Monday, 22 February 2021

Re-opening 12th April

 As stated in the Prime Minister's press conference today, we hope to be able to reopen on the 12th April.

Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Lockdown - a time for reflection?

 What has COVID taught you?  Has it been a time to think about what really matters, to evaluate your life and maybe do things differently?

Maybe your definition of ‘enough money’ has changed?  After all – there is not much point having a ton of money and not even being able to go on holiday?  Or maybe you have had thoughts on what you want to do with your life – do you really want to go back to that job once everyone is in the office again?

Whilst you ponder on those big topics – how about doing some work on something that could do with some thought right now – your body?  

We have heard and read, countless times, that people who have other ill - health conditions and / or are overweight do far less well if they get ill.  This is, of course, true of anyone getting COVID but it is also true generally.  The fitter you are the more likely you are to avoid illnesses (because your immune system is working well) and the quicker you are to recover if you do get ill because your body is not trying to deal with the overload and stress that a poor lifestyle places on it.  

So what can you do?

How about:

• A healthy diet – cook from scratch, plenty of fruit and veg, good helpings of protein and complex carbs (so skip the cakes, biscuits, white bread, white rice and white pasta)

• Keep the alcohol down – loads of empty calories and a rather easy habit to slip into just now

• Don’t smoke – just don’t smoke

• Get some sleep – ditch the box set binges and keep to some sort of routine – we are designed to have a rhythm to our days – don’t kick against it

• Drink enough water (check your pee – don’t let it get dark – keep it light) 

• And – of course – get some exercise

I know its cold, dark, wet and slippery but your body will still benefit from getting outside and those steps are important.  

And then – stretch and move your body – make your muscles work.  None of us can get to the gym right now – but you have your body weight.

Go for press ups, planks, squats, lunges.  How about a few mountain climbers, just for fun and there is always burpees.  

If you’re not sure how to build a great little workout – just shout – we will plan one for you.  

Whatever else you decide is important in your life – don’t forget your body – it’s the only one you’ve got.

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

February's Home Workout

 We have a new workout for February. Try to complete this in under 40 minutes. For the competitive amongst you, it took me 34:08

A squat shoot is where you perform a squat, touch the ground between your feet  and extend your arms above your head as you push yourself back up. 

Toe taps are where you lie on your back with your legs straight up, and touch your toes with your fingers (or as close as you can get)

Regarding shoulder taps, and mountain climbers, 1 rep counts as 1 for each arm/leg!

Rest as and when necessary, but try to keep it as short as possible.

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Personal Training

 The gym may be closed, but we can still offer outdoor Personal Training. Socially distanced of course!

Only £30 per 60 minute session, for a limited time

Contact Us for more information

Monday, 18 January 2021

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

How’s your head space?


We were wondering how your mental health is bearing up?  We reckon that if the government makes one more ‘U’ turn, if one more person says ‘vaccine’ or we read one more report on the ‘r’ number we might just lose the plot altogether.

Being told what we can or cannot do is mind blowing, not seeing people you want to see or do what you want is crippling.  Extend this over a (ill defined and inexact) period of time is absolutely mind blowing.  

It made me think about what we could do to help ourselves.  Did these thoughts ever cross your mind?

Drink more wine

Eat whatever you fancy

Ditch the exercise – no one will ever see what you look like anyway

Don’t bother with the rules – it will soon be over

But, of course, none of these ideas will help any of us to cope – all that will happen is that eventually you will feel worse than ever.  

So, its time to get a grip – too many hangovers, too much flab and a general feeling of malaise.  Here comes your plan number two:

Exercise maniacally, lift heavier, run faster, burn more

Eat only to a strict calorie limit

Be teetotal

Bend the COVID rules a bit more– it really doesn’t make any difference does it?

You tried this and then you were completely exhausted, running out of energy and hungry.  You also had a vague feeling of guilt most of the time.  You weren’t sleeping well and couldn’t concentrate.

Now here’s a plan that really works:

Eat a sensible diet with fresh meals made from scratch and the odd treat from time to time

Have the occasional glass of wine when you fancy it

Exercise but not to exhaustion

Stop and pause every day – read / listen to a book, meditate, practice mindfulness.   If you spend your whole day on high alert you will be exhausted and not very productive.  There are lots of apps to help with this – try or or down load a book on 

And the biggest change?  Stop worrying about yourself and be more concerned with other people.  Stop and think; will your action will put anyone else at risk?  Pause and wonder if there is something that you can do to make someone else’s life a bit easier.  

Stop fretting all the time – do what you can and be kind.  Be kind to yourself and take care of yourself – then you will be well placed to help others.  It’s not selfish – it’s common sense – if you are falling apart you won’t be able to hold anyone else together.  Simples !