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CONTENTS

Publisher’s Comments Dan Pearson

Welcome to the condensed edition of NE FIT magazine, with plans afoot for 2011 we hope we continue to be the source of regional health and fitness information for the North East!

Published By Dan Pearson Media Group Ltd Novus Business Centre Judson Road Peterlee SR8 2QJ

February is already upon us and we hope

products as diverse as a swimming watch

being adhered to!

give them a good workout and then come

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We’ve had a hectic month planning for

your New Year Fitness resolutions are still

Editor: Dan Pearson Tel: 07772 276 247 Email: dan@pearsonevansmedia.com

future issues, and of course getting back in

IN THIS ISSUE...

Contributors: Dan Pearson, Danielle Quinn, Wayne Allen, Nicola Connor, John Glendinning

We’ve got quite a few exciting

Editors Comments

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Photography: Dan Pearson Photography Website: www.culturedphoto.com

Leatherman Charge TTi Review

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All advertising copy should be sent to dan@pearsonevansmedia.com

Superfoods

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P.42 - GET SET FOR THE UK’S MOST STUNNING TRIATHLON!

Hints, Tips & Reviews Performance Based Conditioning Ice: When & How

18-21

Side Lateral Raises

22-23

Pool-Mate Review

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News

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Feature: Moroccan Dentistry

26-28

You Are What You Eat

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Active Kids

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Haglofs Grym Review

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The Swimming Diet

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Castle’s Challenge

42-45

Swimpro Cameras

46-47

What Makes Danger Sexy

P.6 - LEATHERMAN TTi

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Interiors: Space

developments coming your way shortly, starting with the addition of Nick

Grantham to our contributor list. Nick

has written for some of the leading fitness

P.18 - INTERIORS

P.12 - PERFORMANCE BASED CONDITIONING

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NE FIT MAGAZINE is published every 6 weeks by Dan Pearson Media Group Ltd, Novus Business Centre, Judson Rd, Peterlee, SR8 2QJ. No part of this magazine can be used without prior written permission of the Dan Pearson Media Group Ltd. Any advertisement or media within the publication, written, designed, or produced by an employee of Dan Pearson Media Group Ltd remains the copyright of Dan Pearson Media Group Ltd and may not be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher. The content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher. While every effort and care is taken, prices and details are subject to change and the publisher can take no responsibility for omissions or errors. No responsibility is taken for the return of submitted items or unsolicited submissions from contributors. Dan Pearson Media Dan Pearson Media is a specialist in magazine publishing, photography, internet communications and online branding. Based in the Northeast we service clients across the UK providing high quality photographic and publishing solutions. If you feel your company could benefit from these services then please call or email with your enquiry. Part of the Dan Pearson Media Group Ltd Culturedphoto.com Images are shot on a monthly basis for this title by Culturedphoto. Contact 0191 5878179 for details.

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back to you with the results.

Continuing with the swimming we also

review and test an underwater swimming coaching camera aimed at helping to

improve your stroke. We hadn’t realised how much room for improvement there

was on our own strokes but once it’s there on film there’s no denying it!

and health publications and is well known

Our regular dentist Michael Oliver takes

athletes and high level sports clubs. I’m

interiors guru Danielle Quinn looks at

for his work with a variety of professional

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to the swing of things.

and a multi-tool in for test. As always we

sure his features will be highly educational through the year. - so welcome on board!

We are also aiming to expand out the gear tests in 2011 and this month we have had

a charitable trip to Morroco and our ways to make better use of space.

I won’t keep you anymore ... feel free to dive in and enjoy this months issue.

Many thanks

Dan Pearson Publisher

Contact me on: dan@pearsonevansmedia.com www.twitter.com/nefitmagazine

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fit FOOD

LEATHERMAN REVIEW

SUPERFOODS

LEATHERMAN CHARGE

No matter what you eat you are likely to get at least some nutritional value from it. Even if it is a big bag of chips or a kebab on the way home from a Saturday night out! Of course we aren’t sug-

If you’ve never owned a multi-tool then you might think “Why would I actually want one?” ... but once you’ve had one you will wonder how you ever lived without it!

gesting that you go and eat either of those but it’s true to say that your body will make use of the calories and nutrients you put in. There are some foods which are just ... super though! They earn their title of Super Foods by delivering so much more than just a few calories. It would be fair to say that it would be wise to include all of these foods into your weekly diet plan. Here’s a run-down of our top five favourite super foods:

Broccoli Despite it being number on our list we generally agree that none of the

Let me start by admitting that I am

lightweight Leatherman tool either but

difficult admission to make because I have

different model!

something of a multi-tool geek. It’s a

no real intention of seeking help for my

addiction. Over the years I have lost count

of the times I have been singing the praises

of a multi-tool when it has essentially saved my ass over one situation or another. From relatively unimportant and humdrum

situations to being almost lifesaving at others ... my love affair with them will seemingly last forever.

Hence my excitement at getting my hands on a Leatherman Charge TTi for review!

This is essentially right up at the top of the

Leatherman range and as such comes with a hefty price tag to match. AT 10cm long

and weighing around 230g it isn’t the most

staff really liked it when we were kids. Even as adults we’re not generally that fond. However it contains Vitamin C and naturally occurring

if you want a smaller one, then buy a

folic acid. It also contains a number of antioxidants which are thought to be beneficial in reducing heart disease and preventing cancer. A

On opening the box it’s clear that this

is quality kit. The TTi looks very well

engineered, and the finish and quality of

the accompanying leather sheath are both excellent. Made using premium grade

materials this is designed to be stronger and more durable than most of the Leatherman range and with a good number of tools on board we were keen to see how this one lived up to daily use.

The TTi actually got put in to use pretty

quickly by opening a bottle of beer for a visiting friend. Although not the most

technical or challenging of tasks we were

underway so to speak. Next on the agenda was to test out the blades. My skin can

attest to the fact that the blades on the TTi

are incredibly sharp - extreme care is called for when using them. They certainly make

short work of most cutting tasks and nearly a month in to regular use of them there

hasn’t been a need to sharpen them as of yet. The pliers are apparently stronger

than previous versions too and we’ve put them into a good number of workouts. I

have to say that I think there has been some very slight movement in the hinge, but the movement can be no more than a matter of a millimetre and as of yet there is still

ample clearance for the pliers to function.

This was brought about by putting the TTi through a really hard grip test.

kit that can

be

attachment

bought as an

added extra giving you even more options. One tool we hope we never have to use

is the seatbelt cutter, though this could of

course be very attractive for rescue service personnel or Paramedics. All parts of the

tool are seemingly up to the high standards demanded by Leatherman and we have nothing of weakness to report.

