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20150629

20150824

20150824

From one extreme (mountain running) ... to another (outdoor gyms) ... to yet another (exercising with your dog) - this week Gillian Russell and the Personal Best team are loving fitness in the fresh air!

Fitness instructor Paddy Esler shares his love of exercising outside and talks about the benefits of keeping fit in the fresh air.

How many times have you walked past one of those outdoor gyms in a play-park without even contemplating using the equipment? Personal Trainer Daniel Moore puts Gillian though her paces and advises on how to get the best out of a free outdoor gym.

As the Canicross season kicks off, Scott Currie from BBC Get Inspired goes out running in Inverness with some canicross enthusiasts to hear about the physical and mental health benefits of doing cross country with your pooch.

Dog lover Annie Begg talks about how exercising with her dog has got her fitter and trimmer than ever before.

Chris Sleight talks to participants in the very first Glencoe Skyline Race about their love of outdoor fitness at the extreme end of the spectrum, their motivation for taking part and how tough it is to fit their training into everyday life.

20150824

From one extreme (mountain running) ... to another (outdoor gyms) ... to yet another (exercising with your dog) - this week Gillian Russell and the Personal Best team are loving fitness in the fresh air!

Fitness instructor Paddy Esler shares his love of exercising outside and talks about the benefits of keeping fit in the fresh air.

How many times have you walked past one of those outdoor gyms in a play-park without even contemplating using the equipment? Personal Trainer Daniel Moore puts Gillian though her paces and advises on how to get the best out of a free outdoor gym.

As the Canicross season kicks off, Scott Currie from BBC Get Inspired goes out running in Inverness with some canicross enthusiasts to hear about the physical and mental health benefits of doing cross country with your pooch.

Dog lover Annie Begg talks about how exercising with her dog has got her fitter and trimmer than ever before.

Chris Sleight talks to participants in the very first Glencoe Skyline Race about their love of outdoor fitness at the extreme end of the spectrum, their motivation for taking part and how tough it is to fit their training into everyday life.

20150914

20150914

Builder Simon Jacob talks to Gillian Russell about the physical and mental preparations for doing a triple ironman triathlon ... only 6 days after doing a single ironman. The triple ironman consists of a 7.2 mile swim, a 336 mile cycle and a 78.2 mile run. What possessed Simon to sign up for it, how does he fit his training in around work and family life ... and just how is he feeling about the daunting challenge with only a few days to go?

While most of us wouldn't ever consider a triple ironman, are you curious about what your body could perhaps achieve? What do you think your fitness limit is and would you push yourself to it - or beyond? Sports and exercise doctor Niall Elliot explains what is happening to our bodies when we push ourselves and what the potential dangers might be.

At one time completing a marathon was the ultimate fitness goal but now lots of people are striving for more. Sports psychologist Dr Ian Boardley examines at the psychology and motivation for taking part in extreme events and suggests what we might get out of it mentally.

20150914

Builder Simon Jacob talks to Gillian Russell about the physical and mental preparations for doing a triple ironman triathlon ... only 6 days after doing a single ironman. The triple ironman consists of a 7.2 mile swim, a 336 mile cycle and a 78.2 mile run. What possessed Simon to sign up for it, how does he fit his training in around work and family life ... and just how is he feeling about the daunting challenge with only a few days to go?

While most of us wouldn't ever consider a triple ironman, are you curious about what your body could perhaps achieve? What do you think your fitness limit is and would you push yourself to it - or beyond? Sports and exercise doctor Niall Elliot explains what is happening to our bodies when we push ourselves and what the potential dangers might be.

At one time completing a marathon was the ultimate fitness goal but now lots of people are striving for more. Sports psychologist Dr Ian Boardley examines at the psychology and motivation for taking part in extreme events and suggests what we might get out of it mentally.

