Newsletter September 2011

Cynergy Personal Trainers – September News


*Free Yoga Taster Workshop at Cynergy!

Come and see for yourself the benefits of Yoga. Whether you want to work on your flexibility or address poor core strength or even quiet your mind and re-centre yourself, Yoga can help in so many ways.
When: 2 October 2011 from 11:00 to 12:30.  Call us to reserve your place in the workshop.  Bring a friend and receive a discount on future sessions.

Yoga Class Regular 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. [email protected].

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

The Trainers

It is less than a week away to the Berlin Marathon. Cat is gearing up for the race and making last minute preparations for the trip. Fingers crossed, she will run injury free and focused. Gareth will be going along for support, and to cheer her on along the way.

Gareth has finished his season of racing. Unfortunately he has been fighting off a few viruses due to fatigue and did not perform according to his standards.  But he is feeling much better after a holiday in the sunshine and came back ready and eager to start his winter training.
Speaking of winter training, Gareth will start doing Cyclo Cross racing to keep his fitness levels high and bike handling skills sharp.

Cyclo Cross races are short but very sharp!  Lasting approximately one hour in duration it is very high intensity and  so really good training to keep your fitness levels on top throughout the winter months.   Even if you dont race, the opportunity to simply ride hard around the woods on a road bike with knobbly tyres is worth trying this winter, especially if it snows!
Anyone interested in reading more about Cyclo Cross, go to or contact us for some alternative and muddy winter training to put you ahead of the competition for next Spring!

As you read this, Cat and Jens’ are either in the process of running their first Canine Cross Country Race of the season or have just completed running it.  This one is held in Bagshot, Surrey.  It should be a good time for them both, and hopefully Jens will refrain from trying to sit on the smaller dogsJ.

Check out the events on the Cani-X website at and give it a go.  You just might find a new pastime to share with your pooch!

Iliotibial Band Syndrome

ITB or Iliotibial Band Syndrome is a common injury to runners and cyclists.  The ITB is a ligament-like structure that runs from your pelvis and along the outside of thigh to the outside of the top of your shinbone.  As you run or pedal the ITB rubs across a bony outcrop on your knee, which helps to keep it in stabilised.  However, sometimes whether due to poor running mechanics, weight gain, racking up too many miles too soon or a structural imbalance, the ITB comes out of its groove and rubs against other structures in your leg thereby creating friction on the ITB

This friction can result in inflammation and or a click in your knee.  If you continue to run or cycle you will usually feel a stinging or burning sensation on the outside of your knee.

A Few Common Causes:  Poor warm up prior to efforts. Increasing distance too quickly. Weak hip abductors.
Prevention/Maintenance: One of the easiest ways to try and prevent ITB syndrome is to regularly roll the outside of your leg on a foam roller.  Initially this is very uncomfortable, but the more you do it, the more bearable it becomes.  You can find these rollers at most running shops.  Ask us how to use it properly.
In addition, watch your weight and increase your mileage slowly.

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