It’s Summer Diet Time?

Thinking about starting a Summer Diet?

DON’T DO IT….. diets alone won’t work for you.

Join my FAST Fatloss Bootcamps for guaranteed Results.

NEVER feel hungry. Feel Great. Have Fun & Get Results FAST

Nutrition Coaching, Body Composition analysis every 4 weeks. NO Membership. £50/8 sessions.

Breakfast Bootcamp returns

starting Tuesday 17/4/18 @ Sports Direct ( non members welcome)

then every Tuesday and Thursday

06:15 – 07:00

mert anytime after 06:00

bring a padlock for the lockers. Showers etc. available.

Book NOW

£35 for 5. OR. £50 per 4 weeks.

Full diet plan, exercise program and progress analysis.


See you soon




New Home for Classes 

We’re moving to new digs…

Sports Direct ( formerly LA Fitness) on Tewkesbury road. Has a big pool 2 studios a coffee lounge AND  F R E E Parking. 

Bus stops a few yards away and good for a little shopping at ALDI too!!

All class packs are transferable and valid for 12 weeks  (That’s till 23/7 if you have a unused credits now)

So classes will re start as follows

Studio 2 for Pilates 

18:30 Monday 24/4 Perfect Posture Pilates

19:00 Thursday 27/4 Pilates Plus – the one with equipment! 


14:30 Monday 24/4  & Thursday 27/4 as usual. 


casual drop in £6 per class. 

5 classes ONLY £10. once only special offer available from 24/7 – 29/4. 

Further 5 Packs £20 If you never miss a class you get the bonus 5th class FREE! 

Use your credits for any class any venue

Club members will be offered a 50% discount. 

This is great news after DW Sports changed the studio and pool hire agreements without discussion or notice. Never mind, we can look forward to our nice new venue. 
See you there soon.  Jax 

Active Seniors Set 2017 Resolutions

Gloucester Seniors Set Resolutions for 2017
While most people are still deciding what their 2017 New Year’s resolutions will be, members of Take Heart Support Group in Gloucester are ending 2016 as they intend to begin 2017, by building on the firm foundation of physical activity they have already established. Over the past 20 or more years, with their instructor Jackie Allen, they have been attending weekly exercise classes at Elmscroft Community Centre, Barnwood.
Jackie, an independent fitness instructor since 1983 said, “Our senior fitness classes improve balance, strength and flexibility, but we also have a good time in class and encourage community-building social interaction. The group organise walks, raffles and outings. 

Many of our members and carers find us after they complete their Cardiac rehab program at Gloucester Royal, others come to us from their GP, but for many it’s word of mouth. The group has grown from a single weekly class to four, under a dozen members to over sixty. 
Established to offer support to those with CardioRespiratory Disease following heart attack, bi-pass, angina, pacemakers etc. Membership is now offered to those following stroke, breathing difficulties, diabetes and hypertension and mobility difficulties. 

Members report that they are happier, as well as healthier, as a result of participation in the classes. Jackie has been collecting certifications to improve the efficiency, safety and enjoyment of the sessions. She’s recently gained two internationally recognised awards from The Functional Aging Institute plus the level 3 ActiveOlder Adult award in the U.K. 

She says ‘too many instructors see baby boomers as weak, feeble and past it! The truth is my members are dedicated, vibrant and game to try anything I offer them.They are Zoomers!’ 

Science shows that it is never too late to improve physical fitness, Take Heart members range in age from a youthful 56 to a spritely 90! All benefiting from physical activity, friendship and fun. 

Insert picture of Elmscroft Community Centre. 

If you are a Gloucestershire senior making healthy resolutions for 2017, consider visiting Take Heart and checking out its fitness classes. 
Classes affiliated to the British Heart Foundation meet for
Keep Fit & Active – walking pace sessions Monday and Friday from 10:15 to 11:15 
Sit n Be Fit classes Monday and Friday from 11:15 to 12:15 are wheel chair and buggy friendly. 
Partners and carers are always welcome. Between classes refreshments are served with plenty of lively chat. 
For more information Email Jackie at  
Call Ernie on 07899 851078 or Shirley on 07732 977441
Elmscroft Community Centre. Coronation Grove. Barnwood. GL2 0SS

2016 Xmas Meal The Swan Pub Cheltenham GL50 1DX

Saturday 3/12/16 as last year ar the Swan on the High Street Cheltenham

7:00 for drinks

7:30pm to sit down

You have a choice of 2 courses £19 or 3 courses £23

You have vegan and vegetarian choices 

I need deposits ASAP to book tables.

The plan is to choose menu options and pay in full by Friday 18/11. 

That way we can all relax, enjoy ourselves and only have to pay for our own drinks on the night. 

You can email your menu choices to me at

You can pay in cash in class or by bank transfer to



Please ref your Name. 

It’ll be a great night with a dance and drinks take-over after – for those that want to stay on! 

Hope you decide to join us – there’s even a raffle!!


Use this Spice to Improve Your Insulin Sensitivity! 

