• 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

  • The Marathon Man Makes It!

    For the last two years, Richie Houghton, the Marathon man, has been attempting to break the 3 hour 30 min barrier, with his latest addition being The Berlin Marathon (26.5 miles). Richie’s previous marathons include: 13/4/14 London- 3hrs 53mins 36secs 25/04/14 Edinburgh- 3hrs 48mins 55secs He also completed: 17/05/15 Dukeries, Nottinghamshire (30mile) – 4hrs 46mins

  • Smart Fitness members at the World Triathlon Championships

    For our latest blog we find out a bit about about two of our members, Ian & Tracey, who are about to head out to the World Triathlon Championships. Where and when are the Championships taking place? Chicago – 16-19 September.  There a number of different events – aquathlon (swim & run), elite triathlon and

  • Why are the Glutes Important?

    The gluteal complex is a complex of three muscles located at the posterior side of the hips. When working correctly the glutes are some of the strongest muscles in the body.  These muscles allows us to keep ourselves upright as they are part of the core musculature. They produce movement at the hip and thigh

  • Smart Fitness Member Testimony – Gosforth Park Ladies Golf Club

        In our latest installment of member testimonies we here from Gosforth Park Ladies Golf Club (GPLGC) how they have benefited from training here at Smart Fitness Who are you? We are a group of lady golf members of GPLGC with an age range from mid 40’s to early 70’s. We exercise from Sept