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10 Reasons for Getting Back to the Gym

We have been extremely lucky with the weather this year, especially during the lockdown phase. For many, it was an opportunity to work out both at home, and eventually outside. But with the long summer days coming to an end, training outdoors will start to become less appealing and let’s face it, maybe it’s time […]

11th September 2020

The Pros and Cons of Barbell, Dumbbell & Kettlebell Training

When walking into our St James’s gym you will find that like most gyms there is a weights area kitted out with kettlebells, squat racks, smith machines, barbells and free weights and you may be a frequent user of these tools, but have you ever considered the differences and what the pro’s & cons of […]

5th August 2020

Prevent Injury with Progressive Overload

Getting back to the gym after months of lockdown & home workouts? Physiotherapist Abi Onuoha offers some general points to be mindful of to allow your body to adapt to any new regime/loading in the gym.   The aim of progressive overload is to avoid overtraining and thus prevent injury. If you haven’t been training […]

29th July 2020

Benefits of Foam Rolling Where & How to Use a Foam Roller

The benefits of foam rolling have become widely accepted. Now a staple in training programs worldwide, from elite sports teams who use it as part of their warm-up before every training session, to individuals who just want to use it to improve flexibility or relieve pain from high volumes of training. Unfortunately, there is still […]

15th May 2020

What is Plyometric Training & How to Incorporate it into Your Training

Firstly, let’s clarify exactly what Plyometric Training is. Plyometric training, also known as jump training or ‘plyos’, and are a group of exercises in which muscles exert maximum force in short intervals of time, with the goal of increasing power. (ref. Wiki)   Originating in Eastern Europe, most Olympic athletes used it, scientists/researchers and coaches […]

9th April 2020

How to Avoid Common Running Injuries

It is the start of a new year, and the London Marathon is just around the corner. For thousands of people its peak time to slip on their trainers and hit the road. We are all aware of the benefits of running. We can increase cardiovascular fitness and enhance feelings of wellness and relaxation. However, […]

8th January 2020

How to Get Fit for Ski Season

If you are someone who can’t wait for the temperature to drop so that you can hit the slopes, you may be thinking about how to get fit for ski season.  Because the majority of us only ski a few months of the year, and because skiing involves so many muscle groups, it can take […]

29th October 2019

10 Simple Strength and Conditioning Exercises You Can Do in the Gym

We have put together 10 simple strength and conditioning exercises you do can at the gym. Adding these tried and tested exercises to your regime for 10 minutes a day really can make all the difference to your overall strength and core stability.   As well as playing a crucial role in weight control and […]

17th September 2019

How Pilates Can Improve Your Life

Pilates can help you improve all aspects of your life, from physical health and well-being to mental health. In this article, we delve into the benefits of Pilates and how, with regular practice, you can alleviate stress, build core strength and avoid injuries from everyday activities and sports.   How Pilates Relieves Stress   Pilates […]

2nd September 2019

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