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2017 | Three Ways To A Fresh Fit Start

You’ve hammered the Christmas parties- hard. You’ve hammered the chocolates- lard. And New Year’s Eve was so boozy your flatmates walked in on you licking the base of an empty tin of Celebrations. We’ve all been there.

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So it’s fair to say the season’s festive hurdles have been a serious impediment to your progress at the gym- I get it. My gym lately has been ghost town. Even the ghosts have been slacking. So we just need to put the guilt behind us. It’s now all about the new year and the word on the street is it’s 2017! Here are three simple things that you can do to kick start the next 12 months and engage the “new you” ethos. *Fit kit at the ready*

1. Single leg kick backs

Many people sit at desks most of the day, which allows their glutes (butts) to get weak because they're not using them. An effective exercise to tone your glutes is single leg kickbacks. Do this exercise two or three times per week for 8-12 reps and 3-5 sets and not only will you notice your legs are stronger, but your derriere will be perkier. This exercise will also work your hamstrings. Let’s kick it!

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2. Run

If you can; RUN! Not only does it benefit your cardiovascular system helping to improve stamina and function with all internal organs, but it also combats mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. If you’ve never ran before, grab a bottle of water, your headphones, press play and walk for  1 minute before breaking into a light jog for 1 minute and repeat for 20 minutes. You’ll be surprised how quickly you build the stamina and confidence to run. 

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3. Flex & Smile

To most of us flexing is somewhere between vain and embarrassing, yet I can’t help but smile when I pop my hip out and bring on the “gun show”. Research shows that smiling is really good for you as neurotransmitters called Endorphins are released when we smile and they’re responsible for making us feel happy and even help to reduce stress. So my advice? Find somewhere outside the gaze of judgemental strangers, get your favourite fit kit on and get FLEX HAPPY! 

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Happy New Year everyone!

XOXO

Wearing New Look Crop Top & Leggings, Trainers from Next

Top 5 Running Tips

As the dates for the London Marathon come closer it's not uncommon for people to feel inspired to pound the pavements to improve their fitness. Running is hands down one of the greatest ways to keep fit. It's the best aerobic exercise for physical conditioning of your heart and lungs, as well as a great way to relieve stress, tone your entire body, lose weight and quite simply, it's convenient.

Whether you're a seasoned running pro or early in your journey, sometimes we all need a bit of encouragement. So grab your running shoes as I give you my top five tips to get you running happily ever after.

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1. Find Fitness Motivation

The first hurdle to confront is motivation which, unsurprisingly, is easier said than done. I challenge you to write down some goals. Maybe you’re training for the London Marathon or Great North Run, maybe you want to shift a few pounds or it could be that you want to simply be fit. Write them down and stick them up on your mirror or somewhere you look often, as a daily reminder. On a more immediate note, try keeping your fit kit by the door before you go to bed, as quite often it’s the thought of exercising and lack of preparation that puts us off.

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2. Improve Your Flexibility

Tight hamstrings? Sore back? Stiff hips? Loosen up! You don't have to be a bendy yoga bunny but your flexibility is important when it comes to running. During your runs, your flexibility enables your joints to move through their full range of motion, helping your muscles work more effectively and therefore, boosting your performance whilst reducing your risk of injury. Quad, cobra and standing lunge stretches will improve your flexibility greatly and if you can make it to a yoga or pilates class weekly, even better.

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3. Boost Your Endurance

Naturally when we fatigue our running form weakens. We curl up our shoulders, hunch our backs, our arms tend to flap by our sides and our breathing pattern becomes irregular. Weakening our technique means our performance suffers whilst putting us at risk of injury. However, improving our stamina reduces all of those side effects, enabling us to run for longer before fatigue kicks in. Try combining strength training with cardio whilst reducing your rest times in between workout sets, in order to boost your endurance.

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4. Get Stronger

Running is a high impact workout and high impact exercises aren't always kind to our joints. Luckily, strength training will increase the ability of your bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles to withstand the high impact of running. Weight training dramatically increases the strength of your muscles when done so safely and even adding small amounts of resistance to your workouts with a resistance band will strengthen your muscles. The stronger you are the better you get.

 

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5. Improve your Stability

When running, muscle strength in your hips and glutes are really important for stabilisation and your core strength is important for your posture and so the stronger and more stable you are in these areas, the better your running form and performance. Try push-ups with your feet on a medicine ball, a one-legged squat reach, single leg dead lifts and raising one leg off the ground when planking.

