Exercise injuries – prevention and recovery

For some people, being injured provides the perfect excuse to swap their running shoes for slippers but for keen exercisers, an injury can be an incredibly frustrating experience. For the last couple of weeks I’ve been suffering with a niggling knee injury which, according to my physio, is down to a problem with my patella tendon. I’ve been resting, doing my rehab exercises and putting in a lot of Pilates…

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Ten things I’ve learned from 10 years in the fitness business

Ten years ago I quit my career as a journalist and re-trained as a personal trainer and Pilates instructor. Here are some of the key things I’ve learned in that time. 1. Fitness should be fun. Exercise isn’t about punishing your body. It’s about celebrating what it can do. Find an activity that you enjoy and you’re half way there, whether it’s heavy lifting or yoga, marathon running or pole…

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New Pilates Classes for 2017

I will be adding two new Pilates matwork classes to the timetable starting from January 2017. Both classes are suitable for beginners and those with a little experience who would like to improve their technique and learn new exercises in the repertoire. The classes will take place on Mondays at 11am and Tuesdays at 9.30 am. The cost is £48 for a block of six sessions which must be booked…

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Avoiding excess baggage on your hols

I’m heading off on holiday to Italy next week and have just started planning  what I’m going to pack Shorts? Check. Sundresses? Check. TRX? Check. That’s right, I’m taking my TRX on holiday with me. I’ve been working really hard recently and I don’t want to let my fitness slide. Besides, it’s the perfect piece of exercise equipment for travel – it weighs about a kilo, fits easily into your suitcase and…

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Take the cadillac for a test drive

I recently took delivery of a new piece of equipment that several clients have commented resembles a torture device. “It’s a bit Fifty Shades of Grey,” one of them remarked. In fact it’s a Pilates tower – an attachment for the reformer that will enable clients to perform 95 per cent of the exercises traditionally performed on the cadillac. The full studio cadillac is a large piece of equipment comprised…

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Fitness websites: a few of my favourites

Whether you want to try a new workout, perfect your squats, learn a bit more about nutrition or are simply curious, there are thousands of health and fitness sites from which to choose. Here are a few of my favourites. Move Nourish Believe is the brainchild of Lorna Jane Clark, founder of the eponymous Lorna Jane activewear brand. Aimed at women, the website encapsulates the Aussie fitness guru’s Active Living…

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Heart health – what’s your risk factor?

If you’ve been following the news, you’ll know that the NHS has just launched an app that can predict when you’re likely to have a heart attack or stroke. The online tool, which compares your heart age with your biological age, has been described by developers as a “wake-up call” to encourage people to make healthy lifestyle changes. Critics have already called the accuracy of the calculator into question but…

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Why are you not losing weight?

You appear to be doing everything right but the scales are stuck. I know from experience just how frustrating it can be so let’s have a look at some of the most common reasons people struggle to lose weight. You’re eating too much Research has shown that most of us underestimate the number of calories we consume. Do you know what a standard portion size is? Are you counting all…

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Time to give it a rest

If starting a new fitness regime was one of your New Year’s resolutions, chances are you’re training hard but are you overtraining? When it comes to exercise, rest and recovery are just as important as working out. In the early days of a new fitness regime it’s all-too-easy to get carried away. You want quick results so you push yourself, training harder and more often, but training too hard can…

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Fitness FAQs

  If you’re planning a new fitness programme for 2015 but haven’t exercised before you may be feeling confused. There is so much conflicting information it can be difficult to know where to start. As a personal trainer, there are some questions I get asked on a regular basis. I’ve listed them below with my answers which will hopefully help to clear up some of the confusion surrounding the most frequently-asked questions.…

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