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Flow squared

August 12, 2011

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Last night I had an absolutely glorious run.  I don’t normally run at night … especially solo but last night I just felt in the mood.  So off I went … around 7.30pm.  The incessant heat and humidity meant my first kilometre or so was a trudge through peanut butter … but I persisted because […]

Baby fit

August 7, 2011

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As published on …. and no mum … don’t worry, I am not expecting!!! The editor of our favourite style site LOVESTYLE.COM will soon be swapping her Jimmy Choos for baby shoes … a baby after all must be the ultimate fashion accessory! With this in mind, this weeks post is all about mums […]

Get Zumba-fied!

July 16, 2011


Once upon a time, the mere mention of aqua aerobics made me think of purple rinses, thunder thighs and floral swimsuits leaving far too much for the imagination. But in the last year or so, aqua has become cool again … it’s packed full of ladies of all ages, abilities and fitness levels desperate to reap […]

Tori’s two cents

July 8, 2011


The other day I was asked by a magazine to give my top five health, fitness and wellness tips.   Only five I thought?! Ask yourself the same question and you soon realise that this is pretty hard as between living, eating, training, working, wellness and more, day in day out, there are countless tips […]

All hail to aqua with Gail

June 19, 2011


Last week, A PT friend mentioned to me that she’d checked out Gail’s Aqua Aerobics and loved it.  I’d already arranged to go this morning but Marianne’s review just fuelled my anticipation as once upon a time, I associated aqua with purple rinses and a class full of people either very overweight or very pregnant. […]

Workout @ work

June 18, 2011


As published on LOVESTYLE As the weather gets hotter it becomes more and more tempting to ditch going out for lunch … ditch any lunchtime activities requiring much energy or outdoor time all together … and opt instead for a desk-delivered gourmet picnic from our local sushi joint. And whilst this may save our spending […]


June 18, 2011


IS WITHIN ME NOW! This was one of the many affirmations I chanted this morning but before I get to this and the others that featured, let’s go back to the beginning. I got in touch with Yvette of Breathe Believe Pilates via the wonderful Noura whose yoga I’ve been to (see Ironing out the […]

I heart Zumba

June 13, 2011


I know it will come as no surprise when I announce to the world my love for Zumba … my previous posts, Calling all Zumba virgins and Lessons in life, Latino-style say it all …  And no wonder … with my two left feet and complete lack of rhythm combined with the easiest of sequences […]


June 12, 2011


As published on LOVESTYLE.COM Some of us swear by stretching … incorporate it diligently in our every workout.  Others bypass it all together … become forgetful or complacent as injury has never struck so why start now? As for me?  I sit firmly somewhere in between.  I talk about stretching, I have great intentions to […]

Beat the heat

May 29, 2011


 Published on LOVESTYLE This morning (note: written & first published last Sun!) LOVESTYLE divas, you will have noticed that the dreaded humidity has arrived … it’s 80% today which equates to a good 8/10 on the FH (Frizzy Hair) scale resulting in a mass of hair that even our GHD’s struggle to tame. So needless […]

Real rocks

May 23, 2011


The last time I paid a visit to Real Pilates, I fell in love. My post Time to get Real said it all. Fast forward a few months and I returned this evening, this time to check out the reformer classes. Different class, different instructor, same results; I fell in love all over again. Here’s […]

Shakin’ it up at Fit-Quake

May 14, 2011


Today FXT Fitness held Fit-Quake … a charity event in aid of raising funds for the recent earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand. Held at Studio Fitness in JBR, it was a day of fitness and fun although post a long run this morning, I admittedly opted out of anything remotely resembling hard work and […]

TRX is the real deal

May 11, 2011


I covered TRX in my Outdoor UAE column not long ago and prior to that in my Top 11 for 2011 in Aquarius but … Last night I went to a new TRX class with a fab new teacher … and thanks to being with my friends Briony and (another) Tori who are TRX newbies, […]

Dubai’s CrossFit Queen

May 10, 2011


Candice Howe of CrossFit LifeSpark was one of the few amazing chicks that featured alongside me in Good Taste’s No Limits feature in March. She’s Dubai’s one and only CrossFit queen and last night, at long last, I went along to one of her classes to find out what it’s all about. CrossFit …. explain?! […]

Born to be fit?

May 1, 2011


As published on LOVESTYLE LOVESTYLE divas come in all shapes and sizes so surely it makes sense to find the routine that fits you and not necessarily the masses. Genetics play a lead role in determining our basic body shape and whilst ambition is good, so is realism. Genetics will ultimately determine our metabolism and pre-disposition […]

Kick it Forward

April 28, 2011


If you are already a runner, how many times have you had someone say to you that they would love to run but don’t know how, or that they find it really hard to get beyond their comfort zone, or that they would love to run a race but wouldn’t know where to start. Often […]

Gym rules

April 17, 2011


As published on LOVESTYLE.COM This week LOVSTYLE divas, is a post on the most common mistakes seen in the gym. With our super busy lives, the shoes to buy, the malls to trawl, the nails to paint never mind the endless Dubai parties to attend, you need to make your workouts work for you so […]

ViPR & LBD’s

April 15, 2011


This morning I checked out ViPR. It’s my birthday after all and what better way to start a new year by trying new things and … as was the case, finding new muscles that I never new existed! Never heard of it? Neither had I. It’s fresh out the box and brand new to our […]

No time to train?

