Monday 18th May marks the start of our ‘30 Day Clean Eating Challenge’. The aim of this challenge is to promote a healthier and more nutrient dense diet, drawing on the diet of cavemen as inspiration. Therefore, anything you can catch, pick or grow yourself is good daily fuel. Rather than relying heavily on carbohydrate as an energy source, a ‘clean’ diet uses predominantly fats for energy. This means you’ll feel more energised throughout the day rather than having peaks and troughs.
We’ve had loads of interest in our challenge from members and staff alike! So we’re all in this together. I am going to be posting regular blog updates of myprogress and how the Gym Team are getting on.
THE IN'S AND OUT'S
What can I eat?
Clean eating is not restrictive; there are many things you can eat. Fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds are all brilliant fuel sources you can eat during the 30 days. These are all foods that help build and repair muscle and provide vitamins and minerals that are proven to decrease the likelihood of developing degenerative diseases. Simple meals such as chicken salads and homemade beef casseroles are perfect clean eating meals.
What can’t I eat?
Firstly, cavemen would not have had the tools to process foods. Therefore, anything man-made or refined cannot be clean. Secondly, clean eating is all about nutrient dense foods so simple carbohydrates like white potatoes (which release energy a lot faster than sweet potatoes) are not deemed clean. Legumes (peanuts, beans, peas) are also not allowed when eating clean due to their phytic acid content. This acid prevents their nutrients being absorbed efficiently by the body. Finally, cavemen would not have had access to cereal grains or dairy products.
If you’re stuck for ideas for replacements for the above foods - check our notice board outside the spin room for weekly updates or check out our pinterest board!
We can’t wait to see your before and after photos…
It’s only 30 days - we’ve got this!
The Natural Living Expo returns to the LC on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th April.
This expo is all about a natural and holistic way of life, with more than 70 exhibitor stands, taster sessions, free talks and workshops, free demonstrations and wonderful vegetarian food. A weekend not to be missed.
When visiting one of Natural Living Expos you will expect to see a variety of therapies on offer, from reflexology to hydrotherm massage, crystal healing to ayurvedic. Also exhibitors will have a beautiful and fascinating range of wares for sale, including gemstone jewellery, CDs, books, natural clothing, organic beauty products and that's just for starters. Don't forget to visit the eco friendly area and sample some tasty food with Govindas.
From NZ to the LC – The Les Mills Fitness Revolution Gets Swansea Moving
“It is contagious. It has an atmosphere like no other fitness class. It gets results fast.”
Devotees of Bodycombat and Bodyattack will understand the effusive tone in Jaynaya Boyle’s description of the Les Mills fitness method.
It is a revolution in choreographed movement that has reached just about every corner of the globe since the New Zealand Olympian started serving up high intensity group workouts in the 1960s - and Swansea’s LC is now one of the few leisure and fitness centres to offer its exacting classes in South West Wales.
Les Mills Bodyattack and Bodycombat classes have now been added to the LC’s packed programme of classes and fitness.
Janaya says: “Once word gets out about Les Mills classes, people flock to them because they aren’t like any other fitness classes. They are very well choreographed, the music is exciting, and so much scientific research goes into the routines – focusing on high reps using low weights - that they are very effective.
The ethos behind Les Mills Body series is that you can clock on at a class anywhere from LA to the LC and you will get the Les Mills experience to a tee – the routines, music and attitude is replicated all across the vast Les Mills network.
That’s not to say it is predictable, says Jaynaya: “Every three months the Les Mills routine are refreshed and updated so it keeps everyone - the instructors and the client - interested and engaged.”
LC General Manager Emma Allchurch said: “Here at the LC we are always looking for ways to expand and to improve what we offer to the people of South Wales and we are delighted to be able to team up with Les Mills International to offer these very popular Bodycombat and Bodyattack classes. I’m looking forward to welcoming our customers to their free Les Mills session. I’m sure it will be the start of a long term love affair for many!”
Friday 13th saw the LC take on the massive challenge of a 12 hour spinathon all in the aid of charity. We spun, sweated, cried and had so much fun and managed to raise a massive £310.78 for Comic Relief.
We would like to say thank you to everyone who took part and gave up their time for this great cause, here are some of our favourite pictures:
On March 1st HMT Sancta Maria will be bringing professional bike riders to Swansea, join them on a lesuirely 40km bike ride and take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity.
This is a FREE event which starts from the LC and all abilities are welcome making this an ideal opportunity for a family bike ready.
Even better is that if you take part in the bike ride you will get 241 entry into our Waterpark and post-ride team coffee and welshcakes.