Each month, we feature one of our amazing Weekly Workout Club members here in our smaall bu perfectly formed wellness and lifestyle area.

If you’re a member, you’ll know that its really important to Jo that we are all in this together and supporting one another on our fitness journeys.  This is the reason why Jo always refers to the club as the ‘Weekly Workout Family’

We thought it was time for members to get to know each other a little more and to share some stories and experiences.

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Our September spotlight features Edgar Wallner, one of Jo’s longest standing clients, Judith (Edgar’s wife is Jo’s longest standing client). Jo has been training Judith for nearly 20 yeas and Edgar for 15 years.

“I can honestly say I never tire of training them, as their enthusiasm each week to training is unyielding.” – Jo

Jo goes onto say:

“I always look forward to our sessions not least to exercise with them but also to learn from them.

I always leave the sessions with a smile on my face from regaled stories of old and always a nugget of wisdom.

They definitely are testament that we should always keep moving!

During lockdown I obviously could not Personal train them so they both joined the weekly workout family… ”

Tell us about yourself

My name is Edgar – I graduated in 1958 and am now 84.

I took a small Italian medical device company public in the USA in 1992 and when I retired in 2004, I set up a theatre production company which transferred plays from the National and other subsidised companies, giving them back a large part of any profit but taking any losses ourselves.

Among our successful transfers to the West End and Broadway were The History Boys, War Horse and One Man Two Guvnors for which James Corden won a Best Actor Tony Award.

Why do you exercise?

Essentially to keep me alive and kicking!

But also, for flexibility, so that I can do the contortions to get out of my car in a tight parking situation, for keeping up muscular tone so that I can still lift the shopping and for balance which always deteriorates with age.

Why do you enjoy The Weekly Workout Club?

I really appreciate Jo’s imaginative choreography which means that the varied exercise is never boring, unlike the treadmill.

It feels like you are a member of a family and Jo’s constant humorous chatter keeps you involved. I especially like her physiological explanations of what the exercise is doing.

My favourite exercises are weight exercises lying down.

My top 3 favourite workout classes so far are listed below:

Weight it up.
Arms, bottoms and centre.
Circuits

[You need to be a member and logged in to view those workout pages!]

What are some of your favourite things?

My favourite food is Herbed Spatchcock from Rooks, the great family butchers in Holyport, Berkshire.

My favourite drink is a Campari, soda, fresh orange juice, angostura bitters, so that it is the colour of lobsters.
My favourite book is Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby

And my favourite film is Fahrenheit 451, the 1966 version starring Julie Christie and Oskar Werner, directed by François Truffaut. (Not the cr**py American remake of 2018!)

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Thank you so much to Edgar for his wonderful spotlight article. We’ll feature another member next month and if you’d like to be featured – drop us a line!

Each month, we feature one of our amazing Weekly Workout Club members here in our shiny wellness and lifestyle area.

If you’re a member, you’ll know that its really important to Jo that we are all in this together and supporting one another on our fitness journeys.  This is the reason why Jo always refers to the club as the ‘Weekly Workout Family’

We thought it was time for members to get to know each other a little more and to share some stories and experiences.

Our August spotlight features Alison Wilson …

Tell us about yourself

My name is Alison Wilson , I am 59 and live in Kent with my husband. I have one daughter and two adorable grandchildren, Amelia & Finley aged 9 & 6 who are my world.

I work 4 days spread over 5 for a Self-Help Legal publishers. Since last March I have worked from home.

I look after my grandchildren on Wednesday, Friday & Saturday and the odd Sunday – as my daughter and her husband work weekends.

I don’t find it a chore but a privilege to be such a big part of their lives.

What motivates you to exercise regularly?

I exercise to keep fit and healthy and to clear my head.

I used to belong to a gym for many years and did body combat, body pump etc but didn’t really enjoy it and all the classes had a 12 week program – so by week 3 you’d find yourself thinking of your shopping list in your head and just going through the motions of the class ..

In 2015 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and so I took 8 months off of everything to concentrate on getting well.

I knew I didn’t want to go back to doing things I didn’t enjoy but knew I had to do something so I found Pilates.

I did enjoy it but it was only once or twice a week and again a bit repetitive – so on a rainy Monday evening I could easy talk myself out of going.

Then I found Jo and the weekly work outs .. yay! I found my happy place!

What do you enjoy about the Weekly Workout Club?

Jo is such a excellent teacher and every class is so different you never know what you are going to open. I love it.

“It is like a lucky dip bag when you were a child … or a secret Santa present!”

