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ELLIE GOULDING LAUNCHES NIKE +TC WORKOUT (FINALLY, THE SECRET TO THAT BOD)

Confession time – I have a massive girl crush on Ellie Goulding. It’s been a slow grower. Yes, I thought her first singles were catchy. But when I really started to pay attention to her was when she began talking in interviews about her passion for running and when her Instagram feed began filling with pictures of her doing everything from planks to monkey bars to boxing. She started talking fitness before it became cool to talk fitness. And it was around then that I thought she was a “pop star” with a lot more about her.

So imagine my delight when I got invited to a special event earlier this week to launch her brand new Tighten + Tone workout for the Nike + Training Club App.

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HOT NEW WORKOUT TRENDS FROM CALIFORNIA: THE #FITROADTRIP PART ONE

It’s been quiet on the Fitphernalia front of late. But I haven’t forgotten you or instantly donned my tiger onesie and refused to move from the sofa since autumn hit. No, I’ve been stateside in California – possibly the healthiest place on the planet – exploring the exciting new fitness crazes sweeping La La Land and beyond. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be sharing my pick of the top ones to know about, name drop, and petition the founders to bring to the UK. First up, something with a touch of the sci-fi about it…

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HOW TO… RUN A PB

‘Slow and steady wins the race’ – a lovely sentiment for life, nonsense when it comes to actually competing in an event. What you need then is SPEED.

I don’t naturally possess any. And, bizarrely, the more races I’ve done the slower I’ve got. My 10k times have gone in decline: 58 mins, 59 mins, 1hr 5mins… If I let the trajectory continue, I’d eventually grind to a halt. So a couple of months back I decided to set my next 10k race – Sure Run to the Beat, this weekend – as a goal to work towards a new personal best (PB). And I called on the wisdom of Fitness First‘s Scott Mackenzie to help me train.

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YOGA – IN THE CLOUDS

Ever been at something awe-inspiring (Taj Mahal/peace summit/ Britney concert. Hey,  we’re not here to judge) and everyone’s totally lost their minds, taking ba-jillions of photos on their smartphones. And you’re cursing their inability to just “be” in the moment. You’ve adopted a serene expression as you think, ‘Look at me, just soaking this up and recording it in my actual memory not my SD card.’ But really, REALLY, you’re an internal quivering wreck, just moments away from breaking and screaming, ‘Screw the moment. Take my photo here, now here, now here, now from this angle, now in this pose, now in front of this, now with my hand here. Again, again, AGAIN. PHOTOGRAPH EVERYTHING.’

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