Posts Tagged ‘Personal Training’

Tara’s Apple Cinnamon Protein Muffins

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Don’t you just love those morning when you wake up at 04:45 and you go straight out the kitchen and bake some healthy muffins…..not happened to you? Ah, well it was a first for me too!
My hubby bought a new flavour whey protein (Apple Cinnamon Swirl) and I just HAD to make some muffins out of it because I NEEDED to try it!
And my recipe worked first time!!
HEEEEEAVEN!
Here’s a mini recipe and a few piccys of how these little apply, cinnamony, crazy time in the morning-y, little creations turned out!
Xxx

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I made 4 out of the ingredients so each muffin has the following:
Calories: 98
Carbs: 1.5g
Protein: 9.25g
Fat: 6g (only 1g saturated)
Fibre: 1.75g
Sugar: 1g

I cut mine in half and added a teaspoon of natural nut butter, so add that to your macros too!
Xx

Bye Bye Rob!

Monday, March 18th, 2013

After 6 fabulous years, Rob has finally taken the jump and is moving on to pastures new! So Rob leaves Tara and Andy to take on the Personal photo (4)Training in The Dragon Hotel in Swansea to the next level and look forward to welcoming Natalie and Louise to the Team!!photo (6)

As with any celebration (we are sad that rob is leaving us….honest!), there has to be some celebratory drinks.

Many of the staff from The Dragon Health Club and Hotel met up on Saturday for a day of Sport and Socialising. Naturally, some of the boys had to start celebrations after a large cooked breakfast so the partying started at 12pm. Then it was a few drinks whilst watching Swansea vs Arsenal (we lost L ) and then a few more to watch Wales vs England! Woo Hoo!!! We won!!!

So there was more celebrating! This lasted into the early hours of the morning. Needless to say, after a shift of partying in excess of 12 hours (Rob struggles putting hard work in for 8 hours) Rob was a little sleepy, and managed a bit of shut eye before actually getting to bed!!

We all partied hard to make sure Rob had a good send off and we wish him all the very best of luck in his new job!!

Good Luck Rob, We’ll miss you!!

From everyone at The Dragon Hotel

xx

You ready for some Flipping or Tossing?

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Shrove Tuesday will be upon us so we thought we’d get in really early and make sure that not only are you prepared for some flipping good fun, but you’re also having a healthy pancake day this year!

Tara Hammett, our Health Club Manager and one of Swansea and South Wales’ top Personal Trainers (Did we mention finalist in the National Fitness Awards Personal Trainer of the Year 2012?) has shared her healthy pancake recipe that will keep your mid week healthy nutrition in check! It’s gluten free, high in fibre and massive on taste!

Ingredients: (for one pancake, increase ingredients accordingly)

For the pancake:

1 Tablespoon Coconut FlourPancake blog (2)

2 Egg Whites

¼ Cup Coconut Milk

For cooking in the pan:

Coconut Oil

For adding at the end (optional):

¼ teaspoon Truvia

Lemon

Mix all your pancake ingredients together. Firstly I whisked my egg whites up, then I added the flour and milk to a nice little batter.

Add ½ teaspoon of coconut oil to the pan and swish it around.

Add your pancake batter to the pan and cook on one side for about a minute whilst swishing (said that twice now) the batter evenly around the edges.

Then…..the next move is your shout….what will it be??

A Flip????

Or

Risk a toss???

Well…..I’m gonna put it out there – I flipped!! Which I must say is medium on the adventurous scale, because sometimes I totally bail out and cook the other side under the grill (top tip).

Cook the other side for about another 30 seconds, then slide it out onto your plate, sprinkle with a bit of truvia and squeeze some fresh lemon and tuck in!!

NOM!!

So, you’ve had fun, you feel like you’ve indulged and you can enjoy the rest of your evening guilt free!!

Macros per pancake:

139 kCals

9g Protein

6g Carbs

3g Fibre

9g Fat

Enjoy!!!

Tara x

Company Announcement

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

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We are pleased to announce that The Dragon Hotel has become an Associate Hotel with Macdonald Hotels & Resorts.

