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Martial Arts: which is best?

Which is the best martial arts? Short answer, none. Or a better answer would be “best at what?” Martial arts are like cars, they each have their own strengths and weaknesses and more importantly their own purposes behind what they do. My father-in-law uses a great stonking Ford truck to pull his tractor, but then […]

Martial Arts: not just kicking and punching

Martial Arts is lots of things  What do you think of when someone says “Martial Arts”? Is it the image of people in white suits and black belts going through complicated movements, or is it more the sweat and grime of 2 people knocking lumps out of each other in a cage? Maybe you just […]

Maria’s March Update – Where’s my holiday confidence gone?

I’ve been on holiday. It was a big holiday – we were celebrating our 10th Wedding anniversary, so we jetted off for 15 days in Hawaii. I had a fabulous time. I was full of holiday confidence and it felt great.  I ate what I liked, I drank what I liked and, strangest of all, not […]

Lent is not a health fad

So tomorrow marks the start of Lent for many Christians. A time for prayer, repentance, fasting and forgiveness as they mourn the death of Jesus and prepare to celebrate his resurrection. Or in modern, non-Christian world; a time when many people give up stuff for 46 days in the hope it might give their healthy […]

We are hiring: Personal trainers

Wanted: Personal trainer Part time, flexible hours including evenings and weekends   The Role We are looking to recruit a new Personal Trainer to our team. But not just any PT: we need someone who understands the set U free values, and who can deliver fun and effective exercise sessions to a range of people […]

Baywatch, Short Shorts & Holiday Clothes – Maria’s August Update

Florida here I come, the land of Baywatch babes and short shorts. Am I off to patrol the beaches of Los Angeles County and heroically save innocent members of the public from sharks, earthquakes, serial killers and, just occasionally, the sea? Am I eloping with David Hasselhoff? Am I bringing out my own range of […]

Breakfast cereal and body confidence: Maria’s July update

Years ago when I was a kid, I remember a TV ad for a diet breakfast cereal that had the slogan “If you can pinch more than in inch….” The implication being that if you could pinch more than in inch, then you needed to eat this cereal and lose weight. Even as a kid I […]

My love hate relationship with running- Maria’s May Update

I want to be ‘a runner’. The sort of person who just gets up and casually decides to go out for a run. You know the type who knocks out a casual 10k before work with no effort at all, and wears t-shirts with slogans about how running is their therapy. Sadly, despite best intentions […]

Failure makes you stronger – Maria’s March Update

Failure = weakness, right? I’ve recently had a bit of a brainwave – failure is not a sign of weakness, failing makes you stronger. Like a lot of people, I don’t like feeling that I’ve failed at anything but I’ve never really recognised what effect that has on my day to day life. A couple […]

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