cottages to look after, I’m always busy so when it comes to my own workouts, I want to make the most of my time. That’s why I love HIIT. What is HIIT? HIIT stands for high intensity interval training. This form of training alternates periods of high and low intensity work, providing an intense workout…

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All About the Core

A few years ago, while working as a journalist, I developed lower back pain. Hours of sitting in front of a computer had taken their toll, resulting in poor posture and a chronic ache in my lumbar spine. Numerous visits to doctors and sports massage therapists failed to solve the problem and I struggled on for almost a year until I discovered Pilates. Performed on either a mat or specially-designed…

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Strong women – resistance is not futile

It’s commonly believed that women are the weaker sex but take a look at this YouTube footage of Kacy Catanzaro and you’ll almost certainly change your mind. Standing at just five feet tall and weighing slightly over seven stone, the ex-gymnast is the first woman to reach the finals of the reality TV programme American Ninja Warrior. The diminutive athlete completed what has been billed the “world’s hardest obstacle course”, succeeding…

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skipping

Skipping – not just for kids

When was the last time you skipped? Chances are it was in the school playground but skipping isn’t just for kids. In the world of sport, boxers are among the best-known proponents of skipping but many other professional athletes include skipping in their training programme – and for good reason. The advantages of skipping Skipping is one of the best cardio exercises you can perform, strengthening the heart and lungs…

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Be prepared

When it comes to getting fit and eating healthily, it pays to plan ahead. You may start out on Monday with good intentions but there are so many distractions – work, family, social life – it’s all-too-easy to let them slide as the week progresses. By planning your exercise sessions and taking the time to prepare your food in advance, the chances of success increase exponentially. Good health starts in…

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Exercise and pregnancy

Pregnancy is the perfect excuse to overindulge – eating for two, putting your feet up and giving in to all those cravings – at least that’s what many women believe. But rather than using pregnancy as an excuse to veg out on the sofa with a tub of ice cream, expectant mothers should be thinking about ways to stay fit and active. It’s only in the last decade or so…

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Outdoor circuit

Following on from last week’s post about outdoor training, here’s a simple total body circuit you can perform outside using only your surroundings as equipment. It mixes cardio and strength moves to give you a great workout. Beginners should aim to spend 30 seconds on each exercise while more experienced exercisers should aim for one minute. Keep rest between exercises to a minimum and take no more than a two-minute break between…

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Functional training basics

I’m a little late with this week’s blog post as I’ve spent the last few days breaking up pallets and lugging heavy chunks of granite around the garden.  No, it’s not some new kind of extreme workout –  we’re doing some renovations in the garden – but I certainly found myself replicating movement patterns I usually carry out in the studio and it got me thinking about functional fitness. Functional training…

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Why it’s hot to cool down

It may be chilly outside at the moment but that’s no excuse for skipping your cool-down. We all know the importance of warming up before an exercise session but few of us take the time to cool down properly afterwards. Spending as little as 10 minutes cooling down at the end of your workout can help your body to recover faster and perform better the next time you train. Cooling…

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