20151026

20151026

Time to kiss goodbye to the couch potato. Whether it's the low down on a new go-to diet, no nonsense expert opinion on the latest fitness craze or practical professional training advice you're after, Personal Best is just for you. You don't have to be a fitness fanatic to get the best out of the programme either, each week Gillian Russell introduces an energetic mix of intriguing personal stories and interviews, kit and app reviews, up to the minute fitness news, along with great practical tips and tricks to help you get the best out of your mind and body, whatever your current level of fitness. However big or small your goals are we're geared up to get you there and achieve your very best, whatever happens to be your personal Everest!

20151026

Time to kiss goodbye to the couch potato. Whether it's the low down on a new go-to diet, no nonsense expert opinion on the latest fitness craze or practical professional training advice you're after, Personal Best is just for you. You don't have to be a fitness fanatic to get the best out of the programme either, each week Gillian Russell introduces an energetic mix of intriguing personal stories and interviews, kit and app reviews, up to the minute fitness news, along with great practical tips and tricks to help you get the best out of your mind and body, whatever your current level of fitness. However big or small your goals are we're geared up to get you there and achieve your very best, whatever happens to be your personal Everest!

Busy Mums and Sporting Memories20151012

Busy Mums and Sporting Memories20151012

Kelly Rennie, Personal Trainer to Busy Mums, tells Gillian Russell about "effective exercise". If you haven't time to go for a run don't be hard on yourself - why not concentrate on your hydration, nutrition or stress management instead. Just do what you can. And forget your waistline - it's about feeling good about yourself!

Mum of three Fiona Gell shares her experiences of juggling fitness along with motherhood and discusses how attitudes to exercise and healthy living have changed in the 16 years since she had her first child.

We'll be catching up with Personal Best volunteer Fiona White to see how she's getting on with the goals she set herself on last week's programme.

Scott Currie meets some of the people who attend the East Kilbride Sporting Memories group to find out about how it promotes physical and mental well-being through fun activities, helping group members to reminisce and tell their own personal stories of watching or participating in sports.

Busy Mums and Sporting Memories20151012

Kelly Rennie, Personal Trainer to Busy Mums, tells Gillian Russell about "effective exercise". If you haven't time to go for a run don't be hard on yourself - why not concentrate on your hydration, nutrition or stress management instead. Just do what you can. And forget your waistline - it's about feeling good about yourself!

Mum of three Fiona Gell shares her experiences of juggling fitness along with motherhood and discusses how attitudes to exercise and healthy living have changed in the 16 years since she had her first child.

We'll be catching up with Personal Best volunteer Fiona White to see how she's getting on with the goals she set herself on last week's programme.

Scott Currie meets some of the people who attend the East Kilbride Sporting Memories group to find out about how it promotes physical and mental well-being through fun activities, helping group members to reminisce and tell their own personal stories of watching or participating in sports.

Chrissie Wellington: Four-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion Special20150706

Chrissie Wellington: Four-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion Special2015070620151123 (RS)

Chrissie Wellington, triathlete and four-time Ironman World Champion tells Gillian Russell about her personal motivation, her life-long obsession with perfection and why she has the words of a Kipling poem written on her water bottles.

Chrissie reveals how her need for control has taken her to the top of her game, how she battled with and overcame an eating disorder and why her fourth world title was the ultimate test of body and mind.

Chrissie Wellington: Four-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion Special2015070620151123 (RS)

Chrissie Wellington, triathlete and four-time Ironman World Champion tells Gillian Russell about her personal motivation, her life-long obsession with perfection and why she has the words of a Kipling poem written on her water bottles.

Chrissie reveals how her need for control has taken her to the top of her game, how she battled with and overcame an eating disorder and why her fourth world title was the ultimate test of body and mind.

Fitness Gadgets and Nutrition20151207

Fitness Gadgets and Nutrition20151207

Fitness blogger and running coach Laura Fountain reviews a selection of fitness gadgets and tells Gillian Russell about the best ones for Christmas presents of every budget.

