Video: How to do a Tricep Dumbbell Kickback

This is the third in a series of videos with Ali, our personal trainer at The Sandpiper Club, Lancaster.

In this video we join Ali and his client, Sally who show us how to do the squat and shoulder press to try out next time we are at the gym.

If you would like a boost in your training and want to tone up but require a little guidance, then personal training is for you!

The Tricep Dumbbell Kickback

This exercise puts force on the triceps at the top of the move compared to the overhead triceps extension.

  1. Set the bench at around knee-height.
  2. Rest your left hand on the bench beneath your left shoulder and place your left knee on the bench in line with your top abs.
  3. Your upper body should be horizontal, with your right upper arm in line with your torso.
  4. Let your right forearm and the dumb-bell hang straight down.
  5. Press the weight straight back, moving only at your elbow.
  6. Keep the rest of your body in the same position throughout.
  7. Once set is complete swap arms.

My favourite winter walk: Braithwaite to Grisedale Pike

Lancaster-based Tim Bell, shares one of his favourite Winter Walks.

Leaving Grisedale Pike

Leaving Grisedale Pike

Personally, I’ve always preferred the winter for heading up into the Cumbrian fells. Before heading out the door with the courteous “see you later, I’m off for a walk”. As the front door closes behind me, the inevitable “OK, But Be Careful” advice is offered emphatically from upstairs.

I am prepared. I’ve done the right courses, listened to the instructors, bought the right equipment and am now able to confidently and safely reap the benefits of a Lakeland Winter.

Before I tempt you further, be sure to read my previous blog: 3 Essentials to remember when winter walking in the Lake District. Continue reading

Sochi – Predictions turned Gold!

In his blog, Passionate about … Olympic Biathlon, Ian Woods, director of Onesimus and our in-house Team GB coach made some pin-point predictions about which athletes we should be watching closely during the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Your predictions for the Biathlon Gold Medals were spot on. Are you surprised?

Well, I’m not surprised that Norway’s Svendsen and France’s Martin Fourcade both became Olympic champions in Sochi, though it wasn’t looking good for Svendsen in the first week. He really had to dig deep to take the Gold in the Mass Start race, just beating Fourcade in a stunning photo finish. I am surprised that they both won two Gold medals each and to be honest I was surprised that Bjoerndalen also won two Gold medals.  Continue reading

Wedding Dresses – Why White?

Ahead of our two wedding fayres at Lancaster House and The Wild Boar on Sunday 2nd March 2014. We thought we would follow up our Weird and Wonderful Wedding Traditions blog with a look at the traditional white wedding dress we so often see at our five individual Lake District and Lancashire wedding venues.

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In the west we often accept the tradition of a white wedding dress as a staple part of  the wedding celebration and assume that it has always been the case.

Not so, the white wedding dress fashion was initially introduced as a  protest against the effects of the industrial revolution! Below are a ten interesting facts around wedding attire… Continue reading

Photos of Lancaster & Morecambe from a Typhoon Fighter Jet

RAF Typhoon Aircraft (Credit: UK Ministry of Defence)

RAF Typhoon Aircraft (Credit: UK Ministry of Defence)

Here at English Lakes we love to show off the beauty of the local area we have the pleasure of living and working in. Previously we have blogged about the fantastic photography of the Lake District and Lancashire taken from the International Space Station by Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield.

Earlier this week we came across a selection of aerial images taken a little closer to Earth. BEA Systems stunning trials photographer, Chris Ryding, captured aerial pictures of Lancaster and Morecambe from the cockpit of a Eurofighter Typhoon jet.

At sea level the jet can reach speeds of Mach 1.25 (1,470 km/h or 910 mph) and they can be regularly seen throughout Lancashire and Cumbria while on test flights from BAE Warton.
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Festival of Smoke – Sunday 16th March at The Wild Boar

Festival of Smoke – Sunday 16th March From 11.30am

FREE entry to see and sample everything that is The Wild Boar!

The Wild Boar Inn, Grill & Smokehouse is set in the ancient beauty of the Gilpin Valley, with 72 acres of private woodland and a beautiful tarn. A very special and traditional Lake District Inn which has a long earned reputation for classic British cuisine.

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The Wild Boar has taken local provenance to a new level with its own onsite Smokehouse and microbrewery – The Brewhouse. As well as its own real ales, The Wild Boar has created a Whisky Club following and has over 100 of the best international malt whiskies.

Come along to our Festival of Smoke on Sunday 16th March to see and sample everything that is The Wild Boar! FREE entry to join the fun. Continue reading