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HD BROWS 004 Industry News Fitness & Beauty Professional
WINS PRESTIGIOUS GUILD AWARD OF EXCELLENCE HD Brows, the UK s number-one market leading brow treatment brand, has cemented its position in the world of beauty by winning a coveted title in The Guild Awards of Excellence 2015. Voted for by beauty professionals, the eyebrow brand, which was founded by Nilam Holmes-Patel in 2008, picked up the award for Best Eyebrow Treatment Supplier amidst ďŹ erce competition from top names in the business. Said Nilam Holmes-Patel, CEO and Founder of HD Brows: It is an absolute pleasure to hear that HD Brows has won Best Eyebrow Treatment Supplier in The Guild Awards of Excellence 2015. I have a fantastic team who all work incredibly hard to sustain and grow the quality of the brand, along with hundreds of amazing Stylists across the country who never fail to amaze me with the fantastic brows they create for our loyal clientele, day in and day out. Last year was the best one yet for HD Brows and 2015 is set to be even bigger, with more and more people attending our specialist training courses to learn skills in brows and makeup. I am absolutely over the moon to receive this award and am so excited to share all of our exciting plans over the coming months.
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Sam Smith social media plug sends wellness book sales soaring
Oasis, Robbie Williams and a string of famous brands spent years fruitlessly trying to crack America. For wellness author Amelia Freer, all it took was one Instagram post from UK soul sensation Sam Smith. In perhaps the starkest example yet of the power celebrity social media endorsements can have on a brand s fortunes, Smith has catapulted Freer s book Eat. Nourish. Glow. to the top of bestseller lists. Harper Collins had no plans to publish the book in the US, but after Smith s plug attracted 150,000 likes on Instagram, the company rapidly scrambled the book into print, according to The Wrap. The 22-year-old chart topping singer has hit headlines in recent weeks thanks to his dramatic weight loss, which Smith credited to Freer s clean home-cooking philosophy.
I am having to pinch myself. It was a dream come true for me to just write a book but In an Instagram post, Smith wrote: Three weeks ago I met a woman who has completely changed my life. Amelia Freer has helped me lose over a stone in 2 weeks for it to be so well received is and has completely transformed my relationship with food. Everyone go check out her utterly humbling. Above all, it s awesome that Nutritional incredible book, and start to live healthy. Therapy is getting the The book sees Freer explain her 10 steps for losing weight, looking younger and feeling healthier, placing an emphasis on healthy additive-free home cooking, with the attention it deserves and that Eat. Nourish. Glow. is inclusion of 25 recipe suggestions. impacting so many peoples lives and spreading health! I am beyond thrilled to learn that my book is number one on Amazon and iBooks This is beyond anything I in the UK ‒ and also hit the top spot on Amazon in the US, wrote Freer in her own could ever have wished for. x Instagram post. HIIT is going absolutely insane for us and it s all people seem to want at the moment, he told Health Club Management at a recent brieﬁng. I think it s likely to stick around. It s time eﬃcient, delivers great results and poses a really intense workout that seems to motivate people ‒ it almost gives class participants bragging rights.
HIIT will remain hot says Phillip Mills
The health and ﬁtness industry s love of high intensity interval training (HIIT) is unlikely to abate any time soon, according to industry pioneer Phillips Mills, who says its ethos makes it the ideal ﬁt for modern lifestyles. Consumer demand for HIIT has been huge in recent years, but despite the cyclical nature of trends, the Les Mills CEO believes the training will enjoy further longevity, citing the popularity of Les Mills HIIT-themed GRIT classes as a prime example.
Pointing out the drastic shifts in ﬁtness thinking, Mills noted that, historically, HIIT has been frowned upon as a training method. Mills recalled the dogmatic school of thought prevalent in the 1980s ‒ that working at high intensity was wrong as you can only burn fat working at low intensity ‒ as an example of how much the industry has since progressed. If you want a great physique ‒ you want to do HIIT, he added. It s great for our physiology to be carrying out a wide range of diﬀerent movements. And participants are not just burning fat ‒ they re also getting a huge hit of hormones.
Pure Gym powers proﬁts to £10m Pure Gym posted a strong set of ﬁnancial results today (30 March), revealing that group proﬁts for 2014 leapt 365 per cent to hit £10m. The ﬁnancial results for the 12-months to 31 December 2014 were powered by the opening of 24 new gyms, as the low cost chain shook oﬀ the disappointment of its failed merger with The Gym Group to lift revenue to £68.6m ‒ an increase of 49 per cent. Meanwhile, member growth of 46 per cent outstripped the 40 per cent increase in venues, helping the chain reach 420,000 members. In 2014 we delivered impressive ﬁnancial performance whilst managing signiﬁcant
expansion, said Pure Gym executive chair Peter Roberts. In just ﬁve years Pure Gym has established itself as the leading gym operator in the UK and made gym membership a reality for hundreds of thousands of people. We have further exciting expansion plans for 2015 and look forward to another year of growth. The ﬁgures are a strong indicator that the march of the UK s low cost gym sector looks likely to continue, despite increased competition from existing players and new entrants such as Sports Direct.
