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keris marsden
said it
Driven by a passion for group training, the
be done.
freelance personal trainer talks about her new So we
venture, Fitter London, and how she tries to
did it.
keep her classes fresh and innovative
What is Fitter London? And the benefi ts?
Group exercise sessions for Londoners That’s easy, the smiles on people’s
tired of the treadmill. Created by me and faces during the sessions, and watching
mMory pareActivtner Matthee4Life will aim to gw Whitmore, who’et a million people acrs a how friendships deoss the UK morvelop, make ee activvery e
full-time personal trainer at Fitness First bit of hard work worthwhile.
vent Gar
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tive4life launches in june
at the Fitness First club and in St James As the process was one of trial
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set up a Fitter London Facebook group full attention on the newbies and help
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Ambassadors aged 10- to 11-years-old, London declubs that reavceloping?h FIA quality standards for
Wattbike, the result of seven
was designed to assess the impact of peer In small, custom Therer ce’as so mre and huch wealte h delivery.
years work and a brief British
leaders in running an activity programme. wish to do: John Ga rmecruit morble, MD oe trainers,f Fitness F starirst t,
Cycling said would be impossible,
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is already helping them take
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cycling to the next level.
they adhered to the programme. They curshorwentled wy dehveeloping Fitter Friendships re we could improve. The
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