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Complementary Fitness 23 Aug News

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Welcome, please read then scroll down for classes info this week

NEWS UPDATE RE CLASSES – please read, consider & get back to me:

I know that I sent you the following in an email last week but if you didn’t get it, it was to tell you that I got an email last week from Dreghorn Loan Hall (DLH) bookings convenor asking for dates that I’d like to use DLH from for our classes.
We can potentially get back in as early as September after I submit another updated Risk Assessment for review and once approved, I’d hopefully be granted a Licence to act as confirmation of our booking and acceptance of Terms and Conditions to use DLH.

I mentioned in my email that I’ve got a dilemma with many ifs, buts, pros and cons going through my mind and to make any decision about our classes venue going forward, I’d really appreciate if you would consider the following and get back to me if you haven’t done so already (thanks if you have).

However, NOW, my question to you is just about our Wednesday & Friday morning classes:

I want to go with the majority vote and now that we can potentially get back into DLH some time soon-ish, I wonder if we should:

A) stay at Thistle Padel Court on a Wed & Fri morning for our classes from now on, no matter what the weather or season, all year round?
Here are new updated pros/cons:

Plus points: it’s airy but dry.
Oh and I’ve just found out that the sides of the courts will be down in the winter months which means it’ll be less windy and feel warmer, yesss.
Some have said “nice view over the fields to the trees”.
Didn’t know this but there is a toilet & sink if needed in building to the right before entering the courts.
There’s parking in the car park & overflow car park if we need it.
A concern to some: if numbers increase again but outdoor exercise still allowed, this covered outdoor venue may be better than an indoor one if Covid is with us for a while? Who knows?

Possible negative points: over the winter, extra layers ie long sleeve top & a lightweight jacket which some have said might be restricting.  It’s colder and fresher in winter (but still do-able and not impossible) but not as warm as being indoors.


B) We can keep our current booking at the Padel Court until a date in Sept THEN move back to Dreghorn Loan Hall (DLH) after that and stay there.

Plus points for DLH: we will open all the doors so air flow.  It’s warmer, less windy.
It is/was our ‘usual venue’ for our morning classes for years and we didn’t think anything about it.
If it’s a + point, we’d always intended getting back to DLH anyway when we had our first lockdown and Covid struck 18 months ago.

Possible negative points for DLH: some of you may be cautious about exercising indoors and prefer not to be indoors, even with doors open for air flow.
We don’t need to adhere to a 1m distance but if we did, it would mean a max of 15 in DLH incl me.  We may not have 14/15 in our indoor classes but there’s always been a good amount of space around each of us when exercising anyway.

For anyone who is thinking of indoor classes but would prefer a 2m distance, that cuts down the maximum number that can be in DLH ie maybe 6 max plus me and that isn’t viable tbh.
Let me know if a 2m indoor distancing space is an important issue for you.

Unfortunately, it’d be very difficult to have a definite booking for both venues for half the year (March-Sept) at the Padel Court and 1/2 the year (winter) at DLH so it’ll have to be one or the other.

Sometimes when there’s too many options, choices, what if this or that, it makes it difficult to decide and know what to do for the best.
I really don’t want to lose any of you who’ve been coming to my classes for years.
Apologies, I know I’m awful at making ‘the right’ decision but I just hate to let anyone down and would hate to exclude or lose anyone who have been with me/us for a long time and as I’ve said: “I need a crystal ball”.
It’s also difficult because from those who’ve replied, some have said stay at the Padel all year round, love it there and some have said DLH but maybe now that we know the sides of the courts will be down over winter, that might change opinions?

So if you’re a Wednesday and/or Friday morning class participant, again, please have a think and if you haven’t replied, let me know your thoughts re our morning classes going forward, thanks.

Now… if you’re a Tuesday and/or Thursday evening class participant:
No dilemma any more about our Tuesday & Thursday evening classes because I emailed Craiglockhart hall convenor asking about a possible class start back date and have since heard that we can start using the Large Hall again on a Tuesday evening for our 7.30pm Fitness Pilates class from 21 September, yesss.
So I’ve booked our class on and from that date and look forward to seeing you then/there.

It’s been great being outdoors at Paties Road Recreation Grounds but it’ll get colder, wetter, damp and it’ll get darker and it’ll be good to get back into Craiglockhart church – I’ve missed it and seeing you so put Tue 21 Sept 7.30pm in your diary for our Fitness Pilates class.

I’m going to book up DLH for our Thursday 7pm Fitness Pilates/Yoga class and may just go for the same start-back week as above ie Thurs 23 Sept.  That’d give the church time to approve my Risk Assessment, get approval etc and we can be outdoors until Tue 14 & Thurs 16 Sept at Paties Rd.  I’ll confirm when I hear back re DLH.

So just to be sure: if you usually come to our (or used to come to our) Tue/Thurs evening classes, are you happy to come back to our indoor classes in DLH & Craiglockhart church halls from 21 & 23 Sept?  Please let me know, thanks.

