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Jul 03, 2019

We’ve welcomed a number of babies to the CrossFit Pendle family over the past few years, so we thought it about time we shared a few tips about exercising while pregnant, in case you’re the next in line ;)

First things first, LISTEN TO YOUR OWN BODY– we can only offer our general advice

First Trimester (up to 3 months)

Little may change as far as your training’s concerned and exercises such as sit-ups and bench press may still be performed should you feel comfortable doing them. As many women choose not to announce their news until after their 12 week scan, no one but you will know, so it may be worth having a quiet word with the coach if you are concerned about any movements. You can trust that we will not share this information with anyone; it’s certainly not our news to share!

If you’ve been doing CrossFit regularly to this point, you can likely continue to use your regular weights—but again, it depends on how you feel. Max effort lifts...

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Team spirit the true winner at gym competition

May 16, 2019

True team spirit was back in play at CrossFit Pendle as we held our third Only The Brave competition, to great acclaim.

Athletes from around the UK arrived at CrossFit Pendle over the weekend to take part in the competition and they were certainly put through their paces!

Taking place over three days, the event had four varying standards so that everyone, no matter what scale, could take part.

CrossFit Pendle owner, Mike Rawson, said: “It really was an incredible event and the atmosphere was electric throughout.

“We pride ourselves on our community spirit at the gym and the weekend was great proof of that community with so many of our members competing, supporting or helping out with judging and scoring.

“Competitors from other CrossFit gyms were warmly welcomed by our own members and they too commented on the atmosphere which made the weekend a success.”

The gym was proud to claim nine of the 21 podium places available over the weekend; one gold, six...

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But did you stretch though?

Apr 15, 2019

Hands up, who’s guilty of this? Do a gruelling workout, collapse on the floor mumbling ‘never again’ then heading straight to the car to drive home.

Did you forget something? YOU DIDN'T STRETCH!

Yep, a lot of us are guilty of neglecting what should be very much part and parcel of your gym session.

You may get away with it for a while, but all of a sudden, those niggling aches and twinges become noticeable injuries; many of which end in unnecessary and time-consuming surgery and recovery time.

Got your attention? Yes, it is sooooo important to stretch pre and post workout in order to keep your muscles flexible and strong.

Here’s 5 good reasons why:

  1. Improves circulation

During an intense workout, your body is pumping more blood around the body and to the heart. Stretching helps cool down the body and return your heartbeat back to a normal pace. It also helps breaks down the lactic acid that has been built up in your muscles during exercise, which means less...

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Exercise your way to happiness

Mar 24, 2019

There is much emphasis today on mindfulness, wellbeing and happiness there’s not a day goes by when you don’t see a quote which reads something like this:



While we may simply scroll past a variety of positive quotes every day, there is a lot we can take from such messages; the key thing for us is that exercise makes you happier.


And here are 6 very good reasons why:

  1. It releases happy chemicals

And that chemical is dopamine, AKA the ‘feel good hormone’. Dopamine is associated with feelings of euphoria, bliss, motivation, and concentration. What’s the best way to increase dopamine production? You guessed it; exercise.

As we get older, we begin to lose our stores of dopamine which is why it is so important to restock the store as much as possible.

Happy chemicals = happy you

  1. It reduces stress

We’ve all had those days when we drag our asses to the gym after a shocking day at work, tired, grumpy and not feeling up for a...

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10 Reasons Why Sleep Is So Important

Mar 13, 2019

Getting a good night's sleep is so important for your health. In fact, it’s just as important as eating healthy and exercising. Yet, we’re all busier than ever and a good night’s sleep seems like just a fond, distant memory.

Well maybe it’s time to redress the balance and here’s 10 good reasons why:

  1. Not getting quality sleep can make you fat

It’s a proven fact that people with short or interrupted sleep patterns tend to weigh significantly more than those who get adequate sleep. So, you may think that going to bed at midnight and hoping out of bed to attend the gym at 6am makes you a champion; but it doesn’t, it can potentially make you fat.

  1. Good sleep = less calories

Sleep deprivation reduces the level of the hormone that regulates hunger and appetite; hence the appetite goes up and we all know how easy it is to grab a ‘sugar hug’ when tired; whether a latte, doughnut, or sometimes both!