There are cheaper options within the

Leatherman range and of course a multi-

tool choice is a pretty personal thing. The type of tools which are useful will be

determined by your own needs but this

one certainly will do most things for most

people. If you haven’t yet been converted

to the idea of owning a multi-tool then we would heartily suggest you take a look

at the Leatherman range and make your

choice. Owning one is something you are unlikely to ever regret!

quick office poll suggests Tesco Finest tender stem broccoli to be the winner taste test wise! Olive Oil There are lots of healthy older people sauntering around the Med ... and it’s nothing to do with Saga. The Mediterranean diet makes good use of Olive Oil and it is known to help lower bad cholesterol whilst increasing the good. Studies have shown that the monounsaturated fats in Olive Oil are good for the heart and once again it contains those vital antioxidants. The only negative is the calorie content. Don’t go too overboard with it as a tablespoon can contain as much as 140 calories. Bananas There’s no monkey business when it comes to this super food. Packed with carbohydrates to help you prepare for, or refuel after exercise the humble banana deserves its place on the list. Not only that but high levels of potassium are beneficial in terms of controlling blood pressure. Again - there are good levels of antioxidants too and plenty of B6 to keep your skin looking and feeling great. Baked Beans If you’re old enough you may just remember the days of the baked bean price war. What a time for lovers of beans with tins of beans as cheap as 4p! You should have been snapping them up at that price because

FEATURES : The Leatherman Charge TTi features a cutting hook, scissors, outsideaccessible blades, bit drivers, crimpers, screwdrivers, file and more. All the blades of the Leatherman Charge TTi lock. Both internal screw driver blades and external knife/file blades will lock in position for safety. Release of the blades is simple via one of 2 blade release switches

There’s a good range of tools and a bit

they are full to the brim of protein, fibre, and iron. There’s also evidence to suggest that they may help protect the colon from cancer as well as being a good source of slow release carbohydrates. Peanut Butter It may seem strange but peanut butter has a lot to offer. Studies at Harvard have shown that eating peanut butter may decrease the risk of a heart attack by up to 50%. Additionally because of the protein content it helps keep you feeling full for longer, reducing the amount of extra food you are likely to eat after consuming it. Add to that the healthy monounsaturated fats and you are on to a winner. Try the occasional spoonful as part of your diet plan or as a post workout snack.

Leatherman are prolific innovators in terms of tool technology. With smaller and more lightweight models also available! 6

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PILATES

NE FIT

NEWS

“Quality is never the result of an accident. There must be a will to produce superior things” Ruskin

BANNATYNE STAFF AIM TO RAISE £7,500 COMPLETING COSTA RICA CHALLENGE

Yet again, Pilates features in the top ten fitness trends for the year - and with 12 million followers, including a growing celebrity clientele, it’s not surprising. Pilates Practice Companion is a one stop guide to everything surrounding the Pilates craze with beginner, intermediate and advanced routines effortlessly described by the influential Alycea Ungaro. Pilates Practice Companion accounts for first time users by balancing detailed instruction with annotated images. Watchwords such as “hold strong” and “anchor” calmly remind the participant how to fully maximise their stability; and the anatomical drawings display the positive impact of each exercise and the strength gained. This essential companion stretches into other areas, outlining the added benefits of a Pilates lifestyle, such as better posture, diet and relaxation. Pilates Practice Companion also examines the mental and physical aspects of the training, whilst being given the option of different routines to follow. Readers will feel at ease with direct guidance, such as how not to hold themselves in certain poses. Whether it’s a quick workout, or lengthier toning, Pilates enthusiasts and beginners alike will love the level of serenity gained from the exercises from this easy to follow step-by-step book Price £15.99 ED: Having received a copy of this book just prior to press we weren’t able to do a full review. However, having spent an hour going through the book it is fari to say this is a comprehensive guide. Nicely illustrated , easy to follow and with detailed instructions this is the ideal guide to pilates. Visit www.dk.com for more information

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Bannatyne’s Health Club in Coulby Newham is supporting two staff members who are off to the jungle preparing for a tough Coast to Coast Challenge. Fitness instructors Ben Sparrey and Andrea Lee of Bannatyne’s on Stainton Road have currently been training for their Costa Rica Coast to Coast Challenge supporting the Prince’s Trust taking place on 4th March. The challenge will take Ben and Andrea 270 kilometres in eleven days from the Pacific coast across to the Caribbean coast. As fitness instructors both have high levels of fitness, doing extra work on the exercise bikes and keeping warm whilst training has prepared Ben and Andrea for the humidity and the 9 hours of physical activity which they will endure each day of the challenge. Together they hope to raise a total of £7,500. The Costa Rica Coast to Coast Challenge will involve four disciplines: trekking, cycling, white water rafting and kayaking for seven days back to back. Ben and Andrea will also be camping in remote jungle locations where they will get to meet local people and experience amazing wildlife up close. The spectacular challenge will improve fitness, stamina, test motivation and mental determination. It will also develop team-working and leadership skills whilst raising funds that could help young lives forever. Ben said: “Having a high level of fitness and working with members at Bannatyne’s has helped both myself and Andrea with the training but I do expect long days and an element of pain to endure whilst completing the challenge. “Working with other fitness advisors at Bannatyne’s we have been given a lot of expert information on both fitness and nutritional advice, so feel we are now both fully prepared and ready for the challenge that lies ahead”. Chris Felstead, General Manager of Bannatyne’s Health Club, said: “Ben and Andrea are taking on a truly exceptional challenge and their dedication to completing the challenge and raising money for the charity is second to none. I am sure the amazing work the Prince’s Trust does to support young lives will provide Ben and Andrea with the added motivation they need to complete their jungle challenge.” To find out more information about the challenge or to make a donation, visit http://my.artezglobal.com/personalPage. aspx?registrationID=324143.

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EXPERT: NICK GRANTHAM

PERFORMANCE-BASED

CONDITIONING

MULTIDIMENSIONAL MOVEMENTS Movement Pattern

Exercises

Knee Dominant

Bilateral – Front Squat, Back Squat Unilateral – Split Squat, Bulgarian Split Squat, Lunge, Step Up

Hip Dominant

Bilateral – Deadlift, Stiff Leg Deadlift, Goodmorning, Lying Hip Extension Unilateral – Single Leg Stiff Leg Deadlift, Single Leg Lying Hip Extension

Horizontal Push

Bilateral – Push Up, Barbell Bench Press Unilateral – Dumbbell Alternate Bench Press

Horizontal Pull

Bilateral – Inverse Pull, Barbell Bent Over Row, Standing Cable Row Unilateral – DB Bent Over Row, Single Arm Standing Cable Row

Vertical Push

Bilateral – Barbell Shoulder Press Unilateral – Dumbbell Alternate Shoulder Press

Vertical Pull

Bilateral – Chin Up, Pull Up

EVERYONE SHOULD TRAIN LIKE AN ATHLETE! Multi-dimensional movements not muscles

become obsessed with quick fixes and gadgets, it is easy

Muscles work as teams during many complex tasks and it is

in which we are overloaded with information and have

for fitness professionals to be seduced into thinking that the latest training fad or piece of equipment will be the answer to their problems.

