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Five workouts to add variety to your summer exercise routine

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Research carried out by the UK’s largest activity platform, MoveGB​, has revealed that individuals who visit multiple venues to exercise are four times more likely to be active six months after joining than those who visit single gym venues. The average single venue attendee ends up cancelling… Read more →

Tips to still get your running fix on while travelling

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One of life’s greatest joys is experiencing and exploring new things. We live in such a great big world that we have a seemingly unlimited number of opportunities to try new things, take risks, and get outside of our comfort zone, and it’s through these experiences that we often learn a lot about ourselves.… Read more →
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Get ready for a baptism of iron with Virgin Active’s newest workout Iron ZUU

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Ready, sets, gorilla. Iron ZUU is landing at Virgin Active this month; a brand-new fitness innovation that combines old school weightlifting with mobility training to unlock the power in your body, free your movements and deliver strong results. The 30 minute class is broken down into lower body,… Read more →

Why More ‘Life Skills’ Should Be Taught in Secondary School

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Making your own way in the world is difficult and there are plenty of things you need to know as an adult in the real world that are just not covered in school. Schools have to focus on teaching key academic subjects and, with the greatest will in the world, no collection of subjects covers every one of the… Read more →

Pulse at Virgin Active

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The “Big Fish, Little Fish, Cardboard Box” is back with a bang, at Virgin Active. A fun new dance fitness class, Pulse powered by Clubbercise, has just landed in Virgin Active clubs nationwide, bringing with it club anthems, glow sticks, neon attire, and those all-important rave moves.… Read more →

Barre Class at Virgin Active

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A fusion of classical ballet moves with Pilates, yoga and dance set to high-energy music, a session of Barre will tone, define and sculpt the whole body from head to pointed-toe! Virgin Active studios nationwide are being kitted out with barres which not only aid balance but will help you to push your… Read more →

Top tips for training while pregnant (Part II)

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Hugh Hanley, father of two and National Personal Training Manager at Virgin Active, on training while pregnant

Training while pregnant helps you to be more prepared for the physical stresses of carrying a baby and labour. However, inappropriate exercise can be harmful for the mother or baby, so be… Read more →

Top tips for training while pregnant (Part I)

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Hugh Hanley, father of two and National Personal Training Manager at Virgin Active, on training while pregnant

Being pregnant can be an amazing time for mothers-to-be and there’s no reason why you should stop exercising or training during the pregnancy. Here are our top tips for staying in shape… Read more →

Alex Rahim, Personal Trainer at Virgin Active, on Marathon Recovery (Part two)

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  What should you do immediately after a marathon? Have an ice bath? Stretch? Book in a sports massage – what would you recommend and when?

I would recommend all of those if facilities allow. Ice baths are important in reducing inflammation. Massage will also aid in flushing out those waste products.

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Alex Rahim, Personal Trainer at Virgin Active on Marathon Recovery

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  When and what should you eat after completing the marathon?

Eating as soon as possible after the marathon is vital as your body will be craving food following the stress it has just been under.

Ensure that your diet contains lots of protein, fats and carbohydrates for good recovery.

Do your best to have

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Five Summer Weight Loss Secrets

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Get active

This sounds incredibly obvious but with so much ‘expert advice’ floating round the internet these days, it can become easy to forget the fundamentals. Fat is essentially energy, energy that has not been expended and must therefore be stored as it cannot stay in the stomach or… Read more →

Q&A: Expert Commentary from Tom Lawman-Butler

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 What lifestyle choices do you make at home to stay fit and healthy? Do you ever cheat? Does your family adhere to a similar plan?

I spend a lot of time cooking when I’m at home, to ensure I have healthy meals with me when I’m on the go. My approach to nutrition is flexible, which allows me to eat my favourite

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Q&A: Expert Commentary from Tom Lawman-Butler

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 What are some things you recommend everyone do at home to get fit?

I recommend people spend less time socialising with screens and more time engaging in physical activities. Set small challenges that you can fit around your lifestyle. 

For instance, spend 10 minutes a day trying to improve your flexibility… Read more →

Q&A: Expert Commentary from Tom Lawman-Butler

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 What are your clients’ most common goals and why is it important to seek the help of a personal trainer when diet and exercising at home aren’t enough?

