Monday, 26 September 2016

Anytime Fitness: Gateshead Review

Anytime Fitness Gateshead

Anytime Fitness in Gateshead asked if I would like to try out the facilities that they have in their gym and a have a 1 to 1 with their personal trainer. I thought it was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.

The gym is located opposite the Tyne Bridge and below the 24/7 Tesco in Gateshead. I’m awful with direction but I didn’t get lost so that says something about how easy it is to find. There is a tonne of parking as you can park in the Tesco car park which is open 24 hours and every time I’ve been I’ve found a space really easy.

The first thing that I noticed about Anytime Fitness is that when you come in there is like a mini welcome area where there are leaflets, magazines and where the staff members are located. My one pet peeve about some gyms is when you can’t find a member of staff when you need them so when you at least know where the office is and the doors always open, it gives you a feeling that someone is there if you need help and it just makes me feel comfortable when I'm in the gym.

When I arrived for my tour of the gym I was greeted by Andreea who is the manager and she was absolutely lovely. She showed me around the gym which is all on one floor and even tho the space is smaller than other gyms it doesn’t feel overcrowded with machines as the layout that they have makes it feel quite spacious. When Andreea was showing me around the gym she asked me questions about what workouts I like to do or was their things that I preferred doing the jump. I mentioned that I was really into classes rather than doing machines.

 This is when she showed me what I think might be one of the best things about this gym and that is the Wellbeats Virtual classes. If your one of them people that loves classes but can’t make them because of work or the time doesn’t work for you this will be great for you.  Wellbeats is an on-demand virtual class which means that if you turn up to the gym and fancy doing a class you can go up to this screen pick a workout you fancy including indoor cycling, kickboxing, and Pilates, they have 50+ classes on offer and you do it in their studio there and then, you can do it alone or with a friend it is the best thing ever. I did my first virtual class and went for an indoor cycling class (I really did die a little). I haven't seen anything like this is other gyms in Gateshead and Newcastle. I've definitely found that because I go at times that suit me rather having to try and fit my work schedule around the gym class schedule I go more often.

The gym is full of high-quality equipment including all your normal cardio machines (watching big bang while on the treadmill is my new favourite thing to do), they have battle ropes, TRX, squats racks, kettlebells, power bags, double-loaded leg press and dumbbells up to 50kg, so anything that should be in a gym is in this gym.

The final part of my night was to have a 1 to 1 with Sian who is the personal trainer at the gym. Sian e-mailed me before the session asking if there was anything that I wanted to work on, in particular, I mentioned that I had pretty much no upper body strengthen and that I would like to work on strengthen my lower back after injuring it back in March. Sian was great and made me feel really comfortable as I hadn’t really had much experience working with PT, I have friends that are PT and have worked out with them but it’s not really the same. Sian had me do exercises that I wouldn't do on my own and pushed me to do a number of reps that I might have not really done if I was alone.

I had a great experience at Anytime Fitness and I would definitely recommend it anyone that is looking for a gym in the area. I've now got a membership for this gym and have enjoyed every time that I have gone in. The Membership is £32.95 a month, you have to pay a one-off fee for the fob to be able to get into the building. You can get FREE 3-day trial so that you can have a look around the gym and try out all the equipment before you join.

Here are all the links that you need to check out Anytime Fitness Gateshead.

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Friday, 19 August 2016

Lifestyle: Estee Lauder Skincare

Today I’m going to be talking about skincare. If you read my Love yourself it’s important to blog post you will know that I wanted to look after my skin more.

 I’m very lucky when it comes to my skin I have normal skin and don’t get spots very often and I don’t wear makeup very often, which is why I think I’ve kind of neglected it over the years. It was only really when I turned 24 that I decided that I should really start putting some effort into my skin.
After deciding that I was going to look after my skin more my sister bought me a gift set for Christmas from Estee Lauder and the set had in 2 samples of their skincare. The 2 samples were the Day Wear crème and the Nightwear Plus crème, each of the samples were 15ml and come in really cute little pots which are great for traveling.  My sister also gave me her Revitalizing Supreme crème sample after finding it in a gift set she bought herself. 

Straight away I feel in love with these products and I thought as it has been around 8 months I would do a small overview of the products.

Estee Lauder Day Wear -50ml £42.00
The day wear is a high-performance moisturizer defending against and diminishing the appearance of premature aging.  It includes super anti-oxidant complex and broad spectrum sunscreen. It reduces the look of first signs of aging, for example, dullness and fine dry lines. It refreshes skin with lasting hydration.

I love this product and when I use it my skin feels soft and hydrated. It also gives my skin a glow but not in a shiny looking way if that makes sense. I have quite dull skin and this has definitely helped to give my skin a boost. All 3 of the crèmes feel very luxury and because it is lightweight you don’t have that sticky moisture feeling after. I’ve also found that a little goes a long way with this product and because I only use it first thing in the morning the 15ml sample lasted around 6 months.