  1. Helps improve concentration...
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I need more coffee! Are you sure you don’t mean water?

Feb 25, 2019

Many people don’t realise the importance of drinking enough water and the effect it can have on our health, eating habits and weight loss.

Yes, we all start the day with good intentions, but lack of sleep, back-to-back meetings and always on the move, what do we reach for? Caffeine…and lots of it, in whatever form!

Water is sidelined, ignored, with excuses that ‘too much will mean I’m always in the loo and I don’t have time for that’ commonplace.

But if any of these symptoms sound far too familiar, it may well be time you reconnected with your clear, uncomplicated friend:

‘I have a constant headache’

‘I feel so lethargic’

‘I can’t be bothered when I get to the gym’

‘I don’t sleep’

‘My skin’s terrible’

Have you met my friend WATER?!

Yep, often if you dig a little deeper into someone’s lifestyle, water is all too often lacking; odd when you consider that every cell,...

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It's not me, it's you....

Feb 14, 2019

Dear mainstream gym,

I’m sorry to choose Valentine’s Day to tell you this, but the thing is…I’ve found someone else and we just hit it off.

For a while now I’ve felt that you just don’t get me. I turn up, we go through the motions and then I leave again feeling, well, a bit deflated, I’ll be honest.

I keep willing you to make a change, challenge me and spur me into action, but, you never do. I don’t think you care anymore.

I felt something was missing… that spark and passion, the need to come and see you every day.

Sadly, as time goes on I just keep making excuses not to visit you.

It was during these times that I found myself looking for something new; and I’m sorry to tell you that I think I’ve finally found ‘the one’.

It’s called CrossFit – yes I know what you’re thinking; it’s just a crush, a whim, it’ll never last, but I seriously think it will.

I can’t wait to...

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 Spin, Spin, Sugar!

Jan 25, 2019

CrossFit Pendle’s spin classes are legendary. FACT.

You may well think you’ve ‘done a spin class’ in the past, but we doubt you’ll have ever ‘done a spin classSteve Backhouse style!

Yes, he shouts, yes, he makes your eyeballs sweat and yes, he pushes you to your absolute limits, but more importantly he gets results.

So, why the hell would I want to sign up for this apparent torture?!

Here's why....

It burns calories…lots of them

For 45 minutes you are working hard, whether that’s fast and light or slow and heavy, you’re pushing on and you’re pedalling away those calories.

It improves your cardio

Spin classes include both endurance and cardio training, which is good for the heart and helps build stamina in other sports you may enjoy or want to start doing.

You join a community

As you grunt and groan through a gruelling workout you have the full understanding and support of your fellow cyclists, each willing the...

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Jan 09, 2019

If you’re still skirting around issue of joining a gym this January, or your current gym is just not giving you the motivation you need, come join us!

We’re offering new members three months at half price, so what the hell are you waiting for?!

Remember, every single one of our members was also a CrossFit newbie at some time over the past few years, they understand the fears and the apprehensions and they couldn’t be more welcoming.

Don’t believe us? We’ll let them take the floor – and please, notice – they’re never exercising alone!

“I just thought everyone was going to be so much better than me, but it’s just not like that at all. The coaches will come over and show you how to scale it down and nothing’s impossible, all the movements are scalable.”

- Victoria Waddington (pictured here on left)


“When I first joined CrossFit I weighed 18.5 stone, the coaching is fantastic. You try the other gyms,...

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Want more proof that CrossFit works? Here you go…

Dec 28, 2018

Last week we brought you Jonny's CrossFit journey and this week we introduce you to Stephanie Gill.  

Steph is from a family of Crossfitters and was persuaded (badgered some might say) to join CrossFit Pendle by her two sisters Vic and Olivia.

At the time of joining, Steph had been told she might never been able to do intense exercise again, following two operations on her foot in just 11 months.

She said: “I joined CrossFit when I was in my worst ever physical state. I had lost not only my self-confidence but my confidence in my ability to exercise. I was left feeling big, bloated, fat, flabby, ugly and all round awful.

“As we all know, when you get like this you comfort eat, which is what I ended up doing for months only making things worth.

‘I’ve always been big on exercise and sport so losing my confidence in my ability was massive.”

When Steph first heard about CrossFit, she thought there no way she would be able to do it but after months of...

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