Living the simpElle life: Abby

It's time to share some inspiration again in the form of this mini series - Living the simpElle life - where I talk to someone who has inspired me with their story. 

I heard a great phrase last year - 
"The Universe is made up of stories, not of atoms"
- so that is what I want to share with you, stories, to open up the Universe to us all! 

Each individual we meet embodies what this blog is about. They have dug deep to find motivation, they have sought inspiration and in doing so become inspirational to others. They have been empowered with knowledge to change and that is what their story will do for the rest of us...

Meet: Abby Ajayi

I met Abby through Nike Training Club (NTC) having taught in Stratford and Victoria Park. Every single class Abby has attended she has given her all to! It's been amazing to watch her progress and even more special to have her share her journey with us...

- {THEN} - 

Elle: What made you decide to start training / running? ...What was your plan / goals?

Abby: I was a sporty all-rounder at school and at University I played basketball and rowed (badly) for a short time. I've always been a gym-goer but my training used to stay very much in the gym using the static machines with maybe one outdoor run a year. 

But, when I lived in New York for a year, where training seemed much more integrated into people's social lives, I found running a great way to explore the city and I started to use the Nikeplus app a bit more seriously. Once friend's started adding me and connecting with me on the Nikeplus app - the leaderboard became a great source of motivation and I started running a bit more and increasing my distances. Myself and a bunch of friends then signed up for several runs in 2013 including the Olympic Park Run, the Gloanna Yoga run and the Nike We Own The Night 10km all of which motivated me to keep training and running both alone and with my local Nike + Run club.

Abby on the Olympic track

My training also evolved too. I mainly trained alone in the gym with the occasional personal training session or spin class but after discovering the Nike Training Club (NTC) app and attending Nike's NTC supercharge week, I sought out the NTC live classes. From training alone I now really enjoy the group classes, the full body workouts and the social aspect of NTC.

- {HOW} - 

Elle: What's your favourite way to work out?

Abby: My favourite way to work out is probably the Saturday NTC classes I attend in Victoria Park - I love being outdoors. I also enjoy solo runs on a Sunday morning.

Abby and the NTC Victoria Park crew

Elle: What's your typical weekly exercise schedule?

Abby:  My weekly exercise schedule usually involves two Nike Training Club Classes, one NTC yoga workout either a live class or on the app and then 1 - 2 runs. When I'm away from home I tend to use the NTC app, where the minutes and badges are a good incentive.  

Elle: What / who has been your inspiration?

Abby:  My biggest inspirations are my family who are all active - my brothers train, cycle and run and my sister went from hating running to doing several half marathons. In particular, my mum, who having been sedentary her entire adult life, took up swimming, Zumba and hiking in retirement, which is a big inspiration and shows it's never too late to start.

I'm also hugely inspired by the amazing community of women I train with at NTC and the trainers who are incredibly supportive and approachable. Instagram fitness pages are also pretty good at giving me a quick motivation boost, as do blogs, like this one and the Team Naturally Run Facebook community started by fitness blogger Leah Evans. I also work pretty hard to inspire myself - this usually involves shopping for new kit.

post class at 1948 :) 

Elle: What was the first big difference in you, that made you feel proud and excited?

Abby: There've been lots of milestones that have made me feel proud of my progress - being able to do full press-ups, doing a supported handstand and a couple of chin ups, Crow pose in yoga, holding a plank for 2 mins and also running a half marathon. The first time I went out for a run in the rain was also a big one. As was training in the snow with the Nike Training Club. Learning to enjoy the elements has definitely been a big change for me. Next stop... conquering the swimming pool! 

Elle: Did you make any changes to your diet once you started training?

Abby:  I keep trying to improve my diet but this is a work in progress. I experimented with a Paleo diet for 30 days which was interesting but ultimately too restrictive for me to continue with longterm. I'm now much more aware of needing adequate food and sustenance to fuel me through my training and I'm much more committed to eating clean - though my sweet tooth still gets me into trouble.

- {NOW} - 

Elle: How do you track your progress?

Abby:  I track runs with the Nikeplus App and Nikeplus GPS watch - this data helps me see if I'm improving. I also monitor my daily activity with a Nike Fuelband. For walks and cycling, I use MapMy Run. On the whole the most important measure of progress for me is how I'm feeling and how I'm sleeping.... this is generally the best indicator of if I'm training effectively, taking enough rest days and eating well.