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NorthEdge Capital backs Total Fitness takeover with £11.5m investment Privaty equity ﬁrm NorthEdge Capital has backed a buyout of Total Fitness Health Clubs Limited - led by the gym chains s management team - to the tune of £11.5m. The overall value of the deal has not been disclosed, but it sees new majority stakeholder NorthEdge and Total Fitness management acquire the business from previous owners Barclays Bank, Co-op bank and RooGreen Ventures. Alongside a partial realisation of its equity, RooGreen Ventures has reinvested in the business as part of the buyout, with RooGreen partner Warwick Ley remaining on the Total Fitness Board as non-executive chair. Headquartered in Wilmslow, Cheshire, Total Fitness operates 17 ﬁtness and leisure clubs across the North of England, with more than 87,000 members and approximately 550 employees. The deal brings to a conclusion a successful turnaround of the business which has seen RooGreen partners Brian Davidson and Ley work with Total Fitness CEO Richard Millman and the management team over the last two years to deliver a signiﬁcant growth in the membership base, which has increased by 14 per cent since December 2012, and taken the business back into proﬁt.
We are really excited as a management team to be working with NorthEdge as a new partner in the continuing success story that is Total Fitness Health Clubs, said Millman. There is a real conﬁdence and clarity within the business as demonstrated by our membership results, increasing proﬁtability, and our major investment programme. Everyone is tremendously excited about the further opportunities which are up for grabs in the coming years. The buyout will see the existing management team, led by Millman, receive signiﬁcant new investment for plans to foster growth and achieve their vision of being the dominant health club chain in the North of England. The ﬁrst act of this will be the re-opening of the Total Fitness club in Wrexham during early April, following a £1m refurbishment. NorthEdge partner Ray Stenton, who led the buyout and will now join the Total Fitness Board as non-executive director, said: Total Fitness is a great business with a fantastic brand. There is an ambitious investment strategy in place and we look forward to working alongside the management team to bring this to fruition and deliver on its growth objectives.
King s Cross natural swimming pool by Ooze Architects set to open in April Designed by Rotterdam-based Ooze Architects, a naturally ﬁltered swimming pool is under construction in the heart of London s King s Cross redevelopment. Ooze Architects, working in collaboration with Slovenia-based artist Marjetica Potrc, have come together to create the freshwater pond. The structure will be 10m (32ft) wide and 40m (131ft) long. Completely chemical free, the pool, which will be used for swimming and outdoor activities, will be surrounded by a green landscape. By using a natural closed-loop process, combining the wetlands and submerged water plants, the water will be ﬁltered and remain clear. Efa Pfannes, founder of Ooze Architects said: The project is a small-scale enclaved environment; a living laboratory to test
balance and to question a self-sustaining system including one nature cycle - water, land and the human body. Actors (visitors to the project) are part of the process. Visitors enter a living laboratory where they are aware of their relationship with nature, and about consequences of their interaction with nature and take responsibilities, they thus become actors. Ooze s development is part of Argent s overall masterplan for King s Cross, the largest urban redevelopment project in Europe. Although no speciﬁc opening date is set, the temporary pool should be accessible to the public in April.
Serco Leisure scores Birmingham Council contract win as sale process continues Serco Leisure has won a 15-year contract with Birmingham City Council to manage nine leisure centres across the city, including the design, build and operation of four new swimming pools. According to Birmingham City Council s assistant director for sport and events, Steve Hollingworth, Serco Leisure submitted quality and cost eﬀective tenders which will help to promote activity in the city despite the council s considerable budgetary restraints. The leisure centres were previously operated inhouse. The awarding marks a big win for Serco, at a time when it is undergoing a major transition. The services giant is looking to oﬄoad several of its non-core businesses as part of a strategy overhaul, including its extensive Serco Leisure arm, which manages more than 60 facilities. Leisure Opportunities was recently informed by a wellplaced source that a sale of the leisure arm of the business is expected to be completed this summer, with two UK buyers thought to be in contention. Asked to verify this information, a Serco spokesperson said: Discussions regarding the potential sale of our leisure business are underway but this is likely to be a lengthy process. The leisure business is a separate company within the Serco Group and it would be that same separate company that would continue to deliver all of our leisure contracts when any sale goes ahead. This means there would be no impact on the delivery of the contracts ‒ the same quality service would be delivered by the same centre staﬀ and management under new ownership. In the meantime, it is business as usual.
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HD BROWS CELEBRATES
LAUNCH OF NEW TRAINING ACADEMY IN GLASGOW HD Brows, the award-winning, market leading brow treatment, has launched a brand new training academy in Glasgow, Scotland. The state-of-the-art academy opened its doors on Tuesday 24 March, allowing key beauty bloggers and local press to be the ďŹ rst to see and experience the new premises, located at 130132 West Regent Street, Glasgow. Guests were treated to the brand s signature treatment from key elite Stylists, who delivered the bespoke process of shaping, threading, plucking, tinting and waxing, to create a look and style tailored to each individual. Attendees also enjoyed makeovers from celebrity make-up artists using products from the 80-strong Make Up by HD Brows product range, discovered more about stockist opportunities and training, and met the HD Brows team.
Said Nilam Holmes-Patel, CEO and Founder of HD Brows: I am thrilled that, after such high demand, the newest HD Brows academy is now open on West Regent Street, Glasgow. Last month alone we had more than 4,800 unique visitors to our website from Scottish consumers and know we have a fantastic following in the region. My team of resident trainers, who I have personally trained, spent the night educating guests in both brows and make-up, alongside my sales and stockist teams. It was such a pleasure to meet brow enthusiasts in the local area and we can t wait to welcome them back again soon.
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Leeds-based Pure Gym becomes biggest operator in UK Fitness company Pure Gym has become the biggest gym operator in the UK, the company has said. The Leeds-based business, which operates 91 24-hour gyms across the UK, has more than 500,000 members, just six years after it ﬁrst opened its doors. Pure Gym opened its ﬁrst two sites in Leeds and Manchester in November 2009. A total of 24 new gyms opened last year at sites including London, Greater Manchester and Birmingham with between 30 and 40 planned to follow in 2015.
