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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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Top Tips For A Healthier Lower Back

Non-specific lower back pain is one of the most common injuries both in and out of the gym. And what causes it? The truth is, sometimes it can be hard to pinpoint the exact cause. Imbalances between muscles, varying tenseness or laxity in certain groups are just a few examples. But they can be rectified […]

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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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Crispy Ginger and Sesame Tofu

If you haven’t already guessed based on previous posts, I love tofu. It is a staple in my household. As a vegan it is a great source of protein. Of course there are lots of varieties of tofu out there; but you don’t need to buy pre-flavoured stuff if you can flavour it right. This […]

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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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Summer Smoothies

We get a fruit box delivered to the studio every Monday but ever since one of our old personal trainers, Alex Carrie left a year ago none of us has been able to completely finish it in the week. And there are ALWAYS pears left! Followed by the apples. Bananas and grapes don’t seem to […]

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Turning Chicken Legs Into Tree Trunks

Introduction When you ask what someone’s favourite body part to train is, especially gents, the the usual reply is chest or arms; or in my case, back. Very rarely will someone reply with legs, despite the fact that legs make up half of your body! Legs create a powerful base which has some transfer to […]

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Quinoa For Breakfast

I know what you’re thinking. Why is Kate obsessed with breakfast? The last food blog I wrote was about oats, now quinoa. To be fair, I’d eat my oats recipe for pudding too, not just breakfast! The truth of the matter is that I’m struggling with food at the moment. My IBS is particularly bad. […]

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Meditation

You probably didn’t know this (I didn’t) but Monday 21st May was World Meditation Day. But just because the date has passed, don’t let that put you off giving meditation a go. I’m a big fan (like you didn’t know that!?). I think there are still many misconceptions about meditation, a big one “I don’t […]

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It’s a Body Weight Triple!

Here’s a workout which does exactly what it says on the tin. A body weight triple. In that there are 3 rounds; you do each round for 3 minutes; and you do them 3 times. You need something to mark out an area approx 20 metres. This could just be whatever you have to hand […]

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Get Toned With Tuna

In the name of protein variety, I’ve been experimenting with alternatives to the same old chicken breast. As I delve deeper into incorporating seafood into my diet, I’ve settled upon a regular daily servings of either prawns or tuna. Whilst tuna is a pretty staple fish source, it’s fun to experiment with different ways of […]

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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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Creamy Overnight Oats

Ok, I know what you’re thinking – I’m a little late to the party here. Ieuan posted a blog about overnight oats ages ago (and I’ve borrowed his picture here!). Emily is always blogging about how much she loves porridge. Joe uses oats as a pre-workout boost. And here I am, finally getting on board! […]

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Let’s Talk Body Image

This is the second part of our series for Mental Health Awareness Week. If you missed Emily’s blog, click here. This week I did a presentation on body image to one of the local companies in the area and I wanted to share what we discussed. So let’s talk body image – what it is […]

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Love Your Body

Welcome to the inside ramblings of my mind. This was my inner dialogue from last week and I thought it was worthy content to share.  Important content in fact. All the reasons why I love my body and why you should love your body too! Love your body: Our bodies are high-performance machines. We don’t […]

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