Estee Lauder Nightwear Plus - 50ml - £46.00

Nightwear Plus is a lightweight night crème that helps your skin detox from the visible effects that have accumulated throughout the day. This crème is purifying and refinishes the skin's surface and visibly reduces pores. When paired with the Daywear’s super anti-oxidant complex it helps to deliver deep, long-lasting moisture. Nightwear plus detoxifies, soothes and intensely hydrates your skin while you sleep.  

Out of all 3 crèmes, the Nightwear plus is my favorite and was the one I finished first. When I apply this crème just before I go to bed I wake up with skin that feels so hydrated and soft. You don’t get that sticky feeling when you put it on which is always a bonus and you can feel it going sinking into the skin give you that hydration that you want.  The one thing that this crème has done that I didn’t really expect was for it reduce my pores but to my surprise, it has reduced them a lot on my chin as well as helping to reduce the small amount of dry skin I had around my lips.

Revitalizing Supreme instantly gives your skin a clearer, more radiant appearance and leaves your skin looking more compact, supple and smooth. This crème is a high-performance, multi-action moisturizer significantly reducing the sign of aging including lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness, dullness, and dehydration.

 I’ve only been using this recently after finishing my Day Wear, I find this works just like the Day Wear the only difference I’ve found is that the consistency of the crème is thicker so I find that I can feel it on the skin and it takes a little bit long to sink into the skin which is not a massive deal but when the Day Wear used to sink into the skin quite quick it’s hard to get used to it taking longer. My skin is has a radiant look about it but I still think I prefer the Day Wear to the Revitalizing Supreme
I guess you can tell for this post I think I’ve found my love for skincare products and these 3 items are definitely my favorites of 2016. I’m not sure if anything will stray me away from these 3 crèmes. I’m hoping to buy replacements of the Day Wear and Nightwear Plus but at £43.00 and £46.00 it is a bit on the high-end price wise. So if you have any recommendations for maybe some high street skincare or cheaper alternatives please let me know in the comments.

Also my sister took the photos of the products so I would love to hear some feedback. You can check out her blog here.

I hope you enjoyed this post
Speak to you soon

Love Melissa xx


Monday, 15 August 2016

Motivational Monday: Becoming that morning person

I wanted to do a little Motivational Monday post as I love reading these types of posts and in August i’m making a few small changes in my life and I want to document them changes.

The one big change I’ve wanted to do for a while is become a more of a morning person. I want to eat breakfast before work and take my dog for a walk every morning but because I prefer my bed to much I don’t do either. If I leave the house at 8am I’m stuck in traffic for around 40 minutes but if I leave at 7:40 I get to work for 8am which cuts 20 minutes of my commute.

At the moment I get up at 7:45, wash my face, brush my teeth, get changed and get in my car. From waking up I’m in a massive rush and I feel like my body and mind is than rushed for the rest of the day and I’m exhausted by 4pm.

So starting today I will be waking up at 7am, I will have breakfast and I will walk my dog even if it’s just a small 10 minute work. Finally I will hopefully be in my car by 7:40 and miss the traffic.  

Check me out of twitter for updates throughout the week to see if I can become the morning person I really want to be. 

Do you have any tips on becoming a morning person? Why not leave me a comment with your tips?

Hope to see you soon.
Love Melissa xx


Monday, 18 July 2016

Lifestyle: Time Out

Photo Credit: Melissa Marshall & Nicole Marshall
Ever felt like your brain is running but your body is walking? Yep, that is me to all the time. 

I've been away from my blog for a little while for no other reason that my life is pretty busy. I started a new job, I joined a blogging team and I got my first car, all in the space of 2 months. I took a break from my blog when I started my job, with the hope that once I got into a routine, I would be able to get back into with a good schedule. That didn't happen however as my new job doesn't really have a routine. 

In April/May I joined a blogging team which is now disbanded but when I looked back I always felt like I was pushing out blog posts at the last minute and wasn't really enjoying what I was writing. Not because I hated the blog post but because I would write them in a hour then have to send them off. I'm one of them people who hates disappointing people and that why saying no is something I find hard but I also started to feel guilty because I found time to write for that blog but not for my own. 

Online, you see bloggers all the time feeling guilty when they take a break from their blogs or even if they miss putting out one post on time. Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we start something as a hobby and fall in love with it but than the hobby becomes something you start to question. I love my blog it's given me opportunities to do things I would never had got to do before my blog but juggling my blog and job became something of a chore isn't of a love. 

That is when I thought about making TIME OUT moments in my life. These moments are simple things like walking my dog, going to the beach or going to a beer and cider festival at the local pub. Stepping away from the stressful places and technology. My plan is to try and do time out moments at least 3 times a week. Theses moments give me time to think, relax and even just go somewhere new. 

One of them time out moments was a little trip to Gibside which is part of the National Trust. Gibside is a stunning 18th century landscape garden and haven of nature. Gibside is like the Georgian version of grand design. With the Palladian chapel, stable block and the once grand hall there is no piece of Gibside any photographer wouldn't love to see through a camera lens.  