Pure Gym said its pre-tax proﬁts jumped more than four times to £10m in 2014 after its membership total increased by almost half to 420,000 with its numbers crossing the half-million mark last month. Company founder and executive chairman Peter Roberts said: In 2014 we delivered impressive ﬁnancial performance whilst managing signiﬁcant expansion. We have further exciting expansion plans for 2015 and look forward to another year of growth.
Salon Evolution celebrates business milestone
Business development and marketing agency, Salon Evolution, is celebrating after introducing over 150,000 new clients to salons across the globe. Working with leading salons across the UK and Europe, the brand uses specialised expertise to deliver bespoke client market campaigns that increase footfall and generate income.
Director of Salon Evolution, Steven Gunnip, says, We re thrilled to have reached this monumental milestone and it is a real testament to the hard work put in everyday by our wonderful staﬀ. We ve got the champagne on ice ready to pop open when we reach the 200,000 client mark!
Pall Mall Barbers opens new Westminster premises
Pall Mall Barbers recently opened its latest salon in Westminster, located next to St James Park tube station. Joining the Trafalgar Square and Fitzrovia premises, the Westminster shop will provide sharp cuts, traditional wet shaves and beard trims, using the brand s own range of products to provide the very best service. With a mix of local and international barbers,
the team has a combined experience of over 300 years in the art of male grooming. Richard Marshall, owner of Pall Mall Barbers says, Our new store at Westminster combines a mixture of oak panels, ceramic basins and open blades ‒ the traditional element to Pall Mall Barbers ‒ and acknowledges our rich heritage, while our services reﬂect a business on the pulse of style and at the forefront of innovation.
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ith Harley Wax you can expect more than just a wax. You can expect a nourishing skin treatment that will remove hairs as short as 1mm. Expect quicker delivery times, better customer service and a more superior wax - So why not raise your expectations with Harley Wax? When it comes to unwanted hair removal Harley Wax comes highly recommended. Unlike other depilatory routines, Harley Wax almost has no sticky residue, it leaves skin soft with no irritation, removes hair from the root to reduce chances of ingrown hairs and leaves skin hair free for much longer. Harley wax was originally established in the UK, the driving force behind this company was to create a high quality professional waxing system that could also be sold at a reasonable price with excellent customer service.
Today Harley Wax is used by many high end Salons and Spas and currently available in over 19 countries across the globe. Harley Wax is always looking to expand its distribution territory, should you be interested in distributing our products please contact our head oﬃce. There is a range of excellent products to choose from, perfected over the years to suit diﬀerent waxing needs. Harley Hot Waxes are designed for small intimate areas and are available in ﬁve blends; Aloe, Rose, Chocolate, Lavender and the Summer Fruits Wax which is our best seller. Strip waxes are for larger areas and are available in three ﬂavours; Gold, Rose and the Summer Fruits. Harley has also developed a cartridge system that oﬀers the same great results of strip waxes just in smaller quantities and they also come in the same strip wax ﬂavors.
The Harley Film Wax is a hybrid wax that provides all the comforts and easy application of a traditional hot wax coupled with the thin spread-ability of a strip wax. This modern, new generation wax is fantastic for all intimate waxing from facial waxing to Brazilians making it a must have for professional Salon and Spas. For best results, use our before and after care oils to soften and condition the skin during and after each waxing treatment. For more information contact us on: 0845 6121944 Intl +44 1984623209
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Reﬂex Nutrition has a reputation for producing premium quality products in their factory based in Sussex. This in-house production means that every product comes with a full guarantee and ensures that it meets label claim. It also means that ingredients can be sourced on a global basis and formulations produced without the ﬁnancial constraints faced by contract packers. Having produced sports and health products since 1996, Reﬂex has now set up a new plant as the ﬁnal piece of the picture in order to produce protein bars and ﬂapjacks. Nearly two years in planning and testing, Reﬂex now launch with a range of 6 protein bars with the name of R-Bar . The challenge with these bars was to produce a protein without nutritional compromise that tastes fantastic. By specifying a very particular bespoke technical solution in terms of the factory production line, a very unique solution can be achieved. Similarly, every ingredient has been carefully selected providing you with the ﬁnest protein, whole nut butters, cocoa butter and carefully tailored natural ﬂavours. Crucially it contains no palm oil, soy protein, glucose syrup or GMO ingredients. This means that Reﬂex now cover oﬀ a comprehensive range of products that covers the interests of those seeking healthier lifestyles, whatever their age, whatever their goal. As the Reﬂex UK Sales Manager Karl Schwick explains the Reﬂex brand is an ideal brand for any club or PT to stock or represent because it feels accessible. The packaging feels technical but the product range includes simple solutions. The fact that we have an broad range of health products also means that your customers will be able to relate to the product range and build conﬁdence selecting products oﬀ the back oﬀ some of the more conventional building blocks If you would like to sample the R-Bar product or would like to discuss stocking any of the range, please contact; Karl.schwick@reﬂex-nutrition.com or call 01273 303817.
