New Year – SMARTER Goals

Class Handout by Gill Cummings-Bell BA (Hon’s) M.SC. MBA. PGCE. MIfL.

It’s that time to year when we all want to make New Year’s resolutions. This year instead of New Years resolutions, I want you to consider putting them into the context of SMARTER goals. Whatever you want to achieve in the coming year, it is […]

By |December 30th, 2014|News|

The Benefits Of Cardiovascular & Mixed Martial Arts Style Exercise

Article by Nicola Richmond founder of ‘Street Strike’

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has been around for centuries and has developed into lots of different forms including Muay Tai, Jujitsu and Karate.

So what are the exercise benefits of doing MMA?

Firstly it is an excellent exhilarating physical workout out. Doing around one hour of sparring or grappling moves […]

By |December 17th, 2014|News|

Diabetes & Exericse

Article by Laura Walker
Diabetes is a complex group of diseases with varied causes.

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder. Metabolism is the cycle of the body using digested food for energy. When you eat carbohydrates, the digestive tract breaks down carbohydrates into glucose, a form of sugar that enters the bloodstream. With the help of the hormone […]

By |December 12th, 2014|News|

Endothelial Cell Function & Exercise

Article by Dr Paul Batman Ph.D

There is always a consequence…..what the wrong type of physical activity can do to your blood vessels!

It is widely accepted that cardiovascular disease is amongst the leading causes of death in the developed world, often associated with affluence and economic growth.

One risk factor acutely associated with cardiovascular disease is endothelial […]

By |September 17th, 2014|News|

So The Journey Continues – Self Perception Profiling

words of wisdom by Anne Simon B.Sc (Hon’s)
I am delighted to report that, having had a reality check (see last newsletter), I have remained on track and have now lost 20 pounds, but possibly more importantly healthwise and aesthetically more than 26 cms! This has started me thinking about the improvements I have been experiencing […]

By |April 16th, 2014|News|

You Easter Egg Calorie Guide


Serve Size


Average Childs Egg


273 – 2.5 hours to walk off

Average Adult’s Egg


689 – 6.5 hrs to walk off

Average Giant Egg


782 – 7.5 hrs to walk off

Cadburys Giant Easter Egg

1 egg


Average Easter Bunny

1 egg


Lindt Gold Bunny

1 bunny


Cadbury Creme Egg

1 egg


Cadbury Marshmallow Egg

1 egg


Cadburys Caramello Mini Eggs

2 eggs


Creme Egg Mini

1 egg


Cadburys Solid Mini Easter Eggs

 2 eggs


Cadburys Dream […]

By |April 15th, 2014|News|

My Weight Loss Journey

A Personal Journey By Anne Simon B.Sc (Hon’s)

I have been on a personal journey over the past four weeks. Like many people  at New Year, I decided that 2014 was going to be the year I lost the excess weight and got back in to serious training. I wanted to lose it all in four […]

By |February 12th, 2014|News|

Analysis Of Exercise In Varied Environments

Analysis by Dr Paul Batman Ph.d

Under varying exercise conditions, muscle recruitment patterns will differ. Lets take as an example a ‘lateral raise’.

In the lateral raise performed with weighted dumbbells, the exercise is performed in a slow and controlled manner.

The supraspinatus and deltoid contract concentrically at the shoulder joint in the up phase and eccentrically in […]

By |February 12th, 2014|News|

Pilates Research Review By IDEA

We came across a recent  research review on Pilates by IDEA in their research library and thought it may be of interest to you as Pilates teachers. It strengthens the debate on Pilates as a tool in your box of core stabilisation work. Not only that but recent research within the review also shows that […]

By |February 11th, 2014|News|

Recipe – Healthy Fruit Mince Pies

Fruit mince:

500 g  apples, finely diced with the skin
250 g raisins
100 g cranberries or sun-dried cherries
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
1 orange (you will need the zest from ½ orange)
500 ml fresh apple juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine the apples, raisins and cranberries into a pan.
Add the apple juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla […]

By |December 4th, 2013|News|