If you hadn't guessed from the picture above that I have an adorable King Charles Cavalier called Oscar so you can imagine that walking through Gibside was like a dream come true for him but it was also some great to spend time with my sister Nicole (who now also has a blog if you want to check it out here). I turned off my phone and walked around the grounds just leaving society and the bad things happening around the world outside the fenced area. 

I'm hoping that with these time out moments in my life blogging will become more of a regaular things again but I'm not going to make myself feel guilty for having that time to myself. Looking after ourselves is just as important as looking after others.

Do you have your own time out moments or maybe you have something you do to de-stress? What do you when you feel guilty about taking a blogging break?

I hope you enjoyed this post
Speak to you soon
Love Melissa xx


Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Fitness: Us Girls, Show your support!


Today I’m going to talk about a subject and an organisation that is close to my heart. If you know me or have been reading my blog for a while you will know that sport and getting women and girl involved in exercise is something very close to my heart.

We all know from the facts that less young women and girls take part in exercise compared to men. In 2011 British Heart Foundation conducted research that found only 52% of 16-25 females took part in the recommend amount of exercise compared to the 83% of men. The stats alone are shocking that why I got involved with Us girls,a national programme designed by StreetGames to increase and sustain young women's participation in sport, fitness and exercise in some of the nation’s most disadvantaged communities.

Us Girls main target audience is women and girls from deprived areas of the community, I’ve lived in Benwell which is one of Newcastles most deprived areas for around 18 years and sport was the one thing that kept me off the streets as a young teenager. So you can imagine what I thought when this program was launched in Newcastle. I first got involved by going along to a multi-sport session at my local sport centre, the session was £1 and everyone was there to have fun which is what made me go back every week. Now I help run the Newcastle College Us Girls program that has around 30-40 young women involved in sport at least once a week with many of them doing 2 or 3 different sessions a week.

Us Girls uses the key message #funfitnessfriends to eliminate some of the barriers that stop local young women from taking part in sport in their community.

The way that Us girls has done that is by doing female-only sessions, using lifestyle role models, reward schemes, wellbeing and confidence inspiring activities, opportunities to lead and attend Us Girls Rocks festivals and events (These events are great btw).



In the last 12 months Us Girls have got over 65,000 females engaged in the programme. These hubs will be places for young women and girls to be able to get the most out of the Us Girls program by encouraging collaboration between Us Girls projects and local activity providers so the benefits can be spread to as many young women and girsl as possible.
Us Girls is up for nomination in the National Inspiring Initiative by Women’s Sports Trust #BeAGameChanger Awards 2016. These awards are to raise the visibility and increasing the impact of women’s sport. Us Girls are up against two strong projects: Aviva Women's Tour and Park Run UK.

Below you can read about how one young ladies story about how Us Girls has helped her.


Michelle Monk from Cowgate (Newcastle) has been able to learn first-hand what Us Girls can do for young women in Newcastle. Michelle was already a keen footballer and got some sporting qualification through her local college. Michelle decided to do some volunteering for her local sporting project Hat-trick and then got involved with the Newcastle Us Girls Hub. I asked Michelle a few question about Us Girls so you can read about how it’s benefited her.

Q. Michelle, why did you first get involved with Us Girls?
I found that there weren’t many girls groups in my local area and when I found out that there was one I knew, this was a chance to join something new. I also wanted to meet new people and build some new relationships with other people that had the same interests as me.
Q. What’s the main reason why you go to your local Us Girls project?
 One of the main reasons why I go to the Us Girls project is because I wanted to increase my wellbeing and do this somewhere where I knew that I wouldn’t get judged. Keeping fit and doing sports that I love was another reason for going along and with the incentive scheme you get rewarded for going along to sessions which is an another bonus.

Q. What have been the best benefits to come out of being involved in your local Us Girls project?
 While going along to Us Girls I have not just built up my confidence, my self-esteem has improved as well. I’ve made new relationships with other like-minded young women and I’ve become an Us Girls Ambassador which involves me helping engage other young women to participate in sport and exercise.


 As you can tell from Michelle Monk’s story that Us Girls is not only about getting young women and girls involved in sport it’s about their wellbeing and helping them to interact with other young people without judgement. Many young women and girls like Michelle would be missing out on opportunities to get involved in sport if it wasn’t for the Us Girls projects around the country.

 Like I said earlier Us Girls is up for National Inspiring Initiative by Women’s Sports Trust #BeAGameChanger Awards 2016. Us Girls works with thousands of young women and girls and from reading about Michelle’s story about how Us Girls has helped her you can see the work that they do is important to many young women and girls in the UK.

 Voting Closes at midnight on the Sunday 1st May and I would love if you could help by using the link below to vote.
Here is the link 

Hope that this gives you a little bit of insight in the types of organisation that work in the North East and are trying to help increase participation of young girls and women. I've left all the different social media pages that the Us Girls have so you can see what work there doing across the country for yourself.

Us Girls Facebook/ Us Girls Twitter / Us Girls Website

Photography was by Debbie Cable, check out her website here
Why not leave a comment of what your favourite sport or do you wish you had been involved with an organisation like this?

I hope to hear from you soon

Love Melissa xx

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