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New wellbeing courses for 2021 and a free week of fitness classes!

Need to reboot? If you fancy challenging yourself this year check out these new courses and dig out your trainers for a FREE week of fitness classes with Warwickshire's Back to It PT. On your marks, get set, and go!

Enjoy 1 week of live fitness classes with Warwickshire’s Back to it PT

Muddy Awards 2019 fitness instructor finalist Sinead O’Connor – not that one! – is the founder of Back To It Personal Training. She’s fantastic at supporting clients through their mental and physical fitness journey. Fitness classes range from transformation camps, online live (two way) classes to nutrition with real community support as the backbone. You’re made to feel welcome and Sinead makes sure to get to know you in order to understand, and help you achieve your goals.

Muddy readers are invited to book a free week of classes, ranging from Abs & Core, to shadow boxing, interval training, and so much more, using the code Muddyfitness2021.

Fancy trying a new online Couples Massage course for 2021?

Accredited by the Federation of Holistic Therapists, Kathryn Ellis runs a series of courses from her Central School of Massage in Leamington Spa – including a brand new introductory partner massage course for 2021.

As we’re spending a lot more time in the confines of our homes, qualified massage therapist, trainer and yoga teacher Kathryn has devised the perfect online gift (Valentine’s Day?) or new skills course to help people de-stress during Lockdown 3.0.

She came up with the idea following discussions with her clients as while there’s a choice of courses online for professionals, there isn’t really anything for novices.

Widely used by millions, the benefits of massage are extensive. An excellent form of meditation its positive effects are similar to those of yoga, allowing a person to focus on themselves and to connect with their mind and body and those of their partner.

Kathryn Ellis in action

A step-by-step guide, Kathryn’s new introductory course is aimed at couples, parents and children – great for a mum and teen daughter going through exams. In her video Kathryn gives people handy hints and tips on how to give an effective massage both simple and advanced. From kneeling with a pillow to alleviate knee problems, to correct positioning and technique to ensure maximum comfort for both parties throughout, the video is filled with advice and information for best practice.

Kathryn’s massage technique is ideal for the home as it can be carried out fully clothed and other than finding a peaceful, relaxing environment no special equipment is necessary.

The online course lasts less than three hours. It consists of an introduction from Kathryn followed by a 50-minute massage broken down into 10 segments, each lasting between five minutes and 17 minutes.

The second half of the course runs the entire tutorial, so students are able to practise alongside Kathryn. It comes with a series of downloadable PDFs giving people more advice and information as they make their way through the course.

Kathryn said: “It is ideal for people who would like to devote just a few minutes a day to practise or they can learn several segments in one go. It’s an ideal entry course for someone who would like to learn the basics, so they practise on their partner, friend or family member, but also a great introduction for anyone considering a career in massage who now has the time to learn the fundamentals.

“After the events of 2020 – a particularly stressful year with two lockdowns and endless rules and guidelines to follow – the partner massage course is a great means of escape, allowing you to de-stress, give your bodies some much needed TLC, and spend some quality time with loved ones.”

Cost: £79. To find out more details, or to book on to the course see here and for information about Kathryn’s yoga classes (including six free Yin Yoga for beginners video lessons) see here.


Founded by Glasgow’s Cheryl MacDonald who first started teaching pregnancy yoga in her spare bedroom after her son was born and she was made redundant on maternity leave. Online and in-person classes are run nationally for women at pivotal times in their lives include newly launched  YogaBellies Nurture for new mums, and YogaBellies for Fertility – aimed at women hoping to conceive. Local yoga teacher, Amy Wilde covers Coventry and Stratford-upon-Avon. She runs YogaBellies for Pregnancy, YogaBellies for Mum & Baby and online Luna YogaBellies classes, perfect for all women, particularly those experiencing menopausal changes and PMS.

New fitness programme for over 40s – join The Adams Family (pun intended!)

Two Warwickshire-based former Olympians living in Rugby have this month launched an inspiring new fitness project aimed at improving functional fitness in over 40’s.

Husband and wife duo, Neil Adams MBE, 62, a former world Judo champion and two-time Olympic silver medallist and Niki Adams, 47, a Canadian-born Pan-American Judo champion who competed in the 1996 Olympics for Canada, spotted a gap in one of the fastest growing audience groups in the fitness market – to create balanced, functional, progressive and fun fitness content, with tailored at home workouts.

Since retiring from professional sport, Niki has not only created natural skincare brand, but runs Nordic Walking and Swiss Ball exercise classes with particular emphasis on curvy girls looking to lose weight and get fit for health and recovery reasons.

The couple’s new online fitness content will include live and pre-recorded online sessions with three bits of essential fitness equipment – the Swiss ball, resistance bands and Battle Belts.

Running across 18 weeks, there’ll be five different programmes to choose from. Each workout is accompanied by a selection of supporting videos talking the user through how to do each exercise, so you never feel on your own.

Cost: From £36 to £144 (for all five) If you’re interested in joining in head to their website here set up an account and fill in the short questionnaire so they can get to know you a little better.

Coventry’s Festival of Running news

Coventry’s Festival of Running (FoR), previously scheduled for March 21, has been postponed. A new date for the event – which includes Coventry Half Marathon, Coventry 5K, 2.5k Wheelchair and Children’s Mile – will be announced at the beginning of March.

New Vegan at-home range from Stem & Glory

Award-winning vegan restaurant Stem & Glory, located in Cambridge and London, has this week launched a new online store offering UK wide delivery. Their new cook-at-home offering consists of finish-at-home ready meals, such as their their popular Swede Gnocchi and Glorious Bourguignon, and recipe kits for Kimchi Pancakes and Activated Charcoal Fettuccine with Mushroom ‘Scallops’.

Probiotic drinks and a vegan bar featuring niche UK brewery craft beer and British wine are also available. The at-home-range will be run from Stem & Glory’s London site, and for every box sold four meals will be donated to staff at neighbouring St. Barts hospital. It launched on Tues Jan 26 with the first delivery on Fri Jan 29.

At-home exercise tips for ageing parents in lockdown from Age Space

Juggling working from home, home schooling and caring for parents? Stay connected and keep active, is the advice from Age Space, a one-stop online resource and guide for anyone with concerns about, or caring for an ageing parent or relative.

More than ever, they recommend encouraging older relatives to keep moving. We’re not talking about a HiiT class or 5 mile run, simply establishing a daily routine of gentle stretching, mobility exercises or a daily walk around the garden in the style of Captain Tom. Not only will it help release positive endorphins (healthy mind) it will help them to fight off or recover more quickly from any nasty winter illnesses. For more inspiration, check out their list of 50+ things to do indoors this winter here.

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