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BEAUTY Getting enough protein is crucial to maintaining a healthy body inside and out. We all know about how protein can help aid weight management/ loss, add muscle deﬁnition and help our bodies recover after a tough session at the gym. But did you know that its also vital to maintaining healthy nails, shiny hair and glowing skin? Rhiannon Lambert (ﬁrst class BSc in Nutrition & Health and registered with the Association for Nutrition) is an Ambassador for Wheyhey protein ice cream. An avid foodie, Rhiannon has worked with Masterchef s Gregg Wallace and has created recipes for amongst others, The Detox Kitchen and The Recovery Cafe. Rhiannon s experience at ﬁtness boutique Transition Zone has seen her work with Olympic athletes and witness the dramatic impact healthy eating can have on performance at the highest level. Here she tells us why what we eat is just as ‒ if not more - important for our beauty regime than having the latest anti aging cream. The cells that make up your muscles, the liver, kidneys, heart, lungs, nerves, brain and your sex glands are all made of protein. And so is your hair, nails, skin and eyes! Protein is made from amino acids ‒ the building blocks for all cells ‒ and is therefore crucial for tissue repair and for the construction replacement of worn-out or dead cells, with the skin cells being replaced every 24 days. If your body doesn t have adequate protein, it can t regenerate cells properly, which is why you might to start to see brittle, lifeless hair, ageing skin and nails that are weak and prone to breaking. But just how much protein do you need? If you have a balanced diet and are eating a lot of chicken, ﬁsh or eggs, you might be getting all the protein you need naturally. 46g daily is what the average woman needs, but this will increase if you re active! If you need to top up your protein, there are loads of innovative ways to do this; vegetables contain protein too so load up your plate with greens and beans. Then for a healthy treat, enjoy your delicious Wheyhey protein ice cream!
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Are you looking for new and natural ways to up your game, increase your energy levels and achieve better endurance? Here nutrition expert Pharma Nord gives some advice to boost your performance through nutrition. Athletes are constantly on the lookout for new and legal ways of boosting their performance. Many take supplements to ensure their bodies get all the nutrients they need. Here are the hottest supplements on the market right now and how they could help you get the most from your ﬁtness and sporting regimes.
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B Vitamins play an important role in energy metabolism, helping to convert carbohydrates and fats into energy. They are usually most eﬀective when taken in combination as a vitamin B complex.
Although some Q10 is obtained through our diet, most is manufactured within the body. From the age of 25, the body s ability to manufacture the substance decreases. Intense physical exercise can also deplete Q10 levels. It is possible to refuel your cells with a Q10 supplement. In a scientiﬁc study in Finland, 94 per cent of skiers who took coenzyme Q10 reported that their performance had improved. In Germany, elite athletes taking Q10 performed 29 per cent better than those not taking the supplement.
Magnesium also helps to regulate potassium levels and the function of the adrenal gland, which are both important for maintaining adequate energy levels. This mineral is also vital for normal muscle functioning. Factors such as stress, intense physical exercise, high intake of alcohol and caﬀeine and an unhealthy diet can all have an eﬀect on magnesium levels.
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Here s how Sean Penn got his lean and muscled look for The Gunman
There is no age to get ﬁt. Hollywood actor Sean Penn underwent special training to develop a lean, mean and muscled look in his new release, The Gunman . The regime that the 50-plus actor followed was nothing short of inspiring. Dieting for optimal muscle gain It takes a lot of discipline and determination to get into the business of muscle gain, and Sean Penn had to take on that challenge through following a strict nutritional plan. As seen below, his strategy was simple: add more calories to the regular diet to gain a well buﬀed and toned body.
Increased his intake of protein in the form of lean meats, eggs, ﬁsh and chicken. Expert s opinion: Sean Penn has taken a perfect diet which has a comprehensive mix of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Besides, these are natural foods. Lean meats, eggs, ﬁsh and chicken rich in protein give the right combination for bulking the muscles, says city-based Dr Anil Patil. One can also add nuts and oils that are essential to keep up the metabolism and a good source of fats that give energy, he adds. For a leaner look with less body fat, he relied on well-measured carbohydrate sources including wheat and other grains. Expert opinion: Wheat and other grains synthesise better and give a leaner look, says Patil. Natural herbal supplements that added up to the eﬀect of more body fat loss and revealed a better toned body. Expert s opinion: Supplements are essential. Of these, whey protein is a basic well-known supplement. However, it is advisable to consult a doctor before one takes up any kind of supplement. Especially, if there is a history of some disease or intolerance to the substance, cautions Dr Patil. Weight training Penn took up a stringent form of weight training that enabled him to lift weights in minimal repetitions but with heavy weights. The muscle he gained from this practice is closely formatted to the classic body building plan of lifting weights to a maximum of at least four times a week. However, you can t start just like that, warns ﬁtness therapist Neeraj Mehta. Anyone above 50 must
consult their physician and get his consent before beginning with any ﬁtness training, more so if they have a medical condition. They should go ahead only if they are cleared, suggests Mehta. What the expert says Isolation workouts focus on either a speciﬁc body part or an individual joint or a muscle. They are referred to as isolation exercise when they involve only a single joint, but when the focus is a body part like chest or legs, they are called isolation station-based exercises. Normally, isolation exercises are not recommended to those above 50, as they focus on a single joint or muscle, and can be a bit strenuous. However, they are very useful in sculpting a speciﬁc muscle to one s liking. What we recommend instead is isolation station-based exercises which work on a particular body part like Cable pull down, which works on back and legs as well as triceps. Penn s workout regime is a good combination of both, and this is a very good strategy, says Mehta. However, one is advised to check with a trainer before copying someone else s ﬁtness plan as not everything works for everyone. The secret is to know one s body and train accordingly. An expert trainer can guide you in the right direction, sums up Mehta. For vegetarians There aren t many alternatives for vegetarians. There are sprouts, tofu and soya, but one has to eat 10 bowls of sprouts which equals to two breast of chicken.