Elle: Have your goals changed since you started your journey?

Abby:  When I started training I tended to think short term - I'd train for a run and then slack off after the race. Now I think running and training are much more integrated into my life - I always have the NTC app with me when I'm away and now I even use it. When I travel I always take running shoes and running helps me see new cities and explore new places and also make new friends.

Abby in action while I teach

Elle: How do you keep yourself motivated?

Abby:  I keep myself motivated by booking races in advance to look forward to and by signing up to things with friends so we motivate each other. I also attend talks and events like NTC week, when I can and I also read books about wellbeing and exercise that reignite my enthusiasm for running and training. And of course, I reward myself with new workout clothes with a promise that the expense is justified, if I get out there and use them.

NTC Week 

Elle: If you could go back and give advice to the "before" you...or any other person contemplating changing their lifestyle...what would you say?! 

Abby: The advice I would give myself or anyone contemplating changing their lifestyle is start today. It really is a case of Just Do It. I avoided going to a running club because I was worried I'd be too slow and people would be in cliques. I kept waiting to convince a friend to come along with me. Once I started I wished I'd done it ages ago - people are incredibly welcoming and supportive and I've learned that whether I come last or not - I've done something for myself and a run is a run. I've never come back from a workout and regretted going out. So even if you can only run for 1 min start there and build up gradually. Yes try to encourage friends to come out with you but be willing to go out there by yourself. It is an incredible confidence boost.

...so what d'ya think?! 

If you'd like to leave Abby a comment below please do or you can connect with her via Twitter, IG or Tumblr:

Twitter: @abbyajayi
Instagram: ajayiabby

...and if you would like to share your story please get in touch with me here: {Contact Elle}

Until then, keep living that simpElle life ;) 

Elle :) 


Guest Post: Supergreen Spirulina Bites

Kaitlin is back after the amazing 'Raw Snickers Bar' recipe she shared with us last month! ...Thanks so much for the great feedback from those of you who shared your experience of recreating the recipes!  

These little bites are densely packed with nutrients; spirulina is one of the worlds complete proteins, and is also very high in iron among other minerals. This makes it a great option for non meat eaters and is really easy to include blended in smoothies or juices. Only a little though as the taste is super strong! 

I take them to eat pre and post exercise for an energy boost but it's really hard to stop at just one! Totally fine though as they are natural and clean inside and out! They are really easy to make too and can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.


1 cup of almonds 
1/2 cup of hazelnuts
10 medjool dates (best quality)
1 tsp each of spirulina, cinnamon, vanilla powder and hemp protein powder 
Squeeze of lemon juice


Blend all the dry ingredients in a food processor until powdery. 

Ensure medjool dates are used as they are the stickiest and best quality; chop them up and mix into the dry ingredients. 

Squeeze the lemon juice in and add as much as needed to achieve the right consistency, then separate and roll into balls. 


Well, I have a big bag of spirulina in my cupboard that may actually get used now! I think these will be great for allowing me to make it to my next meal, full of energy and avoiding bad choices! 

For more food inspiration you can follow Kaitlin on Instagram!

If you try the recipe, let us know what you think via the comments section below, Twitter / Facebook and share with your friends! 

Elle :) x


Living the simpElle life: Katie

We're well into 2014 now and I think all the 'dropper offers' have dropped off :(. If you are still going strong and working towards your goals then I thought it was time to share some inspiration again in the form of this mini series - Living the simpElle life - where I talk to someone who has inspired me with their story. 

I heard a great phrase last year - 
"The Universe is made up of stories, not of atoms"
- so that is what I want to share with you, stories, to open up the Universe to us all! 

Each individual we meet embodies what this blog is about. They have dug deep to find motivation, they have sought inspiration and in doing so become inspirational to others. They have been empowered with knowledge to change and that is what their story will do for the rest of us...

Meet: Katie Wright 

Katie as bridesmaid at friend Sadie's Wedding

I have been lucky enough to be able to call Katie a friend for the past 13 or 14 years having met her when I changed schools at aged 16! She has been an inspiration, support and true friend in all that time! I wasn't always this active remember, especially not at the point when we met - but our friendship survived my lifestyle and career change! Katie and I often catch up before / after a workout, over a coffee discussing healthy living ideas or baking up a healthy storm! 