For your info re ALL indoor classes:

Face covering need to be worn just when entering and leaving the hall, but not while exercising.
We’d need to bring and use our own equipment eg yoga mat, weights, bands, water.
No waiting on the outside steps before or after a class.
Doors and exit doors will be open for the duration of any class to maximise ventilation.
Hand sanitisation will be provided.
All surfaces that are touched will be cleaned and sanitised incl banisters, chairs, toilets, taps & washbasins.
I’d bring antibacterial sprays and wipes and clean surfaces before & after classes.
Only one person to be in toilets at any one time.
Scottish Government now no longer stipulates that one-metre social distancing is necessary.

I know it’s a lot to consider but if you could PLEASE LET ME KNOW your thoughts and preferences going forward re all of the above points by emailing me asap as it’ll help in making a decision about the best venue for our Wed & Fri morning classes and what’s best for us all.

In the meantime, I’ve recorded another new updated Complementary Fitness Youtube video for you.

Last week, I recorded & sent out a link to a 20 min warm up video which you may have had a look at and hopefully done with me.  It’s still on my Youtube channel.

This week, I thought I’d do a Squat and Lunge video which should be done after a warm up and stretch.

In this 30 min video, there are squat and lunge options done in the 3 planes of motion (ie sagittal (forward & back movements), frontal (side to side movements) & transverse (rotational types of movement).

As you’ll know, we do lots of squats and lunges in all of our classes so that we can maintain and improve our strength and flexibility and to be able to continue to perform all of our daily tasks.

In our Wednesday morning general fitness class, there’s the option to bring and use hand held weights, maybe a kettlebell and a resistance band so in this squat lunge video, you’ll also see me using those to add variation and to challenge and improve our strength and fitness levels and build/maintain muscle mass.

Apologies but as I kept saying in the video (sorry I do repeat myself a lot), “bands & weights are optional”.  I also said that they may not be for everyone eg if you have had a recent shoulder injury or issue.

Anyway, I uploaded the video to my Complementary Fitness video channel and marked it as public so you can go to it anytime and squat and lunge along with me.

Here’s the link:

(10) Complementary Fitness Squats & Lunges – YouTube

Although most of us may not jetting off to the Med this year, we can still enjoy and benefit from the Mediterranean diet.  When we think of this type of diet, we think of countries like Spain, France, Italy and Greece and the fact that the people living there enjoy the sunshine, spending lots of time being outdoors, enjoying relaxing 2 hour lunches and late dinners with family and friends.  It does conjure up images of sun, sea, relaxation, delicious fresh food, the smell in the air of fresh herbs eg basil.  They say that eating a Med diet is one of the healthiest diets around.  Eating this way means that we get to enjoy lots of in-season delicious fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, olive oil, olives, wholegrains, legumes, nuts, seeds as well as some seafood.

Cooking from scratch with home grown organic produce and buying what you need from the local market sounds a whole lot healthier than mass produced processed meals that are cooked in a matter of minutes.

It’s said that a Mediterranean diet supports a healthy heart and we benefit from consuming all the good fats, fibre, antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins and minerals from things like avocados, tomatoes, olives & olive oil, lemons, peppers, wholegrain rice – I’m thinking paella.

It’s not just about summer foods and salads either: now I’m thinking of rich tomatoey bean casseroles with lots of vegetables in and some crusty bread to mop up the juices, maybe a drizzle of a good extra virgin olive oil on top and a delicious green basil pine nut pesto.

Cheese and meat as well as some sweet treats ie pastries are also eaten but occasionally and in moderation.

Ideally, we should all get all the nutrition we need solely from the foods we eat but sometimes we need a little help along the way.  I buy some food grown supplements using natural ingredients from Wild Nutrition and on their website, they also have a blog with pages of healthy recipes from smoothie bowls, granola, Mediterranean ragu, saag dhal, fish cakes etc, check it out at

Wild Journal | Nutrition Advice | Healthy Living | Tagged “Category|Recipe” | Wild Nutrition

By the way I just received my usual monthly order including magnesium from Wild Nutrition and they gave me a special offer to share with you.  I’m treating you to an exclusive £10 off your first order.  I’ll also get a reward, so it’s a win-win!  If you’d like to buy any food grown supplements, just type in the following link into your browser or click on the link.

If you don’t want me to send you these types of offers just let me know.  I’ve sent you links that I thought you might be interested in before but this is the first time I’ve sent you a link to give you a discount where, if you use the link, we both get money off.  As I say, other links I’ve told you about, have just been for info or giving you a discount.

So absolutely no pressure to use the mention-me link because I’m still happy to order supplements monthly from them.

Did you know that magnesium promotes healthy muscles, bones and teeth, because of it’s soothing qualities, supports a good night’s sleep, optimises energy levels and reduces tiredness and also promotes psychological wellbeing but you can read why/more on their website.

I hope that you enjoyed this week’s newsletter even though it’s been a long newsletter with a lot to consider.

I look forward to hearing from you and also seeing you in a class/classes this week.

Please scroll down for class times & details for this week.

Classes £5 each & you can pay by bank transfer (I can give you my bank details), by card machine when you come to the class or cash.

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