8 reasons you might need a personal trainer

Personal Trainer Epping We love our group Pilates, fitness and running club at Fit School but there are occasions where individuals benefit from personal trainer attention. This could be a program specific to their needs or one to one coaching with either Chris or Karen. Gone are the days when…

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Fit School Interview: The Truth about Life with Breast Cancer, Mary Huckle

I first met Mary Huckle in 2016. We were introduced by the director of Fitpro (the UK’s largest fitness industry training provider) and asked to speak on a panel at a national fitness conference. Mary spoke eloquently about her experiences of surviving and subsequently living with breast cancer. It was…

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Could You Find Happiness in 30 Minutes?

Yesterday a client sent me a lovely message, direct from her holidays, to say how being more active had brought new found happiness. How she had felt comfortable getting involved in running races and being active with her kids whilst on holiday in a way she had never felt before.…

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12 Personality Traits of Inspiring Women

I’m a sucker for an inspiring woman. I’ve always been drawn to people who inspire me. I can remember feeling it as a teenager. Just feeling drawn to certain teachers or friends in my life. Women who had something that I wanted to learn from or just an energy I…

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Why I Want You to Care About Your Psoas

Your psoas is an amazing muscle which is fundamental to free movement, strength and wellbeing but our lifestyles are screwing it up. Back in the 90s and 00s it was all about core stability and your transversus abdominis (TVA). We taught about layers of abdominal muscle and how strengthening them…

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How to Train Your Abs Whilst Pushing A Buggy

What if you could turn every day activities, like buggy pushing, nappy changing and food preparation into a mini workout? One of the biggest myths of post natal exercise is that you have to dedicate hours of each week to fitness classes and that if you aren’t a celebrity or someone…

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Sticky Slo Cooker Chicken and Gravy Pie

Chicken pie. There’s something so very right and very comforting about it. It’s a firm favourite in our family. My pie making even pre dates our marriage. Chicken and bacon pie has always been a favourite of Chris’. He’s been known to take an entire pie to training courses (Desperate…

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Should I Do Pilates or Yoga?

Pilates or Yoga? It’s a question I get asked a lot. The answer of course depends on what you want to get out of it? But that’s not what you want to hear, so let’s go a little deeper: Yoga Yoga has its origins in meditation. The meditation and breath came…

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5 Tips to Help You Master Breathing in Pilates

It’s a common complaint: “Karen, I’m getting the breathing all wrong.” “Before any real benefit can be derived from physical exercises, one must first learn to breath properly. Our very life depends on it.” [Joseph Pilates] If you’ve ever wondered how you are supposed to breathe in Pilates, or why,…

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Could Breathing Boost Your Performance and Help Recovery?

Breathing. For many of us it’s the last thing on our minds once we’ve laced up our trainers and hit the gym but could the way you breathe be stopping you from reaching your fitness goals? Breathing technique can affect our endurance, our speed and our recovery. It can also…

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