The countdown to Christmas is on. This usually means that our social calendars are getting crammed up very quickly, and between stuffing our faces with Lebkuchen and choosing our outfit for the next party, many of us find it very tricky not to fall off the healthy living wagon. An abundant supply of family visits, Black Friday shopping frenzy and work do’s often mean that hitting the gym or the trails outdoors may drop down to the bottom of your priority list. Not to mention that with the weather turning grotty and cold, getting out of the house sometimes becomes…

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Over the past couple of years, the fitness world witnessed the mushrooming of numerous boutique gym studios, aimed at those people who are looking for something different to the factory-style big chains and traditional gyms. Boom Cycle, Barry’s Bootcamp, Heartcore Fitness and 1Rebel are only a few ‘rising stars’ among those in the UK whose fresh and imaginative approach, focus on personalised customer care and premium service make them formidable contenders to mammuth chains such as Virgin Active, Fitness First and David Lloyd. This suggests that people are likely to go where they feel they belong to a special ‘tribe’ and where they can enjoy a truly specialised experience. (Even…

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In this day and age there seems to be a wealth of advice, countless different schools of thought and self-empowerment programmes about the right way to live – to be healthy, happy, fit and super successful. Yet, the number of overweight, unhappy, disillusioned, poorly nourished, sleep deprived and stressed out people is higher than ever. Apparently, John Ratey (Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and one of the world’s leading experts in Neuropsychiatry) and Richard Manning (an environmental author and journalist) claim to know the real deal when it comes to resolving our core problems and finding the one true…

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In this post I would like to highlight a couple of key emerging trends for 2014/2015, based on surveys conducted by fitness industry experts, and based on my own observations as a fitness enthusiast. ACSM (aka. The American College of Sports Medicine) is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 50,000 international, national and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. Their expert panel published their survey results in the the November/December 2013 issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal titled “Now…

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