This marks a really exciting chapter for the hotel. Macdonald Hotels & Resorts has over 45 hotels across the UK and 6 resorts in Spain and Portugal.  One of the UK’s largest privately-owned hotel groups, with its roots in Scotland, we’re looking forward to being part of a family that also includes famous hotels such as the five-star Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel and Macdonald Compleat Angler on the banks of the River Thames. 

The hotel will continue to be owned by asset management and property development firm London Devonshire Trust and The Dragon Hotel brand will not be changing. This is yet another new chapter in the hotel’s colourful history – we thank you for your continued support during this exciting time.

Snowed in Swansea!

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Well it has been a very coooold one in Swansea!

The snow certainly came and made its mark and it’s been getting to the health club staff as outdoor training has been a no go and it’s been quiet as many of the team’s personal training clients from Swansea have been snowed in, even though Swansea City Centre was still moving.  Although residential areas certainly resembled more of a winter wonderland!

Andrew hasn’t been out on his bike for a week – which is unheard of! Tara had to sleep in the hotel (not that she’s moaning) on Thursday night. Rob has put on a few pounds as he’s not been able to go out running and believes ‘comfort eating’ will protect him from the cold. James has also missed a few gym sessions but luckily, we all have Tara’s home HIIT workout video’s to follow to make sure the snow doesn’t sabotage our fitness to much!

But…we’re hopeful that the big melt is on its way and getting back to fitness and healthy eating is high on the agenda!

Tara has kicked off the Diet Tribe with Badger & Claire on 96.4fm The Wave and we’re all looking forward to seeing how much weight the tribe will lose over the next 6 weeks! Listen out to Tara on air for all her top fitness and nutrition tips.

You can also download her FREE E-book and join in with the journey on Facebook.

We hope you’re keeping safe & warm and continuing with your healthy 2013 goals!!

We’re going to help you make December your fittest ever!

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Merry Fitmas

Want a change from the normal Advent calendar?

Need some motivation to keep in shape in December and burn off the Christmas party buffet & the celebratory drink or two?

Then join in with Tara Hammett, one of the Top Personal Trainers in Swansea and The Dragon Hotel Health Club Manager as she kicks off her FREE ‘Merry Fitmas – Advent Workouts’

Tara will be kicking off the festive fitness on Saturday 1st December and will be helping keep everyone fit & fab with 12 minute home workouts that you can do every morning. You can join in too for free and receive your short workouts every morning in your inbox. Take part with hundreds of others and stay in shape for your party outfits and sign up with your email on www.taransformation.com

So get ready to open the Advent workout doors and make December 2012 the most fittest, fabulous and festive yet!

Merry Fitmas from The Dragon Team!!

Tara Jives Away With Second Place!

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

This weekend I took part in the most INCREDIBLE experience of my life. Strictly Swansea was the most magnificent event and I feel so lucky to have been part of it. The journey was so emotional, I was nervous, scared, anxious but also very very excited!

Many months ago Blanche Sainsbury, the Managing Director of SWWMedia had a lightbulb moment about a Strictly event and I was so excited that I was asked to dance. Taking on a challenge and learning a new skill is right up my street, but never in my life would I have predicted that it would soon become one of the biggest highlights of my life.

Tara  & BlairMario and Rebekah from DeMarco’s Dance School in  Swansea have been amazing. They are the most incredible instructors and now wonderful friends and I can’t thank them enough for all the effort they have put in to teaching me, and all the others who were dancing on the night. My new Strictly family!

I also feel like the luckiest girl to have been teamed up with the amazing Blair Crewther. We got on like a house on fire from day 1. Blair had a hard task of putting up with me over the months, but he is the most patient, professional and fabulous person (and an amazing dancer btw) and with the help of Mario and Rebekah, somehow managed to turn me into a dancer! We have had so much fun along the way and have become brilliant friends.Rumba

The night was a huge success and I was over the moon with my Rumba performance with Blair.

Strictly 10

We had the highest score of the night with an amazing 10 from Mark Jermin, 9 from Camilla Dallerup and 10 from Kevin Sacre! Wowweee!

