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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 10th August 2020

Sunday 9th August 2020

Hi, Working out can be intimidating. It's normal to have goals and be unsure how to achieve them. And it's completely normal to lack motivation at times. A good personal trainer can help you overcome your obstacles and take you to new heights on your fitness journey. While personal trainers could seem intimidating and expensive at first glance - in reality that's not the case. We have 1-to-1 and group personal training options to suit all personalities, fitness types, and budgets, and the benefits are insurmountable. Consider these 10 benefits of hiring a Woodlands personal trainer: Education: Being educated while exercising is essential in maximising effectiveness and reducing risk of injury. A good personal trainer will teach you everything you need to know about exercising.…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 3rd August 2020

Monday 3rd August 2020

Hi, Having spoken to a lot of our Group PT and classes members, a significant number are not yet ready to train inside. We understand the concern, particular if you have loved ones who are still shielding. For this reason, I have been busily reconfiguring our Group PT and HIIT sessions to work well outside. We're very lucky to have a lot of outside space that's perfect for group exercise sessions. Makes sense. If it's a lovely day why would you want to stay inside an industrial unit? Having been delivering hundreds of HIIT and bodyweight classes through Zoom over the last 4 months, I have renewed my love for this training method. I've always preferred HIIT to steady state…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 27th July 2020

Monday 27th July 2020

Hi, I'm still buzzing! We've had an awesome weekend. It was fantastic to see so many of our members after 4 months of lockdown. It was also great to welcome a surprising number of new members to Woodlands. Over the 4 months of lockdown, we've been busily running online classes, group PT and 1-to-1 PT as well as sharing daily content, exercise demos, etc - which people have been following and it's encouraged them to come and join. We've been inundated with lovely comments and support from members on how clean and organised we are and how everyone felt safe. In some of our recent newsletters... Monday 17th June 2020: Monday 10th June: 2020 Monday 3rd June 2020: ....and countless newsletters in the past, I talked about…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 22nd July 2020

Wednesday 22nd July 2020

Hi, So here we are: the last week of the gym's lockdown and the final week of Zoom classes. After months of uncertainty it feels great to be able to tell you that we will be back open on Saturday 25th July 2020. Staff have been here busily cleaning and tidying and spacing machines apart, sticking down yellow tape etc and we are very ready for you to come back. It does seem weird to say we'll be back open as - in many respects - we never actually closed. We just adapted. We quickly moved our classes, groups and PT online. We were in constant contact with many of our members, providing home workout and diet plans and daily workouts on our…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Tuesday 14th July 2020

Tuesday 14th July 2020

Hi, So it's now official: gyms will be back open on Saturday 25th July 2020, 124 days after lockdown was announced. Looking back over this time, it has been a bizarre, anxious, frustrating, depressing and confusing time for so many people. When we first contacted our members after lockdown was announced, I wrote that a gym was so much more than just a room full of stuff; it's a source of guidance and support - and the closure of the physical aspect of the gym didn't stop us from still delivering an effective service to our members. During lockdown we provided daily content, online classes and PT through Zoom or similar, home workout plans, nutrition plans, support and guidance to our members and…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 6th July 2020

Monday 6th July 2020

Hi, Across the country, hospitality venues have opened back up on what became known as 'Super Saturday' as the latest round of lifting lockdown restrictions came into effect. So, you can go out for a meal with your household, or have a socially distanced catch up with friends and family over a drink as bars and pubs reopen. You can even go and finally get your hair cut. Some of you are in desperate need of this one. But not me. No. Bald. While not every establishment was rushing to open on the 4th July, those that did decide to open had to have a range of safety measures in place to ensure they are "COVID secure". Indoor gyms have to remain closed…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 1st July 2020

Wednesday 1st July 2020

Hi, The Government has indicated that gyms and leisure facilities will reopen from mid-July, subject to final agreement between health officials and our sector. All businesses should now be open and customers can vote with their feet. The fact that now, all of the nation's favourite places to damage their health and immune system are back open while gyms are to remain closed suggests that maybe the Government has lost its way? The majority of smaller gyms, independently owned, operate on a business model that is perfect to create a secure environment. We operate what is, in effect, a private members club for fitness. Our gym is - by design - never rammed and classes / group personal training sessions are limited…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 24th June 2020

Wednesday 24th June 2020

Hi, Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. What's more, research shows that the number of people seeking the advice and support of personal trainers to help manage mental health issues is increasing. Over lockdown we've seen more and more clients approach us with mental health concerns and worries. So, how exactly can exercise benefit mental health and what can we do as a Personal Trainers to enhance the impact of physical activity on our members' overall wellbeing? The link between mental health and exercise As Personal Trainers, we have the ability to change people's lives for the better - helping them to reach their physical goals through exercise and develop healthier minds in the…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 17th June 2020

Wednesday 17th June 2020

Hi, Most of us know the many physical benefits of exercise: weight control, lower blood pressure, reduced risk of diabetes, and increased energy, just to name a few. But what about the psychological benefits of exercise? Because I'm not afraid to admit that this lockdown has had an impact on my mental health and I know I'm not alone. In the last couple of weeks, come of my clients are opting to talk instead of train. Sometimes that's just how it is when you're a PT; people will confide in you about things they wouldn't necessarily tell their friends, family, co-workers or partners Exercise is proven to ease symptoms of depression and anxiety to keeping your memory sharp. There are…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 10th June 2020

Wednesday 10th June 2020

Hi, Infectious disease outbreaks, like the current coronavirus (COVID-19), can be scary and can affect our mental health. However, there are many things we can do to support each other and manage our wellbeing during such uncertain times. Across the nations of the UK, lockdown is easing in different ways and at different times. As we begin to come out of lockdown many of us are faced with both challenges and opportunities. Within social distancing guidelines, we may be able to see friends and family in person, play sport or return to work. However, many of us may find even these longed-for changes difficult for our mental health. The idea of coming out of lockdown when the scientific debate is…

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