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www.mirrorsfortraining.co.uk it s the UK number one mirror installer in the UK and beyond, Located in all purpose built factory in Wolverhampton, Mirrors for Training are the preferred mirror supplier and installer, to the leisure and performing arts industries. Having developed a unique method of installing the their system of safety mirrors, avoids using unsightly screw ďŹ xing, and adhering the mirrors (safety mirrors should always be mechanically installed, for optimum safety) Our system allows the mirrors to be easily removed, without damage to walls, if needed in the future. Last year Mirrors for Training completed over 400 installations throughout the UK alone. They also ship their mirrored products to several countries. Made in the UK their portable mirrors are popular for use in ďŹ tness and performing arts, they are the perfect solution when wall mounted mirrors are not an option. These fantastic mirrors on wheels can be easily moved from room to room, used around diďŹ€erent training equipment, popular in schools, and community centres where space is premium. Call for a free competitive quotation, advice and information on our products or please visit our website.
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Industry Leader Installs Featherweight Mirrors for Fitness, Fashion & Film Established over twenty years ago, Glass Installations have an enviable track record of delivering quality installations of mirrors and ballet barres to the Fitness, Dance and Beauty industries in both temporary and permanent settings. The Glass Installations Featherweight mirrors are made using a state of the art Mylar ﬁlm coated with 99.9% aluminium, giving a reﬂective quality equal to, if not better than, standard glass mirrors. Featherweight mirrors are ideal for applications where glass mirrors are either a Health & Safety issue or too heavy. Many applications lend themselves better to Featherweight products ‒ mirror walls, ceilings or panels are perfect examples where Featherweight can transform your space quickly and easily. We ve delivered many show-stopping Featherweight mirror installations for fashion and ﬁtness including; London Fashion Week, 1 Hyde Park and upcoming movie blockbuster, Patient Zero. Providing The Perfect Image Using 6mm silvered glass mirrors mounted in our bespoke Image aluminium framing system, backed with Class A safety backing, you are assured of a high quality, attractive, safe mirror solution which is ideal for all Fitness, Dance and Beauty applications. Unlike other installations our Image system enables us to provide a seamless, continuous reﬂection across all joints, allowing maximum use of your installation. We provide a full on-site survey and advisory service to make sure that you get the best possible mirror solution that will exceed your expectations. This, combined with
our experienced installation and customer service team makes Glass Installations the company of choice when you are planning to add mirrors or barres to your studio. Only the Best for the Best Our Blue Chip customer base includes some of the best known names in the UK, including; Virgin Active, Fusion Lifestyle and David Lloyd. We also work with all the major construction contractors including BAM, Willmott Dixon, Laing O Rourke, Buoygues and Leadbitters, combined with an extensive portfolio of work carried out directly to Schools, Colleges and Universities. In addition, we deliver to a range of high end privately owned establishments in both business and domestic settings. When You re On the Move… For customers sharing multi-function facilities we can provide portable mirrors to transform your room into a professional standard studio in a matter of minutes. Supplied with lockable castors, our glass portable mirrors provide the perfect alternative when a permanent installation is not an option. If storage area is an issue our Featherweight foil portable mirrors are a great solution. The ergonomic overlapping design reduces the required storage area to a minimum and the mirrors are extremely lightweight, enabling quick and easy transport. Central Location for Nationwide Service Our head oﬃce in Stoke on Trent provides easy access to the major road networks and means that we are within easy reach of you wherever you are located. We complete projects throughout the UK, from the Highlands of Scotland down to the South Coast of England. Find Out More For further information please contact our customer service team by calling 01782 317620, sending an email to email@example.com or visit our website at www.glassinstallations.co.uk
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BalletBeFit helps members plie their way to a better body BalletBeFit is a dance inspired body-toning class that combines core-strengthening moves with intense cardio exercise that will keep members coming back for more. Created by classically trained dancer, Rachel Withers, this 60mins class is guaranteed to help members define, strengthen and streamline muscles to build a stronger, leaner, fitter body. It’s even been designed to cater for diﬀerent age groups. Start Young is for children aged 5-13, Stay Young is for adults and Feel Young is for older adults.
Originally launching in 2014 and with qualified BalletBeFit instructors across the UK, Rachel felt that it was time to concentrate
Not often seen on class timetables, BalletBeFit oﬀers something
on gyms, leisure centers and fitness facilities to get this class add-
new and exciting to members who are looking for a workout that
ed to their timetable.
combines everything they’re looking for in one class.
“As a discipline, ballet has to be one of the hardest to conquer but
Minimal equipment is needed so set up and break down times are kept short and sweet to ensure
oﬀers some of the best physical and mental benefits,” said ographer at BalletBeFit. “Ballet is often something that we try as a child but fail to fall
BALLET IS OFTEN SOMETHING THAT WE TRY AS A CHILD BUT FAIL TO FALL IN LOVE WITH, WHICH IS WHY I WANTED TO CREATE A CLASS THAT WOULD APPEAL TO EVERYONE
in love with, which is why I wanted to create a class that
Rachel, creator and lead chore-
would appeal to everyone of all ages, shapes and sizes. BalletBeFit provides just the right amount of poise, elegance and grace you’d expect from ballet but with a hit of cardio blasts to provide an eﬀective full body workout.”
For further information visit: www.BalletBeFit.com Or email: info@BalletBeFit.com
your studio timetable flows from one class to the next with limited disruption to other in structors. Instructor training courses run throughout the UK, with the
next three taking place on the 17th April in Halifax, Yorkshire, 25th April in London and 17th May back in Halifax.
