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A Personal Trainers Guide to….Gym Accessories

When people start consistently going to the gym and begin taking their health and fitness more seriously, it is not uncommon to start exploring the plethora of gym accessories available. From protein shake bottles to specialist trainers, from fancy gloves to complicated contraptions, the amount of supplementary gym goods you can buy is nearly endless […]

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Compound Exercises – What’s the big deal?

You might have heard about compound exercises or movements and thought to yourself, “what’s so special about these exercises?”, “what’s the big deal?”. In this blog I’m going to explain what a compound exercise is, what the benefits of focusing on them are, and what my favourite compound exercises to build a workout around are. […]

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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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Beginners Strength Workout

During lockdown some of you may have started exercising for the first time and now may be thinking of joining a gym. If you’re interested in doing some strength training but don’t know where to start then here is a simple beginners strength workout just for you! Joining a gym can be daunting, I’ll be […]

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Getting Back Into The Gym

Gyms have been open now for a few weeks…..how is it going for you? Have you made the first step of getting back into the gym? Returning to the gym after a long time off can be daunting to say the least (let alone after months of lockdown!) and as much as we don’t like […]

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Fat Burning Circuit

From chatting to people about their experience of exercise during lockdown I get the feeling that people may fall into two camps…. Those who have had more time on their hands and have relished the opportunity to become more active and do more exercise. Those who have had to endure the nightmare of juggling home-schooling, […]

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How to get the most out of your body weight workouts

If you’re not a cardio bunny and you are missing your usual gym weights; it can be daunting this whole “home workout” thing – especially if you have no kit. But there are still ways you can tailor your workouts so you don’t miss those gains too much! You just need to remember that there’s […]

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January’s Member of the Month!

We are proud to announce our first member of the month for 2020 – Samantha Barnard. Sam has had personal training sessions with motive8 for some time now and has always been massively involved with mour events – from running the York 10k with others from our community, entering the motive8 games and taking part […]

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Hypertrophy – Is It Just About Getting Hench?

Remember what happened when the team of Personal Trainers got together to discuss weight loss vs fat loss? Well, we did it again! This time we targeted hypertrophy. Although lacking one of Josh’s powerpoint presentations; we still managed to discuss – well, pretty much everything! What people think it is, what it really is, training, […]

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Training For Bigger Arms!

It’s officially summer time which can only mean one thing, tight short sleeve shirts for the garden parties and BBQs. Whether you’re raising a glass or a burger, we all want to look a little “swole” to impress on-lookers and earn some ego-boosting compliments. When training for bigger arms it’s important to remember that the […]

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Top Tips For A Healthier Lower Back

Non-specific lower back pain is one of the most common injuries both in and out of the gym. And what causes it? The truth is, sometimes it can be hard to pinpoint the exact cause. Imbalances between muscles, varying tenseness or laxity in certain groups are just a few examples. But they can be rectified […]

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Turning Chicken Legs Into Tree Trunks

Introduction When you ask what someone’s favourite body part to train is, especially gents, the the usual reply is chest or arms; or in my case, back. Very rarely will someone reply with legs, despite the fact that legs make up half of your body! Legs create a powerful base which has some transfer to […]

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Lower Body Power Workout

Whether you’re going for that match winning free kick, breaking through a ruck or jumping a particularly large puddle on a Sunday walk, we could all benefit from some extra power in the lower limbs. Power is defined as the result of strength x speed so essentially it all comes down to how quickly you […]

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How To Rehab A Dodgy Knee

As some of you may know, through either my grumbling or occasional limping, I injured my knee playing rugby about a month ago. Getting injured sucks as it really effects your usual training routine, such as working legs (cue the “skips leg day jokes”). But it also affects daily tasks that otherwise would just be […]

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Mighty Motive8 Strength Challenge – Can You Conquer it?

If you love a good workout challenge then look no further.  Here’s a great combination of 5 mini-tests that when put together, form the Mighty Motive8 Strength challenge.  The entire challenge takes about an hour and you can use the results as a benchmark to track your progress.  Make sure you start with a full-body […]

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