All too often we will overcomplicate things, and rely far too much

on technology to deliver results for clients. It’s time to change our approach.

It’s time to work with simple, yet highly effective training strate-

gies that have stood the test of time, rather than continually jumping from one bandwagon onto the next. It’s time to learn some

lessons from sport and adopt a more athletic approach to fitness training.

Follow these 5 steps to get started on a performance based approach to helping you become better ‘athletes’.

Quality of movement before quantity Sacrificing the quality of movement for increased load is one of

the biggest mistakes I see being made by fitness professionals on a daily basis. If you allow yourself to train with faulty move-

ment patterns you will be setting yourself up for failure and poor results further down the line. Adopt a learning versus loading model where you actually focus on the movement and getting

your technique 100% right. Develop your own ‘coaching framework’ that ensures you pick up on the key movement patterns

needed for perfect execution of each exercise. This is where working with an experienced Personal Trainer comes into its own.

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Core

Stabilisation – Prone Hold, Side hold, Supine Hold, Stability Ball Roll Out, Barbell Roll Out Rotation – Barbell Twists, Plate Twists

important that we understand that the task and motion should be trained, not specific muscles. Exercises that attempt to isolate an

individual muscle are largely a waste of time. Exercises should be compound, multiple joint (unilateral and bilateral) and ground

based (feet on the floor - wobbling around on a stability ball is not an effective training strategy, unless you want to join the circus).

Force

C

lients want results and they want them fast. In an age

A programme centred on the use of bodyweight and free weights

3.

chine based alternative. A good fitness professional should not

response that you need?

Training with bodyweight and free weights allows you to

Hyper-trophy

have to start a client on a machine when they are just starting out.

Speed Strength

You should pick up barbells and dumbbells and throw medicine

balls around. Get off the machines, and perform ‘functional’ exercises like push-ups, squats, inverse pulls, lunges and chin-ups.

develop adaptations that will apply and transfer to many Strength Endurance

Reactive Strength

Velocity Figure 3

Functional training has become the new buzzword, but what does

training effect’. Simply put, the exercise needs to satisfy one, or a combination of the following criteria. 1.

Biomechanics – Does the movement replicate the sport

2.

Metabolic - does the exercise challenge the appropriate

or task that the clients needs to perform?

This type of training is functional. The further you move

away from the body’s natural movement patterns the less impact you’ll have on performance.

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) zine/book or hold a conversation with friends whilst

stability ball whilst performing bicep curls. Functional strength For an exercise to be ‘functional’ it needs to have a ‘transfer of

other exercises, athletic situations, and lifestyle patterns.

Not all cardio is created equal. If you can read a maga-

it actually mean? It certainly doesn’t mean standing on top of a training is strength training with a purpose (Gambetta, 2007).

Force velocity curve (see figure 3) – are the forces

that you are applying appropriate to generate the adaptive

Explosive Strength

with excellent technique will be far more effective than the ma-

Functional Training

energy systems?

Max Strength

performing cardio workouts then a rethink is needed.

“If you can read a magazine/ book or hold a conversation with friends whilst performing cardio workouts then a rethink is needed”

Steady-state, low intensity cardiovascular exercise does

have its place within a training programme. However, if

the goal is to reduce body fat and develop a lean physique

whilst improving cardiovascular fitness you need to adopt a more effective training strategy.

HIIT will increase lean body mass and promote EPOC

(Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption) and research

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FUNCTIONAL TRAINING Does the movement replicate the sport or task that the client needs to perform? Get yourself off the machines and perform ‘functional’ exercises like push-ups, squats, inverse pulls lunges and chin-ups.

TRAIN FOR YOUR SPORT! Work with your PT to build a routine which will improve your perfomance in your chosen sport

has shown that metabolism can remain elevated for up to 36

really important. Improvements in the client’s ability to recover

are no medals being awarded for spending hours in the gym. The

that take effect long before training event starts (training diaries,

hours post-exercise. Time is a non-renewable resource and there

effective use of HIIT will get you to your goals much quicker than plodding along for hours on a treadmill.

Invisible Training Work alone is not enough to produce the best results. Recov-

from training can be achieved by putting in place interventions

sleep/naps, myofascial release, pre-workout meals). Increasing recovery rates will increase the client’s ability to train and will enhance their training.

Take Home Message

ery and regeneration is an integral part of overall training and

Don’t become seduced by the hype surrounding many of the new

term goals constantly in mind (Siff, 2000). The body needs time

phy that adheres to the five simple laws of performance condi-

practice and it needs to be applied with both short term and long to adapt to training. To encourage adaptation to it is important to plan activities which reduce residual fatigue.

Fatigue has various forms (metabolic, tissue damage, neural,

environmental, psychological) and time should be spent making

sure the body is in the best possible physical state before training. It is important to consider what happens in your whole day - the

full 24 hours. It is what happens before and after training that is

pieces of equipment or training fads. Adopt a training philosotioning.

The response you will get when you adopt an ‘athletic’ approach to training will be amazing. For many it will be the first time in

your lives that you have worked out with any real intensity and purpose. Remember, you don’t need to be an athlete to training like one.

BIO: NICK GRANTHAM Nick has spent more than a decade working as a strength and conditioning coach and has successfully transferred his detailed knowledge of training athletes into the public arena for rapid results. Nick began his coaching career at the Lilleshall Sports Injury and Human Performance Centre where he worked for the British Gymnastics Team. Following that Nick took the position of Strength and Conditioning Coach with the England Netball Team, before moving to the English Institute of sport where he has headed up the Strength and Conditioning team in the West Midlands for 4 years. Nick now runs his own private training company, Smart Fitness working with members of the general public as well as the GB Women’s Basketball Tea, and Middlesbrough FC. Nick has become recognised as a specialist in athletic preparation and has helped athletes at all levels, including, world, European, Commonwealth and Olympic medallists achieve their personal goals and ambitions. He has an Honours Degree in Sport Science and a Master’s degree in Exercise and Nutrition Science from the University of Liverpool. He is also recognised by the British Weight Lifters Association and is an accredited member of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association. A sought after ‘expert’ Nick has presented seminars and practical demonstrations on strength and conditioning for the Football Association, the National Sports Medicine Institute, the British Olympic Association and the UK Strength and Conditioning Association. Nick is regularly published in leading sports,heatlh and science publications. Visit www.smartfitness.org.uk for more information.

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TREATMENT

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INJURY This is probably the most common piece of advice ... if you’ve injured something “get some ice on it”. It is a pretty well

grounded piece of advice too. The primary benefits are that ice will generally help reduce inflammation. Examples of when to use ice would be on a fresh muscle pull or tear, or if you have fallen and taken a knock when out running. The ice will not

only aid in reducing inflammation, but it will also reduce the

INSPIRING DESIGNS DON’T ALWAYS BEGIN ON PAPER.

level of pain that you are experiencing.

