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Plato once said: ‘’Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it’’. And this is never truer than as we get older. The World Health Organisation suggest that older adults should participate in at least 150 minutes…

Lower back exercises… The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke state that lower back pain (LBP) is considered to be a leading cause in missed work days and the most common cause of job-related disability. Additionally, approximately 80% of the UK adult population will experience LBP at some point in their…

Is exercise rehabilitation the same as physiotherapy? As an exercise rehabilitation instructor I often get asked the following questions: ‘’Are you a physiotherapist?’’ ‘’What type of people do you work with?’’ ‘’How do you instruct exercise rehabilitation sessions?’’ ‘’Is exercise rehab the same as sports rehab?’’ Let’s have a look at each one of these in…

I want to get fit but where do I start?

November, 26, 2018 By Eric

Wondering how to get fit? I think this is something we have all felt and we’ve all said to ourselves and to each other at one time or another.  “I’d really like to get fit”, “exercise more”, “eat better” and just generally “feel better”. But how? Barriers to getting fit…

Is Fitness Punishment or Reward?

November, 26, 2018 By Eric

Here are some phrases we can’t stand… #EarnedIt #NoPainNoGain #WorkoutForFood #FeelTheBurn Why is it that fitness and exercise has become a vicious cycle of punishment and reward? Punishment So, you skipped a workout, now what? It is so easy to beat yourself up about not sticking to a class or a gym…

Put simply dehydration occurs when we lose more fluid than we take in, which in turn upsets the balance of minerals (salts and sugar) in your body, which affects the way that it functions.   Dizziness, lethargy, dry mouth, nausea and vomiting are symptoms of dehydration common to most people who are dehydrated. Many…

Mike Jones’ Expert Guide to Race Preparation 1. Think about the race distance, e.g. for a half marathon try to cover all aspects of the race. This means getting used to running for 13.1 miles, coping with hills if the course is hilly, and being “comfortable” at half marathon pace…

*Full Testimonial Version of Laura’s Rise to the Top* Deciding to run the Manchester 10k in 2009 seemed like a good and meaningful challenge to take on. Putting a target time limit of sub 50 minutes seemed to take my self-imposed challenge into a whole new dimension. I decided to seek…

Exercises You Can Do At Home Starring M20’s very own Eric Banks, here is a run through of simple yet beneficial exercises you can do at home. The only thing you need to complete these equipment-free exercises is straight forward and something everyone has: space* and you don’t need a…

Hi Everyone Here’s the rest of Sarah’s testimonial, a brilliant write-up of how one of our M20 Personal Trainers, Mike Jones, guided Sarah to a personal best in the Lancaster Half Marathon, go Sarah! “I originally signed up to the Lancaster half marathon really just as a way of increasing…