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Member of the Month – Clare Williamson

Clare has been training with motive8 since 2011. But it’s her dedication to her training – especially throughout lockdown that has resulted in the “member of the month” accolade! We trained together in really tough weather conditions when we couldn’t open the gym – but no matter what, Clare still gives every session 100%. She […]

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UK Malnutrition awareness week (11th-17th October)

As winter approaches it is important for us to be aware of malnutrition in not only ourselves but in others around us. Malnutrition is often overlooked and thought to be more visually identified, however malnutrition refers to excesses, deficiencies and/ or imbalances in an individual’s diet. There are various forms of malnutrition, making it harder […]

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motive8 September Member of The Month

This month we want to say a huge congratulations to our Member of the Month….drum roll please…..Cath Hayden. Cath has been one of Jenny’s personal training clients for over 12 years and has recently taken part in the Great North Run, this achievement definitely deserves the Member of the Month status! (Please note, the achievement […]

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Some Ins and Outs of Breath Work

Most of us will not think twice about our breathing. We either are breathing and we’re alive, or we’re not and we’re dead. Have you been to a yoga class and responded with “I can’t do that breathing stuff” (like I’ve heard so many times), or been told by your trainer not to hold your […]

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Nutritional Myths Busted

A couple of Friday’s ago, the personal training team got together for their first staff training session since the gym reopened. We like to use these sessions for open discussions about…well….anything fitness related really! On this occasion we looked at nutrition. Everything from recommended portion sizes, how much protein we should be eating, to food […]

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The Ultimate Guide To Reading Food Labels

‘Don’t eat packaged foods’ is a common piece of advice, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Trying to remove packaged foods from your diet will put yourself under unnecessary stress by limiting the level of convenience in your diet. Trust me when I say this…long term diet success DEPENDS on convenience. Whilst it’s […]

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Achieve the results you want, even when short on time.

“There’s not enough time in the day”. How many of you find yourself saying this often, especially when it comes to finding time out of your busy schedule to exercise. It can be quite overwhelming trying to fit in training sessions when you have such a busy life. Often people find themselves being stuck in […]

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Alternative tips for good health

So, most our gym members and clients know that I (Emily) live bit of an alternative/hippie/spiritual/holistic lifestyle outside of the gym. And most of my clients will tell you how I incorporate a holistic approach to training sessions and how it benefits them. Here at motive8 we are also interested in good health. Good health […]

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Why It’s Important To Feel Satiated

“Eat less, move more.” We’ve all heard this before, and on the face of it, it sounds so simple. But, weight loss is a complicated process which is made 1000x more complicated by the infinite options, opinions and approaches that are so readily available these days. In an ideal world, our body would naturally regulate […]

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Getting a balanced diet being vegetarian.

Its national vegetarian week so why not take this time to try out new recipes and enjoy the change! National Vegetarian Week is a campaign organised by the Vegetarian Society to encourage vegetarianism and to show the world just how tasty and amazing the recipes can be. In this blog we look at the benefits […]

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Member Inspiration

With the re-opening of the gym at Marshall Court we thought we would relaunch Member of the Month where we recognise our personal training clients and gym members for their awesome achievements. To be honest, all of our members are pretty awesome, but it’s nice to acknowledge the hard work someone puts in to achieving […]

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Why You Should Eat a Rainbow

Has your food looked a little beige lately? Adding more colour to your meals not only makes your plate look more attractive, but it could help to ensure you get a range of nutrients. The British Heart Foundation suggests that the natural compounds (phytochemicals) that give fruit and vegetables their colour may also provide some […]

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It’s ok to take breaks!

If I told you that this blog has taken 2 Pomodoros to write, do you instantly think about tomatoes? Well, funnily enough – so did I, but it’s not. The Pomodoro Technique is a time management system which not only says “it’s ok to take breaks” but it is designed around those breaks. With a […]

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Why you should have a step goal.

For general health and weight management, walking is by far the most effective (and simplest) thing you can do. You probably know you should be aiming for a step goal (10,000 is generally encouraged), but do you know WHY it’s so important? First of all, walking outside is generally considered to be one of the […]

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Top Fitness Tips For 2021

Say goodbye to what was 2020 and hellooooo to what can only be a much better 2021! And whilst the new year rolls in with some restrictions, we shouldn’t let that dampen our fitness mojo. So our team of personal trainers have put together their top fitness tips for 2021 to keep you motivated. Jenny […]

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