I was so happy to get to the final with the lovely Melanie Walters and along with Lara Johnson, who was so fab the judges decided to choose her with a wild card; we had a really tough Jive in the dance off. It was one of the hardest workouts even for me as a Personal Trainer in Swansea but the best fun too!! Melanie was the winner of the night, and I was proud to have come second and delighted to have raised £300 for my chosen charity Tan Yr Allt Service Users Fund.

Now my amazing journey is over I have the Post-Strictly Blues. I want to go back in time. (In fact, Blair is also amazing by day and is a scientist – so I’m putting all my faith in him to invent me a time machine pronto!!) I miss my lessons, I miss Mario & Rebekah, I miss my new friends that also went through the same journey as me and I miss Blair. Sooooooo…that can only mean one thing!!! I’ve got to keep at it.

Strictly Swansea may be over for me now, but the journey was too amazing to leave there. The dancing shoes are with me to stay and I can’t wait to see what exciting memories they will see me through in the future!!

Keeeeeep Dancing!

Tara xxxx

Ironman Wales

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Rob Iron Man

On Sunday 16th September our Health Club Deputy Manager Rob Crabtree competed in the Ironman Wales race in Tenby, Pembrokeshire. The event consisted of a 2.4 mile sea swim, 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile marathon to finish. This was also his first ever Ironman race and coincidentally his first marathon.

Rob completed his first Ironman in 12hrs 03mins, beating his target by 57 minutes. He also raised money for Help for Heroes, so if you would like to donate, please come along to the club or donate online at www.bmycharity.com/RobCrabtree

 

Swim time: 1:03:21

Bike time: 6:38

Run Time: 4:03

 

He is now an Ironman, and will never let us forget it (bragging rights)!

Huge congratulations Rob for such an achievement!

Tara Rumbas For Strictly

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

We had some exciting news this week that the Dragon Hotel is proud to be sponsoring Tara Hammett, our Health Club Manager in the Evening Post Strictly Swansea event being held in October.

Strictly Swansea promises to be the biggest night on the Glitz and Glamour calendar! Tara will be performing with her professional dance partner Blair Crewther and will be competing against 7 other celebrities & personalities and their partners on Sunday 7th October. Tara & Blair

Tara is so excited to be taking part. As well as learning a brand new skill, Tara has chosen to raise money for a cause that is very important to her. Tara regularly visits care homes and hold exercise sessions with the residents and is delighted to be raising money for the Tan Yr Allt Service Users fund.

“At the moment I have two left feet, I am totally unbalanced in my 3 inch heels and I need to become a little more elegant.

All my training has been very powerful and explosive, so to try and loosen out and be a little more dainty is a bit tough at the moment, but I’m sure with more practice and a lot of patience from Blair I’ll get it mastered by the night”

We’ll be keeping you up to date over the forthcoming weeks with Tara’s progress and how she’s tackling one of her biggest challenges to date!

I’m sure you’ll join us is wishing Tara Good Luck in the meantime!

It’s all change in the Health Club

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Where do we start?? We’ve been up to all sorts in the health club recently. Lets start with the cute news:
Michelle returned to work following her maternity leave looking after baby Domenic, and now she’s left again to go on maternity with another on the way!

Then Karen followed suit and is also on maternity with her third on they way (Don’t worry..Tara’s safe from the ‘It comes in 3’s’, our spray tan guru Louisa has also had a beautiful little girl recently, so the spaces are all taken up). So we welcome Bryony to the team to join Sandra in our Beauty Treatment department.

Now onto the personal trainers of Swansea. First of all Tara has been busy absorbing more knowledge and has recently completed the Metabolic Effect Qualification which is the ultimate fat loss group personal training, Plus she’s looking forward to taking part in Strictly Come Swansea later in the year!

Rob has been nursing a few injuries following his training for the Iron Man, however is doesn’t stop him setting up a new Bootcamp group training in Swansea!

Andrew has survived the Paris-Roubaix 2012 in France and we’re delighted he didn’t have any nasty falls….although his legs are now super smooth!

James has been getting his head into the books learning everything he needs to know to complete his Level 3 Personal Training Qualification.

Holly has been travelling all over Europe participating in Triathlons and we welcome another team member Mike who has recently started and we look forward to him working with us in the health club!!!
Phew…Think that’s enough of an update for now!!!

Catch you soon!