Running News March

April 30th, 2015 | Posted by Gail in Beginners Running - (Comments Off on Running News March)

Its almost here ! One of the biggest events in the UK sporting calendar is happening again on Sunday the 26th April and for many the London Marathon is where a dream is born.

In 2010, 36,549 people crossed the line, many of those running in remembrance of a friend or family member for different charities.

I myself began running and entered my first London Marathon just 25 weeks after the “could I run” thought popped into my head. I was a poor runner at school.

This is why I began the SoRunForFun beginners guide to running courses.

We have launched them again this spring as I now have colleague, Elias to assist in taking this forward, we can nurture more beginners through to their goals.

“One day I want to run a marathon”

Now this may seem adventurous but I hear many clients wishing they could jog some distance.

Well, we ourselves set our own limitations and now is the time for you to get up and have a go.

The Beginner running Club is on a Monday & Wednesday Evenings 6 pm from Muckley Corner at Gail Abbey Fitness Lichfield.

This club is also open to those who have been unable to run for some time due to lack of motivation,injury or those who wish to be stripped right back,forgetting all things they already know to help them find the ‘love’ again for running.

Everyone will start from a clean running card and follow the advice throughout the program. When the program is complete you will want to run faster, further and more frequently.


Q Will I be able to keep up?

A Yes, as I am pulling everyone back to a walk /run program to start and will be giving a running program out for all to follow at the slow pace I recommend. I am building strong foundations and after the course you can take the information and move to whatever level you wish.

Q Why are you holding people back if they can already run and what is the object of the program?

A Training many clients over the years I see that their running programs lack structure, progression,variation and all of this diminishes motivation, produces lethargic running and often incurs injury.

Runners who have reached great heights and become injured often forget or don’t want to go back to building foundations as they feel they will be taking steps backwards. When really they have forgotten WHY they began running..for fitness,fun and relaxation.

I want to put back those key elements and take away the ‘self competitive pressure’ to enjoy the scenery, company and freedom that walking/jogging/running allows.

New runners very quickly feel the runners high and forget that the legs,core need strengthening and flexibility, both by running and with a fitness program to compliment the sport.

The eagerness to do too much speed and or distance without good foundations then also leads to injury, creates problems,leading to low self belief and eventually motivation wanes.

During the course we cover the following
*Technique and equipment
*Common injuries and why
*Programming and exercise to prevent injury
*Hill running
*Road Running
*Cross Country
*Picking up the distance
*Speed Interval sessions
*Q and A how is the training going
*A 5/10k Fun Run
*Fartlek training

Its really a great hobby and a fantastic community.

For more info click here

Come and join the fun.

Gail x

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Life is A Ticket To The greatest Show On Earth – Feb news

April 30th, 2015 | Posted by Gail in So Lean and Clean Fat Loss Plan - (Comments Off on Life is A Ticket To The greatest Show On Earth – Feb news)

Well It seems there is a huge shift in many people’s lives at the moment.
It is quite amazing how many changes are occurring.
Re-locations to different countries, house moves, job changes,long term relationships ending, early retirements.

As I work closely with many people I see vividly energy changes.
Did you see it ? The eclipse?

I have been totally drained, sore shoulders , everything that the ‘experts ‘ say is happening during the lead up to the eclipse I have felt, yesterday morning I couldn’t breathe .
As if in a vice, when I stretched my arms out to simulate a chest press it was as if I was pushing a wall away .

Quite an unbelievable feeling .
So apparently now if you believe the ‘mumbo jumbo’ we are about to re set buttons, make the changes that have been holding us back , move to new levels , feel more powerful, release and energy.

Can’t be bad can it ? Whether we/you believe or not, that is not the point .. BUT its a great mindset to move into the weekend and Im going to grab it with both hands .. are you coming?

So Lean and Clean has also been very busy online, there has certainly been a lot of clients clearing up their diets over the last couple of months and getting fantastic results.
Some of the ladies can’t believe that they can lose the belly fat and look as slim as there twenties, after all the fat inevitably goes on with age doesn’t it?
The answer is absolutely not!
Small changes to a routine can create amazing results .
This post was by one of the ladies after her first 21 days.
“Morning ladies, I had a session and got weighed . Another 2lb off !!. That’s half a stone in just 4 weeks !! Thanks Gail for support and encouragement . Keep going everyone if I can then anyone can . Xxx

Join us for the next 21 Online So Lean & Clean .
Starts Monday and enjoy a COSMIC change,the above benefits plus loads more!

Lets get ready to re-set our health goals.

Is it time for a change for you? Below is a list of 10 things that life is too short to tolerate.
“Life is a ticket to the greatest show on earth.”
(Martin H. Fisher physician)

An unhealthy body. – Your health is your life. Don’t let it go. Eat right, exercise and get physical check-ups when you feel low or as a prevention.

Inaction. – Either you’re going to take action and seize new opportunities or someone else will. You can’t change anything or make any sort of progress by sitting back and thinking about it.

Being unprepared. – Life is unpredictable. Expect the unexpected. And there’s a big difference between being scared and being prepared.