People ask whether I miss real life classes – but Jo makes you feel you are in a class ,… she explains every move and what it is for and chats away … before you know it the class is finished.

It’s only 30 minutes – which we can all find in a day.

I couldn’t pick a favourite 3 classes – as I love the equipment classes then open another one without equipment and equally love that one! That’s the beauty – they are all so different and such a joy.

“You truly feel good about yourself after a class.”

How else do you exercise?

I love being outside – walking, gardening and  playing rounders with the children

And I love cleaning !

What are some of your favourite things?

I love eating out and all types of food. I always have something I’d never cook at home when out, but I guess my favourite home meal would have to be the Sunday roast which I do most weeks for us all.

My favourite drink depends on the time of day.

I have a decaf Tea In the morning – then Green Tea – then sparkling water with a dash of lime for the rest of the day.

At the weekend, if we go out I will have a couple of glasses of rose Prosecco or a weak pink gin .. ( I’m a cheap date!)

I love reading and read on my Kindle most days. The book that has had the most impact on me is ‘ Not Without my Daughter’ by Betty Mahmoddy which is a true story.

I don’t watch a lot of films but my all time favourite has got to be ‘Pretty Woman‘.  You got to just love it , a modern day Cinderella …
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Thank you so much to Alison for her wonderful spotlight article. We’ll feature another member next month and if you’d like to be featured – drop us a line!

Each month, we feature one of our amazing Weekly Workout Club members here in our shiny wellness and lifestyle area.

If you’re a member, you’ll know that its really important to Jo that we are all in this together and supporting one another on our fitness journeys.  This is the reason why Jo always refers to the club as the ‘Weekly Workout Family!’

We thought it was time for members to get to know each other a little more and to share some stories and experiences.

Our July spotlight features Mette Boichat …

Tell us about yourself

I was born in Denmark but have lived in the UK for 40 years (mainly in North and Central London).

I had a big career in marketing but gave it up to look after my daughter, dogs and hubby (!) and moved to the Home Counties.

My daughter is 14 and I have had Bernese Mountain Dogs for over 15 years. I’ll no doubt be accumulating more dogs when the inevitable empty nest syndrome sets in in a few years!

What motivates you to exercise regularly?

I love exercising as it gives me energy and confidence and my motivation is driven by wanting to have a long and healthy life and be a role model to my gorgeous daughter.

I discovered Jo’s Weekly Workout classes in lockdown and absolutely love them.

I  can’t pick a favourite but every week is something new and different. I have been doing Pilates on and off for 20 years and I’m so happy to have found such a convenient way to exercise.

How else do you exercise?

I also love dog walking and have recently become a Peloton spin bike bore!

Some of your favourite things?

Here are some of my favourite things:

Food – pasta, pasta and pasta
Drink – Diet Coke ( bad I know!)
Book – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
Film – The Godfather

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Thank you so much to Mette for her wonderful spotlight article. We’ll feature another member next month and if you’d like to be featured – drop us a line!

Each month, we feature one of our amazing Weekly Workout Club members here in our shiny wellness and lifestyle area.

If you’re a member, you’ll know that its really important to Jo that we are all in this together and supporting one another on our fitness journeys.  This is the reason why Jo always refers to the club as the ‘Weekly Workout Family!’

We thought it was time for members to get to know each other a little more and to share some stories and experiences.

Our June spotlight features Camilla Seymour, one of our very early members – Camilla lives in Somerset and has written a wonderful spotlight below …

Tell us about yourself

I am 60 years old and teach the violin, which is a job I love. I think it is a real privilege to work with children and young adults.

I have three grown up children and a pianist husband. I’ve done Pilates for years but teachers kept leaving or class times were mornings or early evenings when I was teaching, so I was looking for classes online and getting heartily fed up with American teachers who were all “work your booty.”

When I found Jo she was a breath of fresh air. I love the way she loves it – it’s infectious and one doesn’t feel she is doing it just for the money or to create some fitness empire.

I also have invested in a Bellicon rebounder ( eye wateringly expensive) but I love the sensation of jumping without damaging your joints and by using weights you can increase the heart rate and use different muscles. It’s a good compliment to Jo’s classes. I also have a young black Labrador so I am up with the lark for an hour’s walking too.

I am very interested in all things health and listen to podcasts when I bounce. The gut biome a few years ago became a fascinating topic (except if you were my children!) and now it is sleep. I have found magnesium glycinate immensely helpful. Today I added cold showers to ward off Alzheimer’s but I’m not sure how long this will last… Also breath work and breathing through the nose more is another new area of interest. Oh and gua sha!

