• Goodbye injuries, Hello PB’s!

    Here is Kevin’s story, in his own words, on the importance of combined physio and S&C training and how it got him back to top performance. I first started running again just before my 30th birthday in 2012. I hadn’t really done any running since my school days where I was decent at cross country

  • Marathon Man does it Again!

      On 23rd April over 40,000 runners took part in the 2017 London Marathon, taking to the streets of the capital for the 26.2 mile distance. Smart Fitness member Rich Houghton was part of the record number of runners with one particular goal; to complete the distance in under 3 hours. Rich has been training

  • Strength training for pain management…we’re not just about athletes!

      We have a varied client base here at Smart Fitness and pride ourselves in being able to offer help and support to a wide spectrum of people. One of our clients wanted to share her experience of training at Smart Fitness and tell her story as to how the training has helped with her

  • Marathon Rich Takes New York

    On the 6th November 2016 Smart Fitness member Richard Houghton took in the New York Marathon. Rich had been putting in the hard miles on the road and in the gym and was aiming for an age specific time that would allow him to qualify for any of the major city marathons around the world

  • Member Testimony – Johan Gausden

    What’s your name?  Johan Gausden.   Do you take part in any particular sport, if so at what level? Climbing, cycling and running. Climbing and cycling are done purely as hobbies, whereas I compete in running at an amateur level, usually in races which have a mountain marathon format.   How long have you been

  • The Ultimate Swim Run Event!

    On 13th August two of our Smart Fitness members took part as a tandem team in the Swim Run event at Casco Bay, Portland, Maine in the United States. The event took part within an inlet of the Maine river, which features 136 islands, a very natural setting for swimrunning. The race consisted of 17.7km running

  • The European Swimming Masters

    Another bit of exciting news! A huge well done to Smart Fitness’s, Julian Plumley, who competed in the European Masters Swimming Championships, London 2016.  With 10,000 swimmers at the event, Julian managed to achieve a top 10 finish for the very first time in his age category!! Julian, said, “The event itself was pretty amazing.

  • The Swimming Master

    More good news from our clients… Another big well done from all at Smart Fitness to Masters Swimmer, Julian Plumley who has been picking up quite a few medals of late. Julian was competing in the Scottish Masters on the 22nd/23rd April held in Aberdeen, where he picked up 4 gold medals and 1 silver

  • Well Done Girls!

    On Sunday the 24th of April (2016), Smart Fitness clients, Jane Robson and Carolyn Houghton both completed the London Marathon (26.2 miles!).  An absolutely brilliant achievement! Jane and Carolyn both started training here at Smart Fitness to prepare for the race and have been putting in a huge amount of hard work in the gym

  • What are Plyometrics and what are the benefits??

    A plyometric movement is a quick and powerful movement of a muscle, which has an eccentric contraction (when the muscle lengthens) followed by a rapid concentric contraction (when the muscle shortens/contracts). Using plyometrics in your training plan can help improve your athletic performance. If you were to increase the rate your body can produce force