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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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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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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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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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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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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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5 reasons you can’t lose weight

Here at motive8 North, we help people work towards a wide range of goals with one of the most common being weight loss. Most people have struggled with losing weight at some point in their lives…sometimes people struggle to initiate weight loss and sometimes people struggle to ‘keep it off’. And it’s our job to […]

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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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Know Your Numbers! – Blood Pressure awareness week (6th – 12th September)

Often, when experiencing high blood pressure, people experience no symptoms. This could result in the first signs being something major such as a stroke or heart attack. Usually the only way to really know you have high blood pressure is to simply check it… which is something you probably don’t do too often, right? With […]

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How to improve your Deadlift

We love a deadlift here at motive8. They are a great functional move and we would encourage people to not be scared of them! Whether you’re a beginner or a dab hand at them, there are always ways to improve your deadlifts. Technique Tips For someone new, it’s all about a hip hinge and not […]

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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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Members of the Month – Flaunt Digital!

The Flaunt Digital boys, Chris, Jamie and Lee, are lunchtime regulars here in the motive8 gym. Their friendly banter (not forgetting the terrible jokes) and their approach to their workouts, is what got them nominated for members of the month. How long have you been training at motive8? J & C- Since 2016 when we […]

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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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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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