Thursday, 24 March 2016

Cardio / What about it?

Cardio seems to be the most hated word in the gym, it could be because of those stereotypes, us girls that apparently never leave the cardio machines or that those roid-heads that never get on them but dare I say it, I've always been a big fan of cardio, whether it was back in the day of running 5k every morning or my daily Body Combat class, I'm what some might say, addicted to sweat. It's no secret that cardio is great for the body, however, it tends to have this stigma attached to it that it's horrible & boring ... but here's what I do...


Low steady state cardio, running at a constant speed for 40 minutes on the treadmill is an example. Not ideal for those of you that get bored easily but on the plus side, it can be performed by more or less anyone. Personally, being one that gets bored easily I don't tend to do LISS often but I do find it a form of low-intensity recovery or fasted in the morning to get my body fat burning. If long distance running is your thing & you fancy a half marathon.. read this

/ Fasted [before breakfast] 40 minutes steady speed on the cross trainer. 
/ Recovery [on a rest day or if those legs are a bit sore] 40 minutes gentle job or incline walk.
/ Stair Master [a real sweaty mess at the end] 20 minutes level 10 [EXTRA BURN - try taking a double step or stepping up sideways]


My favourite. High-Intensity Interval training (sprints & rest, if you like). Making you work at your maximum for a short period of time and then resting. The Body Coach recommends that 20 minutes of HIIT daily is plenty, so perfect for those of you who get bored easily. HIIT workouts can be found all across the internet I love the HIIT MAX programme, suitable for all fitness levels. 

/ Treadmill [adjust levels depending on fitness level, ensure working at max] 20 minutes. 30 seconds sprint, 30-second rest X6. Low intensity for 2 minutes active rest. REPEAT exercise. X3
/ Bike [adjust levels depending on fitness level, ensure working at max.] 20 minutes. 20 seconds sprint, 10 seconds rest X6. Low intensity for 2 minutes active rest. REPEAT exercise X3.
/ See here for a HIIT workout


A mixture of aerobic & anaerobic exercises, most gyms have classes of circuit training, so you don't have to make up the circuit yourself! Toning & burning to the maximum, while keeping time per exercise to a minimum - again, no chance of boredom here. Read my post about why circuit training could be for you...

/ Circuit training class with James Doolan @ Winners 2000.


A High energy martial arts style workout, toning the arms & getting your heart rate up, you can burn up to 750 calories & it's so much fun! A complete WIN-WIN...I used to do this about 5X a week until I moved gyms. It's definitely time for my return...
Body combat in a situation? Read my London working experience here

I DO: 
/ Hannah Broughton's , Les Mills Body Combat Class @ Newton Abbot Leisure Centre  [Les Mills classes are available across the UK]

What's your favourite cardio? Tweet me over at @chloehodgkinson 


Tuesday, 8 March 2016

My Life / Who inspires me?

Happy international Women's day, a day to celebrate how far we've come as a gender & celebrate all female bosses. It's a day where the majority of us females will be thinking about who inspires us personally and who we are grateful for every day. Here's who inspires me every day...

The Boss/ 

My mum. A full time working mum from day one who currently runs her own business. A lady of pure drive and determination to get what she wants out of a business. She's juggled being a single mum to my brother and me with her work in the financial services & even after moving to Devon still drives to Kent and back in one day to see her clients. She's a leader & if she wants something will go work hard for it. I've learnt so much from business and the importance of working hard from this woman & I hope one day I follow in her footsteps in becoming a female boss.

The Super Mum/

Two kids, a full-time job, a health lover & my step mum. What I find so amazing about step parents is they don't have to love and care for you, they choose too. She hasn't had to support me the way she does. This lady has taught me the importance of being healthy and happy and about prioritising time to make sure you and your family are exactly that. The creator of some of the most incredible healthy, homemade dishes, my step mum gives me inspiration to always cook from scratch, to nourish your body and love and accept yourself for who you are.

The PT/

The name Kayla Itsines is known throughout many households with her bikini body guides being taken on by thousands. Only 24 years old, she's created not only a business but a whole movement of women wanting to get fitter and healthier from across the world. Proving strong is the new skinny.

The Fashion Icon/

Pandora Sykes, a stylist and fashion journalist who's worked with the top dogs. Her style pushes limits exploring patterns and cuts in the most creative ways. Her out-there style showcases her confidence and ability to deserve a place in the industry. Her confidence, knowledge and creativeness are all something I aim for.

The Best Mate/

I haven't mentioned her on here before & I'm not sure how she'll take it but she's not really just any best mate but more like a sister. Zo has changed me and sculpted me into a harder and stronger person, she's probably the only person that doesn't wind me up & if she does we have it out in a sister fight, with normally my mum having to tell us to shut up. Sounds silly but I've finally found out what it's like to have a true best friend, I miss her if I don't see her & share everything with her. Her family are like my second family & she's loved by mine and I guess this is what it must feel like to a have a non-identical twin sister.

What women inspire you?


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