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‘Taylored’ running, as reviewed by a novice…

September 12, 2014 in Community Issues, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Sport, Women

If running is not your thing, meet Adam Taylor and you’ll change your mind. We all hear about the benefits of running and working the legs hard – weight loss, flat stomach, good for practically everything…it’s a great idea in principle.

For many of us however, it requires a LOT of effort and self-motivation to be able to get out of the house and prepare ourselves for what lay ahead – a run.

 

Adam Taylor with a client.

Adam Taylor with a client. Source: Website

Kate from FunMeFit gave Taylored Running a go…

 

“I’m not going to lie, I’ve struggled with self-motivation and discipline when I’ve finally got the kids to sleep of an evening. Everyday, I think, today, I’ll make time to go for a run and stop eating chocolate. The idea deludes me into thinking that I am fitter than I actually am. At least I’m ‘thinking’ about running…

When FunMeFit member and supporter, Adam Taylor of Taylored Personal Training and Running Groups, Sheffield asked if I wanted to go out for a run, I said, casually, “yes, that would be great.” To my surprise, I found a spare hour of one day and decided to actually take him up on the offer.

Adam met me with a big smile and despite us only having met previously on social media; I was re-assured by his calm and friendly nature – I’ve heard a lot of people discussing how they feel scared by some Personal Trainers with the bully-bootcamp ethos. This couldn’t have been further from Adam’s reassuring attitude.

We started jogging almost straight away – I was looking forward to a steady mile or so through the beautiful Endcliffe Park, Sheffield. At my steady jogging pace, we discussed how we both enjoyed keeping people active; we discussed how children keep you active, how there is such little time to actually ‘exercise’ on your own with children and whether or not parents can use the excuse for non-exercise on having children around.

Adam said I could walk whenever I needed to so after 10 minutes, I took him up on that offer – a bit of stitch, a bit of nervous exhaustion and randomly, a bit of headache. After 5 minutes of easy walking and more chatting, he suggested we run again – I really didn’t want to appear weak or incapable so I agreed.

After this, I seemed to move my thoughts away from the effort of actually running and concentrate on the trail we were running along, my breathing (as often through your nose as possible, according to Adam, aids running), the sounds and the conversation. It felt really liberating compared to being stuck in a house or an office in front of a computer.

If out on my own running, I would normally have stopped at the first hurdle – the stitch and headache. I’d have walked home with the satisfaction of at least ‘doing my bit.’

However, when you have someone to reassure you that you’re actually fitter than you thought and telling you how easy it is to build your stamina for running if you do it regularly, it’s amazing how much further your body can continue.

Before I knew it, I had run 6km with only 3 walking periods in total (less than 5 minutes each). Adam, had recorded the journey on his special watch-thingy and I was thrilled but exhausted at the same time. When we got back to the ‘adult playground’ in Endcliffe Park, he took a piece of equipment from his bag (yes, there are special bags just for running), it looked like a large material belt with handles at each end. It was for looping over the pull-up bars and for stretching muscles on.

I thought I’d be aching for days after the run but with just a few short stretches and a bit of a cool down, I felt great; starving, but great.

Adam made the run feel like less effort than when I go running alone. It made such a difference to have a knowledgeable, supportive trainer with me. I’d actually had fun. I’d pushed my boundaries, combated the fear of running past my comfort zone and had dared to run until I was truly exhausted – we’d only been out for an hour!

Strangely, I had more energy that day to play with the children (I have a 2 and a 3 year old). My mind was working more efficiently, I felt positive and like I’d achieved something major.

I know that there are people who run every day and those who won’t even entertain the thought, but as a distance-running novice, I would definitely recommend experiencing running with Adam.

I’m addicted now; I want to run all the time. I have learned that giving up straight away isn’t always the best thing to do and that making an extra effort is worth it! It doesn’t matter who you are, what your weight, what your ability, what your circumstances, if you have the support from a knowledgeable professional like Adam, you can achieve anything.”

E-mail: adam@taylored-personal-training.co.uk
Website: http://taylored-personal-training.co.uk/
Tel: 07837 544 845

September’s Funding Spotlight

September 2, 2014 in Community Issues, Latest Articles, News, Opportunities, Other

1. Snapshot Fund

We have a small funding stream called ‘cash 4 clubs’ identified that has a deadline of 30th September.

The fund is specifically for sports clubs who are registered with their National Governing Body, or Local Authority. Any sports clubs that meets the criteria can apply for between £250 – £1000 worth of funding.

This is available to the Yorkshire area and Sheffield, so it may be of use to our members.

The funding can be used to maintain and create your sports clubs long term sustainability. This could be used for purchasing equipment, improving facilities or paying for additional coach training to develop your club.

These grants are only awarded once a year so we would encourage you to apply if you think you can benefit from any funding to improve your club.

Use this group for any questions, interact with member clubs via FunMeFit, or use the following links to go the funders website to find out specific information about the grant.

Application form download: http://www.cash-4-clubs.com/apply-for-a-grant/

Terms and conditions: http://www.cash-4-clubs.com/terms-and-conditions/

 

2. Fishy Funding help

Sorry – I could not resist the headline! However the Environment agency is working with the Angling Trust around a project working with schools to encourage fishing.

It has been found that using fishing ‘as the hook’ can have wide social and health benefits including communication skills, concentration, discipline ad even impact on school and can even reduce crime and truancy.

There are a team of regional officers who can help Schools set up fishing clubs and access grant support to improve facilities.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/fishing-for-a-brighter-future

http://www.fishinginfo.co.uk/index.html

http://www.ghof.org.uk/

 

3. £1000 funding for registered charities

The Truemark Trust distributes small pots of funding to UK registered charities. National charities, salaries, core and funding for individuals are not accepted. Locally small charities are preferred but can be based anywhere in the UK.

Application is by writing – using the details below. We have very little information on the funding themes for this particular trust. However projects must demonstrate innovation in their community approach.

We would suggest contacting them to establish whether your project is suitable. To demonstrate innovation try and unpick all the things that are different about your project and highlight these as the innovative part.

 

Mrs Clare Pegden

Truemark Trust

PO Box 2

Liss

Hampshire

GU33 6YP

stuart_neil2004@yahoo.com

 

Produced by Andy Picken