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What Is Fitness Testing

We’re starting monthly fitness testing here at Motive8. But what is fitness testing? I thought it would be a good idea to go through this, why we do it, and what the process involves.  I’ll also be giving you a few examples of some great fitness tests that we can use. What is Fitness Testing? […]

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Full Body Barbell Workout

Here’s a quick and simple full body barbell workout that only requires a barbell, a squat rack, and plenty of effort!  It’s a great way to train if you don’t like running around the gym after different pieces of kit.  Plus when it comes to getting results you can’t go wrong by getting really good […]

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Push Pull and Legs Programme

A number of my personal training clients have split training programmes which are based on their goals and frequency of their training. One of my favourite splits is a Push Pull and Legs programme. With an emphasis on multi-joint compound exercises – a favourite here at motive8; it’s simple and effective and can hit every […]

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5 Minute AMRAP

Have you ever had one of those days where you just fancy an AMRAP? No? Just me then! An AMRAP is “As Many Rounds As Possible”, and is usually performed for time. It’s a chance to really push yourself, and the best thing is that it’s repeatable – so you can do it again another […]

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Getting Great Glutes!

Ieuan’s Backside-Boosting Workout I feel there are several motivations for getting great glutes in modern society. For me, the gluteals are the anchor for a stable body. They provide us with the support and stability to maintain a netural, strong, spine and core. For others, the aesthetic appeal for a firm and perfectly rounded bottom […]

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The Perfect Leg Workout

They’re often a neglected body part, mainly because training them is hard and sweaty work. But if you’re after a great looking, strong and athletic body, then leg training should be a weekly staple. To help you with that, here’s one of my personal favourite leg workouts, and it’s ridiculously effective for building strength and […]

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A Cycling Workout Without A Bike!

It’s that time of year again when I enter a 60 mile sportive and hop on my bike in a panic that I need to start training for it!  If you’re planning to do any distance on a bike, it is important to compliment this time out doors with a resistance workout. When looking at […]

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Change Up Your Training

When is the best time to change up your training? Lately my progress with my current programme has been giving diminishing returns. This in turn can affect my motivation to train so I’ve decided to mix things up with a change of goals. So how long should you run a programme for before changing? Goal-based […]

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Killer Leg Workout

Don’t Miss Leg Day! The dreaded leg day. The day most of us would be more than happy to make an excuse for and skip. Not me. Leg day is my favourite day! Our legs hold the largest muscle groups in our body and by building these muscles we can create a huge boost to […]

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Best 6 Exercises To Tone Your Butt

As a class instructor, I’ve always finished my classes with the saying “any questions please come and ask”. Sometimes I’d get great questions like “my knee hurts when I do such and such what can I do to strengthen it” or “when I run I get pain across my upper back and shoulders”. Now those […]

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The Benefits of Compound Training

  Both working and training regularly in the gym environment, I see a range of exercise protocols and lifting approaches, some more wacky than others. Within a regular training session you will see a mixture of large compound movements (e.g. squats or deadlifts) and the smaller isolated exercises (e.g., bicep curls or pectoral flyes). Now […]

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A Day In The Life of a PT | Abdominal muscle | Building Muscle | Injury | Lifestyle | Motivation | Rehabilitation | Squat | Training

Strength Training Workout

  In my personal opinion, but also an opinion that is shared by many practitioners around the world; strength underpins so many sporting and clinical attributes. Anything from the ability to decelerate, change direction and re-accelerate to the overall quality of life, can be affected by strength. That’s why it’s important to include an element […]

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Body Weight Pyramid Workout

So hopefully that is all the snow done for this winter and we can start taking our workouts outside. I’ve just tested this Body Weight Pyramid Workout outside in the glorious sun and it was delightful! Best of all it’s a body weight session so no equipment required. You’ll add exercises each set to build […]

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Keep Your Body Ticking Over – Prehab & Recovery Gym Session

As most of you will know I am trying to go through Lent without having a ‘rest day’ – so some sort of training session every day. It’s going well, I have done about three weeks so far without missing a training session and by my maths I have about two and a bit weeks […]

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Barbell Endurance Workout

I’m participating in a number of endurance events this year. The swim22 for Diabetes starts in February (swim 22miles in 12 weeks), the Yorkshire 3 Peaks is in May and then I have a number of cycling events in the following months. As such, I need to crosstrain in an endurance way so that my […]

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