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Top Unusual Sports To Try in Sheffield

February 2, 2016 in Children & Play, Families & Children, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Opportunities, Sport, Uncategorized, Women

Sheffield is a sporting city. Some of us see the Olympic legacy working here, some don’t. It’s hard to ignore the rise in sporting opportunities for young people and children across the city and there’s lots going off within the universities and colleges. However, outside of educational establishments, some of us, usually parents with careers, children and heavy financial responsibilities, struggle to fit sport into our working week.

If you want to get back  into a sport of some sort – perhaps now the children are at school and you have more ‘free time,’ you might want to give some of the more unusual and fun sporting activities a try to really boost your confidence and bring some adolescent, free-feeling fun back into your life.

 

Here’s our list of new things to try this year:

 

Roller Derby

There’s a big team for women age 16+ in Sheffield called the Sheffield Steel Rollergirls. They’ve just started recruiting for new members and although you have to apply for the kit as to buy your own can be expensive, this sport looks to be growing hugely in popularity across Sheffield. The sport comprises of wearing roller skates – yes, not roller blades and lots of protection including a helmet, arms and knee pads. Videos and information can be found on their website: SHEFFIELD STEEL ROLLERGIRLS They also have a big Facebook page and are all over other social media channels, also on FunMeFit as a member.

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Baseball

Although it’s not Baseball season yet, Sheffield’s own Bladerunners have weekly training sessions. We’ve all heard of the American sport but have you ever tried it? There’s very little to fork out for apart from subs of a few quid a session and it’s great fun in the great outdoors that Sheffield is blessed with. The season starts in April 2016 and updated information and contact numbers can be found on their website: SHEFFIELD BLADERUNNERS. They are also on Facebook and you can find their profile on FunMeFit too.

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Kickboxing

We’ve all heard of kickboxing and probably associate it with big blokes kicking the crap out of each other in a ring. These days, it’s a growing women’s sport and a great way to keep fit and tone those wobbly bits. Powers Martial Arts Centre in Stannington is a city leader in its friendly, approachable and well-equipped gym. Offering classes, 1-2-1 sessions, group sessions, family sessions, children’s classes – you name it, they can offer it. They even do safety training and self-defence classes to help local women stay safe. It’s best to catch them on Facebook at POWERS MARTIAL ARTS CENTRE.

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Bouldering

No ropes, no fuss, just climbing up a rock with only yourself to rely on. Luckily for Sheffielders, there are a number of centres around Sheffield offering safer bouldering opportunities than tackling Stanage Edge. The Works in Sheffield is one of the largest bouldering centres in the world – it has everything you’d need to really explore this sport. Not only does bouldering work on just about every muscle in your body, it keeps you slim and keeps your mind active with problem solving tasks. It’s a great all-rounder for any age or ability. With the Mini Works for little ones where parents and children can climb together, there are no excuses. They also run courses and children’s classes. See THE WORKS website.

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If you’d like to stay updated about any new sporting opportunities across the city and further afield, check out our Facebook Page and send us your ideas, photos or events and we are always happy to share.

‘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