- {THEN} - 

Elle: What made you decide to start training / running? ...What was your plan / goals?

Katie: In my teens I was overweight at 5ft 11 and a UK size 22. I simply ate too much and didn’t move a muscle (except if it was a walk to a fast food chain!). In my late teens I managed to lose 5.5 stone through healthy(ish) eating and exercise. By my mid twenties I could reel off the fat and calorie content of every food in the supermarket (I definitely had a border-line eating disorder at this time) and was putting myself through punishing workouts 7 days a week. It left me exhausted and dreaming of food 24/7 and all without the beach body I wanted. I felt I was resigned to this below par body (stretch marks and a bit of wobble) because of how big I had been in the past, it never occurred to me I was working HARD but not SMART.

With my 30th birthday approaching this year I knew I had one last shot at getting the body I wanted after gruelling cardio classes, 3-peak challenges and half marathon’s hadn’t worked. I needed something more. My male friends were insistent about weight training to get toned muscles but I kept on with retorts about not wanting to get fat by stopping my cardio and not wanting to end up looking like Arnie!

One day I saw a female weightlifting page on Facebook and that was it, I knew I had to get involved but I didn’t know where to start, especially when just a glance at the weights section of my gym left me scurrying off in fear! I knew I needed help to build my confidence and to give me the motivation to make the best of the body I had, that’s when a chance conversation led me to find my Personal Trainer Sam.

"My goals were simple, I wanted to shred fat and get lean muscles possibly even end up competing if I could progress enough in 2014"

- {HOW} - 

Elle: What's your favourite way to work out?

Katie: I love working out with someone. I am really competitive and a weights session alone doesn’t quite give me the same performance as when I have someone watching me or setting me target weights to squat! My PT Sam is the best trainer I have ever had, the right level of mentor/friend/scary motivator! If someone is feeling a lack of motivation in their workouts I would recommend they try a club/class/buddy up with a friend, it doesn’t have to rely on the expense of a PT to get you to where you want to be.

Elle: What's your typical weekly exercise schedule?

Katie: At the moment I am in “phase two” of my transformation programme (with my first two months focusing on technique to avoid injury once weights really ramp up) which looks something like this:

Monday            - PULL weights session + core
Tuesday            - LEGS weights session + core
Wednesday        - HIIT (10 min warm up, 16min HITT, 10 min cool down) + core
Thursday           - PULL weights session + core
Friday                - HIIT (10 min warm up, 16min HITT, 10 min cool down) + core
Saturday            - PUSH weights session + core
Sunday               - REST DAY!

Elle: What / who has been your inspiration?

Katie: For the first few weeks my inspiration was the weighing scale; a few freak outs later to my PT I realised I had been far too fixated on the numbers versus the appeal from the mirror. For me now it is looking in the mirror and seeing my stomach getting more taut (I cannot wait to get abs and I wont rest until they come!) and catching myself in the mirror in the gym like I did last night, seeing the new back muscles flaunt themselves as I did my dumbbell rows. 

My confidence has grown massively, even after face planting a Pylo box one week and getting these facial injuries...

ouch :(

...and crying in the gym one week as mind wanted to do something my body wouldn’t! I haven’t given up and I have noticed such big changes that make me wish I had started this a decade ago!

Elle: What was the first big difference in you, that made you feel proud and excited?

Katie: The first big change I saw was in my log book; yes, as geeky as it sounds having a written record of the weights I lifted last week versus this week! You can see how much I use it by its sorry battered appearance:

It acts as a motivator and a big visual aid to just how far I have come already! I cannot recommend enough keeping visual aids, especially if you are like me and hung on the scales! Keeping a log book, taking body progression photos or taking body measurements during intervals in your program will really help to motivate you and keep on pushing forward.

Elle: Did you make any changes to your diet once you started training?

