Christmas comes to Evolution

Its that time of year again when the tough keep going and the eager get started. Whichever you are Evolution has got what you need. Whether a general trainer or elite athlete Jon Clark and Rachael Hayes can offer you support and advice second to none. Joined in 2016 by Hannah Hallsworth the team is ready to take you into 2017.

Try us out or save yourself money by getting a 3 month membership early in January 2017.

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Great Evo Bakeoff 2016

After a very successful first year, where the cakes were so good there were accusations of cheating and suggestions that cakes were bought (back handed compliments in a way), we embarked on year 2.

The brief was showstoppers, a little more than a cake yet the all important BAKE was still the basis. After a slow start and reticence to show their hand we had 7 entries. All the entries were brilliant and brought gasps of awe and wonder from bakers and members alike.

A brief interlude to remember why we were doing this…… Not only was it fun but it was a great way to raise money for Children in Need. There are many people (children) less fortunate than us and our children and CinN is a great time to spare them a thought and do what we can to help others in a time of need. 

Back to the Bake….

All seven entries were outstanding and our chosen judges for the day were Kerry “Mary Berry” Talbot and Mark “Paul Hollywood” Davis. Following fine slicing by our very own JC they tasted and compared all the cakes. They marked for look, bake quality, taste, overall impression (it’s right professional it is). 

We had……

Cat in the Hat with Thing 1 (Jon)

Death by chocolate fort (Dan)

Strongman Surprise (Emma)

Gluten Free Gingerbread castle (Kelly)

OMG it’s a voyage of adventure (Hannah)

Self portrait Dragon (Rachael)

Evolution Gym (Fairweather Family)

So on a crowded

Friday night in November the gathered crowds waited patiently for the judging to be concluded. Everyone had their own winner but who would be chosen…….

Before the judging was over the cakes had started to disappear and the morning for Children in Need rolled in.

So which one won?…..

Come on judges who did it?……

And the Winner is …….

The Fairweather Family with Evolution Gym and 9 hour construction of epic proportions that tasted as good as it looked. 

Big well done to our 2016 Master Bakers.

The runner up was the gluten free Christmas Castle. Kelly baked this amazing cake and she converted a few folk that night that hadn’t thought gluten free could taste so good. Well done. 

The most important thing was the money and together Evokution Gym raised just over £150 for Children in Need.

Roll on next year. 

Busy weekend

Well this weekend is a busy one for Team Evo activity.  Competition season is underway for all sports. The gym is well represented at the Newcastle BNBF qualifier with Nicky in Physique and Lauren in Athletic. Go gals you rock it!!

Total Warrior on Saturday sees Jon, Rachael, Alex and the rest of the team pitting themselves against 30 obstacles and 8 miles of track. The mud should be mudtastic this year so beware of the lost shoes.

On Sunday resident mad lady Lizzie along with her mad friend Susan take on the round Sheffield run. These two are amazing athletes and slightly crazy so watch out Sheffield you are about to be beasted.
Let us know what you are up to and we will cover it in the blog. 

Watch this space for updates.
Happy weekend everyone. 

The Hill

Half marathon number 2 in the bag. This one just under 1 hour 57 which is way beyond my expectations. On Sunday 10th April, Jon and I took part in the second Jayne Tomlinson Sheffeld half marathon. 13.1 miles of hard graft. The course goes through an urban stretch of the City then climbs into the beautiful Peak District before falling back to the City and the much awaited finish.

start line


Training has been minimal really with one short run (3-4 miles) mid week and one longer (8-10 miles) on a Sunday. Although I have done 10ks before this step up to the half marathon distance has been a challenge. 
For this race I had only once taken on the Hill – a nearly 4 mile slog from 200 to over 1000ft elevation along a Roman road that just seems to never end. On the trial run I clocked up 10-10.5 mins permits and felt like was flying. I felt light on my feet (after the hill) and full of running. The same could not be said on race day. I did not sleep the night before due to nerves and with the run being at 09.30 my uncooperative lower back had not warmed up fully. That said the first two miles were in the low 8s which is good for me and the hill was taken in at a 10 or below pace that I am very happy with.

 On the way down I managed two of my fastest miles ever at sub 8 mins and although the last mile and a half felt like scaling Everest I was really happy with my sub 2 hour time.

I think I may have been bitten by the running bug or at least the race bug. What a sense of achievement as soon as you cross the line the hardwork forgotten except for the aches and pains.

