Weightloss

Learn To Love Your Workout

If we don't love our workout, we will never achieve fitness goals.  You may start with the best intentions, but you will quickly resent going to the gym/class and stop....how depressing!

Finding classes we love, people we want to workout with and support us, as well as activities that work to our personality, body, emotions is key.  Don't worry we are here to help.

Why Is It Important?

  • We are all different (height, weight, body type, emotionally)
  • We all workout for different reasons (stress, weight, tone, strength, sporting goals)

How Do You Know What Is For You?

 

Balance Magazine has published a few questions to help you know what workout is right for you.

 

What are your main fitness goals?

A. To enjoy using my body and boost some feel good hormones.

B. Improve my muscle mass and change the shape of my body.

C. Put myself to the test while getting fit in the most efficient way possible. 

D. To beat stress and improve my mental outlook..

 

How much money could you spend on monthly fitness? 

A. As little as possible.

B. The cost of 3-5 weekly coffees.

C. The cost of 10 weekly coffees.

D. The cost of 20 weekly coffees.

 

How much time could you devote to exercise each week?

A. No more than 2-3 hours.

B. 3-4 hours.

C. 4-5 hours.

D. I can't tell how much free time I have from one week to the next.

 

What do you think is the biggest factor stopping you exercising?

A. Boredom and lack of motivation.

B. The lack of a definitive end goal.

C. An injury from over-exuberant training.

D. Work or family life not allowing enough 'me-time'. 

 

How well do you accept and want instruction?

A. I prefer to chart my own course.

B. I like to be shown once then go my own way.

C. I prefer to be coached if possible.

D. I want to be given expert instruction detail. 

 

How social are you, on a scale of one to 10 (where 10 is life and soul of the party)?

A. 1-3

B. 4-5

C. 8-10

D. 6-7

 

How important is your sports performance relative to your training? 

A. Not that important.

B. It's a big factor.

C. Occasionally I factor it in.

D. I don't play sports.

 

How competitive are you?

A. I'm not into competition at all.

B. I prefer competing against myself.

C. I need to win at all costs.

D. I try to avoid it because it's bad for my mental wellbeing. 

 

WHICH EXERCISE IS RIGHT FOR YOU? 

MOSTLY As: Structured exercise is vital to you but enjoyment needs to be the key factor. Balance magazine recommend exercising outdoors, whether that's running, cycling or power walking in your local park. The magazine recommends writing a list of workouts you'd love to try, sticking it to your fridge and trialling a new one each month.

Try also our online workouts and even our online PT option

MOSTLY Bs: Anyone who answered mostly Bs prefers working out alone, rather than in a group class. Because you relish alone time, follow a personalised, structured routine. The most important factor? Exercise in short sessions, which can burn more calories.

Try our personal training options

MOSTLY Cs: People who answer mostly Cs are fans of seeing results - and fast. The magazine cites Crossfit as the perfect workout for these types of people because the combination of gymnastics and intense cardio tones your entire body in record time. The magazine recommends trying different versions of exercises and encourages you to revamp the structure of your routine every six weeks.

Try either mixing classes in the studio - or if time short grab a Method class

MOSTLY Ds: People who answered mostly Ds are highly emotional but cannot separate their emotion from their workout, leading to burnout. Balance magazine suggest a yoga class as the perfect form of exercise to improve your mood whilst toning your body.  

We offer a variety of yoga classes every day - try a few to find your perfect class.

Recipe: Meat Free Monday

Recipe: Meat Free Monday

Admit it, we’ve all been there and indulged in weekend of excess; a few too many glasses of Prosecco, one too many squares of Green and Black’s with some late nights thrown in for good measure. But that is no excuse to abandon our healthy eating plans- just get back on track with this quick and healthy recipe!

Class Review: Suspension Training/TRX

What is Suspension Training?

 

There are so many way to stay fit and healthy now days…in fact sometimes there are so many classes it is hard to know what they are.

 

At studio one we offer the best in yoga, fitness and pilates so you know each and every class is of the highest standard and effective.

 

New to our range of classes is suspension training, this fun yet challenging way to build core strength and tone.  Many will be asking what is it? 

 
“Personally I love suspension training, I love the fact you balance in straps and find the versatility of classes means I am always challenged. My fav is any exercise when I have my feet in the straps.  Even just holding a plank burns….I can just feel my bodying toning and getting stronger each class.”

 

Born in the Navy SEALs, Suspension Training bodyweight exercise develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously.

 

The straps are attached to the studio ceiling and leverages gravity and the user’s body weight to create a challenging workout.  As you are in control of your straps you can make the class as challenging as you wish.    

 

This class will honestly challenge anyone that comes, within an enjoyable environment.  The small size of class will result in personal attention and ensure that it is not intimidating.  Give it a go – trust me you will love it!!

 

 

Why do it?

 

    This is a fast, effective total-body workout

    Helps build a rock-solid core

    Increases muscular endurance

    Improves cardio

    Low impact but makes you sweat

    It is fun and different

    Anyone can do it!

