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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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motive8 Personal Training – Happy Birthday!

This month we celebrate our 8th Birthday in Leeds! Wow! I remember when we first set up the motive8 personal training studio at Marshall Court back in 2011…there were long days and nights spent decorating and kitting it out, but 8 years on the hard work we initially put in to setting up the studio […]

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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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Simplicity Challenge

July 12th marks the date for National Simplicity Day so why not try a simplicity challenge? The national day was founded in honour of the poet and philosopher Henry David Thoreau who was an advocate of simple living. And you all know I’m a fan of the simple life; TV, house, new clothes, nah, don’t […]

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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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