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The Benefits of Training with your Significant Other…

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The Benefits of Training with your Significant Other…


Healthy eating and exercise have become more and more popular over the last few years. To the point where it’s now trendy to ‘look after yourself’. Healthy cafes and restaurants are more common, and people are proud to walk around in their active wear.

But, the next trend that I can see happening now…

Training with your partner.

Working out with your husband/wife/gf/bf/fiancé can provide HUGE benefits…

Guaranteed Quality Time

When life, jobs, and kids get in the way, it can be hard to find time to spend together. We often have the best of intentions when it comes to “date nights,” but sometimes even those can get put off if you have to work late or something unexpected comes up. However, if you’re prioritising your workouts, you probably already have them built into your schedule as “appointments” with yourself you can’t break. So, if you’re already making time in your day to work out, why not do it together? Exercising together means built-in quality time during the day, and more quality time helps keep your relationship healthy.

Better Sex Life

Feeling happier is a natural by-product of exercise due to the feel-good chemicals (endorphins) that it helps you release. The release of endorphins also helps ramp up your sex drive, so not only will working out together make you happier, but it will up your desire. In addition, working out boosts your self-confidence and can help you get in touch with your body: two more things that translate to increased arousal and better sex!

Healthy Competition

Feeling like the spark of your relationship could use some reigniting? A little healthy competition can bring the playfulness back into your relationship. Often between bills, child-rearing, and obligations, we forget the playful, flirtatious behaviour that helps us bond with our partner. But working out together can bring that back in the form of some friendly competition! Challenge your partner to a mini race or see who can finish a circuit workout first. See who can do the most squats or burpees. It not only keeps your workout interesting, but your relationship interesting, too!

Trying Something New Brings You Together

image1Trying something new together can bring you closer as a couple. Whether it’s jogging, yoga, dancing, or tackling a HIIT class together, trying something for the first time together is an amazing way to bond. This is because new experiences flood your brain with dopamine, a feel-good chemical—and when you experience those things with your partner, your brain links that positive feeling with him or her.

Built-In Accountability

People who are held accountable for their workout routine are more likely to be successful. And who better to hold you accountable than the person who knows you best? When you only have to answer to yourself, you’re more likely to skip a workout if you’re having a bad day or not feeling motivated. But letting your partner motivate you and keep you accountable—and vice versa—can bring you closer and ensure you get a killer workout in. A study in Prevention Magazine found that 94% of couples stuck to their workout plan when they did it together. Motivate each other and encourage each other and you’ll feel more positive about your workouts and your partner.

A Shared Goal Brings You Closer

But one way to really make your relationship healthy is to have a shared goal or activity. When you workout together, you’re both sharing the goal of getting healthy and prioritising your fitness. The experience of being on the same page about something big brings you infinitely closer.

Deepens Your Emotional Bond

Psychologists found that one way to feel like you’re bonding with your partner is to practice nonverbal mimicry. Nonverbal mimicry or “matching” is when you coordinate your actions with another person; think lifting weights at the same time, matching your running or walking pace with theirs, or dancing to the same beat. Working out together provides tons of opportunities for nonverbal mimicry, helping you and your partner feel more emotionally attuned with one another.

IMG_8746I have been doing lots of Personal Training with couples recently. And one thing I’ve noticed so far… the results have been fantastic!

The couples train together at the same time at my private fitness studio in Seaham. There’s nobody else there just me, and my clients. No distractions. Just the two of them working hard, and encouraging each other.

Even if their workouts are slightly different (depending on their goals), they’re still able to motivate each other.

This is what Sara and Marty had to say about training together:

“I really enjoyed watching Sara’s transformation her results have been brilliant.  I love that she actually enjoys exercising again,” Marty explained.

“Working shifts is hard and we very rarely have a great deal of time together, but personal training meant that we maximised our time together that we would have normally squandered because of the constraints of work.”

“And although our levels of fitness are different we were able to spend time in the same place together enjoying exercise.”

“Having that healthy rivalry that spurs you on to go that little bit further. And it helps having someone there who understands the aches and pains the day after”.


Sara said; “I enjoyed the PT programme, and training together made it easier to get out of bed on a morning for exercise. We actually spent more time together because of training, and because I am now more energetic we spend more time walking the dog, which didn’t used to happen.”

