Fighting the Holiday Blues

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Hey TruBe’ers,

So as it’s getting colder, we’re eating more and spending more time with family and friends and most likely away from our fitness (but we all need little breaks right?) here are some of my top tips to keep yourself out of the “Holiday Blues!”

1 – Start your day with a big breath

The biggest inhale and stretch followed by a positive thought or affirmation, one that works for me is “You did not wake up just to have just another day, go get it!.”

A big inhale will help to wake you up and clear that morning grog. It make take a few, but trust someone that wakes up at 4.30am most days, it works! 

2 – Try to keep some routine

Setting an alarm or showering first thing in the morning instead of going downstairs in your pyjamas – that way you’re sure to be ready to go whatever the situation. There is always that dreaded first alarm back after a holiday or a break and I don’t think there is any harm in waking up a little earlier than you naturally would to seize the day. 

There is a lot of research on how breaking sleeping patterns doesn’t do us any good (a quick bit of info can be found in Deliciously Ella’s podcast – episode “Why we sleep” with expert Matthew Walker.)

3 – You don’t need to go to all the holiday parties

A break from work should be just that, if you skip a night out for a night in the bath – so what, your body and hangover will love you for it and if you are staying in, make it worth it. Epsom salts for muscle relaxation, candles cause they’re pretty and a tipple of your choice – bliss.

4 – Put your phone away 

When you do attend gatherings with family and friends, soak up that time with them, before you know it you will all be back in your regular routine, there is no time like the present! 

Put your phone away, really listen and enjoy the time together.

5 –  Step out of your comfort zone

One to bear in mind, is that lots of people don’t have family to spend time with. Around 200,000 elderly people spend Christmas alone this year which is heartbreaking, perhaps passing on a smile or a quick conversation with someone could make their day and yours. 

It doesn’t cost anything to be kind and usually results in a good giggle or two. Being our wonderful British selves, the weather is always a good topic.

6 – Try new and different trainers

If you do get worried about slipping out of your fitness routine, TruBe gives you the best solution, your usual trainer may be on holiday but there are plenty more of us to help you stay on track! 

If you need any assistance to find a new trainer, ask the TruBe team to help you!

Stay safe and see hope to see you soon!

Love, Eithne x

 

New Year, New Challenge

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The roaring 20’s are officially back, and what better time to master the art of mindfulness, after all it is the time of new beginnings. 

To help you get started, we wanted to share how the decade ahead has already begun to influence the latest trends in fitness to show how wellness is on the up. 

Bring back your balance

Finding the line between fitness and wellness will transform the way you approach your workouts. Meditation, Yoga and Pilates will help your body and mind work as one, giving you the energy required for your body to function at its fullest.

Dedicate time to your practice, and be guaranteed sustainable results that last a lifetime. Not to mention a daily boost.

Top tip: Be patient in your search, this practice can take many forms, it is important to find the flows that works for you.

Health as a priority

Healthy Food

As we strive to protect the planet we call our home, plant-based diets are on the rise. Proven to have significant benefits, if done correctly. If this is something you would like to explore, consider getting yourself a lifestyle coach to help guide you. By tailoring your diet specifically to your body, lifestyle, goals and requirements, you are much more likely to stick with it whilst maintaining full nutritional value.

Box and Kickboxing

Instead of taking the gloves off, why not put them on? With each hour of boxing, you can burn up to 800kcal! Energetic and dynamic movements, combined with boxing techniques, are a great way to start or end your day. The powerful, fast hits and jumps will liberate your mind, with each bead of sweat, you can expect the stress to wash away, detoxing your body and helping with blood circulation whilst lowering levels of stress.

Believe it or not, the more intense the session, the more relaxed you will feel.

HIIT

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As High Intensity Interval Training evolves, expect to see specialisms such as Yoga and Pilates incorporated into your sessions, a great addition for those those to burn calories, build strengthen and correct posture.

Achieving total mindfulness will set you free, give it a try and let us know what you think.

Fitness as a lifestyle

Personal trainers live and breath fitness, their passion is drawn from the success of others. They are a driving force there to set you on the right path, both mentally and physically. 

Focus on positive and sustainable results whilst removing the guesswork and dread associated to fitness. Major improvements can be made solely by perfecting your technique as part of an ongoing routine.

Positive experiences

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Consider sharing your TruBe sessions with your closest friends, family members or colleagues. Be supported and motived as you bond through this unforgettable experience.

If you want to know more, get in touch with a member of the TruBe team today! We have a range of personal trainers, lifestyle coaches and massage therapists available to come to you, anytime, anywhere.

Your TruBe team.

Introducing Yolanda, Personal Trainer and Professional Performer

Yolanda is one of our newest TruBe trainers specialising in Personal Training and Ballet Fit. She holds extensive skills in calisthenics as well as TRX making her an expert in improving flexibility, strength and muscle tone. As a professional dancer she has over 10 years experience being part of world famous Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre.

Why did you sign up to be a TruBe Trainer?