The time frame for application is actually pretty important and the sooner you can get some ice onto the injury the better. Ide-

WHICH INJURIES SHOULD I USE ICE ON?

around 20 minutes. If you leave it on longer than this then you

mation, joint problems, joint irritation, arthritis, blunt

ally you want to be keeping the ice in contact with the injury for will start to do more harm than good - with frostbite becoming

a very real risk. If you don’t leave it on for long enough then it actually won’t achieve anything either.

If you are applying the ice directly onto the injury area then

force trauma injuries including falls, knocks, injuries through rugby tackles, football, trail running falls ... the list goes on!

keep the ice in motion. In essence you should be almost mas-

ICE BATH

tissue damage. Alternatively you can shield your skin with a

It might sound off putting but sitting in a bath of

saging the area with the ice itself. This helps reduce any further think towell or piece of fabric.

A bag of fozen peas is fine for application to an injured area, although if you can create some ice sticks in the freezer then these can be a better option. A plastic cup can be filled with

water and left to freeze - then just rub the lump of ice over the injury for 20 mins.

Combine all of this with elevating the injured body part, as this will help reduce the swelling even further.

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cold water and ice for 15 to 20 minutes can be a very effective way of aiding recovery post workout. Just

fill the bath with cold water, add some ice and get in! The idea is that the ice cools the body, constricts the

blood vessels and on getting out, encourages circulation, which flushes away some of the debris caused

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INTERIORS: DANIELLE QUINN Danielle Quinn is interior designer for BoConcept Newcastle. Having formerly been Fenwicks interior designer she is always hot on the latest trends and developments within the world of interiors.

BIG

Making use of SMALL spaces! We don’t all live in huge houses with masses of space. Even if you do it’s likely you have a crash pad in the city too and with that can come the problem of space. Danielle Quinn shows us how to make best use of it .....

M

aking the best use of the space

resent the ultimate in multi-functionality.

a bit of a challenge, especially if

tion transforming the table into the perfect

you have in your home can be

the size of your house doesn’t quite match up to the amount of belongings you’ve

collected over the years. In this month’s

article I’ll show you that you don’t need to

compromise on your design ideals to make the best use of the space you have in your

Small additional pieces of furniture

The tops can be raised into a higher posi-

shouldn’t be overlooked - the versatil-

spot for TV dinners and home study, as

feet on it, seat a guest or try using it as

well as having hidden storage for remote controls and magazines, that can make a

room look untidy and cluttered if left out on display.

ity of a small pouffe is magic. Rest your

with contrasts and patterns when choosing your footstool cover, as it can give a whole different look and feel to a room.

When it comes to choosing a large piece of

If you must build up your walls with

Small spaces require multi-functional

better either. Always keep in mind the

displaying your belongings is another way

pieces that help keep the surfaces clean

and the place looking tidy. When looking for furniture ask yourself if it can serve more than one purpose.

Take the coffee table for example - there

are lots of designs around that can be used

for storage, dining and working – and rep-

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furniture, like a sofa, bigger isn’t always

scale of the room, if it’s small, a large sofa may just swamp it. By choosing a more compact two-seater sofa and small side

tables instead of larger pieces you are able to free up the floor space, allowing you to incorporate some features items that will

make a statement like a bold arm chair or a striking floor lamp.

BEDROOM SPACE SAVER A great space saver for the bedroom is to put the underneath of your bed to work. Under bed drawers or boxes give masses or extra storage or you can opt for a specially designed bed that can be tilted to reveal a spacious compartment, perfect for clothing and bedding..

an extra table for a tray of cocktails. Play

home. Clever thinking and good multi-

functional furniture is key to space saving!

NO NEED TO SACRIFICE DESIGN There’s no need to sacrifice design in small spaces. Choose furniture which fits the size of the room, combine furniture with sotrage, and go all out for multi-functionality in everything you do. If you want storage on the walls then keep it open where possible, and hide away clutter if necessary. Wall mounted TV’s save space.

storage consider keeping some of it open; to add personality and character to your

room. Close the doors and hide away old books and multimedia while displaying your favourite accessories and personal

VERSATILE FURNITURE Small additional pieces of furniture shouldn’t be overlooked - the versatility of a small pouffe is magic. Rest your feet on it, seat a guest or try using it as an extra table for a tray of cocktails

items. Take control of your multimedia with units designed specifically for the

task and let your TV compliment the room, not dominate it!

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“Bigger isn’t always better. Choose pieces which fit the scale of the room ... if you are working in a small space, then a smaller sofa and table are the right choice”

Another good cost saving idea is to use

reveal a spacious compartment, perfect for

materials in different areas throughout the

white wall they give a raw yet elegant

For the ultimate loft apartment feel, you

downs though – do consult a professional

wooden storage boxes. Added to a crisp look, which is guaranteed to create an

clothing and bedding.

could consider knocking down unneces-

impact on any small living area.

sary walls to make one interconnecting

A great space saver for the bedroom is to

lighting you can create useful living zones

put the underneath of your bed to work.

Under bed drawers or boxes give masses or extra storage or you can opt for a

specially designed bed that can be tilted to

space. By using furniture and different within the space, whilst maintaining a

lovely open feel to the room. In order to

achieve a coherent style in open-plan living, it’s important to repeat colours and

space. Before you go knocking any wall

as there will be restrictions and building

TOP TIP

regulations to adhere to.

For a less expensive and intense way

to create the feeling of more space and

light why not use mirrors and windows

effectively. Positioning a mirror on a wall

opposite a window reflects light and gives an illusion of more space. Or by placing

your furniture near a window means you

can look out and enjoy the view and make

“Placing your furniture near a window means you can either look out and enjoy the view or make the most of the natural light”

the most of the natural light

So when shopping for small living or additional storage, my advice is always keep in mind multi-functional furniture, as well as

modular furniture, both can be designed in different ways and sizes to suit your living space perfectly.

Why not visit BoConcept Fenwick New-

castle to see our extensive range of multi-

functional and modular furniture - we can help you create a designer home without STATEMENT PIECES Statement pieces like a designer chair can lend a focal point to the room. They can also provide the opportunity to repeat colours you have used elsewhere within your design scheme.

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PERFORMANCE

TRAINING

EXERCISE SIDE LATERAL RAISES

fit LEARN

HOW TO GET IT RIGHT!

