Hiking In The Peak District

Last weekend I spent four days in The Peak District with a group of friends to celebrate my husbands 40th birthday.  He is not one for parties and so some time out and a mini adventure seemed a much better option.

He thought it was just us and the dog so it came as a total surprise as his closest friends started to turn up.

We had hired the Farmhouse at Benty Grange through Peak Venues and it was absolutely perfect.  There were twelve of us (six couples) and this property had six double bedrooms all with their own en suites.  Real log fire, fresh eggs put out daily to purchase at the end of the driveway, sheep in the adjoining field, and enough of everything in the house for a small army – you name it they had it.

Originally there was mountain biking on the agenda but as the snow in Monyash covered everything we figured this was probably not the smartest idea so instead we decided the weekend would mostly consist of hiking and eating.  The two go hand in hand right?

The first day saw us head to Mam Tor, translated as Mother Hill, for our first hike.  It was a clear day and that meant the views were amazing.  There were several falls, one of us nearly taken out by a child on a sled and a wrong turn that took us up the steepest side of the climb, which I admit I was worried I was literally going to slide straight back down again.

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The second day saw us head to the Monsal Trail.  the snow was started to melt but there were still very snowy and icy patches as we progressed.  This was a much easier hike than the day before but on each day the dogs were in their element bounding up and down from the front to the back of the group.  We started and finished in Bakewell, famous for their tarts so it would have been rude not to purchase some to take back to the farmhouse.

The property we were staying in also had a number of books which listed all the local walks and things to do in the Peak District and we didn’t even come close to seeing a fraction.  Which means just one thing – more trips there are needed!

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Now hiking was new for me.  As a child I would holiday with my grandparents every year and always in the UK and walking was a part of our daily routine but aside from hiking most of Beachy Head Marathon I can’t say I have ever been on an actual hike until now.  It will compliment my training and actually form part of my husbands as he is doing the Marathon de Sables half in September so I am keen to get more of this done.

In terms of kit I had no idea where to start.  There seemed to be so much out there and if I had the budget could end up spending a small fortune.  Luckily I had the help of Decathlon, who are a favourite of mine and whatever I need I know I can pretty much always get it in there and this was the same for the hiking.  Everything I am wearing in the pic below is from Decathlon.

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When I say everything I literally mean everything!  Here is a list:

So what did I think of the kit?  Amazing!  I had used the boots previously a few times and they are so comfortable and no need to wear in at all.  You can work up quite a sweat whilst hiking and at some points it was really quite windy but everything I wore was just amazing.  Not a single thing on the list I would change for my next adventure.

Where to go next?

I was gifted the kit, but all opinions are my own.

My LaLa, the Specialized Ambassador who is #OneInAMillion

I am continuing to share stories of ladies who are an inspiration to me as part of the campaign from British Cycling #OneInAMillion.  This is looking to help, inspire and encourage one million more women to choose cycling by tackling common misconceptions that can make it trickier to get on a bike. From concerns over safety, confidence, or simply not knowing where to go.

I am proud to be a part of this campaign and and even more pleased to be able to introduce you to this awesome lady who I am grateful to for contributing to this post.

Meet Laura (aka LaLa).  This one is such an easy intro for me to write as I just bloody love this woman!  I am privileged to call her one of my besties and I am proud that she has been there through most of my journey into cycling. Even if she does make me do hills, and I hate hills, but she continues undeterred and listens (probably has figured out a way to drown out my moaning by now) to me huff and puff.  She introduced me to be a Ride Angel to help others on a sportive.  She was there for my first time trial experience and we completed it together as part of a two-up (working together instead of individual).

She agrees to my crazy ideas like a 186 mile bike ride around a lake in Sweden.  I agree to her crazy ideas like doing a six hour turbo session on Brentwood high street to raise money for Macmillan (yes you read that right we were in Towie land on bikes in lycra and yes it was six hours and yes it was the most painful thing ever).  She finished a bike ride over 300 miles from Newcastle to London after I convinced her to take part and then had my ride cut short as I came off my bike in bad weather conditions and ended up in an ambulance and she said she had to finish for me as I couldn’t and she did.  And I have so much respect for her with what she does in her ambassador role, selflessly helping other ladies get into cycling.

