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15 Minute Kettlebell HIIT

I recently recommended the Fitness Blender website to one of my clients who travels a lot and was bored of doing the Body Coaches HIIT. I love Fitness Blender as an accessible – and doable – home workout. They have a lot to choose from! In fact, I took some inspiration for this 15 minute […]

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Power and Plyometric Workout

Wanting to get a bit more powerful and explosive? Perhaps you play a sport that you want to improve at? Or perhaps you just want to feel athletic in your training?  Here’s a great power and plyometric workout that you can blast through in around 45 minutes.   1) Reactive Counter-movement Jumps – 3 sets […]

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New Year Cardio Blast

If there is a type of exercise that I dislike the most – it’s cardio! I love cycling and rowing, but actually getting round to doing cardio exercises (you know, star jumps and burpees), I avoid them. New year, new you right? So here’s a quick new year cardio blast that even I can stand […]

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Christmas Bodyweight Blast

With the build up to Christmas comes the extra calories that need to be accounted for if you’re looking to stay on track over the festive period. The biggest issue that fitness fanatics face over the festive period (apart from trying to resist 2nd and 3rd helpings of Christmas dinner), is that gyms are on […]

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Top 5 Fitness Trends for 2019

As the end of 2018 grows ever closer, we look ahead to what are set to be some of the biggest fitness trends for 2019.  Here are 5 key things to look out for in the new year.   1) Mindfulness Based Yoga Yoga has consistently been a trending fitness activity for the past decade. […]

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Killer HIIT

In need of an intense workout? Try this killer HIIT session. High-intensity interval training involves work to rest intervals. To get an idea of how hard you should be working; during your work period you are aiming to reach 70-90% of your maximal heart rate. At rest, your heart rate should drop to 60-65% of […]

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What Is Fitness Testing

We’re starting monthly fitness testing here at Motive8. But what is fitness testing? I thought it would be a good idea to go through this, why we do it, and what the process involves.  I’ll also be giving you a few examples of some great fitness tests that we can use. What is Fitness Testing? […]

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Body weight pyramid circuit

Tried and tested on my clients, class members and myself, I bring you the killer body weight pyramid circuit. Who knew six exercises could be so effective. Targeting the whole body and cardio system, sure to leave you feeling like you’ve worked for it. Also sure to leave you pretty sore for a few days […]

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The Return of Kettlebell Kate!

It’s been a while since I’ve focused on a predominantly kettlebell full body workout; so here sees the return of kettlebell kate! Sometimes I just need to remind myself that these individual pieces of kit can produce great fat burning hiit routines. This routine takes less than 10 minutes to complete (and that’s to complete […]

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The Benefits of Group Training

I represented my county at Cross Country Running when I was younger. I know right! With my white legs and bottle green sports “knickers”, I ran. I hated it. I struggled to breathe every time I ran (my asthma hadn’t been diagnosed then) and I was lonely. Running by myself – I hated it. Now […]

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Boxing Circuit

I love boxing. Well, I love pad work! When I did my stint for charity in a Pink Collar Match, I got to train like a boxer. I don’t get to do much pad work now, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still use the training for inspiration! This boxing circuit draws on some exercises […]

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Two Fat Burning Circuits

I do love a good circuit. Whether it’s to teach in a class, to go through with a client, or to do in my own time; there’s something to be said about the quick fat burning blast you can get from this style of training. The possibilities are endless: limited rest between exercises, a mixture […]

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5 Minute Body Weight HIIT

Anyone who has read any of my previous workout blogs, will know by now that I like a quick short blast of good hard work! This week’s workout is exactly that. 5 whole minutes. But it’s a 5 minute body weight HIIT that gets everything working. It’s ideal for when you’re short of time; want […]

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Get On Your Bike!

Next week is “National Bike Week”. That’s right, the 9th – 17th of June is Bike Week 2018. It seems as though I couldn’t have timed my latest challenge any better! I’ve committed to cycling 100 miles during the month of June – are you going to get on your bike in support of bike […]

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Joe’s Finisher Circuits

With summer just round the corner and bikini season is almost upon us, it’s time to ramp up the training! The best way I’ve found to do that last is by using “finisher” circuits at the end of my usual sessions to fire up the metabolism and burn a few more calories. Finishers are also […]

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