LATISSIMUS DORSI

The Latissimus Dorsi is the broad muscle that gives the back its width and distinctive V shape. In fact Latissimus Dorsi literally means ‘broadest of the

SIDE LATERAL RAISES ARE ONE OF THE MOST COMMON EXERCISES THAT YOU SEE BEING PERFORMED IN THE GYM. COMPLETED WITH GOOD FORM THEY ARE AN EXCELLENT EXERCISE FOR SHAPING THE SHOULDER BUT ALL TOO OFTEN BAD FORM IS THE ORDER OF THE DAY!

back’! in the gym this muscle will get included in all sorts of terminology

The side lateral raise is one of the most common exercises that you will see being performed in the It is however only one part of the construction of the back but it is of huge gym. After you have built up some muscle on the importance if you want to create a strong and detailed back. It is essential deltoid it is one exercise that will help give that in many tasks and therefore it should be a key workout focus for men and capped look which adds width to your physique. from the slang term ‘lats’ through to outer back and quite simply just back.

women. If you want strength and muscle then the best exercise is the chin

up. The lat pulldown is a poor substitute to this awesome exercise. The fact

Along with being one of the most common exercises, it is also one of the most ill performed exerof assistance at first. Keep at it though and you will get there! cises when it comes to technique. Bad technique is always a concern for two reasons. The first is that bad technique will lead to less than satisfactory progress. The second is that injury is likely to happen if you continue to do the exercises with poor form. is that they are hard though and you might need a machine that provides a bit

In the case of the complicated shoulder area this is potentially even worse. Injury will have you out of action for some time so getting the exercise right is essential.

FORM 1. Pick up a couple of dumbbells and ensure that you stand up straight. Good posture will mean that your torso is straight, the weights should be resting at your side at this stage with your palms facing your thigh. 2. Bend your arms slightly and your hands will naturally start to tilt. Hold the dumbbell slightly away from the body, this helps to put the deltoid muscle under tension from the beginning. This is your starting position. 3. Start to raise the dumbbells until your palms are parallel to the floor. It is important to note that there should be no swinging or movement of the upper body. Once the dumbbells have reached the top of the movement you should pause momentarily before controlling the dumbbells on the return to the start position.

4. You should exhale as you raise the dumbbells and inhale as you lower them. 5. If you are tempted to swing or move the body the likely result is that you are trying to lift too much weight. Reduce the weight of the dumbbells until the point where this is no longer an issue. 6. tions.

Aim to complete sets of 8 to 10 repeti-

ADDITIONAL TIPS It is important to keep the elbow higher than the wrist during this movement. Tilting the hands slightly as though you are pouring water from a bottle helps to ensure that this is the case. If you don’t do this you start to move the focus of the strain towards the front of the shoulder (Anterior Deltoid) and will eventually be disappointed with the progress on your medial deltoid. If possible watch your movements in the gym mirror until you have it spot on. Once again it is important to stress that you keep the motion controlled and slow. Using momentum to raise the dumbbells defeats the point of the exercise. Get both of these wrong and you are on the way to a rotator cuff injury which isn’t big or clever! Other than that good look and come summer we expect to see those capped shoulders looking great on the beach!

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NEWS

GEAR REVIEW - POOL MATE

FORGET TO COUNT YOUR LAPS? THE POOL-MATE FROM SWIMOVATE IS AN ALL IN ONE TOOL FOR SWIMMERS. CAN IT STAND UP TO THE NE FIT TESTING CREW THOUGH?

There was a bit of excitement in the office when the Pool-Mate watch

samples arrived in with us for review. Priced at £69.99 this watch/device claims to save you the hassle of counting laps in the pool. Not only that,

it also supplies you with a variety of other useful training information too. All sounded good so far ... and if you are anything like us you will have lost count of your laps by the time you get to the 4th!

Our watch was the ultra funky hot pink edition. The watch looks great and quite a few people commented on it and its bright colour scheme (more subdued colours are also available we may add).

The Pool-Mate works simply by setting a pool length during the set up phase. We actually found setting up the watch very easy and there’s a

good user manual to show you just what you need to do. We changed

our minds on the pool we were heading to at the last minute and needed to change the length of the pool setting, which proved easy to remember

RITA ASKS NORTH EAST FUNDRAISERS TO GET ON THEIR BIKES FOR RNID AND TAKE PART IN A CHALLENGE OF A LIFETIME.

EastEnders star Rita Simons has urged fundraisers in the North East to get on their bikes for the RNID and raise vital funds for the deaf and hard of hearing – while visiting two of the world’s most glamorous cities. The actress has called on adventurous residents to sign up to the RNID’s London to Paris charity cycle and enjoy a challenge-of-a-lifetime while raising money for a cause close to her heart. Mum-of-two Rita, who plays Roxy Mitchell in the hit BBC soap, is a passionate supporter of RNID as her four-year-old daughter Maiya is deaf and wears hearing aids to help enhance her hearing. Rita said: “By the time we reach 50, over 40% of us will experience some level of hearing loss, which happens naturally as we get older but it is also something which affects younger people too. “Hearing loss can have a profound impact on everyday lives, but it is reassuring to know RNID is on hand to provide crucial information and support. “By signing up for RNID’s London to Paris charity cycle you’ll not only have an adventure of a lifetime but you’ll also be taking steps to raise vital funds for RNID’s campaigning work and range of services around the country.” Prospective fundraisers can claim a place in RNID’s team for the 24 – 27 June or 9 – 12 September 2011events by paying a registration fee of £150 and raising a sponsorship pledge of £1,200. Register your place today for the special discounted rate of only £99 by calling 0845 634 0687 or emailing events@rnid.org.uk. More information can be found at www.rnid.org. uk/pariscycle If you are concerned that you have a hearing loss, you can call RNID’s simple, confidential, five-minute telephone hearing check on 0845 600 5555 from a landline and get an indication of your level of hearing. Taking the check for both your ears could be your first step along the road to hearing conversations with your family and friends more clearly.

and execute.

Once in the pool you can essentially forget that the device is there. Click to start the watch going and it will recognise when you start swimming. The device then knows when you have finished a length and are

swimming in the opposite direction. Each time you do this it counts your laps and adds them to the total. Not only that but it will also measure how many strokes you have taken, your speed, the calories you have burned, how far you have swum, what your efficiency is and keep a

measure of your total time too. We tested it with all the major strokes

and tried to fool it a number of times but to no avail ... we were beaten

every time by the watch. Perhaps we aren’t as cunning as we thought! Stopping and starting, resting mid length, and swimming with a bad technique all had no effect on the accuracy of the device.

One of our favourite measurements was the efficiency ratio Essentially

the system works by counting how many strokes you do, and how long it

takes you to swim 25m, these are then added together to give you a result. Below 30 is excellent, 30 to 40 very good, 40 to 50 is above average, 50 to

70 is average, and above 70 is below average. We managed to swim with an efficiency ratio of around 50 on our sessions and the statistic certainly

helps to motivate you to concentrate fully on your technique, strokes and effort. We found we were able to improve our ratio simply by pushing harder because we were fully accountable to thePool-Mate.

All in all we loved this device and have to state that it is one of our

favourite and best value pieces of kit that we have tested. If you swim at all then you simply must buy a Pool-Mate. With a variety of watches in the range and a short review of the Pro model in the next issue we have

no doubts in giving the Pool-Mate an editor’s choice award. Visit www. swimovate.com for more information.