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Not All Massage Tables Are Created Equal Even the most relaxing and skilfully executed treatment can be ineﬀective if the massage table is uncomfortable, creaks with the slightest movement or feels like it might collapse at any time. But these days, with many therapists having to leave the industry or reduce their activities as a result of a major or repetitive strain injury, ergonomics has become an increasingly important consideration for the therapist as well as the client.
Choosing a massage table can be daunting; with so many to choose from, I often meet therapists who are concerned about spending their money on the wrong type of table. It is absolutely essential that you buy the table that is right for your business, and this includes ensuring that the table ﬁts you and will give you the best chance of avoiding unnecessary injury or discomfort.
Certain Factors Key to a Successful Purchase Table Width The width of a massage table is the measurement across the table between the two furthest points. It is usually expressed in inches. The ideal width of a table is a matter of personal preference, so we recommend that you make your decision based on the following three key variables: The Treatments You Oﬀer Some treatments are better performed with a narrower table, particularly when strong pressure needs to be applied, such as deep tissue or sports massage. In this instance, the use of a narrower table oﬀers a number of inherent beneﬁts. Access to the lumbar area is more convenient, and thus a greater point load can be applied, resulting in a more eﬀective treatment. The reduced leaning and stretching required to administer treatment is also beneﬁcial for your long-term well being as a therapist. Your Stature There are two factors that should be taken into account in relation to your height: • Carrying the table • Using it. The width of your couch when folded for carrying, should be less than your inside leg measurement. So if you plan to be truly mobile and are shorter than approximately 5 5 , we would advise you to consider a narrow couch (24-26 ) to ensure comfort and portability. At the same time, a narrower table minimizes the risk of injury caused by excessive leaning across the table. A taller therapist will be able to reach further and can manage a wider table more comfortably.
Your Clients Comfort Wider couches are more comfortable for the client. Traditionally, 24 tables have been standard in the UK. These are fantastic from the therapist s point of view as they are often lighter and, for the shorter therapist, easier to carry. However, as a population we are following the trend of most industrialized nations by getting bigger. Clients spread on a table more readily than perhaps they did 15 years ago and larger clients might ﬁnd a narrower table disconcerting and less supportive. It is therefore worth working out if you can manage with a slightly wider table. The most popular widths in the UK and Ireland these days are between 26 and 28 . Foam Thickness and Composition The ideal foam density and depth for a table is dependent upon the type of treatments you wish to carry out. As a basic rule, when pressing into the couch with your hand, you should never be able to feel the wooden base though the foam. Sports and remedial treatments are better
Fitness & Beauty Professional 027 on a ﬁrm surface so that when pressure is applied, the force is not dissipated through a soft base. You want the foam to have enough rigidity to resist this pressure. By the same token, if you require extreme comfort for your clients, then choose a softer foam mix and a greater depth. This should supply comfort as well as support. A mix of diﬀerent foams arranged in layers, oﬀering a good contrast of soft and supportive properties, is the best way to construct a quality massage table. Mid-range tables tend to be constructed in this way, whilst more expensive massage tables can be selected for more speciﬁc use. You should discuss your individual requirements with your specialist retailer. Responsible manufacturers will oﬀer ﬂame retardant foam as standard and this is a good, indirect indicator of the quality of the supplier. If in doubt, you can ask to see a certiﬁcate.
manufacturers will make your table to a custom height. I would strongly advise against buying a table that is of ﬁxed height and not made to your speciﬁcations. If you are not the right size for the ﬁxed-height table, the extra stretching and reaching will have an adverse eﬀect on your body, which may aﬀect your earning power in the future. Flat or Tilting Tilting tables oﬀer the option of lifting one section into a vertical position. Flat tables are always lighter than their tilting equivalents. Typically they vary by two to three kilograms. The reason is quite simple: if you consider a convertible car, in order for it to remain stiﬀ and strong, the chassis must be strengthened. In the same way, the tilting massage table needs a stiﬀer sub-frame, and this of course adds to the weight. The lifting mechanism itself also adds weight to the table. If you do not need a lifting back rest, they are therefore best avoided, but if you envisage needing this feature in the future, it is best to invest in it from the outset. Lifting Backrest Angle Many tables only lift to 30° . Usually, a greater angle of movement is considered preferable. For example, in the case of a treatment such as reﬂexology, clients often prefer to sit up so that they can see their therapist and talk to them. At 30° , they will be staring at the ceiling or straining their neck to sit up. Therefore a table with a greater lifting angle is considered a better purchase, providing it remains stable. Lifting Mechanism The lifting angle on a tilting table can be altered using one of two methods. The ﬁrst is via a central pole attached to the backrest that slots through a bracket attached to the sub-frame of the table. I dislike this method for two reasons: the pole can make a scraping noise during adjustment but more importantly, the use of only one securing point in the centre of the tilting section means that the backrest is more liable to wobble. This will be less comfortable for the client. The second method is the use of ratchets that are attached to each side of the lifting backrest. This usually allows for 10 diﬀerent height settings that click into place. The drawback of this design is that when the lifting backrest is set it must be pushed all the way forward to return it to a ﬂat position. This can be an inconvenience if the client is on the table at the time.
Height Adjustment Ensure your chosen table will adjust to the correct height for you and will close when set at this height. You should be able to adjust your table to match your inside leg measurement ‒ so that your hip is level with the top of the foamﬁlled vinyl. Taller readers who need to set their table at full height should check whether it will remain stable when adjusted to the maximum. Some quality bespoke table
End Panels End panels are the pieces of metal or timber that separate the legs of the table at the head and foot end. The selection of the appropriate end panel is a very important consideration for those therapists who treat their clients seated or who need close access to them. Further Information If you would like further advice on buying a massage table, please email email@example.com For more information on the full range of Aﬃnity massage tables, please visit www.therapyessentials.co.uk. To ﬁnd your nearest retailer, please Tel: 0800 083 5530.
