• What is Strength & Conditioning?

    Just what is Strength and Conditioning? The term Strength and Conditioning is often a term that can be heard discussed around various health and fitness environments. But just what is Strength & Conditioning and what exactly is the role of a Strength & Conditioning (S&C) Coach? The role of the S&C Coach is to bridge

  • Smart Fitness Member Testimony – Sophie

      What’s your name – Sophie Wickham   Do you take part in any particular sport, if so at what level?? Yes I take part in Triathlon. I am a British Team Age Group Competitor and National Championships runner-up   How long have you been training at Smart Fitness?? 3+ months   How did you

  • Northern England Sprint Champion

    On Sunday 1st February Smart Fitness member Charlotte Richardson competed in the Northern England Indoor Athletic Championships. The Championships were held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield with Charlotte competing in the 60m and 200m sprints in the under 13 age range. Charlotte did amazingly well taking gold in both distances. A truly

  • Core Stability and Strength

    Each time the body performs a movement load is transferred. Compound movements and exercises require more than one join to be working through their range of motion. A movement pattern can be as simple as bending down to pick something up off the floor, standing up from a chair or performing a squat with load. 

  • Breaking Records!!

    Earlier this year we featured one of our members here at Smart Fitness, who is an up and coming star 60m runner Charlotte Richardson and runs for Gateshead Harriers On Thursday 4th December Charlotte broke the Girls Under 13 60m club record with a of time of 8.2 secs. A truly fantastic achievement! You can see her

  • Why Strength is important for Skiing and Snowboarding

    Skiing and Snowboarding are physically demanding sports. The level of strength a person has will shape the degree to which they are able to complete the physical demands and skills required of that sport. Strength can be defined as the power or ability to resist force, strain or wear. When considering this in relation to the demands of skiing and

  • Gold Standard Swimming!

    We here at SMART FITNESS want to say a massive congratulations to one of our members Elisabeth Yaneske who won Gold at the Scottish National Masters Championship on the 8th November. Elisabeth competed in the women’s 1500m freestyle, in the 35-39 age bracket, winning Gold with a time of 19:56:29. A truly fantastic achievement! This

  • Get Fit for the Slopes

    The ski and snowboarding season is upon us. Are you planning to go this winter? Do you want to get the most out of your time on the slopes? Here at Smart Fitness we’ve got just the thing for you. We’ve put together an 8 week package that will get you fit and ready for

  • Running in new PB’s!

    SMART FITNESS client and Alnwick Harrier Stuart Morris has spent the year to date working hard on his running and building up the miles to complete the Chicago Marathon. Training was going well, with some good times clocked earlier in the year with the Northumberland Coastal Run completed in 1:41:25, and the Great North Run with

  • Why Mobility is Important

    Mobility and moving well is vital. But just what is mobility? Mobility can be described as the range of motion of a joint under specific circumstances. This range of motion can be affected by a number of issues such as muscle tightness or weakness around the joint. Along with this how good the neural drive