The most common goal of my clients is fat loss. With 65% of the UK adult population now being classed as overweight, and everyone eating too much and

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Q&A: Expert Commentary from Jean-Claude Vacassin

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 Should you exercise less to lose more?

When it comes to working out and eating well, most of us are extremists to a greater or lesser degree — it’s an all-or-nothing approach. When we are ‘on it’, it is regular gym sessions, plenty of fruit and vegetables and social abstinence, which of course

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Q&A: Expert Commentary from Tom Lawman-Butler

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 Aside from the actual work that you do with your clients, what does being a personal trainer entail?

The majority of a personal trainer’s time outside of training clients is spent planning out each session. Every session needs to be fun, engaging and goal-orientated.

Personal development andRead more →
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Q&A: Expert Commentary from Jean-Claude Vacassin

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 Fitness and nutrition gone wrong

I am passionate about influencing people to live healthier lives and I want to share my experiences and those of others whom I have influenced, to do my bit to build happier and healthier communities. As such, like many others in the ‘fitness industry’, I am vocal

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Q&A: Expert Commentary from Tom Lawman-Butler

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 Which supplements do you recommend?

The only supplements that I would recommend to the majority of my clients are a low dose multivitamin, Omega 3 and Vitamin D3. Taking a low dose multivitamin will make sure they get all the essential vitamins and minerals that may be missing from their diet.

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Q&A: Expert Commentary from Jean-Claude Vacassin

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 Are the scales lying to you?

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘the scales don’t tell you the truth, they lie’. It’s actually not true. The scales don’t lie, that number you that can see between your feet is accurate. It’s true of the BMI index also, that doesn’t lie either, the number you are

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Q&A: Expert Commentary from Tom Lawman-Butler

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 What are the best exercises for the desk-bound? I have constant knots and aching shoulders from typing and am not sure whether exercising would exacerbate or improve this…

Sitting for long periods of time often leads to muscle tightness on the front of the body and weaknesses on the back.

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Q&A: Expert Commentary From Dara Dairo

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 What are your failsafe tips on motivation?

There are so many different psychological techniques for motivation, but the one I always tell my clients is to be honest with themselves. The number one limiting factor with someone who fails to reach their goals is that they are not honest with themselves;

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Q&A: Expert Commentary From Dara Dairo

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 Which foods are best to eat before working out for maximum fat loss and muscle gain?

Losing body fat should be controlled, and diet will help with the reduction of body fat to reveal that newly acquired muscle density. It will also help control the hormonal challenges that restrict muscle growth. Try

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Q&A: Expert Commentary From Dara Dairo

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 I’m naturally skinny and want to put on weight without becoming ‘skinny fat’, how should I go about this?

‘Skinny fat’ refers to someone who by no means looks overweight, nor do they weigh enough to be considered overweight, yet they have a higher percentage of body fat than would

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Q&A: Expert Commentary From W10 Performance

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Why is hydration so important?

Water is essential to life, and it is the one thing that we cannot go without for a sustained period of time. Hydration plays a pivotal role in both fat loss and muscle gain, a hydrated cell works more efficiently and is better primed to burn fat and make energy. If fat cells

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Expert Commentary From W10 Performance

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Recovery and regeneration is essential to long-term progress:

Along with its ugly twin strength training, recovery is often the most overlooked aspect of exercise. More isn’t always better, and people who push and push with no respite will find a stall in progress. Your body doesn’t recover during… Read more →
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Q&A: Expert Commentary From W10 Performance

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 Beginners Guide to the Squat

 What is it?

The squat is hailed, by some, as the king of all exercises and I don’t mind admitting that it’s my favourite lift. The squat is fantastic at developing strength in the lower body and there are studies to show that squat strength can have a positive effect on everything… Read more →
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Q&A: Expert Commentary From W10 Performance

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 What time of day is it best to exercise?

 We all want to get the most out of our time spent exercising. Two of the biggest reasons that people cite for not exercising are lack of results and lack of time, so we need make sure that we maximise the outcome for both. Which opens up the question of whether should we… Read more →

Q&A: Expert Commentary From Max Smith

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 I’m keen to start running outdoors, what is the best way to prepare my body for this?