Katie: Firstly, now I eat…..and I mean I EAT! I am eating about 2,100 calories a day now versus living off a depressing existence of 1,250 in the days when I was a cardio junkie (with the terrible weekend alcohol binges!). Having six regular meals a day has stabilised my cravings and stopped me reaching for the junk or thinking about food 24/7….. I am even able to resist the office treats that appear to be cropping up all the time, feeling smug tucking into my meal whilst colleagues are guilt-ridden having inhaled a cake or two! Best bit, I haven’t gained loads of weight eating this way, I have been correctly fuelling my body and lifting weights, so for now my weight has stayed the same and I am starting to notice the changes aesthetically. I have learnt it is not about achieving quick results, they won’t last, it is about enjoying the journey and improvements mentally and physically along the way

…. Oh, and I still have one full on cheat meal once a week that I look forward to instead of just taking it for granted and gobbling it within 5 minutes!

- {NOW} - 

Elle: How do you track your progress?

Katie: Apart from my little log book I also have a “before” and an “after” photo (after photo to be taken at the end of phase 2 which lasts 12 weeks). This not only is motivating me right now (as I haven’t had the “after” photo yet) but getting to see other transformations from a variety of women (ex-eating disorders, mothers, large people, people obsessed with cardio) makes me realise I can do this too. Nothing like a bit of inner belief to spur you on!

Elle: Have your goals changed since you started your journey?

Katie: I think as time has gone on my goal posts have moved. I now feel so much more is attainable and I want to put the effort in with my diet and gym time to really see how far I can push my body. I have gone from wanting to squat my butt into shape to wanting my whole body to be on top form. I want to be one of those women in the gym that people say, “oh, I love your back muscles…..” or ask me for advice and for me be able to make a difference to them.

Elle: How do you keep yourself motivated?

Katie: Keeping myself motivated is pretty simple. I WANT this. It took me three bumpy weeks to get to the point I am at now (with me having near panic over the scales, lack of cardio and the amount of food I was eating….. sending my PT insane with whataspp freak outs!) which was mainly because it took me three weeks to change my habits and learn new ones. That would be my best advice to anyone, allow yourself at least three weeks to turn the changes into habit before attempting to throw in the towel, by that point I guarantee you’ll be hooked!

My second photoshoot is due mid June 2014, so I have a lot of changes in my body I am expecting up until then, I’ll keep you updated on my progress along the way ;-)

Elle: If you could go back and give advice to the "before" you...or any other person contemplating changing their lifestyle...what would you say?! 

Katie: Don't be afraid to try something new if you aren't getting the results you want. Like I said before, studies show it takes three weeks to break habits and make them your new routine (like changing your diet or mixing up your workouts) and most importantly give your body time to adjust, Rome wasn't built in a day.....so don't give up at the first hurdle!

...so what d'ya think?! Inspirational?! 

If you'd like to leave Katie a comment below please do!

...and if you have a story you would like to share just get in touch! {Contact Elle}

Keep living that simpElle life ;) 

Elle :) 


I'm Going To #BeADuathlete

Sunday 14th September 2014. 

You will find me running, cycling and then running some more around Richmond Park.

I signed up for my first multi discipline event - the London Duathlon!

After some debating, I entered the Super Sprint Challenge made up of a 10km run, 22km cycle and 5km run. With over 5 months to go, there is plenty of time to train and get prepared!

@londonduathlon held a Twitter Q&A where you could ask their Celebrity Ambassador Jenni Falconer anything about the event using the hashtag #AskJenni

My first Tweet was:

I thought that was all I had to say but then question after question popped up in my head! Here are a couple more:

I'm sure as this sinks in over the next few days I will have more, and more, and more questions! So if you have participated in a duathlon to triathlon before please share any answers (to questions I may not have thought of yet!) with me via the comments below, Twitter or Facebook

This event is definitely my BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) for 2014 and I'm very much looking forward to it! You can follow my journey to the event right here on keep it simpElle!

Elle :) x

To enter London Duathlon or for further information regarding the event please visit http://www.londonduathlon.com 
Join the #LD14 community now and follow London Duathlon on Facebook and Twitter http://www.facebook.com/londonduathlon or @londonduathlon 


Know Your Blood Pressure

115/69mmHg is my reading this morning. What's yours?!

When was the last time you had your blood pressure measured?! Before today, mine was measured about 2 weeks ago. your blood pressure is something you should know. 

It's something everyone should know about themselves. 