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C L E V E R LY C R E A T E D TO MAKE WORK EASIER, MORE EFFICIENT AND MORE STYLISH
Grahame Gardner Ltd.
+44 (0)116 255 6326
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Noel Asmar and Grahame Gardner team-up in UK Grahame Gardner Ltd have introduced a stunning new range of salonwear from Noel Asmar, the internationally renowned and prestigious salon and spa wear brand. This exciting new partnership will be great news for salon owners and therapists who can now create an exclusive staﬀ identity utilising the stylish and innovative collection. Noel Asmar oﬀer salonwear of a quality and standard not seen before within the UK market. Their exclusive range was developed for prestigious beauty therapists and spas internationally and is sure to be a hit within the UK Beauty market. Noel Asmar, Founder, comments:The company is rooted in a design philosophy to make life better , this foundation has enabled us to develop cleverly designed pieces that make it easier to move, therefore easier to carry out treatments and duties. We understand that Grahame Gardner share our vision for workwear where function meets fashion , and we are conﬁdent that they are the ideal partner to bring our workwear concept to the UK market. The garments within the Noel Asmar collection capitalise on luxurious fabrics, so are soft to the touch and pleasing to wear. With a selection of over thirty tops and complementary trousers and skirts, the collection presents an exceptional range of ﬂattering and stylish workwear solutions. Go to Grahame Gardner s new website, www.grahamegardner.co.uk to explore the new range for yourself. For more information please call 0116 255 6326.
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Manage Your Lockers Eliminating the problems of jammed locks, members losing their keys or coins, or leaving their gym kit locked up for days, GANTNER s electronic locking systems for lockers give operators complete control over their changing rooms while oﬀering ease of use for customers. Never before has it been easier to gain control of your locker rooms!
With GANTNER RFID locker technology, leisure members no longer need to carry additional locker keys or coins around the club. All GANTNER locks use the latest, cutting-edge contactless RFID technology, and can be opened via a customizable, branded wristband or card, the Technogym Wellness Key, Precor s Preva Token, or NFC enabled phones. And if a member forgets their locker number, a nearby information terminal can display their locker s location. GANTNER provides both a networked, online and a battery powered, oﬄine locking system. The online system, controlled centrally from the reception PC, is able to identify in real time which lockers are free and ensure that each visitor
can only use one locker at a time if space is at a premium. It comes with alarm-monitored burglary protection; a time adjustable, automatic opening function for cleaning or overnight security purposes; and other central administration options such as occupancy analysis. The new battery powered, oﬄine lock is the world s ﬁrst battery lock to include up to a 10-year battery life, acoustic alarm function , and can be mounted in the locker rather than on the door, making it fully vandalism proof. After more than 30 years of intensive research and development, GANTNER is guaranteed to deliver a secure,
dependable, durable, and longlasting lock, all to make locker management is easy for you. For more details visit the GANTNER Technologies website at www.gantner.com or call +44 (0)7841 794580 For more than 30 years, GANTNER Technologies has been the market and technology leader in contactless RFID access control, electronic locking and cashless payment applications for the global leisure industry. In over 50 countries, we provide reliable and secure technology solutions that ﬁt our customer s individual needs.
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Gain control with GANTNERÂ´s electronic locker system
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034 Best Water Bottles Fitness & Beauty Professional
L.L. Bean Bean Canteen Reusable Water Bottle
These stainless steel bottles are leak- and spill-proof. Only the lids are plastic. A carabineer (attached to the bottle lid) can be clipped onto a belt or bag during lengthy treks. The wide mouth on the bottle makes it easy to clean by hand or in the dishwasher. The larger bottle is fairly heavy when ﬁlled with water; the wide mouth makes both bottles diﬃcult to sip from. In black, blue, green, red, orange, pink, stainless, plus ﬁve designs. llbean.com.
Nalgene Backpacker Stainless Steel Reusable Water Bottle This bottle was the most expensive model we tested. It s made from stainless steel that does not have a plastic liner. Only the lid is plastic. The attached lid is rare on a metal water bottle. The large mouth of the bottle makes it easy to clean thoroughly by hand or in the dishwasher. The bottle weighs over 2 1/2 pounds when ﬁlled. Testers found the lid diﬃcult to open. The wide shape of the bottle makes it very diﬃcult to grasp, plus the thick lip makes it uncomfortable to sip from. It also dented in our drop test. In stainless only. nalgeneoutdoor.com.
Nathan Flip Straw Pure Bottle
This sturdy bottle won t leak or spill. It s made from Eastman Tritan plastic, which the manufacturer claims is BPA-free. The ﬂip-up straw built into the lid is easy to use and comfy to sip from. A carabineer-style clip is attached to the lid so you can hook the bottle onto a belt loop or a backpack. Grasping the bottle can feel uncomfortable, as there are no indentations or grooves for ﬁngers. In clear, violet, and orange. Also available in 500-milliliter and 1-liter sizes, which we didn t test. dickssportinggoods.com.