Nutritionist Scott Baptie takes Personal Best volunteer Fiona White shopping to find out what food she typically buys and advises her on the small changes that might have the biggest impact on her diet. Scott then visits Fiona at home to demonstrate some quick, tasty, nutritious recipes that will help her on her fitness and health journey.

Scott offers advice and inspiration on how to stay healthy throughout the Christmas excesses ... without spoiling our fun!

Fitness Gadgets and Nutrition20151207

Fitness blogger and running coach Laura Fountain reviews a selection of fitness gadgets and tells Gillian Russell about the best ones for Christmas presents of every budget.

Nutritionist Scott Baptie takes Personal Best volunteer Fiona White shopping to find out what food she typically buys and advises her on the small changes that might have the biggest impact on her diet. Scott then visits Fiona at home to demonstrate some quick, tasty, nutritious recipes that will help her on her fitness and health journey.

Scott offers advice and inspiration on how to stay healthy throughout the Christmas excesses ... without spoiling our fun!

Football Fans in Training20150831

Football Fans in Training20150831

Hibs fan Scott Smith tells Gillian Russell about how much the Football Fans In Training programme has helped his fitness and health. Glenn Milne from Hibs FC talks about why they've decided to extend the training programme to younger fans.

Scott Currie from Get Inspired visits a Football Fans In Training session at Falkirk FC to hear how some of the new recruits are getting on with their fitness and nutrition programme.

Forest Green Rovers FC have been serving veggie burgers, wraps and polenta chips to their fans - how healthy is the food served to footie fans here and would veggie food work?

And we'll be finding out why 90 Glaswegians are required for a nutrition research project.

Football Fans in Training20150831

Hibs fan Scott Smith tells Gillian Russell about how much the Football Fans In Training programme has helped his fitness and health. Glenn Milne from Hibs FC talks about why they've decided to extend the training programme to younger fans.

Scott Currie from Get Inspired visits a Football Fans In Training session at Falkirk FC to hear how some of the new recruits are getting on with their fitness and nutrition programme.

Forest Green Rovers FC have been serving veggie burgers, wraps and polenta chips to their fans - how healthy is the food served to footie fans here and would veggie food work?

And we'll be finding out why 90 Glaswegians are required for a nutrition research project.

Football Fans in Training20150831

Football Fans in Training20150831

Hibs fan Scott Smith tells Gillian Russell about how much the Football Fans In Training programme has helped his fitness and health. Glenn Milne from Hibs FC talks about why they've decided to extend the training programme to younger fans.

Scott Currie from Get Inspired visits a Football Fans In Training session at Falkirk FC to hear how some of the new recruits are getting on with their fitness and nutrition programme.

Forest Green Rovers FC have been serving veggie burgers, wraps and polenta chips to their fans - how healthy is the food served to footie fans here and would veggie food work?

And we'll be finding out why 90 Glaswegians are required for a nutrition research project.

Football Fans in Training20150831

Hibs fan Scott Smith tells Gillian Russell about how much the Football Fans In Training programme has helped his fitness and health. Glenn Milne from Hibs FC talks about why they've decided to extend the training programme to younger fans.

Scott Currie from Get Inspired visits a Football Fans In Training session at Falkirk FC to hear how some of the new recruits are getting on with their fitness and nutrition programme.

Forest Green Rovers FC have been serving veggie burgers, wraps and polenta chips to their fans - how healthy is the food served to footie fans here and would veggie food work?

And we'll be finding out why 90 Glaswegians are required for a nutrition research project.

Garden your way to good health20160530

Never mind a gym session - take yourself out to the garden and work those muscles in your own outdoor gym! Physiotherapist Jacqueline Knox tells Gillian Russell that gardening is more of a physical work-out than you might think - ideal for improving strength, burning calories and making you more supple. Just don't forget to warm up!

Gardener Nicola Singleton shares her experiences of gardening and reveals how much it has helped improve her fitness and strength.

