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Meet Rachael Watson Our Group Exercise Co-ordinator

I started my journey working in the fitness industry nearly 20 years ago teaching Step aerobics and Aquafit at this very club! Over the years I have gained many different qualifications from Personal Training to Pilates, including my passion Yoga. I have been Group Ex Co-ordinator at many different health club facilities during my career an

read more  17Oct 2018 Categories:Altered Images News

Altered Images New Free Weights Gym featuring Watson Fitness Equipment

We are proud to introduce our brand new free weights gym in Bromsgrove, not only does it look great but it's also great for your body. With British designed and British made exercise equipment, showcasing the outstanding engineering design and biomechanics of Watson Fitness, these new plate-loading machines enable our members to experience a superior workout for all body parts. &nb

read more  15Oct 2018 Categories:Altered Images News

COOLDOWNS – THE LOW DOWN

You’ve probably heard that cooldowns are essential for several aspects of recovery, including injury prevention, decreasing symptoms of muscular soreness and preventing stiffness. They have been part of exercise routines for decades, but does research support the prominence that cooldowns are a given?   Cooldowns come in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from a quick stretch to full dynamic slowing down of moves similar to the ones you were doing during the sessi

read more  02Oct 2018 Categories:beginners fitness

GOT A RUNNING GOAL TO SMASH? THESE GUIDES WILL GET YOU THERE

Whether you want to get up off the couch and run your first five kms, or you have visions of smashing your PB in an upcoming half marathon, these training plans will get across the finish line and feeling great.   But here’s the caveat. These are not your typical running guides. Unlike conventional running training plans that feature running, running and a little more running, these plans combine a variety of exercise – so there’s no chance of mono

read more  28Sep 2018 Categories:running

IS FOAM ROLLING WORTH A SPIN?

Maybe you’ve watched other gym-goers rolling on these cylindrical pieces of foam and been curious. Maybe you use a foam roller yourself and routinely ask, “How can something so innocent looking cause me so much pain?” Maybe you just want to know what they’re meant to do, and whether they actually work. Here’s what you need to know... There are several different types of foam roller, ranging from one solid piece of foam, to hollow tubes with lumps and bumps emerging from the o

read more  27Sep 2018 Categories:non impact training

ARE NON-SUGAR SWEETENERS REALLY A HEALTHIER OPTION?

Okay, you’re sweet enough already, we get that. But if you really want to cut down on the sugar in your diet, what should you know about the alternatives? Going “sugar free” has become standard when we’re trying to clean up our diets, and there has been growing global awareness of the dangers of sugar in western diets for some years now. So if we’re not eating sugar, but we still want to enjoy a sweet taste, what’s the best alternative? Are so-called “natural” sweeteners

read more  18Sep 2018 Categories:weight loss

THREE WAYS TO DO BETTER PUSH-UPS

Mastering the push-up is easy when you say goodbye to these common technique issues.   In a previous article we learned that doing push-ups on your knees can be just as effective as doing them on your toes. Now, we’re going to address a few push-up technique issues that could be holding you back from realizing your push-up potential.

read more  17Sep 2018 Categories:beginners fitness

Can’t lose that stubborn fat? Unlock your fat burning potential now

Did you know that there is another major factor to weight loss other than exercise and nutrition but equally important?   Getting quality sleep is as important as exercise when it come to fat loss. If you have standby lights on in your bedroom, watch TV in bed or use mobile devices before bed, the chances are you won't be getting your restorative sleep required for fat loss. Any lights, particularly the white light omitted from mobile phon

read more  15Aug 2018 Categories:weight loss

Why Should I Run?

Just a few good reasons you might start to LOVE running! Helps reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life

read more  07Jul 2018 Categories:running

What Wine Can I Drink?

When I talk to people about their weekly Food Diary (such a simple, yet immensely powerful tool we use for

read more  21Jun 2018 Categories:weight loss

Running can be Fun

Anyone and everyone can start running, all you need is something comfortable to run in and a pair of trainers with cushioning!   Selecting the right trainers doesn't need to cost a fortune but it is a good idea to go and have your gait read; this will determine what running style you have and therefore which trainers are best for you to avoid injury. The best way to start is to walk first and gradually build up to a run/walk.

read more  24May 2018 Categories:running

Water Exercise

Water exercise originated at least 2000 years ago and way back in the 18th century, spa therapy was considered both fashionable and beneficial.  'Taking the cure' (as it was known) was well documented and research today confirms that immersion in mineral or salt water continues to be beneficial. Early in the last century 'rest' was considered the best option following injury or damage to the body. This has changed over the years and therapists recommend the benefits of exercising the whole bo

read more  24Apr 2018 Categories:non impact training

Getting Started

Popular concerns and our responses about getting started   After reading through the following list, you might just discover you’re more ready to start that healthy lifestyle than you thought!  Despite the uncertainty and anxiety some people feel about the thought of joining a gym, the truth is that you’re pretty m

read more  04Aug 2015 Categories:beginners fitness

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