I met Jo and her husband once a few years ago when she came to Bath and she is exactly as she is on the videos except even more glowing and laughy and well just utterly lovely (and tiny!)

Apart from music I love gardening, calligraphy and being by the sea.

Why do you exercise?

I exercise to feel energised and strong.

I am aware that as one ages the mantra “Use it or Lose it” becomes increasingly relevant. I also want to keep up my bone density and flexibility, plus that all important balance.

Apparently ( heard on the radio this morning!) after car crashes, death by falling is the next most common reason. So I am trying to stand on one leg now as well as balance with my eyes shut. I also want to keep my muscle mass so I don’t become an instant blancmange in my later years – and yes I do want to keep my weight down too!

What motivates you to exercise regularly?

Jo is a great motivator – what nicer way to start the day than having a good laugh with her? Plus, it’s so wonderful that each class is completely different so boredom never creeps in.

In the very early days before there was a new class twice a week, I used to rotate the classes and could tell how I was progressing by the number of times I had a quick rest. Now I rarely have to press pause.

So getting stronger is a great motivator and also noticing my arms weren’t flabby and walking up hills was easy. Of course one feels great afterwards so there is a little addiction to those endorphins too.

Your top 3 favourite Workout Club classes?

Hmm, a tricky one as I like so many.

Very very often I find the class is totally in tune with what I feel I need. The other day there was a stretch class which was delicious as I had woken after a bad night and felt stiff and creaky.

Probably Rock’nRoll, Release the hips, Serene Stretch, oh there are so many!

(Those workouts available to logged in members only)

What’s your favourite type of exercise?

Well, obviously the ones I find easy peasy!

I love the hip rolls with the feet on the floor, as it really helps my stiff lower back, and I like most leg ones, and the jujee. I hate the ones where you lie on your tummy and have your feet like a mermaid and have to lift your legs up. Mine barely leave the floor and I feel like a beached whale.

However I know this is the exercise I need to do a LOT to strengthen my back. I have started to do it on a gym ball as it’s more comfortable. I am thrilled with the 10 minute blasts as sometimes I get late and so can still target something before work. I think Jo once said she would do some face exercises which would be fabulous! (coming soon!)

(Blasts available to logged in members only)

Favourite food?

My breakfast – home made kefir with homemade buckwheat granola, lots of frozen berries defrosted overnight and passionfruit.

I once read no one wakes up hungry, but I do – the thought of breakfast gets me out of bed. Salted roasted Spanish almonds are my go to can’t-stop-eating snack.

Favourite drink?

Hmm, I’ve started making Kombucha which I do like but not yet my favourite. I think maybe I have favourite drinks at different times of day…a really good decaf latte in the morning, a really good cup of tea in the afternoon, a really good green smoothie etc.

Sadly alcohol makes me drunk in about three sips. Cheap date.

Favourite book?

This is impossible! I think books speak to you at different times in one’s life. Sometimes a book will really resonate because of your personal circumstances, and other times a book with brilliant reviews will leave me feeling meh.

Recently I really enjoyed A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, which was beautifully nuanced and brilliantly written. Novels I reread every ten years are Nancy Mitford’s Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate.

Favourite film?

Also completely impossible! I loved Les Intouchables, and The Chorus, and of course all Audrey Hepburn’s films.

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Thank you so much to Camilla for her wonderful spotlight article. We’ll feature another member next month and if you’d like to be featured – drop us a line!

Each month, we’re going to be featuring one of our amazing Weekly Workout Club members here in our shiny new wellness and lifestyle area.

If you’re a member, you’ll know that its really important to Jo that we are all in this together and supporting one another on our fitness journeys.  This is the reason why Jo always refers to the club as the ‘Weekly Workout Family!’.

We thought it was time for members to get to know each other a little more and to share some stories and experiences.

Our May spotlight features Maureen …

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Introduce yourself …

I’m Maureen Rose (age 66) & I live in a small village in Lancashire. (1 pub, no shops! But luckily lots more in the next village down the road, should we ever be able to visit again, soon hopefully)

I live with my Husband, George & little dog Dillon, we have no children.

I worked as a midwife for many years until I retired, & it was job I loved & it enabled me to meet & forge strong lifelong friendships during my career. Working as part of a supportive team is so important to me & I think one of the reasons I love being part of the “ workout family” It’s a bit like “ we’re all in this together “ type of mentality for me & has certainly helped me during the last year.