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SOUTH AFRICA OR USA THE CHOICE IS YOURS! For those who are tired of short days and freezing weather, Marie Curie Cancer Care is offering two new cycling challenges across South Africa and the USA to help shake off the winter blues. The charity’s South

African Cycle Challenge will take you across the country’s stunning

Garden Route, a popular and scenic stretch of the coast of South Africa. The 380km challenge takes place over 10 days, with six days of cycling

through national parks, forests and heathland, on the journey to Africa’s most southerly point and the Cape of Good Hope.

Or why not head to the USA and cycle from Yosemite National Park to

San Francisco on a nine day ride through California? The 400km challenge will take you through alpine forests, past lakes and over the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, before cycling across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

Cordelia Hughes, Treks & Cycles Manager at Marie Curie, said: “Cycling

is an amazing way to see a new country and our new challenges offer not only breathtaking scenery and warmer temperatures, but a fantastically rewarding experience for anyone with a bit of grit and determination.

The sponsorship money raised will also allow more Marie Curie Nurses

to provide free care to people with terminal cancer and other illnesses in their own homes.”

For more information visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/overseas and search for South Africa or call 08700 340 040.

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DENTISTRY MOROCCAN STYLE WITH MICHAEL OLIVER

Morrocan Dentistry! Toothache and dental care can be a problem the world over, espeically in less developed countries. NE FIT columnist Michael Oliver travels to Morocco to make the world a slightly brighter, and less painful place for people of the Berber Tribe! For those of you yet to experience a fiftieth

offer some Moroccan children in desper-

an Arabic guide and his donkey we named

So no, became yes and I signed up to join

Audi and so a 2 day trek high in the moun-

birthday, be warned, it can have a strange

ate need, a little in return.

dentist.

four other dentists from around the UK

effect on you. It certainly did on this

As a dental professional in his comfort

zone, working in a modern, state of the art dental facility in Sunderland, the thought of plying my trade in the mountainous

areas of a third world country , could not have been further from my mind. And then the phone call …. Michael, I am looking for a group of

dentists from across the country to start

a brand new charity aimed at providing dentistry in some of the world’s most

deprived areas. Destination Morocco. Are you up for it ?

After a knee jerk no ! I took some time to

think that at fifty, maybe now was the time to be giving back a little. Twenty seven

years as a dentist had provided me with a good life and perhaps this dentist should

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in a trip to help the children of the Berber Tribe in Morocco’s Rif Mountains.

The Berber Tribe are a wonderful people of primitive existence who are deprived of all aspects of medical care, but in particular

have little exposure to dental care, so taken for granted in our Western culture.

Travelling by ferry from Gibralter, we

joined our tour guide in Morocco for a day long drive into the high Rif Mountains,

staying initially in the beautiful blue city of Chechuan . Only an hour’s ferry jour-

ney from Southern Spain, the difference in standards of living between the two

civilisations could not be more contrasting. This dentist is not used to seeing women washing clothes on stones in the river, a reality check indeed.

Day two, and the trek to meet the Berber

Tribes people had begun, accompanied by

“It was quite humbling to come across the truly happy children of the Berber villages all without an iphone, x-box or plasma TV in sight”

Geraldine. I usually drive to work in an tains was certainly a little different. At

seven thousand feet the sight of large areas of illegal hash fields at our feet was again a slight contrast to the rape seed fields in North East England.

I had expected to be mollycoddled on the trip but as I teetered on the edge of a sev-

eral hundred feet high gorge on mountain paths, the reality of dentistry in Morocco, was coming in to focus. Geraldine the

donkey, of course treated us with disdain, as she followed the same perilous path,

carrying all of our bags, never complaining once.

After an overnight stay in what must be one of the most isolated and primitive

hotels in the world , Hotel Azaline, in the Rif Mountains , we started our decent to the Berber Tribe village.

It was quite humbling to come across the

truly happy children of the Berber villages

all without an I phone, X box or plasma

Berber Children.

should be paying for themselves to travel

children were beautifully turned out by

cause, be it in the mountains of Morocco

were even visited in camp by the Moroc-

TV in sight. Despite their poverty, the

their parents and radiated pride in their concrete classrooms.

I was quite shocked to find the scale of dental disease carried by these lovely children. Dental decay rates dwarfed

anything I was used to in the UK, with

many of the children’s milk teeth beyond repair. With western priorities of white

fillings, clear braces and tooth bleaching a distant memory, we had little option

but tooth removal for the children. Taking teeth out of almost a hundred children

in a school classroom was a depressing

prospect for our team but the pain relief

we provided, made for a happy group of

Dental decay the world over has the same or in the centre of Sunderland – frequency and quantity of sugar.

Add into the equation a group of children with no dentist and no toothbrushes and

we have ourselves a major dental problem. The Moroccan people have a very sugary diet, try asking for a cup of tea in downtown Marrakech and you get a cup of

minty , treacle like fluid. No cornflakes for breakfast for these children, but pancakes dipped in honey. A dentist’s nightmare, before my very eyes!

Our team were treated as celebrities in

to North Africa to offer their assistance. We can Minister of Health who asked for our

help in planning dental health policy. In a

country of such poverty away from the big cities, our mission was only a start, but big things come from small beginnings.

The whole team found the trip to be an emotional rollercoaster and certainly a

reality check of our good fortune to exist

in a developed Western society. Plans are

already taking shape for next year’s charity trip, with the people of Senegal, West Africa, in our sights. I for one can’t wait.

Morocco, with the local people over-

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YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT! It doesn’t matter how many hours you slog it out in the gym, you

more likely we are to do less in others. There is some suggestion

want from training alone. Any seasoned professional already

social lives or around the home, reducing the actual impact of our

will never achieve the level of fitness and weight loss that you

knows this - but maybe the importance of working out in terms of pure weight loss is over emphasised?

That statement to most fitness professionals will perhaps border on heresy but there is an increasing amount of evidence to sup-

port this. Recent studies show that in terms of weight loss, working out may have very little to do with actual levels of success in terms of weight loss.

This almost seems to defy the logic of losing weight though. The simple principle that most of us are familiar with is that as long

as we burn more calories than we put in – we lose weight. Surely

that the more we workout the less active we are likely to be in our fitness regimes on our calorie deficit. Studies in children have

given some evidence to support this theory showing that activity levels did drop in those who had undertaken more hours of PE

during the school week. Quite simply they came in from school and lacked the energy to do anything else.

So does this all spell the end for the working out?

Most definitely not. Although there is strong evidence to suggest that in terms of weight loss alone, diet reigns supreme, we all

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working out is crucial in that very equation?