If there is one single person I know who is the absolute fit for this campaign it is LaLa and I love you x

‘For me, exercise has always been therapy. I probably didn’t realise it until my mid-20’s but I’ve always chosen physical challenges, so I had a reason to ‘train’.  Truthfully, I need to exercise for me. To clear my head and escape the day to day. I’ve run, swum and done aerobics in the past but didn’t start cycling until my 30’s.   

My cycling journey started some 9 years ago and since then I’ve gone from a pretty clueless, recreational rider to an experienced long-distance road rider, Specialized Women’s Ambassador and most recently a racer. Yup. Me. A middle aged office worker who took up cycling less than 10 years ago! Racing bikes. Not just road bikes either…different types of bikes. MTB, Cross and road.

I was the typical cycling widow, my partner would tell me he was off for a ride and he’d come home 3 hours later all sweaty but with a massive smile on his face. Not one to miss out, I bought a second-hand road bike and joined him.  I loved that we were exploring our local area (neither of us are from Essex originally), keeping fit and spending quality time together.  

Cycling gives a real feeling of freedom and there are so many opportunities to challenge yourself. To start with, I was all about long distance rides completing numerous sportives including the inaugural Ride London 100 event in 2013.   Each year the rides got more ambitious, and further afield.  So far, I’ve been to Belgium (Tour of Flanders), Holland (Amstel Gold Race) and Sweden (Vatternrundan). Cycling gives an excuse to travel and cycling allows us to explore these countries in a memorable way.

Over the past 12 months I’ve got into racing. If I can do it, anyone can. It’s physically tough, yes, but it’s also a chance to meet like-minded ladies and I have to say all the racers I’ve met so far have been nothing but welcoming and supportive. I’ve just finished the cyclo-cross season and I’m looking forward to doing some road racing in the summer. The goal is to finish 2019 as a Cat 3 rider – ambitious perhaps but possible!

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*photo credit to Andrew Richardson*

Simply put, I just love riding my bike and the more I experience, the more I want to inspire, encourage and help other women to get into cycling.  I am a volunteer Ride Angel, a This Girl Can Essex Ambassador and Specialized UK Women’s Ambassador.  These roles, particularly the latter, give me the chance to spread the cycling love and happiness.  I lead monthly women’s rides from the Specialized Concept Store, Chelmsford and Thomas Cycle Revolution, Colchester and doing so I’ve met some brilliant women who I can now call my friends. We ride for cake, enjoy the journey and would love for you to join us!’

I will be adding more posts like this to inspire you and introduce some more of the lovely ladies I have met through cycling that inspire me.

More information for women who are thinking about getting on a bike for the first time can visit the British Cycling women’s hub for tips and advice on everything from the benefits of cycling, to hints and tips about how to get started.

Are you #OneInAMillion ?  Why not share your story too?

Another Inspiring Woman In Cycling #OneInAMillion

I am continuing to share stories of ladies who are an inspiration to me as part of the campaign from British Cycling #OneInAMillion.  This is looking to help, inspire and encourage one million more women to choose cycling by tackling common misconceptions that can make it trickier to get on a bike. From concerns over safety, confidence, or simply not knowing where to go.

I am proud to be a part of this campaign and and even more pleased to be able to introduce you to this awesome lady who I am grateful to for contributing to this post.

Meet Nadjie, another amazing lady who is also a part of the same cycling club as me, Romford CC.  Nadjie is always the happiest and positive person and was also named as one of Cycling UK’s 100 Women in Cycling for 2018.

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‘My return to cycling started in January 2015 and I signed up to do Ride the Night for Women V Cancer.  Little was I to know a month later I would be diagnosed with the most aggressive form of breast cancer, triple negative.

The ride was in May and in March I had a mastectomy and started chemo in April.  With the help of my turbo I managed to cycle during my surgery recovery and chemo and, although it was tough, I did the ride 100km ride raising £5,000.

I’ve always been someone that needs a goal to keep me motivated, but I didn’t bank on how much cycling would help my mental health recovery from breast cancer.

In 2016 when I finished my treatment, I continued to cycle and became a British Cycling Breeze Ride Leader as I wanted to be a role model and inspire other women to cycle no matter what their mental or physical state.  Since then I have led 150 Breeze Rides.

In 2016 I  became an Ambassador for Breast Cancer Care but my passion was for Women V Cancer – supporting breast, ovarian and cervical cancer too.  I was horrified to find that there is no screening tool for ovarian cancer and that the survival rate for early stage is 10% for 5 years compared to about 85% for breast cancer.