It's thought that 5 million people in the UK are walking around with high blood pressure and don't have a clue. This brings with it various risks. High cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease are all linked to high blood pressure. 

What is blood pressure?

It's the pressure of the blood in your arteries - it's at its highest when your heart contracts and at it's lowest when your heart relaxes with each heart beat. 

And what do the numbers mean?! 

The first (or top number) represents the phase where your heart contracts so blood pressure is at its highest. This is known as your systolic blood pressure. 

The second (or bottom number) represents the phase where your heart relaxes so blood pressure is at it's lowest. This is known as your diastolic blood pressure. 

Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, your blood pressure should be below 140/90mmHg. Anything above this is classified as high blood pressure - or hypertension

A family history of high blood pressure, a diet high in salt, lack of physical activity, being overweight to drinking too much alcohol can all play a part in the cause of high blood pressure. Lifestyle changes can however play a bigger part in preventing the onset of high blood pressure. With the exception of family history all the things I just listed are within our control! 

The blood pressure monitor I have is by Ozeri and available on Amazon {check it out here}. It's compact, light, quick and easy to use. It's also more comfortable than the cuffs which go around your upper arm! 

It comes with an instruction booklet, which all made sense to me! I'm not one for saving information - I managed to set the right time, I'm not so sure about the date but I have the measuring down to a t! Just position the cuff correctly, 1cm from your wrist, place your wrist in line with your heart and press the 'start' button! 

It's so portable I will have it packed in my bag every now and again so if you see me 'About Town', just ask and I can take your blood pressure measurement for you! 

If you have any concerns about your blood pressure then I advise you to seek information and advice from your doctor as soon as possible! Otherwise just keep active, be aware of salt and alcohol consumption and try your best to eat a healthy balanced diet! 

Are you aware of your blood pressure?! 

Do you actively live a lifestyle to help prevent the onset? 

Do you have any tips to share with those who have not yet made those changes?!

If you have any thoughts or questions please feel free to leave a comment below or contact me via Twitter / Facebook! 

And know your blood pressure! 

Elle :) x

p.s This is NOT a sponsored post; I was provided with the product to test...but all opinions are my own :) 


#Red120 x Psycle

If there is a club about getting fit, then I wanna be involved! Red Magazine created the #Red120 fit club to encourage us to do 120 minutes of exercise each week in 2014!

This is what the Red Team suggest:

The rules are simple. In one week, do…
50 minutes moderate cardio (eg fast walking, medium swimming)
40 minutes fast cardio (eg running, high energy class)
30 minutes of strength training (eg Pilates, weights, body exercises, some yoga).

It's no surprise that the #Red120 fit club decided to hit up the newest addition to the spin scene in London - Psycle.

motivational wall anyone?!

Addicted To Spin 

Created by Tim Weeks, Psycle is all about the music. Oh, and the performance. They haven't hired your regular spin instructors - they have the likes of west end performers, backing dancers and gymnast - people who know how to put on a show and bring the energy! 

With each track, there was a lot of encouragement to ride as one - to feel the beat and get your legs in unison. Adjusting the resistance enables you to find the beat depending on your fitness. A darkened room, nightclub lights...clapping, swaying, arm weights and fist pumping make it more than just your cardio workout! 

The Little Extras 

With an interesting decor, the studio is clean, tidy and just shrieks style and glamour! 

Fluffy white towels, water on tap, cleated shoes for each spinner, toiletries provided, hair ties, cotton buds...all the little extras that make your workout that little bit more enjoyable.

or maybe an arty wall?! 

"I Accidentally Worked Hard"

Everytime I go to spin class I always come out thinking "ahhh I coulda worked a bit harder" ...but I never know how far we're gonna take it so I always hold back. This class though, I accidentally put full effort in! It's hard not to when you're focusing on the show...and totally in the moment! 

Post class, we were treated to juices and nibbles - good job as I was famished! 

We headed down to reception where we all had an opportunity to chat, pledge our minutes for that week and grab a goody bag! 

my pledge 

one of the best goody bags ever!

To find out more about the #Red120 fit club visit {their website here}
To find out more about Psycle visit psyclelondon.com

It's really hard to articulate the atmosphere that I experienced in this class but I've given it a good go! I came out smiling from ear to ear, wondering when I could return for that experience all over again!