Forewarned is forearmed and if you know you are more likely to

three angles ... the first of which suggests that working out is a

Also if you feel you are lacking energy in the evening then moti-

The answer seems to be yes and no. The argument comes from pretty inefficient way of burning calories. Even high intensity

workouts are unlikely to burn more than 700 calories in an hour

of training. Bearing in mind most people don’t workout at full intensity you can imagine that less than the 700 calories are burned in a typical session.

Now if you don’t work for a living, and have the mental determination of a professional athlete then working out may well prove to be effective in terms of weight loss – the fact is that most of us don’t have the freedom to train all day, every day.

The second angle of attack suggeststhat the more we train, the more likely we are to increase the amount we eat. This is as a

result of wanting to reward our efforts and also down to the fact

that training can make us feel hungrier. So we simply eat more as a result ... maybe a post work out piece of fruit, or a bar of some of description. Essentially replacing the calories we have just

burned off. There is a counter argument here from some quarters too though, who suggest that you are psychologically less likely to drift off your chosen diet plan if you have put the effort into working out in the first place.

The third point that is suggested is that of ‘compensation’ ... and we don’t mean Ather and Co or Winns solicitors at this stage

either. We mean that the more we do in one part of our lives, the

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PARENTS SAY THEIR CHILDREN WOULD PREFER TO PLAY ON A GAMES CONSOLE THAN DO SOMETHING ACTIVE OUTDOORS THIS HALF-TERM*

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iercely proud of his Sunderland roots, Michael Oliver has worked tirelessly to build his business over the years. “When I took over the surgery 25 years ago I had a vision to develop a state-of-the-art dental studio which the people of Sunderland could be proud of” said Michael.

The last six months have seen Michael’s vision come to fruition. Having invested a quarter of a million pounds in his dental practice on Durham at East Herrington, the final pieces of the “My vision was to develop a Road jigsaw are now in place.The practice has undergone state-of-the-art dental studio” a magnificent transformation with new decorations, upholstery, uniforms, colour scheme and rebranding, to provide one of the leading private dental facilities in the North.

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The first floor of the building is now home to two state of the art new surgeries, and space has been created for a photographic studio and Hollywood facial spa to offer botox and facial fillers. Introduction of a central sterilisation facility guarantees the very highest standards of instrument cleanliness for patients.

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Olivers have capacity for new child patients with free treatment on the NHS

Practice manager Gillian Gaffney said ‘Tooth Crisis is open to everyone, and we believe it is a totally unique service. We like to be innovative and we are proud of the levels of service we provide.’

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Tooth whitening is a popular option for people seeking a brighter smile, and you can now save £160 on Olivers normal prices. Simply arrange your initial free consultation, quoting ‘NEF Magazine’, to receive your discount.

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HAGLOFS GRYM - RRP £235 With a recommended retail price of £235 these Haglof Grym boots aren’t particularly cheap. Haglofs describe this as an ‘innovative lightweight hiking boot’ but in reality the Grym offers far more. Haglofs have certainly rolled out the technology in this boot – with the aim of creating something sturdy but lightweight, and the use of cutting edge technology shows through.

The vibram sole is confidence inspiring - giving great grip on a variety of surfaces. We’ve had nearly a couple of months testing these boots and the grip has rarely let us down.

On first glance though you could be forgiven for thinking that this model is going to weigh a fair bit. With its hi-tech look and chunky design this could almost be standard SAS kit, and you expect the weight to match the robust finish – but on picking it up you will be somewhat surprised. There are boots available that are lighter – but in terms of build quality, robustness, and stiffness there are few that can match the Grym. There’s also a heat-mouldable Sole footbed in the boot too which we have to admit we are a fan of. Simply warm them in the oven to get them to fit the shape of your feet perfectly. The fit is generally quite spacious but the feature set works well together to make them feel snug. We were keen to test these sets out and with a spate of winter weather we had an opportunity to put them through their paces as a winter walking boot. Around the snow covered hills of Northumberland they performed magically. Although stiff (which we like as a personal preference) there’s enough give for them to be used year round. Attach a crampon and they turn into a formidable mountain-walking boot when there’s snow on the ground. Despite the sole generally being moderately rigid there is a bit more give towards the toe adding better comfort and feel for less strenuous terrain. On top of that if you do get them soaking wet they dry pretty quickly and not much of the material in the boot will hold moisture. So you shouldn’t be coming back to frozen solid boots at any stage.

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The heat-mouldable Sole insert can be warmed in the oven to make it fit your feet perfectly. The ankle support is memory foam giving a firm but comfortable grip.

Grip wise these boots shone through again. They were excellent on all the terrains we have used them on. Handling snow, rocks, boulders, mud, and scree all with ease. The grip inspires confidence and there’s enough support in the memory foam ankle area to boost this even further. The Grym offers a good chunk of protection to your feet and the wear on them has been minimal with a quick wipe down showing them to have suffered very little during our testing. VERDICT They are certainly far more comfortable than they first look and overall these have become my favourite boot. They are 3-4 season, they are quite stiff, not everyone would want them as a year round walking boot, but personally I think they are fabulous. I can imagine myself wearing the Grym more often than not.

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I’m positive that some people will rate this boot down on price, but with kit you generally get what you pay for. I think the £235 asked for these boots represents the materials and work that has gone into them, and they are sure to be a key part of your kit for years to come. I have no hesitation in saying that these are the best boot I’ve used through the end of 2010 and start of 2011. Visit www.haglofs.com for more information.

The hi-tech materials look great, wear well and give lots of protection. Build quality on these boots is simply superb and they are more comfortable than first appearances might suggest.

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THE SWIMMING DIET STUDIES SHOW THAT SWIMMERS GENERALLY HAVE MORE BODY FAT THAN RUNNERS .. WHY?

It is often said that swimming is one of the best ways to get fit. There’s certainly a fair amount of truth in that statement too. Swimming is one of those exercises that works every major muscle group in the body. It is also a pretty effective cardio routine, and one that you can undertake at your own intensity level. Despite this, swimming doesn’t have the greatest reputation as a weight loss exercise. It is often thought that training such as cycling or running are better for weight loss and there are certainly conflicting studies on both sides of the argument. It has to be said though that there are still obvious advantages to swimming. It is low impact and gives you the flexibility to pick a stroke to suit your needs and comfort level. There is some natural resistance brought about by the water, and it is generally a very easily accessible method of working out. If you haven’t done any swimming for some time though it will certainly pay to take a few lessons. We’re not saying that you will have forgot how to swim, however having an efficient technique will improve your training and make life generally easier for you in the pool. Once you’ve got through the basics again you can start including 3 or 4 swimming sessions per week in to your routine. In a 25m pool 64 lengths equates to a mile and with an efficient stroke and good fitness you should be able to hit this distance in around 30 minutes. 1500m (just under a mile) has been done in around 14.5 minutes so if you’re super fit and super fast there’s a target to aim for! Start with ½ mile sessions and concentrate on keeping good technique on each stroke. Push yourself hard session after session and slowly take your swims up to the 1 mile mark. To be truly effective it helps if you are able to swim all the major strokes including breaststroke, front crawl, butterfly and backstroke. One thing to note is that colder pools can potentially make you feel hungrier after completing your swim. The extreme of this may be swimming outdoors in cold weather where you are likely to eat more after a comparable distance in a heated swimming pool. The cool water is thought to stimulate appetite so you might be best sticking with warmer pools. Pools generally vary from around 25 degrees to 31 degrees in temperature. If you cold water swim then keeping a close eye on portion size after a swim-

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EVENT CASTLE’S CHALLENGE TRIATHLON

Are you tough enough?

