Browsing All posts tagged under »Muscle«

Meals & miles

December 9, 2012


I picked up a Runners World book the other day called ‘the new runner’ by John Bingham and Jenny Hadfield. It’s a great read full of tips and tricks to enable even the most sceptical of runners to discover that running is indeed one of life’s greatest pleasures. The basic message is simple: that anyone […]

Body beautiful

October 3, 2012


A week ago today, I was in the Blue Mountains with my partner in crime, HK Adventure Baby, and amongst our many discussions covering everything from work and play, boys and toys to hopes and dreams, we discussed negative body image and the constant mental battles that girls can face. We talked about how ultimately […]

Are you tripping?!

August 15, 2012


There is a definite pattern when it comes to me and my place in the world of supplements. First I read or hear about something that is today’s ‘must-have’ and I wonder how I ever managed to survive without it. (Similar to how I felt when GHD’s were invented) I then embark on my own […]

Body bites

August 10, 2012


I popped into Fitness First post my run yesterday to do an InBody analysis.  It’s been a while and I tend to find the odd little report motivational regardless of the results.  If I’ve gone downhill since the last, I think why and try to rectify … and if improved, I use the results to fuel […]

A stitch in time

August 2, 2012


My run this morning lasted precisely six steps, I kid you not!  Post my ritual of caffeine, banana and a scan through my inbox, I left the front door then promptly did a 180 degree about turn and collapsed on a sun lounger by the pool for an hour or so. Feeling sleepy and a […]

Priceless art

April 17, 2012


Today I had an eye-opening discussion with Amir Siddiqui from Symmetry in the Gold & Diamond Park.  Fascinating.  One of those guys who just seems to command attention, Amir has a presence and an authority that makes you listen.  He also has a knowledge about fitness, nutrition, health and wellness that quite frankly makes a mockery […]

Praise for pain

March 7, 2012


Yesterday, I had another bout of vile dental work … this time the removal of an awkward wisdom tooth which entailed ninety minutes of extreme pain … despite my arriving on an ample dose of valium and then insisting on around eight top-ups of anaesthetic. I left, drained, looking like a goth thanks to my […]

Scaling back

February 28, 2012


My cleaner arrived yesterday afternoon and within seconds of entering my flat said … ‘Madam. You’re always so glowing.  You look so beautiful. You’re so relaxed.’ ‘Thank you Cristina’, I replied, thinking what kind words they were to hear. If only, however, the conversation had ended there because she then continued by saying … ‘I […]

To lift or not to lift …

January 21, 2012


… that is the question!  Make up your own call after reading ten top reasons for and against … REASONS AGAINST 1. You might break a nail 2. You might bruise a male ego or two 3. You’ll eat properly and still be able to lose fat … sounds like the work of the devil! […]

Chi Running 101

December 20, 2011


I am absolutely LOVING my running at the moment … … despite the fact that I write this, in pj’s, after 9am having opted for a very lazy start! Training, commitment and motivation are always bound to their highs and lows but right now my training  just seems to be going through one high, after […]

The rules of the road

August 25, 2011

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The rules of the road and the trends of training are forever changing. Much like the dating game I guess … and whilst some stand the test of time, others just get gently modified along the way … tweaked following research reports, extensive observation or blog posts from such ground-breaking resources as fit chicks & […]

The Curse of the Cankle

August 22, 2011

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Hot off the press in previous weeks, or rather, heat from the tweet … are the now famous conversations overhead in the elevator of publishers Conde Nast in NYC that have since been chronicled on Twitter. And as you would expect, the tweets on @CondeElevator revealed that the office of Vogue, undoubtedly the most illustrious […]

Love you

June 27, 2011


As published on This week, LOVESTYLE divas, is a post about loving the way you look.  Dubai is a city full of beautiful women; we’re a young population and compared to other cities, we have high disposable incomes so have no qualms about treating ourselves regularly at spas, beauty salons and the malls. But […]


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 […]

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 […]

Get a grip

April 24, 2011


As published on LOVESTYLE  This week’s post is dedicated to losing your love handles … as whilst something to hold on to is always desirable … we are LOVESTYLE divas after all; strong, sexy and healthy … too much to hold on to and you end up with a stubborn muffin-top which ain’t a good […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Focus on the Fat

November 13, 2010


Published in Women’s Health & Fitness – October 2010 Are you lacking in motivation and needing something new to jump-start your fitness? Have you reached a plateau in terms of your weightloss or fitness goals? Or perhaps you want to turn over a new leaf and start realising your full potential? Read on for the […]

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 […]