I love that studios are setting themselves apart with what they offer. I know where to go for the fun factor, where to go for a Garage music class and where to go for a serious ride!

If you have never tried spinning before, check out my "Need To Knows For Your First Class" post!

How do you feel about spinning?! Do you prefer the fun factor or a serious ride?! What do you love about your favourite studio?!

Elle :) x


#boostlondon run with Adidas

One minute, I have nothing planned for my Thursday evening. It's playing on my mind though that I need to clock 10km this week (before Sunday) and have yet to run even an inch!

I'm on twitter and see that Georgina from Fitcetera is off to an event with Adidas and I assume it involves running so decide I want in! Next thing I know, I am in! I'm in Team Peckham!

Team Peckham
Having no idea what I have signed up for, I arrive at the Adidas HQ in Covent Garden just metres from my two workplaces yet I never knew it was there! I'm greeted by lots of friendly faces and quite a few that I recognise...

We get kitted out...matching outfits for each team including the Adidas Energy Boost 2 trainers which remarkably feel like walking / running on clouds - the springiness is undeniable!

What Next?!

All dressed and ready to go, we were led outside by our Team Peckham captain to an awaiting taxi where we got whisked off to an undisclosed location! I'll give you a hint though, it was in Peckham!

taxis await Team Peckham

4 Teams. 4 Boroughs. 1 Challenge. 

Simple as. The first clue in this challenge lead us from Peckham to Elephant & Castle where we had to take a picture (to prove we went there) and upload it to instagram with the tag #boostlondon not forgetting to "at" @adidasuk 


Next up - Embankment Bridge. Located next to the London Eye which was looking spectacular in the beautiful night sky of London.

Team Footo ...get it?! lol 

Oh but before we got there, an extra challenge! Just a 50m sprint y'know! We were lucky enough that as we sprinted a bunch of students were passing who cheered each and everyone one of us on! I don't think they will ever know the difference that they made to us!! By this time, we had an inkling we were in the lead but we still didn't know where we were actually going!

Horse Guards Parade next on the cards. No horses at this time. Just one soldier dude, tourists and us posing for our IG picture!

not the best angle or pic but it was enough

Team Peckham Style 

Supernova Short Sleeve Tee

Strong Anthem hoodie
Response Three Quarter Tights 

Last But Not Least. Never. 

Our final location. Carnaby Street. Which was not where we started so we were intrigued. We weaved through heaps of tourists in Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus and bounded for Carnaby Street. A swift right turn off Carnaby Street and we ran into our welcome back party...outside Joe and the Juice who were ready and waiting for us with smoothies and toasted sandwiches.

Oh, did I mention yet that the welcome party didn't include the other 3 teams?! This can only mean one thing! WE WON THE CHALLENGE!! Team Peckham it seems, managed to keep that lead for the whole 6km and were the first to cross the finish line!
winning smiles on IG

The smiles were satisfying. The smoothies were delicious. 6km of my 10km for the week was completed with a great team. Couldn't ask for  more!

Huge Thank You to Adidas UK for a) putting on such a great evening and b) allowing me to participate!

Here is Georgina's post from the Team Camden perspective {read here}
Here is Charlie's post from the Team Ladbroke Grove perspective {read here}

Check out this short video...

What are your favourite running shoes right now?! Have you tried out the Adidas Energy Boost 2's?!

Elle :) 


INSANITY Live @ Reebok Sports Club

We all have a friend or know of someone who is doing the insanity workout, right?! 3 months of what sounds like torture according to their tweets and Facebook posts. By the end, they are looking and feeling great?!

I myself was a little afraid. I even now have my hands on the entire DVD set but was too scared to watch them never mind start the programme.

Then, guess what?! I got invited to a LIVE Insanity class at the Reebok Sports Club.

So What's The Big Deal?!

Photo credit: www.reebokclub.co.uk

INSANITY group exercise classes are predesigned, athletic, drill-based, interval workouts that are guaranteed to get your heart-pumping.

Our fabulous instructor for this class was Tanya Camilleri! Her energy was amazing...I spent a lot of the time wondering how she was managing to do all this crazy stuff and look good doing it! 

