Motivating your kids to become healthier

Eliminate junk foods from the house, keep healthy snacks around, cook healthy meals, and avoid delivery meals and fast food altogether.

The next step is to get them involved in an activity that is social, fun and that builds self-esteem. For example martial arts or a group activity aimed specifically at their age group. Talk to them and ask what he or she might be interested in….

Implement a little structure - Simply limiting time in front of the TV or at the computer monitor can do wonders, suggest that they go outside and get some fresh air or offer to do something fun and active that you can both enjoy.

And as much as you want your kids to do as you say, keep in mind that they will also do as you do so you might want to re-evaluate your own TV time!

Teen spinfit

Don’t let the fear of the unknown stop you from trying an awesome workout!  At Stringer’s we understand group fitness can be intimidating; that’s why we have created teen spinfit a spinning class totally devoted to girls aged between 13 and 18 yrs of age.  We pride ourselves on making your experience very comfortable from the moment you walk in to Stringer’s.

Expect a vigorous workout. 
Every class is different, but you’re going to get a hard core workout no matter what. The upside is that you’ll feel great when you’re through and you’ll have fun doing it. Classes are 45 mins long; within the ride you can expect different paces.  Our classes are always paired with up to date motivating and punchy beats, there are fast songs where you’re pedalling more intensely and slower songs are for uphill climbs. Our instructor is fit, enthusiastic and most importantly very encouraging!

Imagine the fun you will have, burning calories and increasing your fitness while exercising to the latest music with girls of a similar age to yourself.

You can always go at your own pace. 
Just because the instructor says to crank up your speed or resistance doesn’t mean you have to if you’re not ready - always listen to your body, especially if you’re just getting started.  The instructor is there to push you, but you should always know your own personal limits. Just follow the instructor’s lead and do the best you can.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Name of class: Teen spinfit

Start date: 4th November 2014

Time: 4.15pm

Cost: £3.50 or 10 sessions £30

Please call or email to reserve your spot:

(01872) 27 26 27

Weight loss tips

Always hungry

Try the following tips to keep your hunger at bay.

1. Eat large quantities of low calorie foods that are high in fibre to help fill you up. For example, eat a whole plateful of lettuce. Three different vegetables at dinner — steamed sweet potato, grilled aubergine, and mashed cauliflower are great options.

2. DRINK LOTS OF WATER. When you feel as if you are starving, drink a litre of water and see if that helps.

3. Are you SURE this isn’t a case of emotional eating or boredom? The next time you are really hungry, or at least think you’re really hungry, stop yourself from heading to the fridge and ask yourself the following questions:

When was the last time I ate? Was it more than 3 to 4 hours ago?

Is my stomach growling?

Am I light-headed?

 If the answer to these questions is no, then you aren’t hungry at all; you are engaging in emotional eating. Time to go for a walk, busy yourself with a project, clean or drink a large herbal tea.

The best way to manage emotional eating is to start finding ways to comfort yourself that aren’t related to food. Remove junk foods from your environment. Take up a hobby to help combat eating out of boredom, go online and watch a you tube video of someone – fitness related, that you admire or download a new workout play list from iTunes instead of heading for the fridge.

4. Sleep!  Research has shown that leptin and ghrelin, two hormones that regulate appetite, are both directly affected by how much sleep you get. Have you ever experienced a sleepless night followed by a day when, no matter what you ate, you never felt full or satisfied? That’s because of leptin and ghrelin; together, these hormones control feelings of hunger and fullness. Ghrelin stimulates appetite and leptin sends a signal to the brain when you are full. When sleep is restricted, leptin levels go down and ghrelin levels go up. Lack of sleep can also trigger the release of cortisol, a stress hormone that is responsible for storing abdominal fat.

Whatever you choose to do, be sure that you eat a balanced diet full of healthy fruits veggies and protein.

Benefits of high intensity exercise

After you work out, do you have the feeling that you can do anything? That’s “runner’s high” which is triggered by any form of exercise due to the increased endorphin levels. These helpful bio chemicals lift your mood and stimulate the release of another important hormone that affects your metabolism: human growth hormone (sometimes called HGH). This hormone is something we all want, and lots of it. It builds muscle, burns fat, helps you resist heart disease, protects your bones, and increases your overall health. To be clear, I’m talking about the natural kind that your body produces with exercise.

The key to turning your body into a growth hormone factory is to exercise at a high intensity level. During intense exercise, growth hormone spurs the body to use fat as fuel instead of glucose. So you burn more fat as you exercise, and you’re keeping your blood glucose levels stable, which gives you more energy to keep going. On the other hand, lack of exercise makes your muscles insulin-resistant and suppresses growth hormone. So make sure you are getting that high-quality, intense exercise to work up those growth hormone levels — it’s the healthiest way to reverse aging and make yourself stronger.

New timetable

Check out our new timetable!

Taking effect 3rd March…..Exiting new classes such as kettlebell bootcamp, stringers stretch and boxfit and the addition of some old favourites at different times of the day.

Be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Change your body in 2014

2014 is here and I’m sure you’re thinking about some new year’s resolutions.  People who succeed in their quest to change their bodies, plan!

Here are a few questions to improve your PLANS this week: 

1. Have you printed out your workouts yet?  

2. Have you printed out your meal plan? 

3. Is your fridge stocked with all the food you’ll need this week? 

4. Have you set aside your “Chef days” where you’ll prepare your meals in advance? 

5. Have you scheduled your workouts into your day planner? 

Results come down to relentless planning. 

Day in and day out. 

Week in and week out. 

Month in and month out. 

Year in and year out. 

Fail to plan and plan to fail. 

Customer Service Award

Gym celebrates after winning top industry award

Stringer’s Gym has been rewarded for the level of customer service it provides for its members at a prestigious awards ceremony in Manchester.

The club picked up the Customer Service Award at the National Fitness Awards, which took place at the Palace Hotel, hosted by presenter and former TV Gladiator Caroline Pearce.

The awards – organised by fitness industry magazine Workout and supported by headline sponsor Servicesport – are now in their fourth year and recognise excellence and achievement throughout the fitness industry.

To win the award, Stringer’s Gym beat off competition from hundreds of entries from clubs around the country who were whittled down to a shortlist of six in each category.

Each shortlisted club – from The Shetland Islands down to Cornwall – was then visited by a member of the Workout team, who chatted to staff and members and took a look around the facilities, before compiling a comprehensive report to be passed on to an expert

judging panel.

This year’s judges included The Biggest Loser personal trainer Charlotte Ord and top fitness expert Dean Hodgkin.

Our judges said: “Members have the option of paying by cash, cheque or debit card.  Owner Ian states that this enables all of our members to have regular contact with our staff, ensuring a flexible approach to memberships. 

“Stringer’s offers a relaxed, helpful environment. This fitness centre is carving out a niche that sets it apart from the rest.”

Over 700 people, including Coronation Street star Kym Marsh, attended the glittering ceremony, where awards were handed out in over 20 categories.