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Don’t Hold Your Breath During Exercise!

Have you ever found yourself doing an exercise and then realise you’ve held your breath throughout? Why do we do it? Given that breathing is essential to our life, I find it strange that this is THE most common teaching point I give – don’t hold your breath during exercise. Honestly, I find I say […]

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Training In The Heat

It felt like it took a while, but I think we can all agree summer is finally here. With scorching temperatures and high humidity, training in the heat can be hard and potentially dangerous if the right precautions aren’t taken. Now I know it is tempting to sip Pimms in the garden instead of a […]

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Training For Bigger Arms!

It’s officially summer time which can only mean one thing, tight short sleeve shirts for the garden parties and BBQs. Whether you’re raising a glass or a burger, we all want to look a little “swole” to impress on-lookers and earn some ego-boosting compliments. When training for bigger arms it’s important to remember that the […]

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Step Workout

Whilst I would love this to be step aerobics, it’s not. That didn’t stop the classes I did this with think that they may have to brush up on their mambo chasse technique! But no, this is a step workout that simply uses – a step! That’s it. It doesn’t have to be a traditional […]

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Complete Full Body Circuit

The workout I’ve designed for you this week is a complete full body circuit. It incorporates cardio as well as strength for the upper and lower body. A whole workout for your heart and lungs as well as fat loss. It has been tried and tested in my evening circuit classes.  It can also be […]

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10 Minute Dumbbell Workout

I’ll be entirely honest. I wasn’t convinced by this workout until I tested it! On paper, whilst I knew it would be physically challenging, I just wasn’t sure. A 10 minute dumbbell workout isn’t everyone’s cup of tea! I played around with it a little – added one whole cardio round in it – and […]

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Booty Sculpting Workout

Last month, team Motive8 were invited to host some classes at Sweaty Betty in Leeds city centre. The theme, “Booty Sculpting Workout”.  I mean, who wouldn’t want a pert butt? So Jenny, Kate and I all delivered one session per week over 4 weeks (I did 2) to shape up the derriere. It’s amazing what […]

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10 Minute HIIT

In this beautiful weather, it can be difficult to be motivated to go and smash out a massive workout.  So here’s a workout that will still push you hard, but it can be over and done with in 15 minutes! Even better, there’s minimal kit involved. Don’t be mislead though, this 10 minute HIIT isn’t […]

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National Walking Month

Get your trainers on and head out the door, May is National Walking Month! And with the continuously improving weather and light evenings you have no excuses. Not everyone can afford a personal trainer so it is also cheap and accessible to a large majority of people. Reasons to start walking: Perfect as an entry […]

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Summer Body Workout

The sun has been teasing us over the last few weeks, combine this with the fact that we are now in May, many people will be thinking about their holidays so that can only mean one thing for this week’s #wednesdayworkout….a Summer body workout! For this Summer body workout, I’ve used a tried and tested […]

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Sculpted Backside Workout

You may have seen that the girls here at Motive8 are teaching “bum sculpting” classes for Sweaty Betty this month. We’ve been very excited about it! However, it’s always difficult planning a session in a new place. We have to consider kit (or lack of it), the space available, expected amount of people and their […]

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March’s Member of the Month

Dave Lawson is March’s Member of the Month. The team nominated him purely for his absolute dedication. He totally represents the phrase we used as our image for this blog. This guy comes in and smashes his workout regardless of his injuries (there have been many!) or the time of day he comes in. He […]

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TRX Workout

Is the gym packed and no equipment free? Are you short on time and want a quick all over body blast? Perhaps you just want to try something new? Have you ever used a TRX suspension trainer? Whether you have or haven’t, then here’s a cheeky little whole-body TRX workout for you to have a […]

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Cardio, Resistance & Core Workout

I had a choice of 3 workouts to post today. Now that we have introduced “WOW” (Workout Of the Week) in the gym, I have got lots of ideas! I’ve tried to reign it in don’t worry! Today, I have gone back to basics – and why not, the oldies are always the goodies! So […]

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Alex’s 20 Minute Super Fast Squat Workout

Have you ever been really short on time but still wanted to get a good workout in?  Perhaps you got caught up in meetings or just couldn’t get out of the office?  Well look no further, because I’ve got the perfect 20 minute super fast squat workout for you.  It’s quick, its effective and it’ll […]

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