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Cheeky 30min Circuit

Hey guys! So, here is a cheeky 30 minute circuit you can do for a quick blast. I did it in a lunchtime circuit so all the equipment you need is here at our gym. If you’ve never been here before, remember you can always try the gym or a class as your first time […]

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Stretching and Mobilising

Stretching and Mobilising. Do you do it? Should you do it? What’s the difference? Let me give you some of the low-down. Often stretching and mobilising are seen as one and the same, but they’re not! Stretching refers to the flexibility of a muscle and it’s ability to move passively through a range of motion. […]

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How To Improve Your Bench Press

Ahhhh the humble Bench Press – an often overlooked and under-used lift. When the Personal Training team listed their favourite lifts, this was not one of them! Why? Because of it’s complexity – do you arch your back, how do you breathe, where should your hands be….and so on. And it’s for this reason, it […]

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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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Carbon Dioxide: its role in breathing and tolerance

In last week’s blog I gave you some ins and outs of breath work. Today, we’re going deeper into the role of carbon dioxide in breathing and our tolerance to it. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is often seen as a waste product of breathing but I’m here to tell you how you can use CO2 to […]

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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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RAMPing up your workout

The four ultimate goals of a warm up is to prepare physically and mentally for a workout, injury prevention and performance enhancement. Therefore the warm up should be thorough and relevant. A good way of remembering how to structure an efficient warm up is by following the RAMP method. Following this method and having a […]

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All Body Blast

This was my Wednesday circuit class last week. It proved to be a burner for all attendees so thought I’d share it with you. It’s a big all body blast! Warm up It’s always best to do a warm up with mobilisations and activations before starting to prevent injury. You can do your own or […]

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Happy Birthday motive8 North!

Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday motive8 North…..Happy Birthday to us! This month marks 10 years since the motive8 North personal training studio opened it doors at Marshall Court. Wow! 10 years! And what a 10 years that has been! Prior to opening the motive8 North studio, I had my own […]

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Member of the Month – Sophie

Sophie is a regular to the classes here at motive8 – both in person and on-line. Her dedication to these sessions has seen her turn up rain or shine. And it was in last weeks pouring down rain as the only participant in the weekly “Box-IT” class, where she showed her true grit. It was […]

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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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Returning to Gym Based Exercise

We previously blogged about getting back into the gym after the very first lockdown. Whilst we’re excited about the return to gym based exercise, this time it’s a little different. Let’s face it, we had Christmas and New Year, a couple of days in the gym and then boom – lockdown 3. Three months later, […]

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Simple Standing Stretches

Stretching. We are always saying you should do it, but why? Stretching is such an important part of fitness: it can help improve your range of motion, increase blood circulation, help reduce the risk of injury, improve posture, reduce muscular tension, is good for managing stress and the list goes on. Plus, it just feels […]

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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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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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