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I never knew how much joy cycling would bring me, nor the help it would bring to my mental and physical recovery.  My cycling distance has steadily increased over the last 4 years and I am continually challenging myself.

I qualified last year as a British Cycling Level 2 coach which will enable me to combine ride leading with coaching.

Since my diagnosis I have raised £25,000 for Women V Cancer and other charities.

I love where my cycling has taken me and the people I have met.  This year I plan to cycle 6,000 miles which will include London to Paris in 24 hours, Wild Atlantic Way – 600 miles over 7 days and Women V Cancer Cycle Costa Rica – not bad for a 59 year old woman!

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I am already working towards riding London Edinburgh London in 2021.  I have been amazed at what I have been able to achieve, I never would have thought it, and now realise anything is possible. I want to inspire others to achieve their full potential too.   Am I one in a million – definitely, and you can be too.  Come and join me.’

I will be adding more posts like this to inspire you and introduce some more of the lovely ladies I have met through cycling that inspire me.

More information for women who are thinking about getting on a bike for the first time can visit the British Cycling women’s hub for tips and advice on everything from the benefits of cycling, to hints and tips about how to get started.

Are you #OneInAMillion ?  Why not share your story too?

Stomp The Pedal #OneInAMillion

I have started sharing stories of ladies who are an inspiration to me as part of the campaign from British Cycling #OneInAMillion.  This is looking to help, inspire and encourage one million more women to choose cycling by tackling common misconceptions that can make it trickier to get on a bike. From concerns over safety, confidence, or simply not knowing where to go.

I am proud to be a part of this campaign and and even more pleased to be able to introduce you to this awesome lady who I am grateful to for contributing to this post.

Meet Tarsh the lady who is brains, personality and beauty behind Stomp The Pedal.  I was lucky enough to spend some time with Tarsh in Italy last year as she and a group of friends, including my husband, completed Ironman Italy.  Everyone in Ironman seems to know Tarsh and I remember hearing Paul Kaye recognise her from the end of the red carpet and announce her heading to the finish line ‘Tarsh you are an Ironman’.  In fact Tarsh is a 10 times Ironman finisher!

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‘I had no idea how to ride a bike, but when the opportunity came up in 2008 with my employer in Australia to participate in a corporate triathlon, I took up the opportunity.

Here is where I had my first introduction to riding a bike. Omg it was a strange feeling. I was never really a sporty person, more of a singer/dancer.

I was so nervous, I had no idea about helmets, cycle clothing, let alone the right bike to ride. Thankfully, the community was pretty great. I bought a second hand specialized dolce elite and boy did I feel special. I mean ‘Dolce Elite’ sounded so posh. I also fell off countless times, lol too funny. Stopping at the traffic lights, one minute I’m upright the next I’m sideways. Oh the joys of learning to ride a bike. The best. Ha ha

Cycling, I found came naturally to me in the end. I absolutely love it. The freedom of my two wheels, the road, the scenery and me. What a joy.

You will find me riding on Zwift up to 4 times a week during winter and then outdoors during Summer either alone or with friends.

Years later who would have thought that I would race a lot of triathlons, with cycling being my strongest leg, have my own race team Possibilitty Race Team and then have my women’s stylish sports apparel brand, Stomp the Pedal, with cycle gear being my passion.

I mean what a way to express your personality/style and grace whilst riding your bike!

The joy that my bike/s has brought me over the many years has undeniably been life changing. I met my husband through this sport, I travel and race all over the world, I love sportives and I just love my bikes, ‘The Little Whippet’ and ‘Magic Mike’ and the community of friends I’ve made over the years makes me feel like the richest chick on the planet. ️

Don’t be afraid, grab a bike, a helmet and give it a whirl in the car park. It’s like going for your first driving lesson, once you’ve given it a go, the freedom is amazing!

Stomp the Pedal Baby!’

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You can follow Tarsh on her instagram here.

I will be adding more posts like this to inspire you and introduce some more of the lovely ladies I have met through cycling that inspire me.

More information for women who are thinking about getting on a bike for the first time can visit the British Cycling women’s hub for tips and advice on everything from the benefits of cycling, to hints and tips about how to get started.

Are you #OneInAMillion ?  Why not share your story too?

