Newsletter October 2011


Yoga Class:
Yoga class takes place on Thursday morning from 11:00 to 12:30.  All abilities welcome. Call or book on-line to reserve your place.

Boxing Fitness Classes are held Wednesday nights at 19:15 and a Thursday morning class may begin at 09:00 if we have enough interest. Email us if you would like to attend either.  Men and women welcome. Give it a try. Once you have, you will be hooked!  Book your spot today as spaces are limited.


Running Group:  Meets Saturday mornings at 08:30 in front of the gym/centre. All abilities welcome! See our website for more information. Our email address is [email protected].

Pilates: Interested?  Please call or write to let us know what times work best for you.

The Henley 10K and     Half Marathon

On 9 October we woke up super early to go out and set up a stand at the Henley Half to offer massage to those weary runners participating in either the 10K or the half marathon. Both Jackie (our masseuse) and Katy (our Yoga Instructor/Masseuse) were on hand to do the work.  We were also there to cheer on those clients of ours that were participating for the first time.

It was great running weather and our clients did very well.  One in particular managed to pick up a virus from her child a couple of days before the event, but showed up on the morning determined to run the Half…and she did…in under two hours, an impressive feat under normal circumstances.  So for all you that participated this past Sunday…Congratulations and well done!


The Trainers

Gareth has his first Cyclo Cross race this coming Sunday! He has been practicing with his new bike and really looking forward to the event.  He still needs a bit of work with the flow of running and jumping onto the bike at full pelt, but I am sure in the heat of the moment it will all come together…or else someone better be nearby catching a rare, but funny photo opportunity.

Anyone interested in reading more about Cyclo Cross, go to

Cat and Jens’ ran their first Canine Cross Country Race of the season at the end of last month and it was a hoot! Jens was on his best behaviour, but we still have a bit of work to do as he gets distracted/bored very easily and prefers to stop and smell the roses, foliage, soil, trees,etc. over racing.

Cat also ran the Berlin Marathon.  It was the hardest marathon she has ran to date.  The terrain was fine, but there were so many people…almost 50,000 on the day…that it was hard to find your pace. I was pleased though that although I did not run

Side Stitch

How many times have you been out running or even fast walking and you get a painful stitch in your side? There are many theories as to why this occurs, but the most popular one is that it is a cramp in your diaphragm muscle. The best way to deal with it is to slow your breathing down and focus on your breathing technique. This is what many of you have heard me refer to as “belly breathing”. As you exhale, pull your stomach muscles inward and when you inhale push them out.


Winter Training

Well, winter is just around the corner.  We all know that once the days start to grow shorter and the temperatures start to plummet, our motivation to go outside and train reaches an all time low.
Believe it or not, the best way to beat the winter blues is to get outside and go for a run or get on the bike and go for a spin, or take your poor dog out for a much needed power walk.  The fresh air will do you wonders as will the cardiovascular workout.

The holidays are just around the corner and it is so very easy to put on that extra weight, but oh so difficult to take it off again.  Remember, you can always add fat cells to your body but you can never get rid of them.

Contact Details:

Cat and Gareth Batson  07951 659728  [email protected]

Hours of Operation: Monday:  11:00 to 20:00  Tuesday-Thursday: 07:30- 20:00  Friday: 07:30 to18:00  Saturday: 08:00 to 13:00