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Women’s Fitness

More Energy Brunel is pleased to announce that our long-standing member Harjit Nijjer has won the latest vote to be named Most Valued Member of the Quarter!

More Energy Brunel names a different member every quarter – based on nominations put forward by the whole More Energy team. Harjit received the most nominations from the gym staff this quarter and is therefore our Most Valued Member! She deserves this award due to her consistent attendance in classes and dedication to the gym.

As a reward for her hard work, Harjit now gets a free personal training session with a trainer of her choice. Who will it be next quarter? You’ll just have to wait and see!

Congratulations to Harjit from the More Energy team!

More Energy Brunel celebrates Mothers Day with free passes

More Energy Brunel is celebrating Mothers’ Day by offering free day passes to mothers wanting to try out the gym for the day*. So mums, get a workout in on us – just quote this offer to the receptionist on the day and enjoy your free training session!

*Offer applies at More Energy Brunel, Sunday 26th March 2017 9am-7pm only.

effects of alcohol on fitness goals

Our Personal Trainer Dimitrios Deliopoulos talks about the effects of alcohol and how to limit its effects on your workouts.

“We usually go out and have a drink or a meal with a glass of wine. But how exactly does our body respond to this weekly alcohol consumption?

First of all, our body reacts to the alcohol the same way it reacts to poison. I am not trying to demonise alcohol. I am simply describing the procedure that our body follows in order to metabolise alcohol.

Our body doesn’t know how to break down and store alcohol. It stores carbohydrates in the form of glucose, protein in the form of amino acids and fat as fatty acids. As soon as alcohol gets into the system, our body stops all the other procedures of metabolism, like fat burning, in order to “deal” with this unknown factor.

But what does this mean exactly? Should we stop drinking? The rule of moderation applies to everything and alcohol is not an exception. We can drink, even if we are trying to lose weight. As our body stops burning fat as soon as alcohol is in the system, the best way to have a drink is with a meal high in protein and low in fat. As the fat burning stops when we drink, it is more likely that the fat content of the meal we consume along with the drink will be stored as fat in our body. You can have your drink with a chicken salad, high in protein and vegetables and low in fat. This is a nice way to have your drink and stay on top of your goals. You can also eat less carbohydrates and fat sources that day, in order to make up for your drinks’ calories.

As long as you keep everything in check and in moderation, you can have the things you enjoy in life and still work towards your goals!”

Dimitrios is available for nutrition advice (nutrition package on sale now) and personal training. Contact him at more-energy@brunel.ac.uk or call 01895 265 307.

mvm pam bagley

More Energy Brunel is pleased to announce that our member Pam Bagley has won the inaugural vote to be named Most Valued Member of the Quarter!

More Energy Brunel will be naming a different member every quarter – based on nominations put forward by the whole More Energy team. Pam received the most nominations from the gym staff this quarter and is therefore our Most Valued Member! Starting her fitness journey attending Women Only Workouts at ME Brunel, we felt Pam deserved this award due to her consistent attendance in classes and progression with fitness/health goals.

As a reward for her hard work, Pam now gets a free personal training session with a trainer of her choice. Who will it be next quarter? You’ll just have to wait and see!

Congratulations to Pam from the More Energy team!

More Energy Brunel’s PT Lucy Bowgen shares her tips on how to stay healthy this festive season.

We all know the holidays are a time for indulging in delicious foods, relaxing with family and taking a break from daily jobs or studies. How easy is it to stay on track when away from the gym area? Below are some home workouts you can carry out in your home, out and about, in the parks etc.

The circuit below is different lower body exercises that can be carried out to burn calories, tone up and bring that heart rate up!

Circuit 1

  • Jump squats x 15-20 reps
  • Walking lunges x 24 reps
  • Sumo squats x 15-20 reps
  • Jump lunges x 20reps

Repeat circuit 1 as many times within 5 minutes and take a rest.

home workout for Christmas

And now an upper body circuit that can be carried out anywhere to burn calories, tone up and bring that heart rate up!

Circuit 2

  • Push ups/ lay down push ups x 12-15 reps
  • Caterpillar crawl x 5-10 reps
  • Burpees x 10-15 reps
  • Downward dog to low plank x 15 reps

Repeat circuit 2 as many times within 5 minutes and take a rest.

Home workout for Christmas

Below are some ideas of healthy snacks to keep you on track whilst celebrating the holidays!

  • Celery stick and a teaspoon of crunchy no added sugar peanut butter.
  • Rice cakes, butter and half a banana sliced on top.
  • Handful of almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts.
  • Half an apple with crunchy no added sugar peanut butter.
  • Olives
  • Wasabie Peas
  • Wholegrain Oatcakes
  • Popcorn (try to opt for salted)
  • Seeds
  • Half an apple (with little peanut butter)
  • Little pot of hummus with raw vegetables
  • Greek yogurt with sprinkle of nuts and little drizzle of honey
  • Boiled egg/ scrambled eggs made with skimmed milk
  • Wholemeal pitta and hummus
  • Celery, carrot sticks, pepper slices with low fat cream cheese dip.

If you’re going for fruits have them earlier in the day or morning time. Opt for;

  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Cherries
  • Cantaloupe melon slices
  • Blackberries or raspberries
  • Strawberries

We hope you continue to stay fit over the holidays! Merry Christmas and a happy new year from More Energy Brunel!

Women Only Workouts at More Energy

More Energy Brunel will be resuming their 6-week run of Women Only Workouts from November 10th 2016.

Price: 6 weeks for £60

When: Up to 2 exercise sessions a week*
10th Nov – 15th Dec 2016

Register your interest by Oct 31st!

Email more-energy@brunel.ac.uk

or call 01895 265 307

Terms: Subject to availability, advance booking & payment required, non refundable & transferrable, sessions limited to 8 participants. *2 sessions includes 1 personal trainer-led session & 1 free anytime gym session

ddmix at More Energy Kingston

World renowned ballerina and star of  Strictly Come Dancing Darcy Bussell launched her new aerobic dance class DDMIX at More Energy Fitness Centre in Kingston.

DDMIX is a diverse class that includes dance styles and moves from around the world, with great music to accompany it. Following the launch the class is running FREE up until the end of November on Monday from  1pm–2pm. No experience needed just trainers and enthusiasm.

The class is part of the wider Kingston University ‘This KU Girl Can’ campaign aimed at getting more women active.  More Energy offer a wide range of classes as well as gym facilities that allow the KU student body and local residents to stay fit and healthy.

If you would like information on the DDMIX class or to book your place, contact a member of the fitness team on 0208 417 2414 or email more-energy@kingston.ac.uk.