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from non-swimmer to Apolima Straight finisher in Samoa! By Claire Sykes

I have enjoyed the past 2 years following the progress of a friend of mine, from non-swimmer to Apolima Straight finisher in Samoa!… http://www.samoaevents.com/apolima-strait.html Being an endurance athlete of sorts it stuns me to think of myself being in the water for 12 hours let alone trying to actually swim for that time! Starting a […]

NZ Blackcurrants speed up fat burn in women by 27%

Recent scientific study supports that NZ blackcurrant extract can speed up fat burn in women. Professor Mark Willems, from the University of Chichester, said: ‘It is great to know that there are now observations of enhanced exercise-induced fat oxidation by New Zealand blackcurrant extract in endurance trained women and men. Prof. Williems has published several […]

Happy New Year! by Claire Sykes

I have a very special place, which I can go to, anytime… north western Golden Bay…Here nestled in the beautiful podocarp forest teeming with birds, there sits a little wooden bach with a cosy fire. Staying here provides a very simple lifestyle, as there is no Wi-Fi, limited cell phone reception, gas hot water, rainwater […]

Weekend…”GODzone” style (by Claire Sykes)

Claire…..”Hey what time do you recon we finish Saturday?” Brent…you mean Sunday?… Claire…”what!…ah Sunday??”…awkward silence…”tell me you’re joking” Brent…nervous laugh… “Umm no…” Claire…”mmm…Crap…” Brent…”come on you’ll be fine! It’ll be of heaps of fun, and… we even gonna have a little bit of sleep!!” This was a conversation a few days before a Godzone style […]

No Pain No Gain (by Claire Sykes)

Do we need to feel Pain to get the Gain…. At the age of nineteen I discovered the sport of rowing. It was a harsh way into the world of fitness and “getting into” a competitive sport, to keep oneself out of mischief. Three times a day, running, rowing plus hours at the gym, I […]