“I’ve tried doing loads of different forms of exercise that never lasts but having someone with you every step of the way makes you push yourself harder and actually keep up the exercise. It really helps having someone to motivate and encourage you when you’re feeling tired or feel like having an off day.”

“You also have someone to laugh with the next day when you both can’t move”


I am taking on new clients at the moment and I have a special offer on Semi-Private Personal Training….



My 6-Week Semi-Private PT Programme is normally £720 (£360 each).

But for the rest of 2017, 2 people train for the price of 1!

£360 per couple. (£180 each).

You get 2 workouts per week, meal plans, body fat measurements, motivation, accountability and all of the benefits I have wrote about above.

If you would like more info just get in touch… 07875548880.

Triple Pyramid Workout

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This Triple Pyramid is challenging for all parts of your body, especially your legs. But, it’s complete in just 20 minutes. All that you need is a set of dumbbells for a couple of the exercises.

10 seconds SQUAT JUMPS
30 seconds BURPEE PRESS
40 seconds SPEED SKATERS
50 seconds CROSSOVERS
60 seconds SQUAT PRESS
50 seconds CROSSOVERS
40 seconds SPEED SKATERS
30 seconds BURPEE PRESS
10 seconds SQUAT JUMPS

60 seconds rest

10 seconds SQUAT JUMPS
30 seconds BURPEE PRESS
40 seconds SPEED SKATERS
50 seconds CROSSOVERS
60 seconds SQUAT PRESS
50 seconds CROSSOVERS
40 seconds SPEED SKATERS
30 seconds BURPEE PRESS
10 seconds SQUAT JUMPS

60 seconds rest

10 seconds SQUAT JUMPS
30 seconds BURPEE PRESS
40 seconds SPEED SKATERS
50 seconds CROSSOVERS
60 seconds SQUAT PRESS
50 seconds CROSSOVERS
40 seconds SPEED SKATERS
30 seconds BURPEE PRESS
10 seconds SQUAT JUMPS

Workout Complete

Watch the video below for a demo of the exercises before you start.

The 3 Key Factors To Barry’s Successful Transformation

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IMG_0975Barry is a 39 year old, husband and dad of two, from Seaham. 

About 6 years ago he picked up an injury, which totally wiped out his exercise routine.

He started to pile the pounds on because he was less active and started to eat rubbish foods. In fact, he completely lost his self discipline with his diet. 

He would skip breakfast. Take a lunchbox full of sandwiches, crisps and chocolate biscuits to work. He would snack on sugary, carby things all day. Then when he got home from work he would eat more carby, starchy foods (or a takeaway), and wash it down with a couple of beers.

Basically, he fell into the trap of eating a high sugar diet, like many men do!

The problem is, too much sugar just results in storing fat around the waistline. 

He was feeling really bloated and uncomfortable in all of his clothes. 

It got to the point where his weight was affecting his mood and he avoided doing certain things, like going out with his mates and taking his sons swimming. 

The thing is… everyone has a tipping point. The point where you say to yourself, “right, enough is enough I’ve got to do something to get this weight off. I can’t go on feeling like this forever.”

So he signed up to my 90 Day Boot Camp Programme. 

And the rest is history as they say…

His chubby days are now behind him and he has a whole new energetic lifestyle. He has learned to control his diet and has very good self-discipline. And he has a new found self-confidence 😁 




How did Barry get these amazing results during his 90 Days at Boot Camp? 

3 Reasons: 

SUPPORT – You’ve got support from me and the rest of the group throughout your membership. I’m always on the end of the phone if you have questions. There ‘s also a private, members only facebook group where everyone communicates, shares their ideas and experiences. This group is the heartbeat of the programme. It really helps keep you on track.

MOTIVATION – Being in a group environment really motivates you during the workouts. It’s not fiercely competitive, but its very encouraging and inspiring. When you’re on your own in the gym it’s too easy to give up early or quit all together. In a group environment you will find yourself pushing more, it will get the best out of you and you’ll see quicker and better results. 

ACCOUNTABILITY – When you join boot camp you become part of the group, and you feel accountable. This is a HUGE part of your success. On those days when you don’t feel like working out, your energy is low, or when then weather is bad, the group will hold you accountable. 


Those 3 things are the key to successful health and fitness.