The benefits  of this class include:

·         Faster increases in cardiovascular fitness.
·         Burn carbohydrates and fat more efficiently.
·         Burn up to 1,000 calories per class.
·         Enhanced calorie burn that lasts anywhere from 3 to 24 hours after completion of the workout!

The one hour class works the entire body, beginning with an accelerated warmup and moving into 3 intense blocks of work, each one targeting a different element of fitness; a) plyometrics and endurance; b) strength and balance; and c) agility and co-ordination, before finishing with 8 minutes of functional core work and a final stretch.

At points, I was literally laughing...at how tough this was! I wondered if I would work as hard without the motivation of Tanya, and the support of having others around me! There is only one way to find out...

Post class, I could've eaten anything and everything and the next day my body was tired and achy! It's been a while since I have done such intense cardio so my body must've been in shock!

The class will be available on the Reebok Sports Club timetable from April onwards.

So who has already gone INSANE?! or are you thinking about it!? Share your thoughts below or via Facebook / Twitter! 

Do you think you would prefer the class environment or the comfort of your own home?! 

Elle :)  


Powerplates with Elle - Part 1

Here it is...finally! My first exclusive workout video for 'keep it simpElle'!

After writing the 'Power Plate EssentElle's' post, I realised how little this machine was used! There is usually one tucked away in the corner of your gym which is always free as no one really knows what to do with it!

I have utilised one of my weekly 25 minute session plans and broken it down into a series of 3 short workouts which can be added together (at the end of the series) to make a full 25 minute session!

For now, you can repeat the section 3 times to make a 15 minute workout which can be done alone or added onto your regular gym workout!

What you will need:

1 pair of dumbbells (I'm using just 1.5kg in the video)

Here is the workout - you can pin this for later too!

Check out these posts for tips on technique: 

For Plank Front Raise: Drill Pack 2 - Arms & Shoulders 

Tips to make your power plate session more enjoyable: 

1. Always keep a micro bend in your knees; this helps to reduce the vibrations that make it up to your head and give you a funny feeling 
2. Place your tongue to the roof of your mouth to help with head vibrations too! 
3. Here is a short {video} showing you how to set up your Powerplate so it vibrates continually for 9 minutes

And then of course, here is the video...

Give it a go and let me know what you think! Leave your thoughts and comments below or share them with me via Facebook / Twitter! It's because of your comments that I created this workout video...

Elle :) x

P.S Safety always comes first. If you are new to exercise ensure you seek advice from your GP. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids, wear appropriate clothing and carry out drills in a suitable space. Technique is paramount, and nothing should hurt. Should you experience pain, discomfort, nausea, dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath etc, STOP and consult your GP. 


Sweat etc. February 2014

Ready. Set. Goals.

1. Follow 10km Training Plan (weeks 1 - 3)

Weeks 1 and 2 were not an issue. Week 3 however, I got caught up in the business of life and work which equated to no running whatsoever. This third week actually really got me thinking about running...Q: can you run and have it all?! Let me know what you think!

2. Attend Local Park Run on Feb 22nd 

I was so happy when my Saturday morning remained free! The initial plan was to head to my nearest park run, but then a conversation got started on the Team Naturally, Run Facebook group about heading to a Park Run in North London. Having some support seemed like a good idea so I headed across the river to meet Steph and Lissy on a crisp sunny morning!

I wrote my little run recap here! ...The pictures are not all that glamourous! ...massive shout out to Laura who came and provided some much needed / welcomed motivation on each lap!!

3. Weekly Schedule: Yoga 3x, run (to plan), Reformer 1x, Other 1x 

Week 1: spinning, PowerPlates, PowerPlates, Barre,
Week 2: reformer, capoeira, PowerPlates, reformer, yoga, run training
Week 3: HIIT class, yoga, run training
Week 4: run training (5km of week 2 programme), yoga, reformer, spinning, yoga

Trying to find that perfect balance of classes that a) benefits me and b) is achievable in any given week is coming along! Only the second month of the year and lots going on! We must always remember that goals are not set in stone...they should be flexible to reflect our current needs...

Focus Forward to March...

What's on your plan for March?! ...How has 2014 been going for you so far?! Share your thoughts and comments with me via Twitter / Facebook or below...

Elle :) x

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