Tell us about your Workout Club experiences

Exercise for me has been essential over many years – mainly starting when I was 30 & gave up smoking & put on 2 stones! So that was my initial motivation, to try & lose weight. It is only as the years have gone by that I have carried on exercising to maintain physical & mental good health.

I have always loved to exercise in group classes & love the camaraderie that goes with it, I’m certainly not a gym lover & am soon distracted. However, during the last few years certain back & knee issues have made me rethink on my exercise routines & I now focus on strength & posture exercise and so I find your Pilates helps me greatly.

As well as loving the classes, I’m finding much greater mobility & an extra bonus of toning up (something I didn’t always get from my high aerobic classes!)

So thank you Jo – even my husband is commenting on my change in shape & now says “ oh you’re with your mate” when he hears your opening music.

What are your top three classes you’d recommend?

Release the hips (which are great after walking)

Core balance (which I feel really strengthens my back)

The pillowcase (which works me hard without me realising & anything involving the spikey ball!)

(You will need to be a logged in member to view those workouts).

My favourite exercise will always be walking & I’m lucky to live in an area with some fabulous areas on the doorstep & luckily some great friends who are also great listeners & bring laughter to any occasion.  It’s surprising how the miles go by!

I’m also a fair weather golfer & hopefully hope to get back to that now the courses are opening up, again lovely to be out with friends

Favourite Food

Mainly spicy – so Thai or curries will always be my first choice.

Favourite Drink

How long have you got!

Cold beer first always followed by white wine however on holiday it’s a Cosmopolitan & if there’s any excuse for a celebration or just to make me happy it’s got to be champagne.

Favourite Book

It’s hard to pinpoint just one but I used to love any psychological thrillers mainly by Harlan Coben, however I’ve found I’ve veered towards more gentle reading during this year.

I’m currently reading “The Thursday Murder Club” by Richard Osman, which I’m loving. I’ve also loved Charlie Macksay’s  “The boy, The mole, The fox & the horse” It just gave me such hope at the beginning of the pandemic & I bought many copies for friends.

Favourite Film

It’s hard to pinpoint one, but Pretty Woman & Bridesmaids are among my go to happy places ( in fact anything featuring Melissa M’Carthy, who is just so funny) another on repeat is Love Actually so you will gather my tastes are quite uncomplicated!

 

 

Each month, we’re going to be featuring one of our amazing Weekly Workout Club members here in our wellness and lifestyle area.

If you’re a member, you’ll know that its really important to Jo that we are all in this together and supporting one another on our fitness journeys.  Hence why Jo always refers to the club as the ‘Weekly Workout Family!’.  So we thought it was time for members to get to know each other a little more and to share some stories and experiences.

Our very first spotlight features Gail …

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Introduce yourself …

I am 58 and live in Fleet with my Partner Grant, 3 children Jacinta, Nikita & Cameron and our dog Phoebe.

I have a passion for cooking and love to create dishes from all around the world, during lockdown we took a different place each weekend, cooked fabulous food, drank different wines and enjoyed a cocktail or two!

Tell us about your Workout Club experiences

I have always enjoyed exercise (gives me an excuse to eat more) running, gym, cycling, walking, love it, however over the years from pounding those roads, my knees have taken a beating and a few years ago advised to give up running, aargh! What do I do now?

Lucky for me, I spotted Philip Schofield’s little video introducing his Pilates instructor Jo Tuffrey and all about Pilates videos for the menopause! Perfect for me 😊 So I thought, I’ll try that and joined Jo Tuffrey online, it is fantastic!

2 and a bit years later, every Monday to Friday I start my day with Jo and together we do an hour of Pilates. Jo is just amazing, she’s not only a superb teacher, she’s also so supportive, encouraging and funny, you feel as if she is in the room with you and is concentrating on you, making sure you are doing each move properly and not forgetting her famous sayings, “be in control”, “be in the move”, “draw the tummy in”, “don’t be a Jackie in the box be a Jackie out of the box”.

I look forward to each morning with Jo and this year I’ve really enjoyed the monthly programs just completed Masterpiece March, can’t wait for Aspirational April!

What are your top three classes you’d recommend?

My top 3 classes would have to be Weighted Wednesday, Ab Attack & ABC #7 (although my Locust is nothing like Jo’s need to keep practising that one!)

Favourite Food

So many but you can’t beat a good steak

Favourite Drink

Wine – a crisp Sancerre or a beefy Malbec

Favourite Book

Lance Armstrong – Its not about the bike – brilliant read

Favourite Film

I’ve got loads but if I had to pick one then would be Love Actually – love is actually all around.