Do you ever lose track of time in the garden? Fiona Thackery from Trellis Scotland takes Gillian for a walk around the Walled Garden at the Murray Royal Hospital in Perth and explains why a "flow" activity like gardening is so good for our mental well-being.

We hear a lot on this programme about "inner strength" but what exactly is it and how do you know if you've got it? Commonwealth Games cyclist Lee Craigie tells Dan Holland about the occasions she's needed to find inner strength, both on and off the bike.

Garden your way to good health20160530

Just Do It!20160118

Just Do It!20160118

TV presenter Lorraine Kelly tells Gillian Russell how at the age of 56 she is now fitter, healthier and happier than ever before. She talks about finally finding exercise that she enjoys and shares her passion for why she wants everyone to be more active.

Landscape gardener and father of four David Nicoll talks about how exercise changed his life, having gone from zero to now running, swimming, rowing and cycling. As a result he's enjoying weight loss, increased fitness, improved heart rate and a new circle of friends.

How much exercise should we be doing each week and just how active are we as a nation? Lisa Young from the British Heart Foundation talks about the importance of exercise and reveals some eye-popping statistics on our exercise habits.

Just Do It!20160118

TV presenter Lorraine Kelly tells Gillian Russell how at the age of 56 she is now fitter, healthier and happier than ever before. She talks about finally finding exercise that she enjoys and shares her passion for why she wants everyone to be more active.

Landscape gardener and father of four David Nicoll talks about how exercise changed his life, having gone from zero to now running, swimming, rowing and cycling. As a result he's enjoying weight loss, increased fitness, improved heart rate and a new circle of friends.

How much exercise should we be doing each week and just how active are we as a nation? Lisa Young from the British Heart Foundation talks about the importance of exercise and reveals some eye-popping statistics on our exercise habits.

Learning to Jump Again20150907

Learning to Jump Again20150907

"I want to be able to jump again". "Ok, we can do that".

For most people who use a personal trainer, they become a mentor, a motivational buddy ... someone trusted to kick-start or maintain our fitness and to help us become our personal best. The relationship between personal trainer and client is an interesting one, based on hard work, trust and perhaps even friendship. But when Rachel Davis met her personal trainer, she had no idea how much of an impact he was going to have on her life.

Gillian Russell joins Rachel and her personal trainer Tom Ashmole on a training session at the gym to discover how well they work together, the exercises Tom has got Rachel doing, the dynamics of their relationship and just how far Rachel has come on her journey from wheelchair user to committed gym fan.

Learning to Jump Again20150907

"I want to be able to jump again". "Ok, we can do that".

For most people who use a personal trainer, they become a mentor, a motivational buddy ... someone trusted to kick-start or maintain our fitness and to help us become our personal best. The relationship between personal trainer and client is an interesting one, based on hard work, trust and perhaps even friendship. But when Rachel Davis met her personal trainer, she had no idea how much of an impact he was going to have on her life.

Gillian Russell joins Rachel and her personal trainer Tom Ashmole on a training session at the gym to discover how well they work together, the exercises Tom has got Rachel doing, the dynamics of their relationship and just how far Rachel has come on her journey from wheelchair user to committed gym fan.

Managing social anxiety and picking the right gear for warm-weather exercise20160523

With the good weather finally upon us, Gillian Russell talks to Claire Maxted from Trail Running Magazine about how to get your clothing and accessories right for exercising in warmer conditions. What's the best fabric to look out for and does it need specific UV protection? What should we take into account when we're choosing sports sunglasses? And just how much attention should we pay to hats and head gear?

Paula McGuire has suffered from social anxiety almost all her life. She talks about the novel approach she took for tackling it - trying out every sport in the Commonwealth Games ... and then undertaking a number of very challenging jobs!

What exactly is social anxiety and how does it differ from just ordinary shyness or apprehension? Nicky Lidbetter from Anxiety UK explains the symptoms and how it can best be managed.