Due to its repetitive nature, running can be taxing on the joints and muscles, it can therefore be very useful having a postural analysis done by a relevant professional to ensure you are carrying and moving your body

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Q&A: Expert Commentary From Max Smith

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I want to start working out with my boyfriend? What would you suggest we do together as he’s a lot stronger than me, but I’m better at cardio?

Working out with a partner can be a great motivator, there’s no reason the two of you can’t perform the same routines so long as the resistance is… Read more →

Q&A: Expert Commentary From Max Smith

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I’m a slim male in his 30s but have a very strong family history of heart disease, what’s the best preventative exercise program to reduce my risk of heart problems?

A sedentary or inactive lifestyle is one of the biggest risk factors for heart disease so any form of exercises will be greatly… Read more →

Q&A: Expert Commentary From Max Smith

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I’ve been skiing for years, but I would like to try snowboarding this year. I work out regularly in the gym, but is there any particular exercise I should be doing to prepare for snowboarding?

A programme preparing for such a sport as skiing or snowboarding really should contain the king of lower body… Read more →

Q&A: Expert Commentary From Max Smith

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 I used to be slim and very fit, but I became comfortable in a relationship and gained a few stone. My BMI is now 27. What’s the best way to ease myself back into exercise and lose the weight quickly?

 Try not to focus too much on your BMI score, instead try to understand how much fat and muscle you are carrying… Read more →

Q&A: Expert Commentary From Max Smith

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 I’ve tried everything from caffeine patches to swimming, but can’t get rid of my cellulite. Is there anything I can do to reduce it?

 Often the answer really isn’t as complicated as society and the media would have you believe. Cellulite is ultimately just fat, when it comes to burning fat the… Read more →

A New Way To Deal With Stress

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Stress affects all of us in different ways, so it makes a lot of sense that we have different ways to deal with it. What works for one person will not necessarily be good for another. Some people like to write down the things that are bothering them and tackle the list one item at a time. This can be great for… Read more →
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The Physiotherapist: How Much Stretching Is Too Much Stretching?

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Most people understand the importance of maintaining the appropriate level of flexibility in their daily lives to avoid musculoskeletal imbalance (particularly reduced/movements in the joints, tightness and reduced range in the muscles) leading to discomfort, pain and ultimately, debilitating

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Six-Week Shape-Up with BodyWorksWest: Week Three

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So we’re into our third week and approaching the middle of the program. My good intentions are beginning to plateau and I’m dreading the gruelling sessions with Andre. This probably isn’t helped by the fact I’ve had flu for the last few days and the last thing I want to do is jog! I’m still following… Read more →

Six-Week Shape-Up with BodyWorksWest: Week Two

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So I’m two weeks in and already beginning to see results, I’ve lost inches from my waist and thighs, but when Jackie the nutritionist weighed me a few days ago I’d actually gained weight. I’m told this is a good thing – testament to the amount of lean muscle I’m laying down. As muscle burns… Read more →

Make Your Bike Worth More With Evans Cycles & Bikeworks

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From Monday 15 April Evans Cycles will be launching its Great Evans Cycles Trade-In initiative, committing to providing customers with up to £100 off a new bike when trading in their old wheels. There are an estimated 10 million unused and unloved bikes in Britain that people think are worthless. However,… Read more →

Six-Week Shape-Up with BodyWorksWest: Week One

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BodyWorksWest gym in Notting Hill have devised a short, intensive shape-up program consisting of 12 personal training sessions, four nutritional consultations and 12 independent workouts. My sedentary lifestyle and penchant for junk food mean I’ve gained an inordinate amount of flab over the… Read more →
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Darts Fans Descend on London for the Ladbrokes World Championship

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Over the Christmas 2012 period the Alexandra Palace in North London was home to the Professional Darts Corporation’s annual Worlds Darts Championship event. The tournament, sponsored by bookmakers Ladbrokes, ran from Friday 14 December until the Tuesday 1 January, and during that time fans… Read more →

Are Carbs Really the Enemy?

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‘Oh no, carbs are the enemy!’ Eat with anyone who’s dieting these days, and you’re almost guaranteed to hear this – particularly when there are chips in the offing. But is there any truth in it?

