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Muscle soreness is not a sign of a good workout.

“My legs hurt so much i can barely get up and down the stairs, must be doing me some good” “My Abs hurt to cough, what a great workout” These are a couple of common phrases associated with muscle soreness. In fitness circles this is also known as DOMS. This stands for Delayed Onset MuscleContinue reading “Muscle soreness is not a sign of a good workout.”

Fortitude – the gift that keeps on giving. Reconditioning a 47 year old body with Semi-Private Personal Training

After 12 months of training at Fortitude I’d hit some pretty cool personal fitness goals; lost 20kg of body fat and completed a half-Ironman distance triathlon.  As great as this was, I’d also noticed quite a few niggles with my 47 year old body that were hampering my performance and causing injuries.  The mobility andContinue reading “Fortitude – the gift that keeps on giving. Reconditioning a 47 year old body with Semi-Private Personal Training”

My First 30 days – New Home, New Gym, New Friends.

Regardless if you’re a first timer or a hard-core lifting expert, egos are left at the door. I have always been into fitness, for 10 years I swam competitively and since I gave that up, I felt a bit lost. So, when I moved to Bristol for Uni, I got a PT and got reallyContinue reading “My First 30 days – New Home, New Gym, New Friends.”

Combat Winter Weight Gain

The nights closing in and the darker mornings over the last few weeks got me to thinking about that ol’ winter weigh gain and how for some it feels like it’s like it’s just part of the colder, darker months of our year. We’ve found there’s 3 things that cause people Problems during the winterContinue reading “Combat Winter Weight Gain”

A coaches journey – When training slips down the priority list.

Through school, college and university training in the gym became a big part of my life and a big priority. After moving away from rugby i sought something more than just standing in-front of a mirror picking up weights, i felt like i needed to find purpose to my training again. when i played rugbyContinue reading “A coaches journey – When training slips down the priority list.”

A Coach’s Journey

Over the past year (and a bit) my health and fitness goals, knowledge, experience and lifestyle has changed a lot. Whilst lots has changed during this time, my love for being active and trying to get my body to be able to do cool stuff has stayed constant. I’ve never really had “looking good” orContinue reading “A Coach’s Journey”

I feel more and more confident about myself each day and finally enjoy clothes shopping again!

I thought that everyone was going to be extremely strong weight lifters and that I would look out of place…I was wrong. Before joining fortitude, I hadn’t done quality exercise in years and was under the assumption that if I dieted alone then I would be able to achieve the body I wanted..My diets oftenContinue reading “I feel more and more confident about myself each day and finally enjoy clothes shopping again!”

Falling back in love with fitness

I joined Crossfit a couple of years ago with Josh and Tina, at the time I was a student and I wasn’t sure I would be able to afford it. However, in the words of Josh Telling “Once you start, you’ll find the money” – and he was right! Damn it! Crossfit and Weightlifting veryContinue reading “Falling back in love with fitness”

A summer of fitness

Fortitude is completely unique and like nothing I’ve been involved with before. I’ve just started my 3rd year studying Physiotherapy at Southampton University.  I divide my life between uni in Southampton and home in Gloucestershire so it’s hard to find the time to fit in going to the gym. Previously, I have been part ofContinue reading “A summer of fitness”

A journey of Self Discovery

Right from the word community I knew it was going to be the best place for me. I have never been satisfied with the way I look, I’ve always resented the extra weight that I carry. I’ve been on everything that I could think of to fix it: weight watchers, ridiculously low calorie intake, lowContinue reading “A journey of Self Discovery”