Meet some more ladies who are #OneInAMillion

I have started sharing stories of ladies who are an inspiration to me as part of the campaign from British Cycling #OneInAMillion.  This is looking to help, inspire and encourage one million more women to choose cycling by tackling common misconceptions that can make it trickier to get on a bike. From concerns over safety, confidence, or simply not knowing where to go.

I am proud to be a part of this campaign and and even more pleased to be able to introduce you to some more awesome ladies who I am grateful to for contributing to this post.

First up we have Lee, a lady I met through Havering Tri, also known as sparkles as she is known for all things that are pink and that glitter (a woman after my own heart).  Lee is also a continuous source of support for me when I have wobbles and worry about my ability – always with the right thing to say!

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‘So I learned to ride a bike as a kid & was always out on my BMX with my friends. Growing up I always had a bike – at 6th form, university …. it was always there to get around … but rarely actually used as other priorities took over my life in my 20’s.

I’ve always been active & sporty & back in 2011, when I was probably my most inactive & unfit, I rediscovered how great cycling was for seeing places & exploring.

I signed up to do an event called the London Bikeathon (pre Ride100) with some colleagues from work & cycled … on a mountain bike, in my trainers from the Thames barrier out to Richmond & back. It was tough but such good fun. I remember hitting the hills in Richmond Park and watching all these people fly past me on their sleek road bikes & wanting to cry.

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After signing up to do my first triathlon in 2014 I graduated to my very first road bike …. I was so petrified. My brother had a road bike when I was a kid & I just remember comparing it to my BMX & wondering how you stayed upright on such slim tyres & how the handlebars were so low.  So I had to take my new bike around the local park before I would brave the road & decided at this point that I would never ride without a helmet (on a mountain bike on the road I had apparently felt completely safe). In hindsight the road would’ve been easier than dodging children & over excited dogs.

Now…. a few triathlons later & I love my bike! The thrill of being outside, exploring & taking in places I’d never normally see. I’m not particularly a good climber on the bike but the sense of achievement & the reward of an amazing view at the top is such a great feeling.

I’m lucky enough to have been part of an awesome local triathlon & cycling club that are both made up of like-minded & supportive people of all different abilities. I’ve made some great friends … & found some great cake stops.

If you’re really not confident & don’t know where to start …. there really will always be someone there to hold your hand … (maybe not literally though).’

Next up is Liv.  I have known Liv for well over 30 years now and she well and truly lives up to her nickname of the pocket rocket.  Wherever you see Liv there will be a smile on her face!  I have also referred to Liv in previous posts as he continues to amaze me with two young children, often intense full time job and a whole host of achievements under her belt!

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‘I bought my first ever bike at the ripe old age of 35 back on June 2015. The reason I decided to get a bike was that it was cheaper than a divorce. Joking aside, my husband took up cycling after a football accident in approx 2011 and became addicted. The choice was simple, either become a bitter wife who moans about their husband cycling or join in!  Therefore I did and soon after that I joined the most fantastic triathlon club and became addicted to a sport myself.

I must warn you now that I am unlike most people who take up cycling and love it, I was the total opposite. I would say until very recently cycling has been something I have had to do just so that I can take part in triathlon. I am not a lover of the typical British weather, sometimes with bad road surfaces and navigating traffic. I spend most of the winter months on my smart turbo trainer.

I love cycling abroad in the sun on great roads. Since taking up triathlon and cycling I have completed approx 10 century rides. I have also completed 2 Full Distance Ironman races which include a 112 mile cycle and approximately 5 half distance triathlons, mostly all abroad and in the sun.

I plan to do lots more riding this year including the Prudential Ride London 100 and 2 full distance Ironman events in France and Germany.

One of my favourite memories was when I went to Dubai Ironman. I was scared, very very scared, as I felt my cycling was so poor that I would miss the bike cut off. How wrong could I be. That bike course suited me to a t and I found myself loving it and feeling so strong. It did help that the sun was out,  the roads were so smooth and the scenery of the Dubai desert was amazing. I think I smiled all the way round.  I managed to ride 56 miles in under 3 hrs and no where near the cut off.’

I will be adding more posts like this to inspire you and introduce some more of the lovely ladies I have met through cycling that inspire me.

More information for women who are thinking about getting on a bike for the first time can visit the British Cycling women’s hub for tips and advice on everything from the benefits of cycling, to hints and tips about how to get started.