April 4, 2011


Try Tabata. The concept couldn’t be simpler. Nor the time it takes be any shorter. Yet somehow you finish a session with Hanan dripping in sweat, gasping for breath, aching throughout yet at the same time FEELING FANTASTIC! Fitness experts the world over know all about Tabata. The method is named after a Japanese researcher […]

A Penny for your wellness

March 7, 2011


Yesterday the utterly charming Sean Penny swung by Park Place to put me through my paces with the Nerve Express and Dynamic Express tests. Together, as The Wellness Brothers, the boys are doing amazing things … literally revolutionising the fitness, health and wellness industry as we know it today. They are both super qualified and […]

Delicious at dawn

March 7, 2011


I mentioned to a friend the other day that as soon as things are running super smoothly in my life, when I reach a nice level of comfort, it’s time to shake things up. I guess I thrive on challenge and excitement and without an element of both, I feel restless and without drive. And […]

Everyone’s doing it – are you?

February 7, 2011


Strength Training … everyone’s doing it …. are you? Having my ongoing knee problem means that most of my running is being replaced with gym sessions. And whilst checking out for hot boys between reps, I can’t help but notice that finally, the mass of lycra-wearing gym-bunnies seem to do taking to strength training. Are […]

InnerFight … can’t fail to excite …

January 26, 2011


I met with the lovely Marcus Smith today … the man behind the super cool and very popular InnerFight concept / website. I’d heard him on the radio recently and was intrigued. He sounded like a male version of me … passionate about health & fitness, committed to supporting others to achieve and succeed, driven […]

Time to get Real

January 20, 2011


I’m just back from a Pilates class at Real Pilates and am buzzing because it was Fantastic with a capital F. Here’s why: I’ve been told time and time again that Pilates compliments running like wasabi does sushi but the few times I’ve gone to a class, I’ve clock-watched from start to finish and found […]

Lessons in life, Latino-style

January 18, 2011


Although today was a productive one work wise, I still didn’t actually get out of my PJ’s until gone 4.30pm and the furthest I walked was from the desk to the fridge and Chupa Chup jar and back … albeit one too many times. So to get some spring into my step, I went for […]

At what point does that little O word join Training?

November 24, 2010


Have you a tendency to over-train at times? All of us with a passion for running or general training occasionally overdo it; perhaps due to stress if you find it a release, perhaps because you are enjoying a performance-high and your energy levels are seeing no end or perhaps, like me right now, because you […]

Stay Cool by Cooling Down

November 23, 2010


I have always been notorious for not taking the time to cool down (or warm up for that matter). As soon as my trainers are on, I just want to run free and as soon as I stop, I’m usually dashing to my next commitment of the day. But this complacent approach is starting to […]

Dubai’s Hot Fitness Classes for 2011

November 13, 2010


We all need to mix up our fitness routines – not only to keep our motivation levels high but also to prevent our bodies from hitting a plateau – and with a New Year fast approaching, there’s no better time to start something new! Check out my top picks – with 11 great classes to […]

Calorie Counter

November 12, 2010


Fed up with running every night in the humidity and not seeing any change in your body shape? Tired of sweating it out in the gym only to find the jeans still seem too tight? Well you could be burning less calories than you think. Here gym bunny Tori Leckie from Ignite fitness & wellness […]

Are you Fit Enough for Business?

November 12, 2010


Published in SME Advisor – May 10 Being unfit, overweight or not taking an active role in your overall wellbeing can have a surprisingly detrimental impact on the success of running your business. What are the consequences of being unfit or overweight? Being unfit or overweight communicates countless overtones that are tremendously negative for your […]

Body over Mind during Ramdan

November 12, 2010


Published in SME Advisor – Sept 10 The holy month is here which means many Muslims, throughout the UAE, are fasting.  It is a common misconception to cut back on all exercise during this time when in reality, whether fasting or not, it’s still important to keep healthy, maintain energy levels and to remain active. […]

Travel on Business & Stay FIT (Forever in Training)

November 12, 2010


Published in SME Advisor – Aug 10 Maintaining a fitness regime whilst travelling on business can be a complex challenge but with a few small steps, you can go a long way to upkeep your routine, optimise your productivity and ensure that you don’t return home lacking in energy and wellbeing. Plan Ahead Check out […]