Celebrating Achievement: weekly Members' Bulletin #12

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This week’s news:

  • Welcome to this week’s bulletin shared with our lockdown community. We hope that this weekly bulletin helps to keep our people connected during lockdown and shielding.

  • Our exercise for you to try at home this week is a seated stretch for the upper back. For anyone who spends their day seated - especially when at a computer for long periods of time - the upper back can get stiff and uncomfortable. Instructor Tony explains how to stretch out any tension that has accumulated during the day. It is a very simple stretch which feels amazing to do whenever your shoulders and upper back feel tight.

  • grey dog looking at the camera with his tongue outFor many of us at home, pets are keeping us calm and connected during the pandemic. In our team Zooms we’re quite used to furry attendees joining in the meetings, uninvited and stealing the show. It’s become common to see pets appearing in view so we’ve become quite acquainted with them by now and know many of them by name. 

To lift our spirits, do you have a furry friend who would like to appear here in the bulletin? To kick us off with our new furry friends feature, here is staffy Cassius poking his cheeky tongue out. 

  • We’ve got a few ‘high five’ moments shared with us in Small Triumphs where we applaud your notable challenges overcome. It appears to have been a good week for achievements - well done!! Let us know something you have achieved and we’ll share it here. It doesn’t have to be exercise related of course, we celebrate it all!


  • We are looking for someone with newsletter expertise to help out with producing our  weekly Members’ Bulletin. With grant help from ThriveLDN we can pay a worker for 1-2 hours per week for 6-months, with an aim to help our community keep connected and improve mental wellbeing during the pandemic. If you or anyone you know is skilled in newsletter formatting and publishing, and have a little time available, please get in touch. ThriveLDN publish some very helpful resources for managing mental wellbeing during coronavirus which you might find interesting to look at.

Try this at home: Upper Back Stretch

This week we take a look at a stretch for the muscles of the upper back.instructor rounding his back with hands clasped infront, side view

Remember, it is important to stretch after every workout to keep your muscles at their optimal length and remain as flexible as possible.

  • Sit as straight as you can and look forward

  • Raise your hands in line with your shoulders and link your fingers together

  • Lower your chin down and extend your arms out, pushing your shoulders forward seated instructor rounding his back with hands clasped infront

  • Hold this position for 10 to 30 seconds, continuing to breathe as normal

  • Repeat up to 3 times


Small Triumphs:

Little moments to embrace life! Our Gym Members share their important 'wins' this week.

“Managed to lift my right arm straight above my head!” Christine Gibsontrophy image drawing

“Increased weight of dumbbell exercises by 50%!” Christine Gibson

“Increased repetitions on all exercises to 20!” Christine Lilley

“Now doing all leg exercises wearing ankle weights for an extra challenge!” Shariar Begum

“Achieved 9800 steps on an independent walk.” Colin Chapman

“Achieved 20 sit to stand!” Gillian

Enjoyed on Film & TV This Week:

Have you watched something recently that you really enjoyed? Share a good watch with others and find ideas for what to settle down to view tonight.

The Queen's Gambit Miniseries Netflix follows the life of an orphaned chess prodigy and her quest to become the world's greatest chess player while struggling with emotional problems and drug and alcohol dependency. Even if you have never played chess, this is a fantastic story. I loved it! Tony

On Channel 4, I’m currently watching The Circle reality TV programme and really enjoying it. ‘Where anyone can be anyone’. Janet

Set in a small Louisiana town, Steel Magnolias (1989) focuses on the relationships between six ordinary women and their tight knit bonds of friendship and family. I watched this film in a fit of nostalgia and I enjoyed the extraordinary characters and the great dialogue. It was worth a second watch even 30-odd years later. I highly recommend this story about endearing friendships through life’s moments of laughter and challenges. Shirley MacLaine, Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Julia Roberts and Daryl Hannah are brilliant and this film won numerous awards at the time. “Laughter through tears is my favourite emotion” Truvy Jones (Dolly Parton). The film stood the test of time for me! Victoria

Have a good weekend everyone - and stay safe. The AB Team