Well, yes. But, again, no. Carbohydrates are essentially a chains of sugars, which the… Read more →
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Virgin Active Health Club Kensington £1.1 Million Refurb

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Tucked away behind Kensington High Street lies the newly refurbished Virgin Classic gym. One of just 11 in the country, these are Virgin Active’s most luxurious, state-of-the-art destinations. Boasting anti-gravity yoga, delicious hydrotherapy pool and Jacuzzi, wonderfully warm, atmospherically-lit… Read more →

The Fitness Trainer: Defined collarbones

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Sarah Colbourne, founder of Heart & Soul Fitness, has 15 years’ experience in the fitness industry.

I love the elegance of defined collarbones in a dress. Are there exercises to sharpen them up?

Lets leave the gym and head to the swiming pool – did you not see all those shapely collarbones

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The Fitness Trainer: Tone your arms

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Sarah Colbourne, founder of Heart & Soul Fitness, has 15 years’ experience in the fitness industry.

With all this hot weather it’s been impossible to hide my ‘bingo wings’. Is there a shortcut to Ms Obama’s toned biceps?

Ms Obama does have fab triceps muscles and biceps and there

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Christopher Kane S/S 12
Christopher Kane S/S 12

Fashion for Fitness

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Sheer Beauty: toning the torso

At Christopher Kane there was an explosion of flowery stickers beneath a bed of sheer organza, while Marios Schwab used lace panels to create a smouldering vintage feel. Plank / press-up combo:
Perform a set of wide elbow press-ups followed by a plank (either staying on… Read more →
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The Fitness Trainer: Change your body shape

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Sarah Colbourne, founder of Heart & Soul Fitness, has 15 years’ experience in the fitness industry.

When I gain weight it all goes on my belly. I’m only slightly overweight but am sick of being asked if I’m pregnant! Is there a way to change my shape other than slogging it out on the treadmill?

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The Physiotherapist: What’s Wrong with Rehab?

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As a physiotherapist, and also a keen (if occasionally injury-prone) sportsman, it’s clear that there’s a lot wrong with the modern day rehabilitation process in the UK. In general, the issues fall under four headings; the system, the physios, the process and last but by no means least, the patients

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The Holistic Coach: Time Management and Healing

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Nikki Mansergh is a qualified ABNLP (American Board of Hypnotherapy and American Board of Neuro-linguistic programming), Recovery Coach and EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Practitioner, who has been coaching since 1998.

Many new challenges this week;  I would most like to discuss a relocations… Read more →
D&G S/S 12 Milan
D&G S/S 12 Milan

Fashion for Fitness

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Coloured shorts and printed jeans: exercise for slimming thighs

Seen at D&G and Holly Fulton – the only way to step into summer this season is in a pair of statement shorts. Work the colour clash trend with a Monica & Joe draped orange top and minimal jewellery from Daisy. The exercise: Side-lying… Read more →
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The Fitness Trainer: Get calf definition

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Sarah Colbourne, founder of Heart & Soul Fitness, has 15 years’ experience in the fitness industry.

My legs look like sticks! How can I get more definition in my calves?

 I suggest doing some calf raises, which are easy to perform and can be intensified as you gain strength for additional calf definition:

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The Fitness Trainer: Get Rid of a ‘Muffin Top’

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Sarah Colbourne, founder of Heart & Soul Fitness, has 15 years’ experience in the fitness industry.

How do I get rid of a ‘muffin top’?

 I recommend dead lifts with the long Olympic bar – a great fat-burning exercise.

  • Put the weights on either end of the Olympic bar and place the
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Marc Jacobs’ S/S 12 collection for Louis Vuitton
Marc Jacobs’ S/S 12 collection for Louis Vuitton

Fashion for Fitness

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Mules: exercise for the ankles

The classic backless shoe, adorned with intricate gold beading at Oscar de la Renta, slick stripes at Fendi and golden brocade at Rochas. Louis Vuitton matched its candy pastel collection to pointed mules with metallic straps and silver toes. The exercise: Step Calf… Read more →
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The Fitness Trainer: Get Rid of Saggy Boobs

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Sarah Colbourne, founder of Heart & Soul Fitness, has 15 years’ experience in the fitness industry.

How do I get rid of saggy boobs?

There isn’t anything you can do that will actually get rid of saggy boobs, but you can tone up the pectoral muscles and tissues that support them.

