Fitness Newsletter 23 February

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Complementary Fitness videos
I posted 3 more youtube videos last week in the Newsletter and on the News page of my website. I thought I’d post 3 more and hope that you’ll try them along with me. This week, have a look and do those step, knee lift, step curtsey cross back exercises. You can then grab your Resistance Band and work your biceps (2 arm positions) and do those overhead reaches too (you can do the exercise without bands too).
The last one is part of our Fitness Yoga class. Do a mini workout along with me as homework.
Have fun and let me know what you think.
Click on the youtube icon or link to watch. Knee Lift Curtsey Cross Back Resistance Band Training Fitness Yoga Warm Up

Fitness Pilates Comment:
We had a few new people to our Fitness Pilates classes last week – some that had done some Fitness Pilates before and others hadn’t. They all said that they enjoyed their first class and would be back. Here’s what one person said after her first Complementary Fitness Pilates class on Tuesday:
“I did enjoy the class despite finding it very hard work! I think it will be great for me and just what I need. My legs have been very sore – front of thighs – and just feeling abs a bit today but my back has been fine – no worse than usual and perhaps slightly better! I also slept well on Tuesday night!”. Thanks LW.

Did you know that…
Poor posture can put a strain on muscles, cramp your internal organs and reduce your lung capacity which can all decrease your energy. So, stand tall with your head up, look straight ahead, gently pull your shoulders down and shoulder blades closer together (without straining or squeezing), keep your back straight and tall and your shoulders down and away from your ears. If you’re standing, keep your arms by your sides. Notice that your hands are at the same level (not one higher than the other). Ensure that your hips are level (without having one higher than the other or one more rotated forward or back than the other). You might want to lightly brace your abdominal muscles and stand with our feet and knees hip distance apart and your feet facing forward. Now… how do you feel? Have a look in the mirror, what do you notice? Do you look and feel taller?
Of course, if you’re sitting, sit with your back straight, again keeping your shoulders relaxed and down, light brace of abdominal muscles. Feel that your chair is supporting you well and if you’re at your desk, keep your eyes level with the top of your screen with your elbows and wrists at 90 degrees. Keep your feet firmly on the floor and your feet are hip distance apart too.
Breathe. Relax.
Fitness Pilates and Fitness Yoga can help you improve your posture so come and join our classes. Details above/on the News page of our website.

Stretch + lengthen

Stretch + lengthen

The clocks go forward on 29 March. I love the lighter and longer days and love the Spring time and seeing the crocuses when things are moving forward, newness, freshness, more light and energy etc.

Something to think about:
There are still spaces in our Fitness Pilates classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm – class details above/or on the Classes page of website. Now that the school holidays are over, I hope that you’ll come and work out with us. Make the time to get yourself fit and keep going. Fitness takes time to build up but if you continue, you will improve.

Our Wednesday and/or Friday at 9.30am in Dreghorn Loan Hall classes will help you to get fit too. They’re drop-in classes, no need to book, just turn up with your mat and some water and bring your enthusiasm too. The resistance band video reflects some of the exercises we do in our Wed am classes. The link to the knee lift cross back exercise will strengthen core muscles and legs and click on the link to see/do a mini section of our Fitness Yoga warm up.

There are also spaces in Nicola’s Insanity class on Thursday 6.30pm in Dreghorn Loan Hall. Nicola demonstrates modifications/easier options which a lot of us take. Bring your mat and water, wear trainers and improve your fitness, strength and endurance – only £4 per class.
Note: that Nicola will be covering my class on Friday 6 March so please come to the class, support her by stretching out, toning and sculpting your body, thanks.

Note: that Nicola will be covering my class on Friday 6 March so please come along, work out with her to stretch, tone and sculpt your body. Class £5 payable to Nicola.

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