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Mental Health and Fitness – A Complicated Relationship

Today I wanted to write about a topic slightly different from the usual blog. Often, especially as a person working in the fitness industry, it is easy to have blinders on and only focus on the technical aspects of training: nutrition and health. We become so focused on HOW you should be training that we […]

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Exercise, Activity and Movement – How much should I do?

When it comes to exercise it’s easy to feel lost in a sea of information, all of differing quality and sometimes offering completely opposing advice. Specifically questions about exercise, daily activity and movement can all cause huge amounts of controversy as well as information overload. So today we’re going to have a look at some […]

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A yoga teacher’s guide to starting yoga….

Have you ever muttered the words “I can’t do yoga, I’m not flexible enough”? As yoga teachers, we hear it a lot. Guess what? You don’t need to be flexible to do yoga. Flexibility is more of a side effect of yoga. Let me break some things down for you to give you a better […]

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Seasonal Goal Setting

How many people do you know who maybe don’t take their food and exercise as seriously over the Winter months? Then before we know it, Winter comes to an end and we start to look for our Summer bodies (they’re there, just protected under a little extra layer!). Spring is a perfect time to get […]

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What is the best diet for me?

It’s really tricky nowadays working out what kind of diet is right for you. There is so much information, accurate, bogus or contested, that circulates all over our social media, the TV and in our conversations with others. Today I’m going to break down some of the essential information for you to make an informed […]

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Can fitness apps be as effective as a personal trainer?

A recent BBC article posed the question “can fitness apps be as effective as a personal trainer?” In this article there was a discussion on the use of new fitness apps over face-to-face 1-to-1 personal training with a human instructor. Now of course I believe that personal trainers are more effective than existing fitness apps, […]

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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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An Apple A Day

I’m sure you have heard the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. You probably didn’t know that this came from a Pembrokeshire proverb “eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread”. Also, you probably didn’t know that it is National Apple Day on October […]

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Celebrate your wins

As a personal trainer, often my clients come in telling me all the things they didn’t do or that were “negative”. I hear “I should have done this” “I shouldn’t have done that”. I like to change a clients focus and ask them what they did do well, what they managed to achieve and get […]

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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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Never Give Up Day!

Wednesday 18th August marks international “Never Give Up Day”, who knew? From the website it is quoted that: “Never Give Up Day is about a mindset of determination to help us get through even the hardest of challenges. It’s about motivating others, inspiring ourselves and remembering that even in hard times, the hardest, we can […]

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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 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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Moving More As Part Of Your Daily Routine

Movement is any motion of the body. It’s pretty broad and therefore there’s no need to over complicate it! Often we can get caught up in thinking exercise is the ultimate goal; to be healthy and active we must exercise. Josh highlighted this in his recent blog about getting your steps in. The key thing […]

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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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