I see so many men joining gyms or going running. But they don’t get the results that they set out to achieve…

Because the gym doesn’t provide those 3 things above. 

In fact, there’s a statistic in the fitness industry that says 34% of new gym members attend LESS than 4 times! 

Only 21% of people attend more that 12 times! 

This statistics prove there is no accountability, support and motivation in a gym. 


The NEW 6 Week Boot Camp Programme….


I’ve just opened up more spaces for Men on my 6 Week Boot Camp programme. 

  • £49 for 6 weeks.
  • 2 workouts a week. Choose from Monday 6am, Tuesday 6:30pm, Thursday 6:30pm, Friday 6am
  • Meal Plans, shopping lists and recipes. 
  • Plus Support, Motivation and Accountability.


Fancy giving Boot Camp a go? To apply for a place click here >>> www.eastcoast-fitness.com/mensbootcamp




image2 (2)I asked Barry a few questions about what it’s like to join boot camp, so you can hear from the ‘horses mouth’ instead of taking my word for it. 

What was your biggest fear before joining?  Did it come true, and if not, what happened instead?
“My biggest fear before signing up to your boot camp was turning up on the first day and  everyone else being really fit and in peak condition and I would look like a fat pudding!! this was not correct there was mix of people there in different stages of fitness, everyone was really welcoming and that put me at ease and I was able to enjoy it.”
What, specifically, was your favourite part of boot camp, and why?
“My favourite part of boot camp has been the varied activities and work outs we do, I have never had the same workouts in the 4 weeks I’ve been attending that makes it fun. I have enjoyed challenging myself again after losing my own discipline about 5-6 years ago following breaking my leg when playing rugby. I strangely enjoy doing the steps and the bank!!”

If you were to recommend East Coast Fitness to your best friend, what would you say?

“I would say if your thinking about joining do it don’t put it off like I did, since I started 4 weeks ago I have learned how to eat healthily, this in turn has given me the ability to train harder and more often and I can see results I never thought possible. Its about education learning how the food you eat affects you and how this helps  you exercise harder. I’m now doing 2 sessions a week  at boot camp and 2-3 on my own and loving it. people are noticing my weight loss and I seem to be happier in myself.”
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He then went on to say this…
“Can I just say the emails you have sent over the last few weeks have really helped, learning about food, carbs (good/bad) has been just as important as the exercise.”


Sunderland Echo Workout 19/4/17 – BURPEE CHALLENGE

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Today’s workout is simple. There’s only one exercise and it only take 5 minutes to complete. But, it targets all parts of your body. Legs, bum, core, and upper body.


Your aim is to work for five minutes, completing 8 BURPEES as quickly as possible at 30 second intervals.


For example, start the clock, perform 8 BURPEES as quickly as possible. If you complete them in 20 seconds, you get 10 seconds rest before your next set.


Complete 10 sets in total.


So overall, you will perform 80 burpees in 5 minutes.


It’s important that you get the technique correct so go to www.eastcoast-fitness.com/blog for a demonstration. There’s also a demo of a beginners burpee in case you find them too difficult.

Plus Size Workout – 13/4/17

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This workout is a progression pyramid designed to raise your heart rate without putting too much pressure on your joints.

30 seconds STAR JUMPS
1 minute SQUATS
90 seconds BRIDGE & CRUNCH
2 minutes 4 STEP SHUTTLE
rest for 1 minute.

Complete 4 rounds in total 💪💪💪


Enjoy 😁

  • Timetable & Booking


    Date: Monday & Friday
    Time: 06:00 – 06:45
    Venue: Seaham Youth Centre (Strangford Road, Seaham, SR7 8QE)
    Price: £30 for 4 week block booking / £85 for 12 week block booking (saving £5) / £160 for 24 week block booking (saving £20)

    Morning Boot Camp – Seaham


    Date: Tuesday & Thursday
    Time: 18:30 – 19:30
    Venue: Seaham Sea Front – meet in Tonias Cafe car park (North Road, Seaham, SR7 7AG)
    Price: £30 for 4 week block booking / £85 for 12 week block booking (saving £5) / £160 for 24 week block booking (saving £20)

    Evening Boot Camp – Seaham


    Date: Sunday
    Time: 10:00 – 11:00
    Venue: Seaham Leisure Centre (Deneside Recreation Ground, Seaham, SR7 8NP)
    Price: £5 per session