Lujca Leonard, founder of Edinburgh Run Tours, takes Angie Brown on a running tour of Edinburgh. Can you really do the sightseeing, learn some history, find hidden local gems and get fit at the same time?!

Managing social anxiety and picking the right gear for warm-weather exercise20160523

Managing social anxiety and picking the right gear for warm-weather exercise20160523

With the good weather finally upon us, Gillian Russell talks to Claire Maxted from Trail Running Magazine about how to get your clothing and accessories right for exercising in warmer conditions. What's the best fabric to look out for and does it need specific UV protection? What should we take into account when we're choosing sports sunglasses? And just how much attention should we pay to hats and head gear?

Paula McGuire has suffered from social anxiety almost all her life. She talks about the novel approach she took for tackling it - trying out every sport in the Commonwealth Games ... and then undertaking a number of very challenging jobs!

What exactly is social anxiety and how does it differ from just ordinary shyness or apprehension? Nicky Lidbetter from Anxiety UK explains the symptoms and how it can best be managed.

Lujca Leonard, founder of Edinburgh Run Tours, takes Angie Brown on a running tour of Edinburgh. Can you really do the sightseeing, learn some history, find hidden local gems and get fit at the same time?!

Managing social anxiety and picking the right gear for warm-weather exercise20160523

Marathon running as a metaphor for life20160418

As thousands gear up for the London Marathon, Gillian Russell speaks to first-time runner Debs Miles about the mental and physical preparations she's gone through and how she anticipates she'll deal with various barriers on the day.

Life coach Pete Cohen advises on how to prepare mentally for a challenge like a marathon and explains how these skills can be applied to the hurdles we face in everyday life. When someone conquers or survives a challenge, whether it's a sporting event or a life challenge, they begin to understand their strength and find the confidence to perhaps take on something else. The key is to get the support you need around you.

Ally MacPherson has a completely unique location for his running - he works long shifts on a ferry to and from the Western Isles so he runs round the car deck, hundreds of times! He talks about how he manages to make this work and reveals the impact that exercise and a change in eating habits have had on his life.

Marathon running as a metaphor for life20160418

Nutrition Advice and Making a Plan P20160425

Gillian Russell talks to nutritionist and health blogger Jessica Sepel about why she overhauled her diet and lifestyle and hears some practical advice on the small changes we can make that will have the biggest impact on our energy levels, moods, health and happiness. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by what the experts say Jessica advises we just try to make one small change a week. And if you only do ONE thing? Eat more greens!

Do you have a Plan P - a Passion Plan? A study by the Open University has found that half of us don't have enough time to do the things we love, a third of us feel we aren't reaching our potential and a quarter of us are not fulfilled in our careers. The OU are urging people to make a Plan P to help overhaul our lives, careers or hobbies. Gillian speaks to Zoe, Mandy and Cat about their Plan P in life ... while Editor of Psychologies magazine Suzy Greaves offers advice on how to find your passionsand what steps you can take to incorporate them into your life.

Nutrition Advice and Making a Plan P20160425

Putting fun back into fitness20160307

Putting fun back into fitness20160307

What does the word "exercise" make you think of? Slog? Punishment? Mindless gyms? Too much lycra? Endless cycling? Boring? A necessary chore? If gyms and jogging aren't for you then perhaps we need to get back to childhood and inject some fun into getting fit...

Mary and Cat explain how taking up badminton just for fun has led them to getting fitter, losing weight and gaining in confidence. As a result they've even now stepped inside the gym and joined boxing classes!

Psychologist Dr Charlotte Hilton talks about why some people find exercise a slog and whether it's possible to change your mindset to viewing fitness as fun.

5 X 50 Challenge organiser Raymond Wallace talks about why they've changed the challenge to inject more fun into it and include activities for those who just don't love running, cycling or swimming ... while 59-year-old Kenny Brown reveals why he's decided to give it a go this year.

