Hogarth Club introduces new fitness programme

Guest blog by Vojin Soskic The New Year is here. Predictably it is back with a bang and not just if you saw some fireworks. On the crest of that wave, we can exclusively reveal a brand new product at The Hogarth. We introduce to you… The Hogarth Octagon Health and Fitness tests! January is a popular time in gyms but we know there is danger of not maintaining the momentum in the coming months. One of the ways to stick to it is to set goals which are specific and measurable. These can then be reset as you reach one to target another. The Octagon tests will be a great way of achieving long term success. Whether you are a beginner or a more seasoned exerciser everyone will have areas for improvement and the Octagon measures 8 categories in Health and 8 in Fitness, which

Getting back to fitness after childbirth

Guest blog by Cat Baxendale I always dreamed of becoming a mother, but when the dream became reality, it certainly didn't come easily. Monty's grand entrance was 12 days late and at the end of a labour which stretched beyond 48 hours. With one dramatic, final big push and a pair of forceps, I found a strength I didn’t know I had and, having narrowly avoided a trip to theatre, I was holding my crying, healthy little bundle of joy. As I lay there gazing in awe at the little miracle in my arms, little did I know of the brutal aftermath that would follow such a protracted and traumatic birth. I have been a personal trainer at the Hogarth for eight years and have specialised in pre and post-natal for nearly six. I had an idea of what was ahead of me on the journey to recovery and

How to set goals for a healthier lifestyle

Guest blog by Vojin Soskic As a personal trainer and gym manager at The Hogarth I have seen a wide variety of people in our club. The one thing they all have in common is they will need to commit regularly to exercise if they are to succeed in leading a healthier life. The irony is this blog should have been done a few weeks ago but like all those would be exercisers this would be writer got distracted away from the goal, so I know the feeling! Get moving The most important thing is to get moving and aim to do more today than you did yesterday. Do not put it off just get something, anything, done. Even walking an extra 10 minutes is a great start and you’ll be surprised what you can achieve once you get going and will feel better for having done so. Why a tr