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Fighting fit It’s the one time of the year when it really matters what you look like under your clothes. On the beach you can’t hide and if you want that sleek, slender, toned beach-body look you need to work for it. But perhaps not as hard as you’d think… The team at Aaron Tyler Personal Training have created a really simple six-week programme that is sure to shift those love handles and replace them with buns of steel. Aaron suggests trying Peripheral Heart Action (PHA) training. The idea behind it is that you work different muscle groups followed by short and sharp cardiovascular activity. Your heart rate stays elevated meaning you burn more calories and fat!


The Aaron Tyler 30-minute PHA circuit involves squats,


bench presses and a bent-over row (see pictures). Perform each exercise (12 times) back-to-back, with as little rest as possible, followed by a two-minute sprint. Then repeat and follow with 10 minutes running, or get on the bike or the rower. As the weeks progress, decrease the repetition of the


individual exercises (e.g. from 12 reps to eight), increase the weights, and increase the sets (i.e. two PHA circuits to four). Repeat three times a week, and throw in a nice outdoor run on the weekend and you’ll be looking good in no time. Call the team on 0117 230 2447 for a more detailed, or tailored work-out plan.


Place a bar on your shoulders with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart. Squat down, keeping your chin up, looking forwards. Bend to just under 90˚ and then push back up. Repeat.


Lie on your back on a bench with a bar or two dumbbells. Hold it directly above your chest (not your neck or face) and then lower so that your elbows go out to the side. Lower as far as possible before pushing back up. Repeat.


include the vegetables you add to cooked dishes, for example as onions in a stew or casserole and tomatoes in a pasta sauce or tomato soup. Eat a variety of different types and colours of fruit and vegetables.” Have a look at www.bda.uk.com/ foodfacts for more tips on healthy living and weight loss.


Sun, sea and sand Whether you’re a kiss-me-quick or a sex-on-the-beach (cocktails, that is) holidaymaker, Bristol is the perfect base. Clevedon is only 30 minutes away from the city and is perfect for a genteel day trip. The pier is rather special. Starring most recently in the beautiful film Never Let Me Go (alongside Keira Knightley), it is Britain’s only Grade-I listed pier and features more than 10,000 brass plaques paying tribute to those that have enjoyed it over its 140-year history. There’s also a small sandy beach, coastal walks and a still-water lake overlooking the sea. Shoppers will love the boutiques up on


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Hill Road in the town, too. Travel a little further, down the A370


The famous Clevedon pier


Stand with feet shoulder-width apart with the bar resting against your thighs. Bend your knees to 20˚ and then bend at the waist to 90˚. The bar should be hanging directly below your shoulders. Lift it into your chest, keeping your elbows tight to your sides. Repeat.


from the city, and you’ll find yourself in Weston-Super-Mare. If you haven’t been since the new Grand Pier opened, this summer is the time to go. It’s the fifth largest free attraction in the UK and has everything from go-karting to a laser maze and a 4D cinema, as well as numerous cafés, tea rooms and an obligatory fish and chip shop. There’s also that long sandy beach… although be careful of the mud. If it’s sunnier climes you’re after, and


who would blame you after all the effort you’ve gone to, then there is of course Bristol Airport a mere 20 minutes from the city centre. You can fly to most of the popular European destinations including the Greek islands, Cyprus, France, the Canary Islands, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Sardinia and Turkey. There are also flights further afield as well as to Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Mexico and even Orlando, USA. Be sure to book the business lounge if you can afford it. A swift gin before your flight is sure to sort out any pre-flight nerves. CL


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