Personal Best volunteer John Moy talks about the challenges he's faced over the winter and how his new-found love for cycling (inspired by this programme!) has helped him not just get fitter but also change his lifestyle as well as lifting his mood.

Putting fun back into fitness20160307

What does the word "exercise" make you think of? Slog? Punishment? Mindless gyms? Too much lycra? Endless cycling? Boring? A necessary chore? If gyms and jogging aren't for you then perhaps we need to get back to childhood and inject some fun into getting fit...

Mary and Cat explain how taking up badminton just for fun has led them to getting fitter, losing weight and gaining in confidence. As a result they've even now stepped inside the gym and joined boxing classes!

Psychologist Dr Charlotte Hilton talks about why some people find exercise a slog and whether it's possible to change your mindset to viewing fitness as fun.

5 X 50 Challenge organiser Raymond Wallace talks about why they've changed the challenge to inject more fun into it and include activities for those who just don't love running, cycling or swimming ... while 59-year-old Kenny Brown reveals why he's decided to give it a go this year.

Personal Best volunteer John Moy talks about the challenges he's faced over the winter and how his new-found love for cycling (inspired by this programme!) has helped him not just get fitter but also change his lifestyle as well as lifting his mood.

Roddy Riddle Diabetes Special20150713

Stress Awareness Month + Exercise your Way to Career Success20160411

Gillian is back from her holidays feel fresh and relaxed, but for how long? Balancing our work and home lives is proving increasingly difficult and a massive 54% of us have reported our stress & anxiety levels are increasing.

Gillian speaks to Neil Shah - Chief De-stressing Officer at The Stress Management Society and Author of The 10-Step Stress Solution about the dangers of stress, how to identify it and what to do about it before its starts damaging our health.

Health & Wellbeing Journalist Victoria joins us also to explain how exercise could be the key to career success and how taking the time to have a lunchtime run could increase your productivity by an extra working hour, not to mention all the creative ideas the fresh air will generate. But is there a downside? Employers are constantly looking for that edge in the recruitment process, could we see us ordinary Joe's who don't like to take part in Ironman's and Tough Mudders being side-lined for jobs because we're not deemed 'driven' enough?

And if you're screaming at the radio thinking you just don't have time to exercise during your working day, well we hear from Ally MacPherson who works for Calmac Ferries and does shifts of two weeks on, two weeks off. His only option for training is to run round the car deck of the ferry 100's of times to get the mileage in for his ultra-running races!

Stress Awareness Month + Exercise your Way to Career Success20160411

Sun awareness and prioritising relationships for good mental health.20160516

At last the sun is out here in Scotland and lots of us love to catch some rays but at what cost? When we go outside for a run, cycle, walk or game of football, are we actually bothering to put sun cream on? As a new study finds that almost two thirds of young adults are shunning sun cream and putting themselves at risk of skin cancer, Gillian Russell speaks to Leigh Smith from Melanoma Action & Support Scotland about why we are not taking potential sun damage seriously enough.

Blogger and nutritionist Jessica Sepel talks about how prioritising rest and managing stress are the best ways to restore our health.

This year's Mental Health Awareness Week is focusing on the importance of good relationships for our mental health. Chris O'Sullivan from the Mental Health Foundation advises on how we can best look after our mental health and explains the impact that positive and negative relationships can have on our health.

Sun awareness and prioritising relationships for good mental health.20160516

Sun awareness and prioritising relationships for good mental health.20160516

At last the sun is out here in Scotland and lots of us love to catch some rays but at what cost? When we go outside for a run, cycle, walk or game of football, are we actually bothering to put sun cream on? As a new study finds that almost two thirds of young adults are shunning sun cream and putting themselves at risk of skin cancer, Gillian Russell speaks to Leigh Smith from Melanoma Action & Support Scotland about why we are not taking potential sun damage seriously enough.