Are you #OneInAMillion ?  Why not share your story too?

Are you #OneInAMillion ?

British Cycling has launched a new campaign #OneInAMillion to get one million more women on bikes by 2020.  Since launching this ambition in 2013 over 800,000 women have been encouraged to take up cycling.

The campaign is looking to help, inspire and encourage women to choose cycling by tackling common misconceptions that can make it trickier to get on a bike. From concerns over safety, confidence, or simply not knowing where to go.

I am proud to be a part of this campaign and over the coming weeks will be sharing more about my experience in cycling and that of others too.  I will start with a few ladies who I am grateful to for contributing to this post.

First up we have Michelle, a lady I know through an awesome group call UK Mudd Queens.

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‘I took up cycling after my running buddy became injured and conned me into entering a 75 mile sportive…I didn’t even have a bike!  Bike purchased I started cycling to work 2-3 time a week….deciding to do this in October wasn’t my wisest move lol

I loved it so much and cycling now takes preference over running….I had struggled with plantar for almost a year and cycling didn’t seem to affect that. I love the freedom I get from cycling, the buzz of making it to the top of that ridiculously steep hill, the time to clear my head and the cardio.

Joining the club was a massive step for me – I’m not particularly confident and needed to find a club that wasn’t elitist. Thankfully such a thing does exist and I’m so pleased I went to that first meeting. Ilkeston Cycle Club are a fantastic inclusive club, there are 70 female members in a club of 400….I think that’s pretty good! I’ve cycled to places I’d never have visited on my own, met loads of new friends and I’ve improved in both confidence and speed.

Short term I’d like to complete my first century ride and train to become a ride leader. Long term I’d like to try my hand at cyclocross, do the cycling leg of a middle distance triathlon and cycle London to Paris with the club.’

Next up is Kirstin, a genuinely lovely lady I met through a Specialized ladies ride.

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‘In 2014 I lost my Dad and was beyond devastated, he was cruelly taken from us all and the hole has he left in our lives really is immeasurable.  It woke me up to the fact that this really is life it’s NOT a dress rehearsal. 

In 2015 I went to Dubai and did a skydive. I came back, my head filled with ideas of other crazy things I wanted to do……..Cycling definitely wasn’t one them, never entered my head, I’d hardy ridden a bike since my paper round – a very long time ago – who would?

Until one day, my line manager (a rather portly gentleman) came into work and said he’d done Ride London the previous day. 100 miles…….100! Why would anyone in their right mind do that? I turned to my friend and said “We could do that” 

We went out, we bought bikes and ALL the kit and we trained. The training was tough, hills, hills and more hills, rides in the rain, rides with hangovers, sore undercarriages, you name it we probably experienced it but what kept me going was that I knew said line manager didn’t think I could do it – something he was to later admit. In July 2016 I rode London in 6 hours 16 mins. I have never looked back!

In 2017 my friend and I went to Ireland and rode the Ring of Kerry. The weather was atrocious, I’d banged on about the amazing views for weeks, poor girl she didn’t see a thing for the mist. We were cold, so cold we debated wetting ourselves just to get warm, our teeth were chattering, we couldn’t open food, our fingers struggled to change gear and brake, it really was a shocker! We got to the end had a glass or seven of Prosecco and said “what’s next?”

Next, was Lands End to John O’Groats last summer. I cannot recommend this ride highly enough. We did it with Threshold Sports and Deloitte – a phenomenal experience and I loved every single second of it (except for about ten minutes in Scotland when their shocking road surface gave me motion sickness). Like most things in life you get out what you put in. I trained like a demon, I wasn’t working, it was a glorious summer and I spent every spare minute on my bike. Mile after mile, hill after hill and back to back days on the bike. I loved the training and it absolutely paid off, I LOVED the ride. 980 miles, 52,000 feet of climbing and 9 days on the bike, fantastic and when we got to John O’Groats if someone had told me I had to ride my bike back to Cornwall I would have done.

Riding is fun, it’s not like running, running hurts!  Riding is therapeutic, you can lose your head while your legs do the work. You can do anything if you put your mind to it – I did. Believe in yourself and you’re half way there.’

And last but by no means least we have the gorgeous Chantel, who I met through Havering Triathlon Club.

