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Tight on time and heavy on weight?  Ok – not very subtle, but sometimes you need a kick up the backside to get you moving … try these 4 tips to get fat burning now!

Be honest with yourself.  Have you been a little bit naughty recently?  Have you let the pounds pile up?  Missed more than your fair share of workouts?  Or perhaps you’ve just not got around to doing any exercise at all!   If so then you need to whip that butt of yours into gear and get motivated again.  It’s not that long until Christmas and whilst all the other magazines will be leaving it until next issue to get you going … we are starting early!  Don’t worry … we’re only doing it because we care.  Follow these tips and you will be back in shape in no time at all.




Tony & Sarah relaxing in his home town of Sunderland

Tony lands a big right hand on Nathan King

At 24 years of age Tony Jeffries is well on the road to boxing success.  With an Olympic medal under his belt and a so far undefeated record as a pro, things are certainly looking up for the man they call the Mighty Mackem.  Dan Pearson took time out to chat to Tony about boxing, life, and his future plans which include a move to L.A


Situated in an old church gives some great views and makes Newcastle Climbing Centre a must visit location!

If you’ve never been 60 feet up a vertical wall secured by a rope, relying completely on the person below for your personal safety then you really haven’t lived!  Welcome to the world of indoor climbing, which incidentally has become one of the fastest growing sports in the UK over the past few years.

Despite the appearance of danger, indoor climbing is actually a very safe sport.    It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a seasoned pro the environment is controlled, safe, and you are always under the guidance of professional climbers who make sure that safety is foremost in everything that you do.  That doesn’t take anything away from the sense of excitement though, as I soon found out.  Indoor climbing centres focus around artifical climbing walls which have grips placed at strategic points to create routes.  Good centres will vary these routes on a regular basis to keep your climbing techniques fresh and make you work harder, and of course there are different grades of routes to undertake as your climbing skills (and fitness) improve.  If you’ve never tried climbing previously then you will be amazed at just how hard a workout it actually is.  You use almost every muscle in the body.  Stretching and pulling your way up the wall works some key areas including your core muscles.  Not to mention it’s a pretty intense cardio workout too.  On top of that your balance will improve as you precariously edge your way up the wall and are forced into balancing, holding on, and thinking strategically about how to get yourself higher up!


Sunderland Wall has plenty of climbing space and the regions highest wall - if you've got the skills!


Olympic trails show some really positive results of the Nexus garments in action!

As an editor and journalist one of the first things I do when reading through product press releases is read the testimonials.  Of course, sometimes these aren’t all they are cracked up to be but when you’ve got access to genuine testimonials from genuine people, they often give more than their fair share of information.  One caught my eye a few weeks ago and it was for Accepi’s Nexus Energy Source clothing … I’ll share it with you here.  “Recovery wise, I find Nexus particularly beneficial as I am a 75 year old active rock climber and suffer from general aches and pains, particularly in my legs as I suffer from arthritis.