Blogger and nutritionist Jessica Sepel talks about how prioritising rest and managing stress are the best ways to restore our health.

This year's Mental Health Awareness Week is focusing on the importance of good relationships for our mental health. Chris O'Sullivan from the Mental Health Foundation advises on how we can best look after our mental health and explains the impact that positive and negative relationships can have on our health.

Sun awareness and prioritising relationships for good mental health.20160516

Understanding Addiction and Discovering High Intensity Training20160314

Understanding Addiction and Discovering High Intensity Training20160314

Tight for time? How about getting fit in 10 minutes?! Gillian Russell visits the University Of Abertay in Dundee to find out what High Intensity Training is and whether it can be used by anyone wanting to get fit, not just elite athletes. And after all the talk hear how Gillian gets on when she puts H.I.T. to the test in the sports science lab ... under the watchful eye of Dr John Babraj.

What causes addiction and can you ever break it successfully? As another National No Smoking Day passes, Norrie talks about how he has struggled for years to give up smoking, despite now having a new addiction ... running. Health & Wellbeing Expert Ian Banyard explains why addiction occurs, what's happening to us when we're addicted to something and why people will often swap one addiction for another.

Musician and broadcaster Dougie Vipond talks about his daunting forthcoming Sport Relief Challenge - cycling for 24 hours on a bike machine at the BBC in Glasgow.

Warm-ups and stretches, plus bodybuilding as a method of recovery20160404

Warming up , stretching and cooling down - do you know how to do it properly or do you just fumble around vaguely holding onto your leg in an odd position? Or perhaps you don't bother at all? Personal Trainer Alistair Duggie explains the importance of proper warming up, stretching and cooling down and puts Personal Best presenter Gillian Russell through her paces...

Sunshine gives us most of our vitamin D so how do we in Scotland cope when the long dark winters give us very little sun? Dr Helga Rhein explains why vitamin D is important, how you might know if you are deficient and suggests ways we can increase our intake.

Five years ago Jacqui McCormack was so ill she was only allowed a half hour visit from her family through glass at the hospital. Since then she's battled back to health and fitness, taken up body building and occasionally pulls a car as part of her training regime! Jacqui joins Gillian to share her remarkable story.

Warm-ups and stretches, plus bodybuilding as a method of recovery20160404

Weights Special20150921

Weights Special20150921

Are you put off the weights room at the gym because of the sweating, grunting guys who are lifting massive weights?! Do you tend to focus more on cardio exercise? Perhaps you've never really tried weights? If you're wondering what lifting weights can do for you, then why not let Gillian Russell and the Personal Best team guide you through the mysteries of the weights room...

Online fitness instructor and writer Ru Anderson explains the benefits of using free weights and weight machines, especially for women.

At a high risk of developing osteoporosis, Gwen Warren decided to start lifting weights as a preventative measure. Gwen tells Gillian how she incorporates weights into her fitness and health regime.

Mike Rae, fitness instructor, puts Gillian through her paces in the weights room at the gym.

And Gillian meets Karen Sutherland, recently-crowned Scotland's strongest woman, to hear about her passion for lifting weights.

Weights Special20150921

Are you put off the weights room at the gym because of the sweating, grunting guys who are lifting massive weights?! Do you tend to focus more on cardio exercise? Perhaps you've never really tried weights? If you're wondering what lifting weights can do for you, then why not let Gillian Russell and the Personal Best team guide you through the mysteries of the weights room...

Online fitness instructor and writer Ru Anderson explains the benefits of using free weights and weight machines, especially for women.

At a high risk of developing osteoporosis, Gwen Warren decided to start lifting weights as a preventative measure. Gwen tells Gillian how she incorporates weights into her fitness and health regime.

Mike Rae, fitness instructor, puts Gillian through her paces in the weights room at the gym.

And Gillian meets Karen Sutherland, recently-crowned Scotland's strongest woman, to hear about her passion for lifting weights.