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Can A Shoe Make You Run Faster? Nike’s Controversial Vaporfly Escapes Olympic Ban

January 29, 2020

A shoe that makes you run faster sounds too good to be true. Surely it’s hard work and grit that get you moving quicker? Well, yes, but as we move ever-closer to that coveted sub-2 hour marathon, more will be done to shave milliseconds off run times. Nike’s Vaporfly shoe technology is no exception, but how does it work, and should it be allowed?…

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How To Choose The Right Personal Trainer For Your Goals

January 21, 2020

  Let’s be frank. It would be pretty easy for me to tell you that I’m the right Personal Trainer for you – but being realistic, everyone has unique needs, requirements, and availability, so what works for one individual may not work for another. Here’s a couple of factors you need to consider when you’re choosing which Personal Trainer you’d like to work with, looking at…

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Could Training Soon Be Replaced? Protein Sestrin Found To Mimic Benefits of Exercise

January 17, 2020

We all know that exercise is good for us and there are guidelines out there to tell us how much we should be doing, yet 1.4 billion of us are still not doing enough to keep fit and ward off heart disease, type-2 diabetes and some cancers. It’s been joked before that if you could put exercise into a pill form it’d be a strong…

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7 Fitness Trends Of The 2010s Debunked – And What’s Coming In The ’20s To Replace Them

January 14, 2020

This post contains affiliate links and a sponsored link for Super Watches The 2010s were a busy decade for health, fitness and wellness. Going to the gym is now for everyone, not just for those who want to get super hench; Ironman triathlons and ultramarathons have become more accessible, with photos of breastfeeding mothers at rest stops going viral; and everyone seems to know more…

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The 5 Best Hikes + Adventures From YHA Castleton, Peak District | Ad

November 12, 2019

The weather has definitely turned over the past few weeks, but those bright, cold days are the best ones for hiking as long as you’re kitted out appropriately. I was lucky enough to spend 24 hours in the Peak District in some spectacular autumn weather with YHA, which is a charity that transforms young lives forever through travel and real adventure. They have amazing places…

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5 Benefits Of Strength Training That Have NOTHING To Do With How You Look

September 3, 2019

Yeah yeah, we get it. Everyone here knows that strength training helps you feel like a badass, but we’re pretty fed up of hearing that strength training sculpts your body and reduces belly fat. We don’t spend hours of our week lifting more than our bodyweight to look like Kim Kardashian – we do it because we know it benefits us physically, emotionally, and mentally.…

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Is The Step-Up Really The Best Lower Body Exercise?

July 10, 2019

All of my clients do step-ups – whether it’s bodyweight onto a smaller step, with dumbbells onto a box, or even a barbell onto a high box – and almost all of them dislike the exercise. Vehemently. So why would I have them doing an exercise they dislike so much? Is it because I love doing step-ups, so feel I should spread the love? Actually,…

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Welcome to That Squat Bot, established 2013! I'm Sarah, a fitness professional based in Manchester, UK.

I love feeling strong and lifting heavy, but I also love trying different types of movement and using my fitness to adventure outside of the gym. I'm also a massive Marvel nerd!

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