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What’s In The Gym – Part 2

What’s In The Gym

Welcome to the second edition of what’s in the gym. Each week we reveal 2 pieces of kit that will be found in our boutique gym. One will be a ‘standard’ everyday gym equipment and the other will be a Fitlife exclusive. We explain what is is, why it has been picked and how it will benefit you as a member.

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What’s In The Gym – Part 1

What’s In The Gym

Each week we will reveal 2 pieces of equipment that you will be using in our boutique gym. We will show you photos, give you an explanation and reveal exactly why it has been hand picked to benefit you as a member. We will give you one ‘standard’ piece – which you would expect to find in a gym, and one ‘not so standard’ piece – found only at Fitlife.

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Fitlife – The Story So Far

The Beginning

Frustrated at the lack of fitness offerings in and around Haddenham, Fitlife began it’s outdoor bootcamp in a back garden with no equipment. The vision was simple, to offer good quality, fun and effective exercise to the community. Thanks to school pick ups and playground gossip, word seemed to be spreading that a ‘secret bootcamp’ had started, and within a few months, very few mothers (and fathers) had yet to try Fitlifes outdoor fitness class.

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Made by Mums reveals favourite Festive Healthy Recipe

Introducing Made by Mums

The face behind the brilliant Made By Mums is Lucy Brooke. We first crossed paths at a toddlers birthday party just days before Fitlife’s bootcamp was about to launch. I remember Lucy telling me where to stick it when I tried to sell the bootcamp to her. Anyway, a month or so later, low and behold, Lucy came to try her very first bootcamp – and the rest, as they say, is history. She has lost 10kg in weight, lost over 7% body fat, completed numerous obstacle races, multiple 5k and 10k runs, hell in the chilts (the uks toughest 10 miler) and smashed the Oxford half marathon. Lucy has definitely become the all singing, all dancing Fitlife show pony and is still making huge strides in her health and fitness journey – 2016 will see her take on Man Vs Mountain (a 22 mile race to the summit of mount Snowdon). Luckily for all of us, Lucy began to use her baking expertise to create some epic free from snacks to co inside with her own new healthy lifestyle, and i’m not just talking gluten free brownies, i mean seriously healthy stuff – Spirulina balls, paleo cookies and raw energy bars. After trying a few of these myself and being blown away by how something so natural and clean could taste so damn good i talked Lucy into launching a new line of Made by Mums products for the Fitlifers. I met with Lucy this morning and asked her to share her favourite festive healthy recipe…

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5 Ways To Stay Active Over The Festive Period

Tis the season to be jolly

Let’s face it, we all see this time of year as a chance to enjoy a treat or two (or six). The lure of mince pies, Christmas cake and mulled wine with almost zero guilt (until January) is pretty damn sweet. However, there is absolutely no excuse for inactivity. Now don’t worry, this is not a blog about how many burpees you should be doing per day to keep off the extra pounds, but a guide to fun family activities that will help you get through the next few weeks without growing an extra chin or needing to breathe in to put your jeans on. Check out these 5 suggestions that will shed those extra calories.

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Balls Glorious Balls!

Snacking Made Easy

One of the most common struggles many people seem to have when trying to ‘stay clean’ is what to snack on. Meals are relatively easy right? There are recipes in abundance for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But there are only so many naked bars and handfuls of nuts one can eat (guilty!).

Yes there are many recipes for guilt-free cookies, sugar-free cakes and butternut, sweet potato, courgettes and god knows what else brownies- but no one wants to spend hours home baking (unless we are talking about chocolate cake).

Here at Fitlife we like to think we may have a solution…. BALLS (completely clean- promise!)

The beauty of these balls is simple. Quite literally. The only equipment you will need is a blender.

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Easy Paleo Pancakes with just 3 ingredients!

I haven’t met many people that would turn down a good stack of american style pancakes. But for the health conscious among us, this is high on the list of foods to avoid.. Well, not anymore!

Paleo Pancakes

These are awesome for breakfast or as a pre workout meal. They fueled my marathon training and even the marathon itself, this gives you an idea of how effective this recipe is to give you an enormous amount of energy.

 

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5 Tips To Kick Start Your Fitness Journey

1. Fresh air and sunlight exposure.

This may seem obvious, but so many of us are starved of both these things. Long commutes, stuck in the office, looking after your young ones, all these thing amount to being cooped up inside for far too long. In my opinion, fresh air and sunlight should be classed as essential nutrients for basic health and wellbeing. Yes, we know about the benefits of vitamin d, but forget that for now, the fact is, we as human beings were created to be outside, and not just to be outside, but to be active outside. Why not try out a bootcamp class or commit to a weekly run? The benefits from these won’t just stop at increasing your fitness levels, but studies show spending time outside can decrease depression, improve focus and strengthen your immune system.

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