A simple, scientifically proven trick to not only fight belly fat, but control blood sugar levels (and fight carbs)…
This spice that I’m going to mention is one of the most overlooked, but healthiest spices in the world…
You might even call it a “fat burning spice”… in a roundabout

And yes, it can actually help you win the battle against abdominal fat if you use it daily…I’ll explain why.
Here are some other benefits of this miracle spice:
controls blood sugar levels

helps maintain insulin sensitivity

a VERY powerful antioxidant

may have antibacterial and antifungal properties

and dozens of other benefits

So what is this miracle spice that beats abdominal fat?
Well… it’s good old tasty Cinnamon!

Although cinnamon does NOT directly increase fat burning (such as by increasing metabolic rate, etc), it CAN actually help you to burn off abdominal fat and get leaner in an indirect way
Here’s how…
Although cinnamon has dozens of health benefits, the main benefit that will help you to get leaner is through it’s strong effect on controlling blood sugar levels in your body.
In a study published in 2003 in the medical journal Diabetes Care, groups were split into people taking 1, 3, or 6 grams of cinnamon per day in capsule form (the equivalent of approx 1/4th to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon).
The results of the study showed that all 3 amounts of cinnamon reduced fasting blood glucose levels by 18-29% after 40 days.
Cinnamon can also increase insulin sensitivity, which essentially means that it is helping your body to control blood sugar while simultaneously allowing your body to produce less insulin.
As you know, chronically high insulin levels can make your body pack on the blubber.

How to harness cinnamon to lose stubborn belly fat…
One possible way to benefit from cinnamon to lose more fat is to use cinnamon daily in your meals when you can, such as in yogurt or cottage cheese, in smoothies, oatmeal, or anything else you can think of where it would go well.
Also, you could use a cinnamon capsule before each of your meals, particularly if you’re going to have more than 30 grams of carbs in that meal.
This could help to control blood sugar and insulin response from your meals and thereby control your appetite and cravings throughout the day… hence, helping you to lose body fat more effectively over time.
So now you can see that not only is cinnamon a powerful antioxidant that can help you stay youthful longer, it can also help you to control blood sugar and get a leaner body!

Turmeric and Lemon Morning Shocker

You may have heard that warm lemon water will get those pipes working in the morning and optimize your health. You may even drink warm lemon water with Himalayan salt, or warm lemon water with honey in the morning. However, have you heard of warm lemon water combined with honey, cinnamon, and the most essential ingredient to this morning elixir, turmeric? If you have yet to try this one, you may be missing out on an excellent way to begin your day. All-natural lemon and turmeric are especially powerful ingredients that boast a wealth of beneficial properties.
The Turmeric and Lemon Morning Elixir

1 serving

Prep Time- 5 minutes

Cook Time- no cooking

What you’ll need…

1/2 of a lemon, squeezed for juice

1/4 – 1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp honey

1/4 tsp cinnamon powder

1 cup warm water, and/or coconut milk (the coconut milk adds healthy fats, and helps absorption of turmeric)
How to make it…
Mix the lemon juice, turmeric and honey into your cup of warm water or milk. You will want to stir these ingredients well. Add cinnamon on top and continue to stir your morning elixir as you drink it — this will ensure that the turmeric does not settle at the bottom of your cup.
Turmeric with its main active ingredient, curcumin, may be that one healthy addition to your morning routine you’ve been looking for, and can help you fight inflammation in your body. I enjoy this elixir nearly every morning with fruit, which adds a sweet, delicious twist.
What healthy alternatives get your morning off to a perfect start?

Lemons offer a tasty, tart flavor with many health-promoting properties. According to a study published in the Chemistry Central Journal (2015), lemons possess a treasure trove of natural metabolites. The study authors state, “Citrus fruits exhibit plentiful bioactivities including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, antimicrobial and anti-allergy activities, as well as cardiovascular effect, neuroprotective effect, hepatoprotective effect, obesity control, etc.” Lemons are indeed a healthy ingredient to enjoy at the beginning of the day. However, when you couple lemon with turmeric, your health and wellness benefits increase significantly.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a yellow-orange spice that is part of the ginger family. Native to tropical South Asia, turmeric is well known in traditional Asian medicine and cuisine. More recently, its health benefits have been recognized in Western medicine. According to a study published in the Journal of Nephropathology (2012), “Turmeric, a neglected Asian traditional drug might reemerge as remedy and/or preventive tool for various illnesses including different type of cancers, obesity, type-2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, CKD [chronic kidney disease] and ESRD [end stage renal disease], which are steadily increasing globally, claiming many lives and tremendous amount of resources worldwide.”

One active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has been the focus of several academic studies.
Curcumin may alleviate inflammation: According to research from the Department of Stomatology at the University of California, San Francisco, curcumin possesses anti-inflammatory properties. The research, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2004), found that curcumin, “may exert its anti-inflammatory activity by inhibition of a number of different molecules that play a role in inflammation.”

Curcumin’s anticancer potential: Curcumin may play a vital role in cancer prevention, according to a study published in BioMed Research International (2014). Previous research has highlighted curcumin’s antioxidant, antibacterial and antitumor properties, according to the study, which concluded, “Curcumin, a vital constituent of the spice turmeric, is an alternative approach in the prevention of cancer.”
Therapeutic applications of curcumin: According to a review study published in the AAPS Journal (2013), “curcumin has shown therapeutic potential against a number of human diseases,” including multiple types of cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, peptic ulcers, psoriasis, H. pylori infection, Alzheimer’s disease, acute coronary syndrome, atherosclerosis, diabetes, and respiratory tract infections.

Try it….