It started when I was about 13 and continued until I was 21. That was when I hung up my pointe shoes and turned my back on my dreams of being a ballerina.

Chronic stress fractures in my shins meant that every step and indeed every waking moment was unadulterated agony. Having spent yet another dance class at the London Pineapple Centre in Covent Garden sitting on my ass watching (rather than doing) my mental health was not faring so well. Injuries and depression often go hand in hand. The swelling and pain in both shins had become so bad that even the slightest touch sent me through the roof. To look at the bone through the skin was like looking at corrugated cardboard, I was a mess, so I decided I had to face facts. …


Taking control of chronic pain may well require taking responsibility for the emotional responses you have to the world you experience. When it comes to integrating the complexities of living within the physical system we inhabit, there can be a great deal to consider and navigate. Past, present and future thinking and feeling, seemingly, gets stored within the cells in our body.

In Part 1 of this blog post, I explored the concept of pain within the body and how it is inextricably linked to the emotional pain and false beliefs carried by an individual, sometimes over a lifetime. How the nervous system can become wired toward negative rather than positive sensation depends on our thoughts and emotional responses. Be it o perceptions of our environment, circumstances and to ourselves. …


We have all been there and had those days when the thought of being a responsible, functioning adult is just draining, especially when it comes to a fitness program. Yes, mindset will determine success far more than work output. I am reminded, almost daily, just how often our own fears, justifications and judgements of ourselves and others really impact the trajectory of success. From the quality of the relationships we experience, as well as the level and speed of success in achieving life, fitness and body transformation goals.

Envisioning what we want and turning up to do the work required are only part of the equation. It is ‘Belief’ and an ‘unwavering emotional commitment’ to the outcome that I feel is the most critical piece of the puzzle. …


Tired of doing the same old routine at the gym? Getting nowhere fast with your current plan and need a bit of inspiration? Here are my twenty fitness tips honed over 20 years of coaching and competing to inspire your next session and go from marginal to magnificent?

Include some or all in your planning to accelerate results and give you a more effective overall workout, increase your strength and fitness gains.

Ready to get fired up for the year ahead?

Remember, training smarter not harder is the key, maximise your output, keep workouts short, sharp and intense and you will stay injury free as well as have the time and energy to live a fuller life away from the gym. …


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How functionally fierce in life are you? Could you run for the bus without exploding? Could you catch your 2 year old toddler running past you on the fly without slipping a disc? Can you bend down to tie your shoelaces? If you answered an emphatic NO to these questions then you need to take a look at this.

The ‘buzz fitness labels’ right now are ‘functional training’ and ‘primal fitness’. They are brandished about feverishly in the top fitness blogs and your local gym class descriptions. We all get the idea that they must be a great thing since we are seeing them everywhere. Experienced a session? We always feel wiped out having sweated up a storm, right? But what does it all actually mean? …


Tired of doing the same old routine at the gym? Getting nowhere fast with your current plan and need a bit of inspiration? Here are my twenty fitness tips honed over 20 years of coaching and competing to inspire your next session and go from marginal to magnificent?

Include some or all in your planning to accelerate results and give you a more effective overall workout, increase your strength and fitness gains.

Ready to get fired up for the year ahead?

Remember, training smarter not harder is the key, maximise your output, keep workouts short, sharp and intense and you will stay injury free as well as have the time and energy to live a fuller life away from the gym. …


With the imminent seasons festivities upon us, swiftly followed by January’s month long self-flagellation. That mad scramble at resolution setting and guilt riddled and inevitable failures at their accomplishment. I would like to invite you, yes YOU, to make a stand against doing what everyone else does at this time of the year. Aiming to be smarter, more considered and achieving greater long term outcomes from shifting your habits a little and planning your party season a little more mindfully.

What if there was another way of navigating this tried and tested annual routine?

What if you didn’t gain the average of 5–8kg in 2 weeks over the festive period? …


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Ive recently moved to London from a comparatively sleepy Australian city. I say comparatively because Melbourne has approximately 4million people compared to London’s 8.7million, spread out over a greater area. Once you get over the initially overwhelming volume of bodies cramming themselves together, in what can only be described as an urban battle for space on trains, on the streets, in cafes and basically everywhere. Its an attack and defend experience in every aspect of existence. For me the yoga studio, gym and my apartment have brought the term ‘sanctuary’ into its own.

Living in London as a transplant, like any busy metropolis, requires some getting used to. The first few weeks I will freely admit I felt like i was swimming in people soup and it wasn’t pleasant. Now, 6 months in, I am still not a fan of the constant jostling about, but with a little stress inoculation to navigate the cavalcade of humans, their collective energy, insular focus, lets just say you tend to get on with it. Yes, I believe people get more self-enclosed the bigger and busier a city gets, more protective, more demanding, more arrogant and more fearful. …

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Sara Picken-Brown

BodyTransformationSpecialist#Figure_Genie•LND PT & Nutrition.ONLINE Coaching OZ📍LA📍LND📍PARIS➔🐿@spbfitnessmethod.com >IFBB Pro/23xChampTitles >17yrs coaching

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