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Sue Mar 31, 2021 on The Castle Nursery
Genuine local people who provide excellent, professional care for your children and the best testament to this is that the kids are sometimes a pain to pick up as they don't want to come home ! Thank you to all the lovely staff.
Pat Taylor Mar 24, 2021 on Mercian Nordic Walking
I became a member of Mercian Nordic walking in June 2019 and it was one of the best things I have ever done.
Now we have reached the anniversary of our first lockdown I have been reflecting on the past year. I feel sure everyone found lockdown in March 2020 an extremely difficult time for many different reasons, however thanks to Ian Northcott I have been on a fitness journey and now look at exercise in a completely different way.
As all Nordic Walking groups were cancelled Ian Northcott began to provide online fitness classes. Over the past year there have been a great variety of zoom classes provided to suit everyone and for all fitness levels. All the exercises are clearly demonstrated and explained, and individual feedback given throughout. I have now invested in some simple exercise equipment like stretchy bands, a dumbbell and a gymstick and join in many classes each week. It is wonderful to see so many others joining in and achieving a high level of fitness.
When the lockdown was announced again in January 2021 I was inspired by other Nordic Walkers to invest in a rowing machine and now join in Mercian Fitness coaching on online.
I would certainly like to thank Ian Northcott for all the help and support he has given me and as I am not very technical person, he has spent much time patiently guiding me through how to access different items online that support my fitness. Any queries and Ian is always available to give support.
Ian has a great team around him. I would like to say a huge thank you to Carol for providing a challenge week in January and giving Mercian Nordic Walkers motivation to be active every day. Malcom and Janet have provided Mercian Nordic Walkers a Progressive Lockdown Relay Challenge, these have given us a great opportunity to keep in touch with others, while encouraging us to increase our fitness.
I can’t wait for our first socially distanced Nordic Walking walk which should be very soon and looking forward to seeing everyone again. I will still be keeping up with my online classes.
Ian Northcott, you have worked so hard the last twelve months to keep us all so fit and active. Thank you so much.
Jess Baker Mar 23, 2021 on Mercian Nordic Walking
WHY WE EXIST!

Testimonial for Mercian Nordic walking and Mercian fitness

I started with a learn to Nordic walk course some time ago when Ian first started running courses. I have since done a couple of walks and a fit for life course. All as a Pay as you go member and very irregularly.

Fast forward to now, I wanted to get fitter in lockdown and knew just who to ask for help. Ian was great and suggested I took on a monthly membership as the plan he had for me would have cost a fortune as a PayG member.

I have been doing classes most days a week and have followed the outdoor programme when allowed by the government guidelines. As suggested by Ian, I take part in a number of Cardio/circuits classes and also and maybe more importantly, a number of strength classes. My week includes Monday circuits, Tuesday Mswing, Weds. Trek fit/fit for life and gym stick and Thursday I do a Mswing with stretchy band class.

I have been following this programme for nearly a year now. I have lost a stone in weight, lost 2 inches off my waist and arms and to top it all off, I am joining the group that is going out to Tanzania next year to climb Kilimanjaro.

I feel so much better for the exercise I am doing and am really seeing results. The routine of classes has kept me living life in lockdown with a much healthier attitude than I expected. The classes have kept me well mind, body and spirit. The camaraderie with the other clients is great and Ian is an inspiration. He is firm but fair and gets results every time. We always have a laugh but we also always work hard. Ian encourages us to work to and 80% level but gives us the option to work at our highest point possible within our ability.

Nothing is too much for Ian and he is always on hand to help you come up with the perfect work out pattern just for your needs. And is mindful if you are coming back from injury that there may be limitations but that they are not a problem as he is full of ways to make it more appropriate for you as you recover.

www.mercianfitness.co.uk
www.merciannordicwalking.co.uk
Jess Baker Mar 23, 2021 on Mercian Fitness
WHY WE EXIST!

Testimonial for Mercian Nordic walking and Mercian fitness

I started with a learn to Nordic walk course some time ago when Ian first started running courses. I have since done a couple of walks and a fit for life course. All as a Pay as you go member and very irregularly.

Fast forward to now, I wanted to get fitter in lockdown and knew just who to ask for help. Ian was great and suggested I took on a monthly membership as the plan he had for me would have cost a fortune as a PayG member.

I have been doing classes most days a week and have followed the outdoor programme when allowed by the government guidelines. As suggested by Ian, I take part in a number of Cardio/circuits classes and also and maybe more importantly, a number of strength classes. My week includes Monday circuits, Tuesday Mswing, Weds. Trek fit/fit for life and gym stick and Thursday I do a Mswing with stretchy band class.

I have been following this programme for nearly a year now. I have lost a stone in weight, lost 2 inches off my waist and arms and to top it all off, I am joining the group that is going out to Tanzania next year to climb Kilimanjaro.

I feel so much better for the exercise I am doing and am really seeing results. The routine of classes has kept me living life in lockdown with a much healthier attitude than I expected. The classes have kept me well mind, body and spirit. The camaraderie with the other clients is great and Ian is an inspiration. He is firm but fair and gets results every time. We always have a laugh but we also always work hard. Ian encourages us to work to and 80% level but gives us the option to work at our highest point possible within our ability.

Nothing is too much for Ian and he is always on hand to help you come up with the perfect work out pattern just for your needs. And is mindful if you are coming back from injury that there may be limitations but that they are not a problem as he is full of ways to make it more appropriate for you as you recover.

www.mercianfitness.co.uk
www.merciannordicwalking.co.uk
Pat T Mar 23, 2021 on Mercian Fitness
“I became a member of Mercian Fitness & Nordic Walking in June 2019 and it was one of the best things I have ever done.
Now we have reached the anniversary of our first lockdown I have been reflecting on the past year.
I feel sure everyone found lockdown in March 2020 an extremely difficult time for many different reasons, however thanks to Ian Northcott I have been on a fitness journey and now look at exercise in a completely different way.
As all Nordic Walking groups were cancelled Ian began to provide online fitness classes.
Over the past year such a wide variety of zoom classes have been provided to suit everyone and for all fitness levels.
All the exercises are clearly demonstrated and explained, and individual feedback given throughout.
I have now invested in some simple exercise equipment like stretchy bands a dumbbell and gymstick and join in many classes each week.
It is wonderful to see so many others joining in and achieving a high level of fitness.
When the lockdown was announced again in January 2021 I was inspired by other Nordic Walkers and I decided to invest in a rowing machine and now join in Mercian Fitness coaching on online.
I would certainly like to thank Ian Northcott for all the help and support he has given me and as I am not very technical person, he has spent much time patiently guiding me through how to access different items online that support my fitness.
Any queries and Ian is always available to give support.
Ian has a great team. I would like to say a huge thank you to Carol for providing a challenge week in January and giving Mercian Nordic Walkers motivation to be active every day.
Malcom and Janet have provided Mercian Nordic Walkers with a Progressive Lockdown Relay Challenge.
These challenges provide us with a great opportunity to keep in touch with others, providing us with encouragement to increase our fitness.
I can’t wait for our first post lockdown Nordic walk which should be very soon and looking forward to seeing everyone again. (Although still socially distanced and sticking to strict guidelines.)
I will still be keeping up with my online classes.
Ian Northcott, you have worked so hard the last twelve months to keep us all so fit and active.
Thank you so much.
Pat Taylor”

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