My supplementation for running differs only a little from my usual regime with a little more emphasis on Extreme Carbs which are a handy, easily mixed source of high quality carbohydrates essential for stamina and endurance. I start the day with a cereal Pro6 combo to aid my nutritional plan and aid a healthy diet aimed at maintaining a lean, toned physique. For its fat burning attributes I add in Extreme CLA and to provide that additional support

Through my training Extreme glutamine. 

course map

 For mental support and motivation there is nothing better than Evolution Gym, Sheffield. The gym is like a second home and offers excellent support snd guidance on whichever sport or activity you choose.

Team Evo

Next goal Yorkshire Three peaks Charity hike.

Countdown to the hill

So the advertising days, Get over it, it’s just a hill!!!! Well tomorrow will see if I can do it.

The Sheffield half marathon, part of the Jayne Tomlinson series, is set to be an amazing event. It’s the second year in this route and the first time I’ve done it. 

I’m new to half marathons. I’ve done one – Silverstone and am feeling a little trepidation. 

Two runs per week one between 2-5 miles and one 8-10 has been my prep. Coupled with my usual activity I feel ready. 

My nutrition has been based around extreme nutrition supplement range with my usual Pro6 protein and Build n Recover post workout. For this I have added Extreme Carbs and glutamine for extra support. 

Carbing up a little for tomorrow, wish me luck 😜🏃🏃👍


Stretching anyone

One thing for sure as I get older I get less flexible. This is down to me not making the fort to keep up the stretching. Flexibility makes life so much easier flexible mind, flexible body more adaptation. So let’s have a looks at some basic stretches we can do every day to help us stay flexible.

Hold each stretch for 10-20 seconds and push yourself a little further when you feel ready.

Let’s go




Silverstone Half Marathon

 Team Evo were on it once more taking on and completing the Silverstone Half Marathon. 13.1 miles.

In early March on a foggy morning Rachael, Jon and Hannah made their way to Silverstone home of the MotoGP and formula one. Joined by Hannah’s brother John (confusing) and pit crew Lee. It was cold and very foggy on arrival and all felt a little underdressed for the weather.

From the car park the walk to the start was about a mile past garages and businesses that all linked to Motorsport.

The start area was buzzing with stalls, snack vans and people, so many people…..

As the start time approached we left the congregation area and opted for the under two hours section. (A wishful thought but we felt we would stand more chance if running with others going at a two hour pace).

The start had markers indicating the time you were aiming for and we lined up by the 1 hr 58 board – pushing it but you have to aim high. At about 11 the sun came out and the day began to look up, maybe we would not freeze after all. 

Other signs said no peeing but some people obviously could not read – it gave us all a giggle before we began. 

As we waited the officials kept asking us to move forward and in the end we were next to the  1 hour 40 board now this was not even a joke – we swapped fears and agreed we could not keep up with the pace maker or other runners in this area.

In the distance the gun went off and we were underway – a jalk to the line (half jog half walk) and a beep of the timing chip on my shoe and I had begun my first half marathon. 

Even though we let the pacemaker run away from us we fair steamed through the first couple of miles. Each mile marker had a clock in it so timing was a breeze. At his early stage it just made me wonder if we had gone off too fast as we were in the low 8 mins for each mile which is much faster then my standard pace. A man bouncing two basketballs ran past and I was gobsmacked by his dexterity and fitness (I am in awe). As the race progressed we past this man a couple of times at the drinks stations when he had to stop but he soon caught us up again. 

We carried on through the miles Jon and I running together and able to set a pace for the other when we felt tired. We were passed and the rep assets other runners on numerous occasions. At the start I felt like everyone was running away from us but as we toiled through the miles we reeled a few back in. 

Although our pace slowed a little later in the race we kept all our miles in the low 9 mins or 8 and were on for a good time. Teaching 9 miles I doubted my stamina for another 4 with legs like lead I just concentrated on putting one in front of the other. Some people say they have good periods where running feels great – I did not have one of these it was hard all the way. I was shocked by how far apart the mile markers were and was certain on a couple of occasions that I had missed only to be disappointed when it appeared in the distance. Having only run 10k before the kilometre markers come round so much quicker.

The last two miles seemed the longest of the lot and the last one I did not think I could do in the 14 or so minutes I had got to break the 2 hour barrier. 

We both sprinted for the line and in keeping with tradition Jon beat me by 5 secs. We did the 13.1miles

In 1 hour 54 mins and about 50 seconds. Awesome and as soon as I had crossed the line the memories of hardship faded away and it was a brilliant experience. 

Hannah too broke the 2 hour barrier and John was only just over but for a first half marathon we all did amazingly well and were like cats that had got the cream.