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An Apple A Day

I’m sure you have heard the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. You probably didn’t know that this came from a Pembrokeshire proverb “eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread”. Also, you probably didn’t know that it is National Apple Day on October […]

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Stretching and Mobilising

Stretching and Mobilising. Do you do it? Should you do it? What’s the difference? Let me give you some of the low-down. Often stretching and mobilising are seen as one and the same, but they’re not! Stretching refers to the flexibility of a muscle and it’s ability to move passively through a range of motion. […]

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UK Malnutrition awareness week (11th-17th October)

As winter approaches it is important for us to be aware of malnutrition in not only ourselves but in others around us. Malnutrition is often overlooked and thought to be more visually identified, however malnutrition refers to excesses, deficiencies and/ or imbalances in an individual’s diet. There are various forms of malnutrition, making it harder […]

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How To Improve Your Bench Press

Ahhhh the humble Bench Press – an often overlooked and under-used lift. When the Personal Training team listed their favourite lifts, this was not one of them! Why? Because of it’s complexity – do you arch your back, how do you breathe, where should your hands be….and so on. And it’s for this reason, it […]

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motive8 September Member of The Month

This month we want to say a huge congratulations to our Member of the Month….drum roll please…..Cath Hayden. Cath has been one of Jenny’s personal training clients for over 12 years and has recently taken part in the Great North Run, this achievement definitely deserves the Member of the Month status! (Please note, the achievement […]

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Some Ins and Outs of Breath Work

Most of us will not think twice about our breathing. We either are breathing and we’re alive, or we’re not and we’re dead. Have you been to a yoga class and responded with “I can’t do that breathing stuff” (like I’ve heard so many times), or been told by your trainer not to hold your […]

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How to improve your Deadlift

We love a deadlift here at motive8. They are a great functional move and we would encourage people to not be scared of them! Whether you’re a beginner or a dab hand at them, there are always ways to improve your deadlifts. Technique Tips For someone new, it’s all about a hip hinge and not […]

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RAMPing up your workout

The four ultimate goals of a warm up is to prepare physically and mentally for a workout, injury prevention and performance enhancement. Therefore the warm up should be thorough and relevant. A good way of remembering how to structure an efficient warm up is by following the RAMP method. Following this method and having a […]

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Members of the Month – Flaunt Digital!

The Flaunt Digital boys, Chris, Jamie and Lee, are lunchtime regulars here in the motive8 gym. Their friendly banter (not forgetting the terrible jokes) and their approach to their workouts, is what got them nominated for members of the month. How long have you been training at motive8? J & C- Since 2016 when we […]

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Nutritional Myths Busted

A couple of Friday’s ago, the personal training team got together for their first staff training session since the gym reopened. We like to use these sessions for open discussions about…well….anything fitness related really! On this occasion we looked at nutrition. Everything from recommended portion sizes, how much protein we should be eating, to food […]

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Member of the Month – Drew Johnston!

Drew is this months member of the month! Congratulations Drew! Drew has been training with Josh for a few months now and gives 100% to every session. This consistency and commitment is what got him nominated! How long have you trained at motive8? About 3 months What is it that you enjoy about training at […]

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The Ultimate Guide To Reading Food Labels

‘Don’t eat packaged foods’ is a common piece of advice, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Trying to remove packaged foods from your diet will put yourself under unnecessary stress by limiting the level of convenience in your diet. Trust me when I say this…long term diet success DEPENDS on convenience. Whilst it’s […]

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All Body Blast

This was my Wednesday circuit class last week. It proved to be a burner for all attendees so thought I’d share it with you. It’s a big all body blast! Warm up It’s always best to do a warm up with mobilisations and activations before starting to prevent injury. You can do your own or […]

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