First steps to fitness: Running

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If you’ve never run before, thats ok. We all start at the same place… The beginning. As with anything, the chances of bounding off like Usain Bolt on your first run are slim. It will take time, patience and dedication, so don’t be put off if you find the first few runs difficult. This is natural and if you keep practising you will see results.  Continue reading

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Dancers | How To Get Out Of A Creative Rut

Dancing is an incredible form of self expression. The body can convey emotion in ways that words cannot. Movement makes us feel good. So when you plateau for no known reason and the body seems unable to transit a feeling like it once could, it can be very disheartening. Plateauing in a sport you love is like being dumped. One minute everything is going swimmingly and the next, you’re ghosted and have no idea why.

While this post has emphasis on pole dance, as that is my dance of choice, these points can be put into practice no matter what kind of sport you do. So read on and get yourself out of that rut. Continue reading

Body Shape Training | Workouts To Suit You

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Coco Tomas | Photo: Hannah Elizabeth

At The Green Machine, we’re always seeking out industry professionals, so couldn’t pass up the chance to speak to Coco Tomas. Coco is a WBFF Pro Diva Fitness Model and London based certified group fitness, Pilates and yoga instructor, teaching at The Refinery, East London. The media is often pushing body image stereotypes that just don’t work for everyone, so Coco explains how we can most effectively exercise in order to make the most of ones natural shape and how we can train to benefit ourselves as individuals.

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Obstacle Race Survival Checklist

The build up to every obstacle race is exciting. Sometimes, the excitement gets in the way of rational thinking and I forget to pack things I need. So to prevent this, I made a checklist and an OCR survival guide to follow each time I do a race. Keeping organised allows me to focus my energy on actually racing, rather than what I’ve forgotten. The checklist is available to download the bottom of the article, get stuck in, take away unnecessary stress and be as organised with your belongings as you have been with your training. Continue reading

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Mud Run Memoirs: My First Obstacle Race

Spartan Super. 13k+ course, we were told afterwards it was actually nearer 17k!

There is something deeply satisfying about collecting a medal at the end of a race when you haven’t placed first. You’re still a winner, no matter when you finish. As soon as you drag yourself over that finish line, whether you’re first or last, you are a winner.

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