I want to empower people by helping them take control of their health and fitness goals. The benefits of training are not just limited to improving your physique. The confidence gained and the mental satisfaction that clients enjoy from reaching targets and exceeding their own expectations surpasses this. TruBe provides a flexible and accessible way of allowing me to share this.

What is your biggest client success story?

A client came to me with a goal which was purely to lose weight. I shifted the focus towards skill based goals alongside her weight loss goals. This transformed her physique, but most importantly improved her mindset. She fell in love with her training and gained the knowledge and confidence to maintain that level of fitness in her lifestyle. She learned to embrace her body and feel proud of what it was capable of.

What is your greatest achievement?

Establishing a career as a performer in the west end and coming back stronger after an injury, which caused me to be on crutches for six weeks.

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What is your favourite way to finish off the end of a session?

An intense core finisher followed by a relaxing deep stretch.

How do you motivate yourself and do you have a favourite motivational quote?

My favourite motivational quotes are “a comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there” and “strong body = strong mind”. Variety is the key to motivation for me. I like to do a bit of everything from ballet fit, callisthenics, strength training to yoga in my training. This keeps things fresh and challenges my body and mind. I always have a lot of goals on the go and I love to immerse myself in making them happen. If motivation wavers, discipline is my go to!   

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How do you find balance in your life?

As a trainer and performer, it’s so wonderful to do a job you love, but it’s important to take time out with friends and family. I also ensure I make time to train for myself, as that’s my meditation. I’m working on listening to my body, when my body tells me to rest, I know I need to before it forces me to!

How do you treat yourself?

Dinner with friends and maybe the odd purchase of some new training gear!!!

To book a session with Yolanda, download the app and find her as one of our featured trainers.

Is Ballet Barre For Me?

As a ballet barre trainer there is one question that I regularly get asked, “Is ballet barre for me?”

In my opinion ballet barre and any form of ballet training is beneficial for everyone regardless of your fitness goal. Well of course I would say that, I am a former professional ballet dancer and I helped design TruBe’s ballet barre workout.

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But let’s think about it objectively. Why do we train? The reasons why we train and engage in physical activity are wide and varied. But all of them can be enhanced or achieved through ballet barre training.  There is a reason why ballet dancers are often touted as some of the fittest athletes alongside boxers.

One of the largest barriers we face at the moment when we exercise is poor range of motion. The way the modern westerner lives their life promotes poor posture and tight muscles. Ballet barre is a great way to improve your posture and promote greater coordination between different areas of your body simultaneously.  How often do you hear about dancers with poor posture and limited range of motion? This applies to everyone, most men could add 10kgs to their three big lifts with improved movement patterns.

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Let’s talk about some other fitness goals such as weight loss, tone, core strength, cardiovascular fitness, strength and power. All of these can be drastically improved through ballet barre training. When you think about all of these facets of fitness, ballet dancers display all of them. The beauty of the TruBe ballet barre is that you can achieve these results in the comfort of your own living room, ballet is about moving your body not heavy weights.

To celebrate world ballet day today, why not download the app and try one of our ballet barre sessions using this £10 off promo code:


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Matt – @mattino22

Meet Phoebe B, Personal Trainer and Ex-Professional Ballet Dancer

Phoebe is an ex-professional ballet dancer, her experience demonstrates true physical and mental dedication towards her fitness. Her goal now is to encourage and teach others how to improve their lives.

What fitness and wellness areas do you specialise in?
I was a professional ballet dancer and have danced my whole life. Now I specialise in body conditioning, yoga, pilates and general fitness.

Why did you sign up to be a TruBe trainer?
I like the idea of being able to train people where they want to train, in an environment that isn’t as daunting as a public gym or sports centre.

What is your biggest client success story?
It’s hard to pin point one, but after training with me, one lady lost some weight and gained so much more confidence that her own business also then grew with her confidence. It’s great to see how  positive momentum can affect other areas of our lives.

What’s you’re favourite way to really finish off the end of a session?
I like a nice long stretch to good music.

What was your last health and fitness obstacle and how did you overcome it?
I injured my knee during a half marathon. Running is one of my favourite things to do, so having to stop for a month was extremely hard. But patience is the key! Now I’m fully healed and back running again.

Your favourite piece of TruBe equipment?
Resistance bands! There are so many different things you can do with them!

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How do you treat yourself?
One word…. Chocolate.

What is your favourite instagram account you follow?
National Geographic and Globe Wanderers, such great pics from around the world!

What is your favourite motivational quote?
“You never know how strong you are, until strong is your only choice.” – Bob Marley.

What is the best piece of advice you have received from a mentor?
Nothing is going to change, until you do.

What sportswear brands do you most like?
Lululemon and Reebok.

What music do you love listening to when you work out?
It depends what training I’m doing. If it’s high intensity, I like some good upbeat house tracks. For stretching and yoga, more chilled and relaxing music.

How do you find balance in your life?
Making sure I spend time with loved ones and also making time for me, alone time is very important!

To book a session with Phoebe B, download the app and find her as one of our featured trainers.