Boxing clever

More than 20 years have passed since Dean Sugden, himself a former World Champion kickboxer, first opened the doors of Suggy’s Gym in Newark.

And for almost 10 of those years, June – aka the oldest deadlifter in town – has been there in the red and black room of pain three times a week for her personal training sessions with none other than The Boss himself!

Although she’s never walked out into the ring herself, other than to present trophies at a few fight nights, there are plenty who have – kickboxers and boxers, professional and amateur, all flying the flag for Newark both at home and abroad.

Now she can’t wait to get her own back on Dean for all that suffering when they go head to head in the studio in the second hour of this weekend’s Girls Around Town, talking about those two decades of fitness and fighting on Castlegate, how he and his team have adapted things over there during and after lockdowns…

And how it’s not just about professional fighters although, as you’ll hear, he manages and coaches a fair few of them!

If you think boxing, kickboxing, weight training and working out are just for boys and blokes, think again – there are plenty of lasses and ladies giving it their all during the different training sessions and a few female rising stars on the fighting front too, not least among them the second guest joining in the chat, young boxer Megan Williams.

Make sure you’re tuned in to 107.8FM or listening on the apps, on Alexa or online from just after 11am – gym gear and/or boxing gloves are optional of course, just Put On Your Sunday Best to hear what Dean and Megan have to say about what’s on the cards for them and everyone else in the coming weeks and months.

And don’t forget that this Sunday also sees the welcome return of the Newark Dragon Boat Festival

Among the Radio Newark team joining in the fun down there at Riverside Park will be Chris Bevans, who’ll be on the phone to the studio from just after 10.20am to share a quick bird’s eye view of how things are going as it all starts to kick off.

Photo by Rick Wilks, Primal Pixels Photography

Because health is the real wealth…

It was Mahatma Ghandi who said

It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver

And someone who definitely agrees with those words is Calverton-based fitness coach Julie Rose, who joins June on Girls Around Town this Sunday.

Julie will be on the phone to the studio in the second hour of the show to describe how the personal training sessions, classes and courses offered by Rosefit help people achieve their fitness goals…

Not just through exercise but through healthy eating too!

After several months running the sessions online, as restrictions continue to ease she’s looking forward to getting back to face-to-face training with clients both old and new – whether they’ve been thinking about starting a fitness regime and need a place to begin or they’re seasoned exercisers who want to give something new a try,

On the healthy eating side, if like June you’re a bit of a list-maker you’ll find what Julie has to say about meal planning particularly interesting too.

Every Sunday morning without fail (except this Sunday of course, when she’ll be too busy chatting to June and will have to postpone it till later in the day!) she gets to work picking and prepping her evening meals for the coming week.

Make sure you’re tuned to 107.8FM or listening online from just after 11.10am when she’ll be sharing her top tips for what she calls Food Prep Sunday, along with a couple of changes you can make to what you eat that will help you get back in shape. Just easy tweaks, nothing too dramatic…

As Julie says, remember that small hinges swing BIG doors!!

The right mat-itude

How much do you know about the different kinds of yoga?

You’ve probably heard of Hot Yoga, maybe even of Aerial Yoga but what about Yoga NidraTRX Yoga or Hot Vinyasa Flow?

Someone who knows all about these – and more! – is Yoga Squad‘s Caroline Martin, who joins June in the second hour of this weekend’s show…

A fitness teacher for over 25 years, Caroline discovered hot yoga in 2014 when she went to a local class with a friend.

From the very first session she was hooked and, attending classes both before and after work and at the weekends to get her fix, soon noticed the difference it made both physically and mentally.

It wasn’t long before she decided to take the next step, signing up to Hot Power Yoga training in London, and started teaching weekly classes the very day after completing the course.

Now certified in both Aerial Yoga and Restorative Aerial too, Caroline recently began sharing her passion with clients here in Newark, where she’s based in the building that was once home to the town’s Millgate Museum, overlooking the River Trent.

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 11.20am on Sunday to hear more about her own fitness journey and what Yoga Squad has to offer, whether you’re a beginner or an advanced yogi…

And don’t forget to join June from 10am for more of the news, views and music too brought to you every week on Girls Around Town!