Monday, 21 December 2015

New sponsor for 2016 - Origins Fitness

I hinted on Friday that I had an announcement to make today and I’m delighted to announce my new sponsor for the 2016 race season:  Origins Fitness.  If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll probably have noticed my tweets about the gym over the past year.  It’s where I do my strength training throughout the season and I’m over the moon to now be working in partnership with the team at Origins Fitness for 2016.

Photo courtesy of Jamie Simpson Photography

I’m pictured here alongside Graham and Pamela, both qualified and experienced Personal Trainers who run the gym.  Not only is the gym a fantastic facility, but they’ve both given me some great personalised advice for my training and nutrition over the past year.  Whether you’re looking for personal training, nutritional advice, sports specific exercises, gym classes, or just a relaxed environment to workout in with really high quality equipment, pop in to see Pamela or Graham for some advice and check out their website and Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Jamie Simpson Photography

I’m going to be really proud to be wearing my Origins Fitness kit next season, not just because it looks cool though!  But also because I’m really proud to be flying the flag for this great gym and local business, located not far from where I grew up. 

The gym is based in Hillington, just outside Glasgow and not far from Braehead shopping centre.  It’s really easy to get to from Glasgow, Paisley, Renfrew or any of the surrounding areas.  It’s got the best equipment I’ve ever come across in a gym and the advice I’ve had from Pamela just in the past month has totally changed the way I’m working out to improve my bike-specific strength.

Check back on my blog over the coming weeks and months for some tips on bike specific exercises you can try in the gym to help improve your strength, balance and control on the bike.
  
Speaking of blogs, that’s not going to change . . . I’ll still be doing my race reports and training tips on this site, plus a whole lot more, and you can continue to follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  Given my new sponsor, I’ll include even more training tips about off-the-bike strength and core training, plus nutritional advice.  I’m also going to be doing some events for the gym members such as guided road and mountain bike rides.  If you’re a keen cyclist who uses the gym and you see me in there for my usual Monday or Thursday night sessions, just give me a shout if you’d like to talk bikes or bike training.  Just don’t try to take your bike on the treadmill like I did . . . !

Photo courtesy of Jamie Simpson Photography

So, us cyclists are always obsessed with how we look on the bike . . . The big question therefore is, what does the new kit look like now I’m riding for Origins Fitness?  Well, it’s currently being produced and should be with me by the end of January, but here’s a sneak peek at the design.  I can’t wait to wear this awesome looking kit and fly the flag for Origins Fitness in my racing all over the UK in 2016!



I don’t think I’ve ever been so motivated for an upcoming race season and this new sponsorship is a massive part of that.  My training is going really well and I’ve already planned out my main events for 2016.  Check back soon for my next blog about my change in strategy for 2016, as well as loads of new content coming soon on the site.

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