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5-4-3-2-1 Body Weight Circuit

Another body weight circuit you can do anytime, anywhere. I tested this body weight circuit workout in my class today so we’re good to go. As with all circuits, you work to your own ability. You can always adjust it to make it easier or harder. Circuits are are great way to get a full […]

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Calorie Deficits & Weight Loss

Today we’re talking calorie deficits. Calories required to lose weight or in personal training terms what we would describe as being below your ‘maintenance’ calories or what most others would call being “on a diet”.  There is a ton of information out there on dieting. Some of it useful. A LOT of it complete quack or junk!!!. […]

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My Dieting Experience (Part 2)

Part 2 of my dieting experience; this was meant to be part one or the only part actually, but I got carried away with writing so split it into two! I recently attempted to diet as an experiment (again! Call it market research…..I care about my clients!). I had absolutely no need to diet! This […]

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Caribbean Rice and Beans

We had a team lunch at our neighbours the Northern Monk Brewery a few weeks ago. Inspired by their menu, I decided I would try to recreate my own Caribbean rice and beans. Most people probably think of “I’m a celebrity, get me out of here” when they hear rice and beans. But this Caribbean […]

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My Dieting Experience (Part 1)

The other week I did a corporate talk titled Ditch the Diet. It occurred to me that I have never really truly dieted myself. Although my weight maintenance is on point. I think I’ve weighed around 58kg +/- 1kg for around eight years (I was much skinnier than that before). For the exception of my […]

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20 Minute HIIT Workout

Ever wonder what your personal trainers get up to on a weekend? It’s not rest. Sometimes they meet up and do HIIT (high intensity interval training) sessions together on a Sunday just for fun. I’m personally a fan of HIIT (high intensity interval training). It’s a great fat burner and is also beneficial for cardiovascular […]

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As many of you are well aware I am very into my yoga.  So much so, that I am currently undertaking my yoga teacher training qualification. It will 18 months before I’m qualified but hopefully this means I’ll be more than prepared when the time eventually comes. I have just completed my second weekend training, so technically I have less than 18 months to go.

I had my first yoga class when I was 13, (21 years ago! Where does the time go?). I went with my two sisters and some of their friends. The lady taking the class was a teacher at school and we used the ballet studio. Her name was Miss Jaabeck (South African name). She was about 60 years old, she wore dance tights and a leotard and could headstand and put her legs behind her head (isn’t it funny the things you remember?). And I was in total awe of her. At that time for me, it was very much about trying to get the poses or asanas as their known in traditional Sanskrit.

My practice then jumps from there to my early 20’s. Attending a local studio in Suffolk where I was living. The classes were mostly Hatha style (slow practice, focusing more on single postures), I did yoga then mostly for fitness and flexibility. I dipped in and out of classes and practice over the years until I went to Australia 2012-2014. There I discovered the joy of power vinyasa yoga (strong practice, flowing sequence, movement and breath). This was the game changer!

In a room heated to 40 degrees Celsius, with 50 other yogis, I sweated like I’ve never sweated before. I wobbled and fell but kept going back for more. Yoga became more than just postures and flexibility.  A meditative state can be achieved through movement and breath. It got me centred, focused, relaxed, less anxious, grounded and the list goes on. I wanted to pursue my teacher training after I realised all the benefits yoga can bring and I wanted to share that with others. I had planned to do a different course after being in Australia but it never worked out. My practice slipped a bit after travelling and being at uni but I kept finding that everything I needed and wanted kept getting drawn back to yoga. I made a promise to myself that I will finally follow this path and I’m doing it.

I’m not sure who wrote it but there is a great quote which says “if you can breathe, you can do yoga”. Now I know I’m biased but I think everyone could benefit from having a little yoga in their life. Maybe it is just for flexibility or fitness, or perhaps for stress or some inner peace. There are so many styles out there too. Like me, you just have to find the one that meets your needs.

Happy yoga-ing. Namaste

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Protein Pancake Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday. Traditionally, a religious day preceding Ash Wednesday which marks the start of Lent. The word shrove comes from the word “Shrive”  meaning to obtain absolution for one’s sins by way of confession. After people had repented and paid penance, they would use up all fattening food in the cupboards which were not permitted during […]

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2-in-1 High Intensity Workout

Following on from Alex’s all-in-one workout I’ve given you a cheeky little 2-in-1 workout to try, so focuses on mainly HIIT and core. It’s a high intensity workout for AMRAP (as many rounds as possible-not intervals). There are two 15 minute circuits. You can perform both as a 30 minute session leaving a 3 to 5 […]

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Vegan Lunch Recipe

So this vegan lunch recipe is one of my own creations. I don’t make it that often because it uses way more than one or two pots. But if you want to put the effort it, I can assure you, it is totally worth it. It is so tasty! There aren’t that many things I […]

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10 Reasons To Have A Personal Trainer

New year, new me, same story. Have you once again made a resolution to get fitter, leaner or stronger this year? At this point have you actually changed anything to meet this goal? Or are you currently just doing the same thing you tried last year? It worked for a month right? Maybe its time […]

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Top Tips On Sticking To New Year Resolutions

New year’s resolutions! Most make them. Most break them! Now be honest. How many of you swore come January second you were to become a 5-a-day vegetable eating, non-smoking, meat-once-weekly eating, 2 litre water drinking, 7-days-a-week gym bunny? On top of all the others that were added to the list; reply to emails daily, less […]

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