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February Chocolate Detox

British Heart Foundation is challenging everyone in February to give up their beloved chocolate in support of the charity. This is not just giving up chocolate bars but everything that contains cocoa, including the sprinkles on your cappuccino. They have named the chocolate detox challenge “Dechox”.  At some point in our lives, heart disease is […]

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Big Back and Boulder Shoulders

When looking to build a strong looking physique, the key areas are a big back and boulder shoulders. Building these two muscle groups will help create a V taper in your upper body and create the illusion of a bigger, more muscular body. Placing more emphasis on back training rather than “mirror” muscles such as […]

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Pear and Walnut Salad

We get a weekly fruit box delivered at Motive8 and wow – we have SO many pears right now! And it is those pears that I used as inspiration for today’s food blog. This is such a straight forward recipe, and tastes great whether it’s served hot or cold. Here is my version of a […]

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Quick and Easy Pre Workout Meals

We’ve all been in the position where we have a workout planned but havent eaten enough beforehand or are just not sure what to eat to get the most out of our training. A properly timed pre workout meal with the right nutrients can really boost your workout. So here are a few ideas for […]

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Strength Circuit Workout

Think circuit training is just for classes and cardio development, think again!  Here’s a 5 exercise full body strength circuit workout designed to build real strength in every major muscle group.  You’ll rest for 20-30 seconds between exercises, and for 3-4 minutes between circuits.  Enjoy! 1.   Squat – 10 reps The King of all exercises, […]

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Alex’s Vegetarian-Friendly Sausage Pasta

Looking for a simple, quick meal that’s vegetarian friendly and actually tastes decent?  I’ve got you covered. Here’s one of my favourite vegetarian-friendly sausage pasta recipes that’s packed full of protein and packed full of flavour. It’s a great meal for food prep too! Ingredients: 9 Linda McCartney Vegetarian Sausages (1.5 boxes) 300-400g Pasta (About […]

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Alex’s Training Goals for 2019

Full disclosure, I’ve never been a fan of ‘New Year’s Resolutions,’ mainly because the average one lasts about 13 days!  With that said, I do like setting training goals for the coming year so that I have something solid in my mind to build towards. Put simply, by the end of 2019 I plan to… […]

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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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A New Take On Stuffed Peppers

I went vegetarian when I was 16 and vegan when I was 18. It wasn’t easy back then! Restaurants would literally serve mushroom risotto or stuffed peppers. So now, I really won’t eat them. To my horror, Mindful Chef sent me a recipe this week which is simple a new take on stuffed peppers. At […]

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Transformation Thursday

You may remember Maddie from the previous blog we wrote about her. That was September 2018 and Maddie had lost a stone and a half. But Maddie didn’t stop there. Another Do It In 12 later and a Race For Fitness competition, combined with balancing her food and social life; sees Maddie 2 stone and […]

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Resistance band glute workout

“I like big butts and I cannot lie.” Glute training is all the new hype. Women of Instagram are seen flaunting tiny waists and bodacious curves. “Strong is the new skinny” they all quote. I think a few men are actually getting into training lower body too. To grow your glutes, weekly training should include […]

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January’s Member of the Month – Andrew White

We start 2019 by announcing January’s member of the month – Andrew White.  Andrew was unanimously nominated by the Motive8 team. And can I just say that I have never seen someone so excited to get a free drawstring M8 bag and keyring! Not only has Andrew lost half a stone since joining, he always […]

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7 Years At Motive8!

I know that it’s hard to believe, but I’ve now spent 7 years at motive8! Have things changed since I joined back in 2012? Well, I’ve seen the team change, changed my hair colour a number of times, the gym got new flooring and kit, I got injured, had my teeth straightened, I’ve been involved […]

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Shoulder Workout

For this workout blog I’ve decided to explain the strength program that myself and my personal training client Sam are currently following to try hit our strength goals – new year, new PBs! Firstly as a disclaimer I didn’t create this program, it is an adaptation on Wendler’s 531 program. There are numerous ways this […]

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Yellow Split Pea Dahl

Finally did some actual cooking in the van this weekend. I don’t think scrambled eggs or fried tofu counts as actual cooking, which is what I mostly make. Or no-cook dishes like my go-to kale and lentil salad to take with me when I’m out and about. I love lentils if you hadn’t guessed already and […]

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