The Castle Challenge has to be one of the most stunning Triathlon events in the UK. Starting on the doorstep of the historic Bamburgh Castle and finishing at Alnwick Castle you are guaranteed dramatic scenery every stroke, pedal and step of the way! If you want to test your overall fitness and mental focus then

public’s imagination in 2000 when it made its debut at the Sydney

dreds of these events taking place in the UK, there are plenty of

which starts as they enter the swim and finishes when they run

there surely can be no better event than the triathlon. With hunopportunities to join the growing numbers of participants taking part each year.

The North East is proud to be home to what is surely the most

stunning and picturesque triathlon that the UK has to offer. Appropriately named the Castle’s Challenge, the event starts on

the dramatic shoreline of Bamburgh Castle and comes to a close

Olympics. The event sees competitors race against the clock, over the finish line.

Not only do competitors have to negotiate three endurance

events, they must also overcome two transition stages where the aim is to move as quickly as possible from wetsuit to bike and finally running shoes.

within the grounds of Alnwick Castle - taking in some of Nor-

Triathlons can take place over varying distances, however the

For those of you lacking knowledge of triathlons, they are essen-

all-rounders, so being a weak swimmer will not necessarily see

thumberland’s most beautiful scenery along the way.

tially a multi-discipline event. A three-stage race that combines swimming, cycling and running. Triathlon first captured the

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most common is the standard or Olympic distance. It’s a sport for you bringing up the rear: we all remember the tortoise and the

hare. The key to completing a successful triathlon is to race your

own race.

The Castle’s Challenge 2011 event will take place on Sunday 17th

July. North-east based triathlon club Total Racing International will be organising for the third year running with competitors entering the sea at Bamburgh Castle for a 1,500m swim before a short run up the beach to the sounds of the gathered spectators. So what else is in store for those of us motivated enough to give it a go? Well you will be changing to the bike on the Castle Green which will set you up for stage two, a fairly flat

26-mile cycle along the coastal route taking in Beadnell and Embleton as you pass Dunstanburgh Castle on your way to the historic town of Alnwick. The second transition will take place in the car park of The Alnwick Garden where, after dismounting from your bike, the final hurdle will be a 10km run in the shadow of Alnwick Castle. An estimated six million people have taken up the triathlon challenge around the world and hopefully you could be next. What better way to start your triathlon future than to do so on your own doorstep?

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“The Castles Challenge Triathlon provides the perfect introduction to the sport and the perfect way to see Northumberland in all its glory.”

The Castles Challenge, Olympic distance triathlon in Northumberland is the perfect introduction to the sport. The recognised Olympic distance represents an achievable target for both experienced enthusiasts as well as first time athletes against the backdrop of Northumberland’s magnificent coastline and famous castles. If you don’t feel comfortable tackling all three disciplines on your first attempt the race is also open to relay teams (one swimmer, one cyclist and one runner) and is another great opportunity to take part without being too pressured. This year’s event will be a great day not only for the athlete but for the whole family, with Alnwick Castle and Garden predicting that on one of the attractions’ busiest days of the year they will have between 3,000 and 4,000 visitors, in addition to the supporters brought by the competitors. It should make for

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a great atmosphere for everyone involved. Ian August, Liaison Director at The Alnwick Garden, was keen to show his support for the event. ‘We are delighted to host the final stage of the first Castles Challenge Triathlon. Alnwick Castle and The Alnwick Garden offer a unique setting for the run section of the race, over a course that has previously proved a test for international athletes when used for the European Cross Country Championships some years ago’. Race organisers Total Racing International can boast several national champions among their successful line-up of athletes. The founder of the team, Philip Gray, hopes the event will not only bring visitors to the region for many years to come but will prove once again how passionate the region is about its sport. ‘Total Racing International have travelled all over Eu-

rope competing in events of all sizes, however none can boast the backdrop and spectacular scenery we have on offer in our own backyard, which we feel will be a big draw for competitors from all over the UK. We hope to put this event on the national calendar and see it go from strength to strength in years to come. The Castles Challenge Triathlon provides the perfect introduction to the sport and the perfect way to see Northumberland in all its glory. The Castles Challenge takes place on the 17th July. For more information on how to enter, which includes race route, team relay and discounted access to The Alnwick Garden for both spectators and competitors, visit www.totalracingint.com/ castles-challenge, email: castlechallenge@totalracingint.com or telephone 07836 323 969.

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attending a local swimming school when nitely at an advantage when it comes to swimming technique.

All those hours or daily practise and ad-

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You probably effortlessly glide through

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covering lap after lap without a care in the world.

Then of course there are people like me!

Although able to swim a few lengths and

of the major strokes, I am far from a Phelps Having chatted with a couple of swim-

ming coaches it quickly became apparent that this was down to poor technique.

The timing of my kicks during my breast-

stroke is off, the angle of entry for my arm during front crawl far from perfect, and

my body position cancelling out some of

the power in most of my strokes - increas-

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fatigue far more quickly than I should. For a leisure swimmer this is bad enough but

for a triathlete or swimmer wanting to par-

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that they could improve my strokes just by but that by filming me from various angles in the water they could really identify exactly what I was doing wrong.

This is where the newly release SWIMPRO camera system comes into play.

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SWIMPRO is scaleable and allows coaches to add additional cameras as and when

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A delayed playback function allows the

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Within one session of using the camera we had improved our breast stroke, tumble turns and front crawl techniques which served to lower our times in the pool. Quite a result for just one session!

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WHAT MAKES DANGER SO DAMN SEXY? Extreme sports, danger, and death defying stunts. Chances are

even if you’ve not participated you’ve at least seen some of these things on TV!

Recent studies show that some of us are simply more predis-

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actually crave the ‘kick’ that we would get from jumping out of a plane, off a building, or racing fast cars.

Adrenalin itself is closely linked with dopamine, the neurochemical which is essential to you feeling on a high. In the world of

extreme sports it appears that some people are almost immune to the fear of death … often despite witnessing people die, or injury themselves severely.

The attitude remains that they are confident that those risks are manageable and that they are unlikely to make the same mis-

takes. This is another area where confidence, or at least perceived confidence starts to come into play. Many professional extreme

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