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Why May is such an important month

Toby White – Fitness manager comments on why May is the most crucial month to keep your eye on those fitness goals. 
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January, February and March were amazing months class number wise and it was great to see so many of our users taking full advantage of all the classes we have available.

The ability to measure performance is the key to success and monitoring progress. Within my spin classes I’ve really started to notice that my regulars are making some great progression since the introduction of the upgraded spin bike consuls with the ability to monitor their power (wattage) and distance data and our customers are starting to see month by month improvements. I’ve also started to introduce my regulars to working within training blocks of time. So from January to April and then a shorter block of May through into June. May is a really important month fitness wise.

Think of all the progression you’ve made since January and now it’s important to maintain that progress over the next 2 months. We all know that during July & August there are often lots of other activities that get in the way of our own pursuit of staying fit and healthy such as school holidays, trips abroad and the garden becoming much more appealing than the dance studio on a warm summer evening. It’s inevitable that things will get in the way and yes we all need a well-deserved break at some point.

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So with this in mind May & June will see me start to challenge my participants a little more knowing that there will be a drop off looming. But if we can look to take those fitness levels a little higher over the next 2 months then even with a drop off over the summer period we’ll be still starting the next block of work in September in a relative position of strength. Meaning that the gains made over 2017 are maintained to a decent level.

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The above chart shows fitness progression over the year. Allowing for a drop off during  July and August we’ll still be starting September from a better position than we did from the start of the year if we really keep pushing throughout May & June.

Good luck everyone, Toby 🙂 

Anxiety A-Z

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Did you know that 10% of the UK population suffer with anxiety, putting it at the top, along with depression, as the most common mental illness? This means that everyone will come into contact with it at some point during their life and with the Christmas season underway the pressure seems to rise.

We are here you help you focus on the positives with our A-Z list of coping strategies. These are desgined to distract your brain from your worries making each day a little bit easier.

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Healthy Halloween!

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It’s Monday 31st October, Halloween night. You arrive home after a long but successful evening trick or treating. After you’ve tucked your chocolate filled children into bed you hear a slight rustling coming from one of the bags of goodies. Suddenly, all intentions of your healthy diet start to flicker away into darkness…

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Beat the bounce

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For gents investing in a good pair of trainers suitable for your feet and exercise forms the basis of any workout outfit. However, for the ladies not only are a good pair of trainers essential but you also need to take care on top. **WARNING** Gents if you’re still reading this – it’s going to get personal.

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