Emma goes running

I've always been one for throwing myself in to a challenge and Sunday 18th August was no exception.  I took place in Relish Running's Two Tunnels Mini Challenge (mini is a bit unfair I think!) in Bath.  45 other people took on this challenge with others opting to take part in one of the events.  The challenge involved running a 5k, followed by a 10k and then finally finishing off with a half marathon around Bath and the canal.  Possibly the biggest challenge of the day was running the 10k in ti...
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Should you ditch the trainers?

A lot of us wear padded trainers to work out in.  These cushion our feet.  Some of us also wear shoes with an unnatural shape and that have a high heel.  I have recently decided to try wearing minimalist shoes and thought I would discuss with you the benefits and possible disadvantages with daring to go bare.  There are 30 muscle and 26 bones in the human foot making up 1/4 of all the bones in our bodies  When wearing minimalist shoes our feet get the chance to flex and splay so they can...
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The New Renaissance Fitness

We've moved into something bigger and better. Renaissance fitness is now no longer a PT studio, but a fully functional 24-hour gym with a built-in PT area. Taking the leap from a bespoke training studio to a 4000 sqft gym with 4 separate training rooms certainly wasn't easy. Transforming into a 24-hour gym with enough equipment to please everybody took some hard toil, sleepless nights and a fair bit of blood, sweat and tears. We only had 2 months to transform the building, there were man...
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Is the deadlift really the king of exercises?

Is the deadlift really the king of exercises? It's touted as the king and ultimate exercise for building muscle, strength, power and core stability. However this is debatable at best... In head to head comparison with the trap deadlift, multiple studies show the trap deadlift is better for maximal force and power. Next for building hamstring strength needed in athletic ability such as sprinting. Nordic curls may be a better option as they allow higher eccentric overload. For use as...
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What is “Nutrition: Without The Bullshit” all about

What’s the difference between "Nutrition: Without The Bullshit" and every other weight loss book?   The big difference is this isn’t a fad diet book or pseudoscience book. I don't try to convince you the cause of fat-loss is sugar, toxins or eating breakfast.   In fact, I pretty much do the opposite. Spending a 3rd of the book debunking much of the BS around nutrition.   Most nutrition books like to convert you into a certain way of thinking and restrict your lif...
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Why the scales won’t budge (even when you do everything right)

Sometimes you can be doing everything right. Eating healthy, not drinking much if any alcohol, following a well-structured exercise program, but you step on the scales and they haven’t budged, no even a gram. Undeterred, you push even harder, exercising more and be even stricter with your food. One week later you get the scales out again. You are excited and ready to see all your hard work pay off. However you get on the scales and still nothing, you haven’t even lost half a pound, how...
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