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5 better signs of progress than the scales

We often see people jump into a new fitness regime and get dispirited if they don't immediately start dropping lbs hand over fist.

The reality is, the scales are one of many ways to measure your progress and initially they probably aren't a good choice. You will lose weight sooner or later but it's so important you don't get a week (or even a month) in and then get dispirited.

When you first start training you'll be so far from your genetic potential for muscle growth (nope you won't look like a man!) that you'll be adding muscle and losing fat all at the same time which results in big differences to your appearance and how you feel but no real change on the scales.

We've even had Clients gain weight but drop dress sizes. Just take a moment to let that sink in.

They have got heavier on the scales but are buying dresses 2 sizes smaller than previously...

Here are 5 better signs that you're on the right track.

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The 5 Phases of Success

Whilst I love the fact that most of the people we work with get results I'm also fascinated by those who don't.

Those who start and get good results but then quit before they get to their end goal.

Or those who jump through the hoops to start working with us but don't show up for their first session.

Whilst we have systems in place to prevent too much of that happening (there is a reason you have to go through a couple of stages to work with us, it's not just for a laugh) some invariably slip through the net.

It would be easy to trot out the standard industry guff about them "not wanting it enough" or "not having enough skin in the game" or any of the other phrases thrown around when someone quits.

But as a serial quitter myself that doesn't satisfy me.

It wasn't until I found out about the 5 Phases of Success that things really clicked.

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4 reasons you should lift weights to lose body fat and achieve optimal health (and why you won't look like a bodybuilder if you do!)

Lifting weights to lose body fat is fast gaining acceptance in mainstream media and fitness publications, which is great.

Coaches have known this for a long time but, with the mainstream publications finally catching up, that message will be broadcast to a wider audience which is only going to be a good thing for our health and wellbeing.

Here are 4 reasons why you should lift weights to lose body fat and achieve optimal health.

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Would you like ice with that?

By the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated and even a tiny degree of dehydration has noteworthy consequences.

Studies have found that people who lose as little as two percent of their body weight through sweating have a drop in blood volume which causes the heart to work harder to circulate blood.

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How to survive and thrive in the build up to Christmas and New Year

It’s the most wonderful time of year, or so the song would have us believe.

However, if you’re trying to stay in shape and keep making progress it can be a minefield.

Endless temptations abound from Christmas parties, more office treats (who doesn’t like Roses at this time of year?!) and a general feeling of sod it, I’ll start again in January.

The truth, though, is going bonkers over the next 6 weeks can set you back months on the other side of New Year, whilst a little self-control and some sensible choices can mean you either continue to make progress up to Christmas and the New Year or worst case go into January no worse off than now and in a great position to really get stuck in from January onwards.

Let me caveat: no one is saying live like a hermit for the next 6 weeks, far from it. Life is too short for that and the social interactions at this time of year can do wonders for mental health and strengthening connections with friends and family.

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Out with the old, in with the new

Our new website is live!

Covid and the numerous lockdowns came with many extremely stressful challenges and one blessing - an opportunity to really sit back and think about where we wanted to take the business.

The easy option would have been to stick with what we had: our West Bridgford and Beeston studios. But the reality is we want to help as many women as possible to achieve a healthier lifestyle. And that meant a strategic decision of committing to opening more studios so we can reach, and help, more women.

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