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We know through years of experience that it can be hard to get into the habit of exercising regularly. That's why our sessions are designed with an emphasis on fun, sociable fitness.

Even when you do manage to get yourself into a routine however, you can find that after an initial bout of success you can sometimes plateau. With this in mind we asked our team to come up with their Top 10 tips to ensure that you continue to progress in your goal to get fitter in the most safe and effective way. They combined these with some real life stories from their time with our clients here at RIZE. 

Tip 1# Form and technique

It might seem obvious, but it’s surprising how little people pay attention to the ‘how’ of performing an exercise. The body has to learn the pattern of the movement, and because everything is connected, you get the best results from using muscles in the right order. Go for form before quantity to get better results. If you aren’t sure, ask for help from someone qualified to make adjustments to your technique. This has the added benefit of protecting yourself from unnecessary injuries.

Case Study - Knowing what to do

"Sometimes technique makes all the difference - a client who was very strong had weak mobility and couldn’t perform a squat or lunge properly. Weeks of resistance training and mobility work made an incredible difference to her performance. Many people believe they should be able to do it themselves, without help. But even a small amount of expert guidance can give huge improvements - for example, just a body composition consult and a general meal plan given to a client allowed her put the focus and effort in the right place to lose two dress sizes. The right help can make it easier to reach your goals."

We enjoyed our trainers feedback and stories so much we put it all into a little book. If you would like to read the full thing click here to download it or watch this space for more tips and success stories.

Although the boutique studio fitness concept is the latest "Big Thing", Movers and Shapers is no "Johnny Come Lately" we have in fact been around for over 10 years. We were the real pioneers of the boutique fitness studio boom that has taken the country by storm.

Movers & Shapers pioneered the inclusion of the Power Plate, and specialised in offering small group exercise classes. Our ethos has always been to provide a welcoming space, that feels comfortable for women (without being ladies only) relaxed for men, and supportive of family fitness. And that isn't going to change. We have members who workout with their partners, take turns to have some me time, or bring the whole family to build a love of feeling fit.

Times change however and some months ago we realised that it was time for a refresh of not only our physical spaces but also the classes we offer and our very brand itself. For a while now we have been beavering away busily on many of these elements in the background. This week however, we took a big step towards our new brand. Overnight the name above the door changed, we went to bed as Movers & Shapers and with the new day Rize had been born.

Rize will provide more of a relaxed, but no less effective range of group exercise classes. We want people to workout at Rize because they want to make a habit out of feeling good, and liking the people they get fit with.

We keep classes to a size that is sociable and allows our trainers to be more focused on the individual. 

Unlike most boutique studios we offer a wide range of class styles so there is no danger of getting bored. Our members can do a full Body Strike on a Monday to get them in the mood for their week, and ease into the weekend with a Candlelit Yoga session.

Over the next few weeks we will be launching our fabulous new website and our new app. If you haven't had a chance to experience getting the Rize feeling why not come along and try some sessions for yourself, we guarantee you won't regret it.

We all know how important it is to stay hydrated. Many of us however, worry about the impact of plastic making its way into our Oceans.
We will soon be stocking these stylish, lightwieght, stainless steel and most importantly re-useable bottles.
Chilly's mission is to accelerate the adoption and everyday use of reusable products.
They aim to do this through creating products for an active urban lifestyle, with the perfect balance of distinctive style and unrivalled performance.
Chilly’s was founded in 2010 by James Butterfield and Tim Bouscarle, with the aim of providing people with the ability to always have cold water on-the-go, without having to buy single-use plastic water bottles.
The result was the Chilly’s Bottle. A modern and stylish product designed to combine the convenience of a plastic water bottle, with the high performance technology and eco-friendly benefits of a traditional flask.
These bottles will retail at £20 each - a small price to pay for saving the environment.

When you workout with us, we consider you a member, whether you like the simplicity of paying monthly, or buying blocks of sessions. We’ve really taken the feedback we’ve received to heart in developing our business, and we’d encourage you to keep being involved. We care that you care. 
Our classes are designed to be the perfect size to be sociable, and make sure you can get coaching from the trainer, if you need it.
We’ll respect your time by making it easy to workout with us.
Most of our members live or work within a mile of our studios. We like being an active part of the community you’re in.
The timetable is key - choosing and designing classes that keep working out interesting and effective, and making them available at the best possible times. We’re aiming for really enjoyable. 
We’re working to give you feel-good fitness. 
Exercise and unwind from whatever else is going on.
Enjoy the process, with people you like being with.
Be yourself, and leave feeling like a better version.
Our new name is Rize.
Over the next few months, we’ll be transitioning to the new name, and a new website.

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It's such a great concept, friendly & welcoming, and I know my body is pretty much back to pre-baby shape even though I have only been going for a few months.

Steph, Balham
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