Complementary Fitness Logo Newsletter 15 August

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Join our Edinburgh Fitness Pilates, Fitness Yoga & Resistance/Conditioning Core classes to help you improve, your fitness, strength, stamina, core, posture and flexibility.
Let’s get results, look and feel amazing.

All level effective classes for men and women (except pregnancy)
Join us this week – details below


Craiglockhart Parish Church Hall, Craiglockhart Drive North, Edinburgh
TUESDAYS 7.30 pm FITNESS PILATES on till 16 Aug then re-starts 30 Aug

Classes in the Dreghorn Loan Church Hall, Dreghorn Loan, Colinton
WEDNESDAYS 9.30 am TONING + CONDITIONING WORKOUT on till 17 Aug then 31 Aug

THURSDAYS 6.35pm FREESTYLE FITNESS YOGA on till 18 Aug re-starts then 1 Sept
THURSDAYS 7.30pm FITNESS PILATES – all classes continue, no break

FRIDAY 9.30 am FREESTYLE FITNESS YOGA all classes continue, no break.


Did you know that…
I’m really grateful to everyone who’s worked out in our classes so far this year, and over the summer holidays too. We’ve worked hard, gained in strength, fitness, become more flexible, we’ve sweated (or glowed) and we’ve had some fun too (when I get it wrong, get you confused or when I dance about – not pretty!). Anyway, the moral of this story is that I’m grateful to you for continually (or sporadically) showing up, working out with us, grateful for your support and commitment. However, I hope that you’ll continue to commit, attend, work out and put the effort in to your fitness and our classes. Let’s aim higher, commit to show up, have presence, confidence and be successful.

I had mentioned in all classes that this was to be the last week of our ‘Summer Fitness classes’ but …….
I’ve now added 2 extra classes (well, requested them and to be confirmed)
We were to finish up after Friday’s Fitness Yoga class (19 Aug) and not return till Tue 30 Aug.
However, I’ve requested to use the hall for our 7.30pm Fitness Pilates class on Thursday 25 Aug and also our 9.30am Fitness Yoga class on Friday 26 Aug. I’ve still to have these confirmed by the hall convenor and as soon as I get a confirmation, I’ll email you or let you know in class this week. Look out for next week’s Newsletter too for details.
Just to be clear, what’s happening is: all classes are ON this week.
Then on Fri afternoon, we’re off down to London and not back till late on Tue 23 Aug.
I’m doing a bit of dog-walking-and-sitting so no 9.30am class on Wed 24th and no 6.35pm Fitness Yoga class on Thurs 24 Aug.

As soon as I get confirmation, I’ll let you know but (hopefully) the plan is that the only 2 classes on next week are in Dreghorn Loan Hall Thurs 7.30pm (Pilates) and Fri 9.30am (Yoga). I hope the above makes sense!!
Even if you normally come to our Tue Fitness Pilates class in Craiglockhart, come and join us in Colinton on the Thursday instead.
Side Plank one leg balance

Then our new Autumn term of classes officially begins on Tuesday 30 August. If you can, please sign up for the Tuesday and/or Thursday 7.30pm Fitness Pilates blocks – they’re only £29 for each 6 week block.
You can of course, pay as you go for each class at £5 each.
If you want to work out in the 2 Thursday classes (Fitness Yoga at 6.35pm AND Fitness Pilates at 7.30pm, you only pay £8 for both).

Something to think about:
Making nutritional and lifestyle changes is key to looking and feeling your best, to feeling full of zest and able to deal with stress. It takes time to make changes to our nutrition, fitness and lifestyle and it can be challenging but exciting too.
There are lots of websites to research, books to read and courses to go on to help you.
As I keep saying, buy organic and fresh unprocessed food that you prepare and cook at home. If you work or are away for the day, it’s a good idea to make and take your own home made snacks with you too. They don’t have to be elaborate or time-consuming – some fresh fruit, a salad or a handful of nuts will see you through till the next meal.
Avoid sugar though which causes enormous dips throughout the day and aggravates stress levels.
Go big on dark green veg and lots of highly coloured veg and fruit like peppers and berries too – looks good, tastes good and adds interest and variety too.
Eat unrefined wholegrains like oats and brown rice, and eat enough protein every day eg fish, lean meat, and/or beans and legumes or quinoa.
Small quantities of nuts and seeds, oily fish or flaxseed is a good way to get Essential Fatty Acids which have lots of health benefits.
Get out to Farmers Markets or grow your own organic fruit and veg.

By the way, you can still eat healthy and have your ice cream (dairy & sugar free of course)! Last week I made some by blending 1 frozen sliced banana, a tsp of bee pollen, 1T cherry juice (H&B in the penny sale) and ½ tsp organic spirulina (Real Foods/H&B). It’s so easy to do and you don’t have to use bee pollen if you don’t have it (extra B vitamins) or spirulina (I love it as it gives me more energy and is great for the immune system).
You can just use frozen banana (or frozen berries), a tsp of honey (optional), and a couple of tablespoons of almond or coconut milk. Just blend until really smooth and creamy.
I also added crushed mulberries on the top of mine too and it was delicious.
banana spirulina ice cream mulberries top

Quotes that I like:
“To hell with circumstances, I create opportunities” Bruce Lee

More Fringe recommendations:
We went to see Tago: Korean Drum II at the weekend. They were on in Rainy Hall, Assembly Hall, Mound Place and they were absolutely amazing. We loved every minute and didn’t want the show to end.
They’re on till 29th and if I get a chance, will go to see them again.
We also saw The Power of Japanese Drums at Symposium Hall, Hill Square and the 4 person troupe were also fantastic and very talented.

Work out with me by clicking on short videos on my Complementary Fitness youtube video channel at
Click on the link above or copy and paste into your browser to watch – and join in!

I look forward to seeing you this week for more fitness and fun