Recipe: Meat Free Monday

"This simple and fresh meal can be whipped up in no time at all.  Play around with it, try different kinds of rice from brown long grain to wild – have fun."

 

Pea Risotto

Ingredients

 

150g rice (risotto or otherwise if you use other rice, you may need to vary the liquid)

1.2 liters of vegetable stock

3 cups of peas

1 25g basil

1 lemon

1 tea spoon of apple cider vinegar

1 stick celery

2 white onions

2 cloves garlic

Butter

Sprinkle of chilli flakes (optional)

 

Method

 

  • Finely dice the onions and celery.  Crush the garlic and pop in pan with butter. 
  • Boil the kettle and make the stock while you add the onions to the garlic and fry for a minute or two.  Add the celery.
  • As the celery softens, throw in the rice and fry for a minute
  • Slowly start to add in the stock, a little at a time.  Keep adding and stirring.  Taste and season occasionally as you continue to add in the stock, ensuring the rice does not go mushy and it is well seasoned to your taste.
  • In the meantime, pop 2 cups of peas (cooked), the juice of 1 lemon and the basil into a blender.  Add water as needed to make a pea puree.
  • As you finish adding in the stock to the rice, pop in the last cup of peas and the puree.  Stir together and add the chilli flakes.  Heat everything through.
  • Serve for a delicious and simple dinner for all the family.  Enjoy xx

Recipe: Meat Free Monday

Courgette Frittata and Roasted Peppers

 

Out lovely and talented teacher Kate Bishop keeps us on the straight and narrow with another Meat Free Monday Recipe

 Serves 2

In the winter months it’s tempting to resort to sugary, over processed stodge! This recipe is a sure fire way to inject some sunshine into these dark evenings… Although it’s a meat free recipe this dish provides plenty of protein and calcium, while the peppers are full of antioxidants.

Get cracking those eggs!

Ingredients:

  • 2 courgettes
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Small handful of pine nuts or pistachios
  • 4 eggs, lightly whisked
  • Handful of chopped herbs: basil/mint
  • 1 pack Feta cheese, cubed
  • 3 peppers, halved.
  • Small box of cherry tomatoes
  • 10 black olives
  • 2 tsp capers

Method

Set the oven to Gas mark 4: stuff the peppers with the olives, capers, and tomatoes and cook for 25 minutes.

Fry the courgettes, garlic, herbs and nuts for 10 minutes

Once the vegetables are browned add the eggs and cheese mixture, stir slowly, and cook on a medium heat for 10 minutes. or until the frittata is set.

Carefully remove the frittata from the frying pan and serve with the peppers and a green salad.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 


Recipe: Meat Free Monday

Meat Free Monday

Ribolitta Tuscan Bean Soup

 

Here at Studio One we are all about balance and making healthier life style choices. As part of this we have developed The Studio One Method which introduces the concept of mindfulness to the way we eat and workout. By making just one small change a month will help you maintain a healthier life style in the longer term. So why not start today and introduce a Meat Free Monday into your week?!

Ribolitta is a great Vegetarian option full of antioxidants, fibre and bean-y goodness! It can easily be prepared at the weekend and stored in the freezer for when you need a speedy Monday night supper. It’s a great cold zapper and post workout fuel as well- so enjoy!

 

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 potatoe, peeled and cubed
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 savoy cabbage, cut into ribbons
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 courgette, diced
  • 1 can of cannellini beans
  • 2 sticks of celery, finely sliced
  • 1 tsp of tomato paste
  • Handful of fresh herbs- basil and parsley work well.
  • 2 pints of vegetable stock

The Method

1.    This one is easy peasy! Fry all of the ingredients except the stock in 2 spoons of olive or coconut oil for 10 minutes of a low heat. The smell should be amazing!

2.    Add the stock, bring to the boil and then simmer for 45 minutes.

3.    Add a sprinkling of fresh herbs and you are ready to enjoy!

Happy Eating!

 

 

 

 

Class Review: Real Men Do Barre! (Dance and Pilates Class)

Men love to build muscle and run - do manly things.  "Manly things" is not the typical phrase you would hear in a barre studio......well you would in ours.

The fitness regime of a man can focus primarily round weights and cardio, very open their minds to the benefits offered from other forms of fitness.  This is not a rant, this is an observation that men like weights and football not dance and yoga. 

Whilst I continue my campaign to get my boyfriend into the studio to take a yoga or barre class our very own boxing instructor Simon Collins rushed past me, quick as a whippet into Rosie's Barre class.  

 

"I wanted a workout that challenges me and improves my flexibility, barre offered me this and so much more.  It improved my posture, targeted every muscle group, it was low impact and fun!"

 

Given the way he looked afterwards, I would also say it was quite sweaty!  He needed to sit down for 15mins after.

Barre - classes 7am, lunchtime and evening - see our schedule here.