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‘I’ve always been active and love all things sporty.  I used to play netball and after a bad knee injury I had to give it up.  My husband suggested I give triathlon a go.  That’s where I developed my love for 2 wheels.  Now I cycle at least 4 times a week and love it!

There are so many reasons why I love cycling………..It’s social, it’s good for the environment and I can eat til I drop!  You get to explore places that you wouldn’t normally explore.  It gives me the opportunity to be my own hero and the sense of achievement is second to none.  Freedom…….to clear your mind and just have fun.

Last year I was part of an all female Tri Squad – Betty Squad.  What a privilege  it was to be a part of a team full of supportive, inspiring, strong and amazing women across the world.  A woman can never have too many best friends and that’s exactly what they all became.  It was a community of empowering women encouraging each other to do their best no matter how big or small the challenge/obstacle.  I got to meet some of them at the Ironman 70.3 World Champs in South Africa.  They made the week what it was.  I will forever be grateful to the world of triathlon and cycling for bringing these people into my life.  Why wouldn’t you carry on cycling if it means you get to meet people that enrich your life?!’

I will be adding more posts like this to inspire you and introduce some more of the lovely ladies I have met through cycling that inspire me.

More information for women who are thinking about getting on a bike for the first time can visit the British Cycling women’s hub for tips and advice on everything from the benefits of cycling, to hints and tips about how to get started.

Are you #OneInAMillion ?  Why not share your story too?

Your Pilates Physio

There are more and more resources available to enable you to exercise from the comfort of your own home without any need for a gym membership or attending a class.  This can also be more time efficient for some.  I myself have used some workouts from You Tube previously especially if I am looking for something targeted like a tight back after a long bike ride (this is an area I can often suffer with).  So whilst I love attending classes like at my CrossFit box for the support, and for the social aspect also, I find I push myself harder but I am also happy to do what I can at home.  At present we are in the middle of having house renovations done and part of this will be our own gym in the garden so there will, in fact, be more home workouts.

What is the major difference between pilates and yoga?  Aside from the origin, pilates was created in early 1900s by Joseph Pilates who, as a result of certain diseases through his childhood, had limited mobility and so the thought process behind this was predominantly for rehabilitation to build strength, stamina and flexibility.  In yoga there is an infinite number of variations and combinations of poses whereas in pilates have more consistent moves in the traditional practise.  Yoga can work your entire body through meditative exercises that typically are held for longer, whereas pilates centres around your core and focuses on control.  In short there is no right or wrong as to which one you choose and this should be based around your goals – or do both!

One area I will always admit I fall down on is stretching and I have incorporated yoga into my schedule and so when I had the opportunity to trial a new platform for home pilates workouts I was keen.

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For the past two weeks I have been using a platform called Your Pilates Physio, which has online clinical pilates courses led by Lyndsay.  Clinical pilates is slightly different from the usual pilates practise and to quote the website:

‘Clinical Pilates is different from regular Pilates practice as it is led by a qualified physiotherapist, who has a deeper knowledge of the body and its injuries/pathologies, including how this can affect the movement of the body. Clinical Pilates is particularly effective for people with an injuries or pain-related conditions, as exercises are adapted to take this into account and help with pain management and recovery.’

This fits in nicely with my training as I often suffer with a sore lower back after some bike sessions and now I attend CrossFit I need to make sure I am incorporating active recovery in between classes. I am also still in the process of strengthening my left knee and thigh following some injuries last year.

Throughout the videos Lyndsay explains every movement and the reasons behind it giving clear instructions as to how you should be positioned and what to avoid and concentrate on.  At the start of each video it will display items you need and for the most part it is a mat and a block and if you don’t have a block you can use a pillow so no need for further expense on additional items.  There are also options for both beginner and intermediate so Lyndsay will demonstrate the differences and you can tailor to what suits you as an individual.

There are literally hours and hours of workouts available and they are all grouped so you can focus on whatever your specific need may be for example hypermobility, sports injuries or glute focus.

There is also much more than that available on the website with resources and blog posts by Lyndsay.

My only negative – what I would describe as the plinky planky music, just not for me but that is such a minor thing and doesn’t take away from the actual workouts at all.

There is a free 14 day trial (which is actually extended to 30 days right now) on the website and if you do decide to subscribe you can do so monthly or annually.  If you do then use the code ‘fit19’ for a 25% discount.