Only Human...

I'm putting it out there, I'm experiencing symptoms of Burnout. My muscles have ached every day the past two weeks (and not the usual ache from training) and my skin sometimes feels numb. My memory hasn't been as good as normal and it's been impossible to 'switch off' on my rest days.

Be Proud of who you are...

Pride in London is a celebration of love and acceptance of LGBTQ+ people, as well as serving as a reminder that there are still changes needed for full acceptance. We are lucky as a country to be able to express who we are and have the freedom to be ourselves, but there are still so many countries where this is not the case.

28 Day Challenge....

Wow, what a month so far! We've both been incredibly busy with work commitments. Our PT business is going from strength to strength, SMASH London classes are getting busier and busier and we are now working on ideas for SMASH class number 20 to celebrate 2 years of SMASH London!

All you need is positivity...

I was asked by someone a couple of weeks ago what made me such a big fan of the Spice Girls and it got me thinking. Was it their amazing pop songs that will get me dancing no matter where I am (I'm pretty certain I was 'dancing' on the tube this week on the way to work while listening to my spin playlist 😆)?

SMASHING June...

June is an exciting month for the SMASH London team as we will be celebrating our TWO year anniversary!! We have a lot of exciting things happening and plenty of ideas flowing at the moment, which we are looking forward to sharing with you all very soon... including news about class number 20

Body Image and the Media

As most of you know I have been working hard these last few weeks to finish my final assignment for my degree with the Open University! This year in particular has been about contemporary issues in sport and exercise and has helped me really get critical over what we see in the media, how we may be unknowingly brainwashed from a young age and how to find good scientific studies in order to make up our own mind about a subject.

Be body Kind...

Hi everyone, Ash here 🌈

This week is mental health awareness week in the UK and the specific focus this year is body image - Be Body Kind is the message that is trending all over Instagram and Twitter!

With this in mind, I wanted to share my own journey with body image and what it means to me, as well as why a healthy relationship with body image is so important for our mental well-being. Here goes...

Be Outrageous...

This week we have used the word 'outrageous' a lot - in a good way! When we were at the amazing wedding reception of SMASH London regulars Jules and Mark, we saw a lovely little quote on their wedding card. It's from Matilda by Roald Dahl and said -

"Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it.

Impatience...

This week has been a bit of a rollercoaster of moods for me. I've been up and down like a jack-in-the-box, between feeling absolutely amazing, to really tired and unmotivated. The latter has taken some getting used to because the past few months have been filled with so much excitement and change,

Calm...

If any of you saw our Instagram post on Friday you'll know that it was International Calm Day on the 5th April, promoted by the mindfulness app Calm. We have both been using the Calm app for 3 years and, without it, SMASH London wouldn't be what it is today!

Mindful Minute...

From our chats with some of you this week it seems like many of us are feeling the 'pressure', for one reason or another. Maybe it's the moon, maybe it's because its coming up to the end of the financial year, maybe you have a holiday coming up so need to get things done! Maybe you have no idea what it is but can sense a feeling of overwhelm or anxiety....