Doing the same exact thing over and over again. – You are the sum of your life experiences. The more you experience, the more interesting your life story gets. As we age these can be habits that become hard to break, keep putting yourself gently out of your comfort zone.

Fear of change. – Life is change. Every day is different.
Every day is a new beginning and a new ending.
Embrace it and make the best of it.

A work environment or career field you hate. – Don’t settle for a career if you are bored or hate it,think you can do better or think you will let people down if they realise you are not ambitious. Keep searching. Eventually you will find work you love to do.
If you catch yourself working hard and loving every minute of it, don’t stop. You’re on to something big. Because hard work isn’t hard when you concentrate on your passions.

Your own negativity. – Be aware of your mental self-talk.
We all talk silently to ourselves in our heads, but we aren’t always conscious of what we’re saying or how it’s affecting us.
Start listening to your thoughts. If you hear negative thoughts, stop and replace them with positive thoughts.

Unnecessary miscommunication. – Say what you mean. Mean what you say. Speak clearly. Ask questions. Clarify things until you understand them.

People who bring you down. – Relationships should help you, not hurt you.
Friends,partners may be the one thing sapping your energy and holding you back from happiness.
Spend time with happy, positive people, and who listen when having asked your advice for the ‘nth’ time make a positive change.

All work and no play. – Enjoy yourself and have a little fun while you can.
If you’re smiling, you’re doing something right.

PS. Its International Day of Happiness.

Are you HAPPY?
Have a Happy and Healthy week

Gail xx

Short On Time To Workout?

January 16th, 2015 | Posted by Gail in PT - (Comments Off on Short On Time To Workout?)

Choose HIIT Workouts when short on time or in small spaces,excellent for those days when you have to go away with work and only have a hotel room facility to do your thing.
Slip one of these 10 min workouts into your 45 mins between the works conference and evening meal and you will be staying with the program . Your best kept secret !

Set your stopwatch for 1 minute with 10 second intervals and work through these exercises once or twice around .

Have You Tried A Split Training Program

January 16th, 2015 | Posted by Gail in PT - (Comments Off on Have You Tried A Split Training Program)

Split Training gets awesome results. If your body has reached a plateau then this type of program will kick start you again and have amazing effects on reducing body fat and inches.
Book in for a consultation and I will run through a program for you to use at home or at your local gym.

Looking For Some New Workout Moves?

January 16th, 2015 | Posted by Gail in PT - (Comments Off on Looking For Some New Workout Moves?)

Try My Total Gym at my studio, great for Pilates & Strength training

Kettlebell Challenge

The Beginners Guide To Exercise

January 16th, 2015 | Posted by Gail in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on The Beginners Guide To Exercise)

Did you wake up on Jan 1st deciding to change your lifestyle but then not knowing where to begin?

So much info on exercise, should I choose cardio , what is cardio, what version of cardio should I do ? You have high blood pressure and read don’t do this , don’t try that so now your scared you will make things worse , maybe set yourself back.

I am creating an online ‘beginners guide to exercise ‘ to assist you to reach goals .

It will be a 28 day course online video tutorial beginning Monday 2nd Feb. Mail me if you wish to join

Just £28.00


Feeling Motivated in 2015?

January 16th, 2015 | Posted by Gail in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Feeling Motivated in 2015?)

Happy New Year to you ! Today is the historically busiest fitness day in the January calendar .

People have usually finally ate all the chocolates, cake & wine and thinking its time to now hit the workouts. Joining new gyms , signing up for personal training , seeking out new classes, watching the TV. programmes,  anything to keep them motivated.

There is so much to choose from out there that many feel confused if not even overwhelmed with choices & advice, especially as media can conflict day to day!

Why is that?

Everybody has there inspiration from different sources. Experience of losing weight with different diets, do Weight Watchers, do Slimming World, try the 5:2 , Have a go at the South Beach etc etc etc

But if they are still on a diet , then they are doing it wrong , so you decide to ditch the lunch time sandwiches for a month , go dryathlon for January but can’t wait for it to end, do you really believe the weight will stay off if you go back to the same habits?

Its really important that you make some solid promises to yourself , nobody is suggesting you should give up an occasional drink or two but every night? There are many reasons for health why you need to alter this habit and the least one is possibly to lose the weight.

Whilst in dry January make a list of these reasons , put them on your notes in your phone , stick them on post it notes around your office, wherever you need to be reminded why you are changing your routine now & why you should change for life.

My advice to you is choose natural food,no boxes, no packets, no tins. Don’t ‘diet’ don’t put a start and end date on it.

Understand the importance of ‘nutrition & hydration’. It may extend your life. It will definitely give you a better quality life.

Think first about putting the quality food in each meal , not putting in the packet things into your daily intake first and then adding a bit of veg to it.

Keep up to date with the latest exercise & nutrition advice where possible.

On So Lean & Clean we do that and give the support that is needed when making changes in life.

The next SLAC online plan begins Monday 26th Jan. Jump on board and I will show you the easy way to health & fitness.

