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November 2, 2017

Following on from my yoga vs. Pilates article where I described how if you are hypermobile or 'too bendy' yoga might not be the best option for you. But how do you know if you are hypermobile? There are a few quick checks which physio's use that can give you an idea of...

November 1, 2017

I had told myself I wouldn’t take Dublin seriously as it was an ‘extra’ marathon I hadn’t planned to do after Berlin, but my friend Hannah was doing it and it seemed like a good idea to combine the run with a trip to Dublin. 

Dublin is known as the friendly marat...

October 25, 2017

It's an age old debate in the fitness industry about which is the superior form of exercise. They have similar themes so how do you know which one is best for you? As a general rule of thumb if you are stiff you should be doing yoga if you are bendy you may be better s...

October 16, 2017

We all know we'll get weaker as we get older but does it have to be that way? Evidence is pretty overwhelming for exercise at any age but there is an emerging group for focussed research on the older generation. 

Strength training is particularly important for women app...

October 12, 2017

For me the answer to why I don't have a six pack is simple..

Chocolate! 

In truth I am not committed enough to a healthy diet to have a low body fat percentage. We all have a 'six pack' but it's hidden underneath whatever fat we are carrying on our abdomen. Therefore abd...

October 1, 2017

Recovery is something overlooked by a lot of people when planning their training. Without effective recovery from training you are leaving your body prone to injury and missing out on training gains. 

Recovery is talked about in 2 contexts, the immediate recovery betwee...

September 25, 2017

Having thought I'd cracked marathons and then the London marathon going pretty badly wrong in April, my expectations were muted in Berlin. I almost wanted to see if it was worth carrying on with marathons or time to hang up the trainers and go for shorter distances....

September 14, 2017

The free weights area can be an intimidating place for a woman. It can feel like you shouldn't be in there unless you can bicep curl 20kg and if you do go in there you can feel gawked at. The truth is the weights area should feel no different to anywhere else in the gy...

September 12, 2017

As I'm winding down my mileage for the Berlin marathon I thought it would be a good time to share my top tips for the tapering phase of marathon training. Tapering can be a strange time for endurance runners as you're used to doing a lot of training each week so to go...

August 28, 2017

Have you chosen the right set and rep range for your training goals? When planning a workout how do you chose how many repetitions to do? Is it pre planned or do you just go to failure? Let me explain some of the numbers behind planning an exercise session.......

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