The magazine for Women that want a Healthy and Fit Lifestyle
‘Find your strength’
A lso in this issue…
Meet the team • Get to know the experts and contributors to Women’s Fitness…
ABOUT YOU • Share your views on any aspect of fitness and become part of the Women’s Fitness community
STAR LETTER RETREAT TO FITNESS
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‘If my workouts can make someone’s life brighter, I’ve done a good job’ • Courtney Black has charmed fitness fans with a hint of glam and a can-do attitude, but how did she become the nation’s favourite Pocket PT and what has she learnt along the way?
COURTNEY’S WORKOUT WEEK
MEET THE EXPERTS
STAY STRONG • You don’t have to work out like a weight lifter to benefit from resistance training. Our panel of fitness experts reveal easy ways to get stronger
‘HOW I BUILD MY BODY’ Maddie Hinch
WHY TRY HOCKEY?
MEET OUR OLYMPIC HOPEFULS! • The games are finally on*, and we talk to three of the GB’s top medal hopes to find out how they rate their chances and how they’ve coped with the unconventional build-up
PEDAL TO POST-NATAL FITNESS • Looking to get bike fit and shed pounds post baby? We spoke to fitness pro and Liv Cycling ambassador Elle Linton to find out how to cycle into postpartum shape
GREAT GEAR • THIS BIKE KIT IS RECOMMENDED BY NEW MUMS!
‘CYCLING OFFERED FOCUS IN MY NEW, CHAOTIC WORLD’ • MUM-OF-TWO, KATE ALLAN, HAS PERSONAL EXPERIENCE RETURNING TO THE BIKE AFTER HAVING BABIES. SHE WON HER AGE GROUP IN IRONMAN 70.3 LANZAROTE SIX MONTHS AFTER BABY NUMBER ONE AND WON THE NATIONAL 50-MILE CHAMPIONSHIPS 14 MONTHS POST-BABY
STRENGTH • 13-page strength special
POWER UP! • Take your strength training workouts to the next level with kit that supports your every push, pull, squat and deadlift
GET LIFTED • Need a post-workout pick-me-up? You’re probably familiar with the endorphin-induced runner’s high, but resistance training boasts a special kind of buzz
STRONG BODY, STRONG MIND • WHY DOES LIFTING WEIGHTS MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD? HERE’S THE SCIENCE BEHIND STRENGTH TRAINING’S FEEL-GOOD FACTOR…
FITTER, FASTER, STRONGER • What does it mean to be strong? Three powerful women reveal the secrets behind their strength and how they’re paving the way for future generations
SAM’S TOP TRAINING KIT
EMMA’S TOP STRENGTH TRAINING MOVES
Let’s go outside! • Think strength training has to take place indoors? Outdoor gym, Farm Fitness, is proving that you can soak up the sun while getting strong and fit with your friends!
THE ANTI POLLUTION DIET • What damage is dirty air doing to your health? Discover steps you can take to minimise the risk, beginning with a round-up of the best foods and minerals that help build your defence against air impurities
EAT THIS... • YOUR ANTI-POLLUTION MEALS FOR THE DAY...
CRUSH YOUR CRAVINGS • Want to ditch sugar? Nutritionist Christine Bailey explains how to cut back on the sweet stuff with a seven-day plan
7-DAY LOW-SUGAR PLAN
FUEL UP • Whether for energy, recovery or immune support, good-for-you juice shots deliver a dose of performance-boosting nutrients
YOGA FOR FLEXIBILITY • Tight quads? Shortened hip flexors? Try these moves to gently release your muscles and ease stiff joints
Q&A • ‘I’m not sure whether to take up yoga or
Strong mama! • Pregnancy brings about huge physical and emotional changes, but staying active could help keep your body in balance. Prenatal expert, Taylor Walker Sinning, reveals what you need to know...