Gail x



My Name is Gail & I Am A Sugar Addict

December 16th, 2014 | Posted by Gail in So Lean And Clean - (Comments Off on My Name is Gail & I Am A Sugar Addict)

My name is Gail and I AM A SUGAR ADDICT

Yes its true, I am coming out.
These are the words I had to say four years ago when I realised sugar was dominating my eating habits.

I open the cupboard , scanned for the sweetest food.
No cake there so lets go for the porridge, honey and yep raisins should just about make it right. = SUGAR

Mid morning: I’m STARVING! How can that be after such a large bowl of porridge?

Mullerlight yoghurt & fruit as a snack it is then. =SUGAR

I would then get one hour on and again be opening cupboards seeking for food.

Ready supermarket spit roast chicken with a sweet crunchy salad and pineapple chunks =SUGAR

See where this is going. It all sounds healthy yes? But a dollop of sugar on or in EVERYTHING.

Get this !!! HOT blackcurrant squash , low calorie/sugar of course 😉 I would no way have full fat! kidding myself and know it or what!?
About four cups a day. =SUGAR

Fruit snack between dinner and tea
Banana =SUGAR

Evening Meal

Not that hungry will just have a bowl of chopped apple, mandarin, pear with a pot of yoghurt & honey!! =SUGAR

I realised I had a problem, things had to change, the weight actually was staying the same so thats good right?

NO. The impact is on the internal organs, placing the pancreas, under stress and a whole load of other issues .

8 reasons sugar is bad for you

1.Added sugars (like sucrose and high fructose corn syrup) contain a whole bunch of calories with NO essential nutrients.

For this reason, they are called “empty” calories.

2. When repeatedly eating large amounts of sugar this can lead to non alcohol related fatty liver disease and all sorts of serious problems. There has been and increase of in the UK for fatty liver disease.

3. Sugar can cause insulin resistance , a stepping stone towards diabetes & metabolic syndrome.

4.Insulin resistance can progress to type II Diabetes.

5.Due to its effects on the brain & hormones sugar can has unique fat promoting effects.

6.Because sugar causes a massive high of dopamine release in the brain sugar is highly addictive.

7.Sugar is a leading contributor to high levels of obesity in adults & children.

8. Studies show that sugar releases triglycerides, small dense LDL, and oxidise LDL , raise blood glucose and insulin levels & increase belly fat in just 10 weeks . That is also abdominal fat surrounding the vital organs remember,MAJOR RISK FACTORS FOR HEART DISEASE.

So am I cured?

No, My addiction will always lie there . Do you recognise the symptoms?

I kicked it, you can , it isn’t easy but can be done.

I can help you on So Lean & Clean online.
Explain the trigger foods, what not to do, how to prepare against challenging days.
How to recover quickly from a blip and more..

My typical day now goes like this:


Spinach omelette with a crunchy side salad


Chicken breast with broccoli and a tablespoon of homemade hummus.If EVER use shop bought always check the back to be sure for tahini, chick peas and olive oil. NO SUGAR


Homemade stew with sweet potatoes and parsnips ( This satiates the brain as the veg are dense carbs and not fast insulin producing , a slow release into the blood stream )

Occasionally I will buy some green and blacks or natural quality chocolate, sweet substitute.


WATER LITRES OF, GREEN TEA, alcohol once a week .

If you check back you will see the alcohol I recommend if you don’t want to give up your tipple.

No cravings.

I will be writing more on the consequences of sugar in the diet & what the guises sugar comes in. It helps keep me in track too !

Have a great week.

Gail x

Festive Fun !

December 13th, 2014 | Posted by Gail in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Festive Fun !)

Hi all I hope you are having a wonderful December.Just now 12 days away from Christmas.How are the stress levels?

I use to get uptight about Christmas but somehow I have desensitised to all the urgency and just kick back, lower my own uber high self expectations and just go with the flow!

Crazy isn’t it anything we seem to count down to just can send you into a frenzy!

The main worries of Christmas are:



Fear of letting people down

So as my dad used to say lets get it all into perspective.

I am posting some sound cloud Christmas tips to keep your fitness and health in check over the festive season and here is a little advice if your nerve are going off the richter scale!


Do you really need ALL the food on the list ?

Do you really need to spend THAT amount on people?

It is just ONE day, what you don’t manage to afford today you can make a budget and factor that dream child’s gift into the year plan. The best things in life are worth waiting a little bit longer for.

Over feeding everybody will just create stress after Christmas, stress to pay back credit cards, stress to get the weight off. Be lean (not mean) with eating, make some quality food not quantity.Then you will spend less time in those supermarket queues and more time with the family or at the gym staying in shape.

Get everybody involved in the jobs leading up to Christmas, project manage your day.Include the kids get them wrapping, send them off to get some gifts if they are old enough.They will then appreciate how much time all of this takes.


Great SoSpa Corporate Events

October 18th, 2014 | Posted by Gail in Corporate - (Comments Off on Great SoSpa Corporate Events)

I have just returned from yet again an amazing experience of training a group at Wembley Stadium.

Nobody has ever been allowed to do it before so I felt very privileged to be asked once again by Homeserve to run the fitness part of their 20th Anniversary event.

Take a look at the pictures below.