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Category: Group Exercise

The rise of modern Yoga

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How does modern yoga incorporate traditional practice in new ways, and who decides whether it is still yoga? Yoga has traditionally been the practice of incorporating meditation – a calmness of the mind – balanced with postures and flexibility poses to leave you feeling strong, lean and Zen. But as yoga has changed over the [...]

Calisthenics: “Practice doesn’t make perfect”

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Calisthenics coach Stephen Hughes Landers tells FitPro why he thinks bodyweight training has become a top trend and why the idiom ‘practice makes perfect’ is rubbish. Olivia Hubbard: What seems to surprise clients most of all? Stephen Hughes Landers: There are two things that really surprise clients. One is just how difficult it is to [...]

Outdoor training options to try out

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Mountain Athletics training sessions, The North Face, NeverStopLondon Sessions are for all abilities, whatever your goal, and are free to join. The group meets in-store at 18:15 to store bags in the community lockers and then gather for a pre-workout pep talk.   Outdoor Training What’s involved? Individuals run in groups from the store in Regent Street [...]

The group X factor

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Is it better to try new programmes or stick to tried-and-tested techniques? Two instructors go head to head with their views. Jayne says: If people demand you teach the ‘next new thing’, they’re not buying into you or your skill. Since the launch of Les Mills (LM), I have heard this phrase so many times: [...]

Conflicting views on sporting participation

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As we approach the Olympic Games this August, significant focus has been placed on the rate of participation in the aftermath of London 2012 once more. Perhaps what’s disconcerting are the latest figures from multiple outlets published this month that offer very different findings, making for a challenge when drawing conclusions. FitPro takes a brief [...]

Be part of I Am Team GB

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On Saturday 27 August, I Am Team GB will invite people across the UK to get active at their local sports club. Thousands of clubs and groups will open their doors as part of the nation’s biggest ever sports day. Brought to you by the National Lottery and ITV, and supported by Join In, UK Sport and [...]

Bossing it

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In the first of a new interview series in Fitpro magazine that profiles fitness leaders, Karen Lisa Laing met Claire Burlison Green and asked her about launching Clubbercise, the dance workout programme, and what fellow fitness professionals can learn from her experience. I first met Claire Burlison Green, co-founder of Clubbercise, at the Women in [...]

Let’s get kids dancing!

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With childhood obesity on the rise, more initiatives are targeting children who may be less interested in group sports. Synergy Dance has channelled its efforts to gain maximum exposure for its inclusive dance programme. With more than one in four of us doing fewer than 30 minutes of physical activity a week and one in [...]

Why ruin the parkrun fun?

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A local council has voted to become the first in the world to charge parkrun a fee for the use of its grounds. FitPro’s Olivia Hubbard shares her opinion on the latest news to hit the running community. “Envisage overweight councillors ‘lording it up’ as they ponder whether to opt for the steak and ale [...]

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