Could I do a kettlebell class?

By Helen Wood | Jul 20, 2021

What’s stopping you trying? I have run kettlebell classes in North Tyneside for 5 years now and the most common reasons I hear from people for not have come along to a class are: I don’t even know what a kettlebell is! Well it’s a bit like a cannon ball with a handle. The ‘cannon…

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Fitness with Helen – North Tyneside

By HelenWood | Jul 19, 2021

Hi, I’m Helen I am a personal trainer and group fitness instructor running fitness classes in North Tyneside. I set up Fitness with Helen in January 2016. I am a member of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).  I hold qualifications in: Personal Training Exercise Referral Gym Instruction  Pilates…

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Will I have to do burpees?

By Helen Wood | Jul 14, 2021

Will I have to do burpees? – The question I’ve been surprised by how many times the burpee has been mentioned in initial consultation meetings for Personal Training. Sometimes it’s given its name, usually by those who have it etched in their memory. More often, it’s just referred to as ‘that’ exercise. “You know the…

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Why wait until January?

By Helen Wood | Nov 5, 2017

Are you already promising yourself you will be more active in January? If you start in the new year how much improvement in your fitness will you expect to see by valentines day? If my own experience is anything to go by you will have high expectations! So think about how much fitter and healthier…

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What a difference a year makes

By Helen Wood | Nov 9, 2016

This time last year…….. I couldn’t have imagined jumping on a beach for photos for my website! I was managing a transactional HR Shared Service in the NHS, but more excitingly I was about to start my practical training as a Gym Instructor. I’d been studying at home for the previous few months, but the reality…

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Trigger Point Pilates

By Helen Wood | Oct 17, 2016

Lydia Campbell, industry expert of over 40 years, created Trigger Point Pilates for fascia health to cater for chronic painful conditions and scar tissue.  Much of the following information is taken directly from Lydia’s materials. A Trigger Point Pilates™ Class Combines some basic Pilate’s core moves and applies clinical Myofascial principles to help alleviate chronic…

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National Fitness Day

By Helen Wood | Sep 1, 2016

Free kettlebell taster sessions I’m excited to be joining in with National Fitness Day by offering some free kettlebell taster sessions at the Linskill Centre on 7 September. Whether you’re familiar with the kettlebell or have never heard of it, come along and see what it’s all about. I will be there to chat, show…

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Kettlebell cardio, what’s not to love?

By Helen Wood | Jul 23, 2016

Kettlebells, bodyweight exercises & HIIT cardio training all in one workout! Anyone who already knows me, knows I love a kettlebell, a great addition to any workout or a workout in itself.  The kettlebell (a cannon ball shaped piece of metal with a handle) is generally used in functional movements, focussing on he whole body…

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