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Contigo Hydration Intak by Thermos Water Bottle Stainless Steel Leak-proof and loaded with nifty Hydration Bottle features, these bottles are made from Eastman Tritan plastic, which the Model #HS4040 manufacturer claims is BPA free. With built-in carabineers on the lids, these clip onto belt loops or backpacks. Other good news: Water won t escape when you toss the bottle in your bag because the Autoseal feature opens the sipping mechanism only when you press and hold a button. When ďŹ lled to capacity, these bottles are quite heavy, with the large one weighing around 2 1/2 pounds. In lime green, orange, red, blue, pink, and charcoal. gocontigo.com.
Made from stainless steel, this bottle is insulated and keeps drinks cold for more than two hours. A rubber grip makes grasping the bottle secure and comfortable. A plastic cap pops up with the push of a button, making the bottle simple to open with one hand. Because it s insulated, this bottle must be cleaned by hand. Even though the bottle is stainless steel, it has a plastic spigot for sipping, making it an imperfect choice for somebody looking to avoid plastic altogether. It s one of two bottles that are not touted as dishwasher-safe. In charcoal and brown. thermos.com.
Cool Gear EZFreeze Pure Bottle
Cool Gear s Pure Bottle is durable, easy to open, and comes with a handy, non-toxic freezer gel insert, which keeps water cooler longer. But the bottle failed to impress otherwise. Testers said it was uncomfortable to hold and very diďŹƒcult to drink from, plus, it may leak or spill during use. The manufacturer promotes this bottle as BPA-free. coolgearinc.com.
036 Events Feature Fitness & Beauty Professional
70,000 Fitness Enthusiasts Set for BodyPower Expo Join 70,000 image conscious ﬁtness enthusiasts at BodyPower Expo, Europe s largest consumer health and ﬁtness event at Birmingham s NEC from 15th to 17th May 2015. With so much on oﬀer, including nutrition, femalefocussed ﬁtness, clothing, tanning, teeth whitening and much more, BodyPower attracts a wide range of visitors from over 100 countries worldwide. Oﬀering something for any ﬁtness enthusiast, the show provides a premier visitor experience with countless international stars and industry renowned experts, an extensive exhibition, interactive feature areas and national competitions. Although there is a core bodybuilding element, the show has become more and more diverse over recent years. Celebrity chef Lorraine Pascale will be the face of ﬁtness nutrition at the show, hosting the BodyPower Kitchen feature which last year saw the likes of world leading transformation specialist Kris Gethin take to the stage. Nick Orton, BodyPower CEO, explains: The continued progression of an exhibition brand like BodyPower requires a long term strategy and a constant desire to push the boundaries. Our aim for BodyPower has always been to grow into the best Expo of its kind in the world, accessible to everyone within the health and ﬁtness industry.
Currently occupying more than half a million square foot of space, BodyPower encompasses the most comprehensive array of leading ﬁtness brands, hosting over 250 companies. Plans have already been announced to expand the BodyPower oﬀering for 2015 with the show occupying larger halls at the NEC to enhance the experience for both exhibitors and consumers. BodyPower organisers will be returning to India in March 2015 and the UK in May 2015 as the global portfolio continues to develop. Keep up-to-date with all the BodyPower Expo News, announcements and updates on vwww. bodypowerexpo.co.uk
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Teddy & Alex
Want to get the low down on the latest healthy eating trends or recipes? Try giving food and fashion lifestyle bloggers Teddy & Alex a follow - http://teddyandalex.com Teddy & Alex are passionate foodies who love to create delicious healthy recipes. They ve been working with Wheyhey, the protein ice cream, on creating incredible sugar free alternatives to some of our favorite dishes. Try these two out for size:
Clean Apple Crumble and Vanilla Wheyhey Ice Cream! Ingredients: • • • • • •
1. Preheat oven to 175 celsius. 2. Peel apples and chop them up in small pieces. Place the apples in a pot with a tiny squeeze of lemon juice to help keep their color and a dash of cinnamon and the stevia/xylitol. 3. Cook apples until they are almost broken down. 4. Place all ingredients for the crumble in a bowl and rub together with ﬁngertips until a crumb like texture is achieved.
Wheyhey Vanilla Ice Cream 2 large bramley apples 12 tbs xylitol/stevia 1 tbs of water Squeeze of lemon juice Cinamon (optional)
• 2 tbs coconut ﬂour • 1 tbs porridge/oats • 1 tbs of coconut oil (I use it straight from the fridge which gives it the same • consistency as butter)
5. Place apples in a few jam jars or a small tin and cover with the crumble mix. Place them in the oven for about 10 ‒ 15 minutes until the crumble is crisp and a golden colour. 6. Remove from oven and serve with the amazing Wheyhey vanilla ice cream. *Make sure not to overﬁll the jars as it bubbles and pushes all the crumb mixture out so leave about an inch space at the top.
Clean Peanut Butter Cookies Ingredients: • • • • •
1 280g jar of Natural peanut butter 2 eggs 3 tbs stevia (or more depending on taste) 1 tbs of Vanilla Essence Any ﬂavor WheyHey ice-cream
1. Preheat oven to 175 C. 2. Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl, it might look too runny but if you keep mixing you will get a cookie dough consistency. 3. Get some cookie dough into your hands and roll into a ball. Repeat this until all dough is rolled up. 4. Place the rolled balls on parchment paper or a non stick cookie pan.
5. With a fork press down slightly on the cookie ball horizontally and vertically to create a ﬂatter shape. 6. Place in the oven for 12 - 14 minutes depending on size. 7. When ﬁnished take them out and let them cool on a wire rack. 8. Get a spoonful of WheyHey ice-cream and place it on a cookie, sandwich it with another cookie on top. 9. You can also package them in some cling ﬁlm and store in a freezer if you want them at a later stage.
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