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Coaching Running

New to running? How to get started

You’re considering putting on your running shoes for the first time in ages (if ever!) and perhaps following one of the million or so “Couch 2 5k” apps. Good idea! Running offers many physical and emotional benefits. But of course, you want to make sure you get off to the best start, so that you […]

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5 Signs you might be overtraining

Under-training is a very common fear, particularly in those that are unsure about how to train and / or are not following a programme. The consequence can often be over training. How do you know if you are training too hard? It is a fine line and quite hard to get right. But nailing it […]

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Connective Tissue & Menopause

The menopause brings with it a range of physiological changes associated with the decline of female sex hormones, notably oestrogen and progesterone. While these two hormones are certainly not the only factors that affect change during this time, the sharp decline of oestrogen, in particular, has significant effects on tissues throughout the body for many […]

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Coaching Strength & Conditioning

3 Tips For Starting Strength Training During Perimenopause. Safely.

Strength training (lifting weights) should be at the top of the hierarchy of exercise for women heading into middle age as a key component of managing weight, maintaining muscle mass, ensuring good bone health and keeping the nervous system primed and in top condition. But lifting weights is not naturally adopted by this population unless […]

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3 Tips to help you achieve your Fitness Goals

It really doesn’t matter what your fitness goal is, it could be weight loss or a podium finish in a race, it really doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you consistently take the right steps to keep moving you closer to it. And the key word in that last sentence is CONSISTENT, which is […]

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Coaching Cycling Running Triathlon

Why Do I Get a Stitch?

This üst surely rank in the top five questions that I get asked each week. And yet, infuriatingly, I can never answer it properly and have to concede that I really don’t know. Of course there is nothing wrong with not knowing, but given it is asked so frequently you would think I would have […]

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10 Things to tell yourself when you need motivation.

Sometimes we all have “one of those days”, when getting out of the door to exercise / train / move about with purpose (call it what you like!) is just the hardest thing in the world. You know that at some point you will feel like this, so what will you do to overcome it?

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3 Ways to Improve Performance by Changing Your Mindset

You already know that sometimes the mental barrier is far harder to overcome than the physical. Your mind can so easily start to play tricks on you. Even the most experienced can have thoughts that impact how they see their performance, the people around them, or even themselves in inaccurate ways. But forearmed is forewarned, […]

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Coaching Nutrition

Targeted Fat Loss or “Spot Training”

Often when a new client is starting their fitness journey they have a specific body part that they want to shed fat from and tone up. They will describe losing fat from around their abdomen and ask about which Abs Exercises they need. What they are describing is often referred to as “spot reduction”, “spot […]

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Coaching Strength & Conditioning

Understanding Tempo in Strength Training

In the beginning we are delighted that we can lift that dumbbell safely (your workout doesn’t conclude in casualty, which is a good thing). You refine your form. You become consistent. You even throw in a few more exotic variations of the classics (get you!). Life is good! So you explore “intensity” by either increasing […]