I recommend bench

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Gucci S/S 12
Gucci S/S 12

Fashion for Fitness

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Flapper dresses: exercise for the cleavage and décolletage

From the sexy Art Deco glitz at Gucci to the flapper-fab cocktail dresses at Ralph Lauren. Loose-fitting, low-cut dresses with embellishments, fringing and beading that the ‘20s fashion is romanticised for. The exercise: Press-ups… Read more →
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The Holistic Coach’s Thought of the Day

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Nikki Mansergh is a qualified ABNLP (American Board of Hypnotherapy and American Board of Neuro-linguistic programming), Recovery Coach and EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Practitioner, who has been coaching since 1998.

The present. That’s all we have. I coach, among other things, mindfulness.… Read more →
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The Fitness Trainer: Get Rid of ‘Moobs’

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Sarah Colbourne, founder of Heart & Soul Fitness, has 15 years’ experience in the fitness industry.

How do I get rid of ‘moobs’?

I recommend chest presses and flies. Cardio exercise is also important. I recommend swimming – breast and butterfly strokes, in particular. Swimming

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Nina Ricci Summer 2012 Look 2

Fashion for Fitness

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Crop Tops: exercise for the midriff

Dolce & Gabbana channeled Sophia Loren, and Emilio Pucci’s Peter Dundas conjured a latter-day Brigitte Bardot. The key is to keep the belly button under wraps, exposing just a tasteful flash of skin below the bandeau. The exercise: Single leg extension. Lying… Read more →
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The Holistic Coach

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Nikki Mansergh is a qualified ABNLP (American Board of Hypnotherapy and American Board of Neuro-linguistic programming), Recovery Coach and EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Practitioner, who has been coaching since 1998.

I have been internet dating for a while but haven’t met anybody who… Read more →
Tricep dips

The Fitness Trainer: Get Rid of Bat Wings

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Sarah Colbourne, founder of Heart & Soul Fitness, has 15 years’ experience in the fitness industry.

How do I get rid of bat wings?

I recommend tricep dips and tricep press-ups to tone up the muscles that run on the backside of your upper arm from your shoulder to your elbow.

How to do tricep dips:

  • Position
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The Sleep Guru

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Sleep Guru, Anandi is a qualified NLP instructor and hypnotherapist who has studied for 500 hours with her yoga guru in India. Her mission in life is to help everyone enjoy a sound night’s sleep – naturally.

You needn’t be an insomniac or suffer from anxiety to want to take measures to improve… Read more →
Jason Wu S/S 12
Jason Wu S/S 12

Fashion for Fitness

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Picking up the peplum

Accentuating the waist or the hips, Givency takes the pretty out of the peplum with black lace and leather while Vera Wang, Celine and Dries Van Noten showed all-white styles and high-tech mesh for an ultra-modern look. The exercise: Hips and bottom – Side lying leg lifts, kicks… Read more →
paco rabanne S/S 12
Paco Rabanne S/S 12

Fashion for Fitness

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Shiny and Naughty

A touch of S&M and a screech of PVC dazzled the catwalk with leather-adorned dresses at Antonio Berardi to Felder Felder’s futuristic backpack. The exercise: Cardio/weights circuit. The best way to slim down is to combine a mixture of cardiovascular and resistance-based… Read more →
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Double Drape Maxi by Amanda Wakeley S/S 2012

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Sporty Touches: exercise for backs

This spring/summer look out for racer backs on dresses, including mesh inserts and the sandal-shoe from a peek-a-boo mesh Marios Schwab and an androgynous sense of sportswear at Aquascutum. The exercise: Upper back extension with arm lift. Lie on your front with… Read more →
The de-stress diet

The De-Stress Diet

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Find me a woman (or man) who does not want to be calmer or slimmer… or both. It is, quite honestly, all that most of us really want, especially in February when the last few weeks have been about nothing but failed diet attempts, mixed with the stress of feeling penniless after Christmas. Charlotte Watts,… Read more →
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Emma Watson for Teen Vogue shoot; D&G blouse, Erin Fetherson skirt, © Norman Jean Roy

Fashion for Fitness

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THE FULL SKIRT

Nipped-in waists shortly followed by the poof of a full skirt from an elegant puffball at Peter Pilotto to a slouchy style at Jonathan. Waist – side plank, plus lift and lower.

Set up in a standard side plank position. Your body is in a straight line resting on your knees and forearm/elbow.… Read more →