If you want to find out more, I created an entire workout series of workout videos to get you ready to run which can be found by clicking here.

Happy running!

XOXO

Photographer: Sam Travis

AJ Odudu adidas UK

 

 

 




Barry's Bootcamp | East London

To celebrate the launch of their eagerly awaited second London studio, Barry's Bootcamp invited me along to their brand new East London branch to try a full body workout with celebrity trainers, Anya and Sandy. I've tried each of their classes before in their Central London studio but location wise, this suits me better so I'm excited.

Barry's Bootcamp East London

Like their Barry's Central studio, the space at Barry's Bootcamp East has a modern, almost industrial New York feel, complete with a fuel bar (where they serve delicious protein shakes, Ozone coffee and nutritious in-house food) and swanky changing rooms bursting with lotions, straighteners and lighting good enough for those  pre-workout selffies.  This studio raises the bar however, providing those who forget their running shoes with three choices of footwear from the latest Nike running range. Genius!   

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If you don't know much about Barry's Bootcamp then here's the story. They offer hour-long workouts, targeting specific parts of the body, that include 30 minutes of interval treadmill running and 30 minutes of strength training. The running has a mixture of different speeds, including varied inclines and is interspersed with strength workout on the floor.

Barry's Bootcamp East London

All of this takes place in a room that adopts a red hue and that is filled with motivating, thumping tunes. They play the kind of music that you would hum and sing along to if only you could catch your breath.

Barry's Bootcamp East London

It's brilliantly brutal! If there's an ounce of competitive spirit within you it suddenly surfaces and a bit of will power goes such along way in this class. Anya and Sandy push you just enough to ensure you break through those pain barriers and constantly encourage you to believe that you're always stronger than you think and will make it to the end of the class and guess what? You always do! Granted, you feel absolutely shattered at the end of it but you also feel proud and elated. Your endorphins really do go through the roof!

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I've tried many a workout class but I must admit that I find this to be the most effective way to improve your cardiovascular system, lose weight and build muscle. With their very own in house dog, Crusoe and the friendliest team around, you can't help but feel like a member of one big happy fit family.  

Barry's Bootcamp East London AJ Odudu

Regardless of your fitness levels, you can burn 1000 calories each class so it really is no wonder that Barry's Bootcamp is the best workout in the world! I filmed a cheeky little YouTube video when I first tried Barry's so here's a tapas amount of what you can expect in motion.

Barry's Bootcamp are taking online bookings now so I hope to see you at a class very soon :)

Lots of sweaty hugs and kisses,

AJ

xoxo

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How Much? £20 per individual class but prices vary between £14-20 depending on the class package 

How long? Each class is one hour long

Where? 2 Worship Street (entrance on City Road) London, UK EC2A 2AH | It's a 5 minute walk from Moorgate Station and 10 minutes from Liverpool St and Bank underground stations

Would I recommend it? 100% YES.  You can book a class by clicking here.

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WIN ADIDAS FIT KIT

Today's the day; the launch of the bespoke workout I created for adidas as part of their #WorkIt campaign.

For the next 6 weeks you can expect two weekly videos on the adidas Facebook page, giving you a step by step guide on how to incorporate fresh new fitness moves into your workout regime.

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I designed the workout so that it caters to all levels of fitness, and it is effective even if you are pushed for time. It's aim is to boost your energy levels while strengthening and toning your entire body.

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It's a great way to flex this summer, with workouts I would love for you to try and as part of this exciting collaboration, I'm giving two of you the chance to WIN an entire adidas outfit to workout in so that you can be active in style!

COMPETITION TIME! 

Two of you are going to win a brand new adidas fit kit complete with a top, sports bra, bottoms and a pair of trainers. The lucky winners will be sent the fit kit directly to your doorstep so you can just sit back and wait!

If you want to WIN all you have to do is scroll to the bottom of this page (or my Home Page) and sign up to my updates. Simple.

The winners will receive an email to state that you have won and asking for your sizes. Let me know you have signed up by commenting below or by Tweeting/Instagramming me @AJOdudu 

This competition closes at midnight on Thursday 9th July, so GOOD LUCK!!!

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Lots of love,

AJ

xoxo

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