10 Reasons to Attend Fitness Events Outside of Your Regular Class

Whether it’s fitness events, a workshops or a retreat, stepping out from your regular class routine can have a really positive impact on your fitness and wellbeing. Chris and I have been running Fit School for four years now in Epping. Before that we were teaching classes and training in…

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Want to keep up with your grandkids? Don’t make age your excuse

Since I started teaching anti-ageing Pilates in Epping last year, I’ve become much more aware of both the impact of age on our bodies and perceptions of age. My first concept of age was my grandparents. The arthritis in my nan’s hips meant climbing the stairs to her flat could…

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So This is Christmas. And What Have We Done?

It’s time for a little 2016 retrospective. Just what has the Fit School team achieved in 2016, in numbers? 1 charity marathon fitness day (Gina Morris’ next one is scheduled for 4th February, all welcome). 1 online Pilates programme – released in July. 1 article in the Guardian. 1 column…

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How to Make Fitness Inclusive, Fun and Empowering

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. When I first started my career in fitness, it was by accident. I took a year out to just ‘be’ and do some stuff I’d always wanted to do. Being active was a passion but I had never envisaged doing…

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Online Circuits

As you know, here at Fit School central we’re busily creating the first of our online fitness packages, Pilates Online. Now of course, we have a bank holiday coming up and sometimes, circumstances conspire to mean you just can’t get to class. So here’s a Pilates circuit for you to try…

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How to Fit Exercise Into Your Busy Life

It’s a question I get asked a lot: “Karen, I’m just so busy – how can I fit exercise in around childcare/work/family?” Now I hear you. Sista’ I feel your pain. I know that I absolutely need to exercise for a) my sanity; b) my energy levels; and c) my future health.…

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How Physical Health Controls your Mental Success

Fit School’s Karen was published on the Guardian: Women in Leadership this week with her article all about mounting evidence which links physical health and fitness with cognitive function and brain size. What do you think: http://www.theguardian.com/women-in-leadership/2016/feb/04/how-your-physical-health-controls-your-mental-success What would really motivate you to exercise? Do you already incorporate exercise into your…

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Want to fall in love with your mummy tummy? Read this.

It’s a human phenomenon many women would rather didn’t exist. The mummy tummy. That jiggly little (or large) bit of fat or loose skin that clings around the middle regardless of well intentioned efforts to shift it. Fitness trainers love it: ‘Join me and lose your mummy tummy.’ And last week…

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Today I went for a run to remember my purpose.

Today I went for a run. Today I went for a run because I was so overwhelmed with the amount of stuff I have taken on at the moment that I knew I needed to take a time out from it in order to tackle it with renewed spirit and…

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13 ways exercise can help prevent disease (fitness phobes will love #13)

Alzheimers. Type 2 Diabetes. Breast Cancer. Colorectal Cancer. Prostate Cancer. Heart Disease. Depression. What do these major health conditions all have in common? Exercise can prevent, lower the risk of, or in some cases even reverse the effects of the condition. How? We all know that this is what researchers…

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