Tameka Small was the first Psycle instructor I ever spun with. Or should that be ‘went spinning’ with, or even ‘sweated-so-much-on-a-stationary-bike-that-I-thought-I-was-going-to-drown’ with? Her engery was through the roof and though years have passed since then I have had the pleasure of training with her multiple times since, especially in Nike Events, where she is a N+TC Elevated Trainer. She is the latest wonderful person to star in my London ETC series. She talked to me about her favourite areas of London, what healthy means to her, and how she plans to slay 2017. Enjoy!

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While I can’t run, I HIIT and when Meera (@TheCityFittie) invited me to try Another Space London’s HIIT class I was there faster than rash on a skin in winter. There were so many things about this class I was looking forward to, including but not limited to Saheed also being there, Courtney being the instructor, and that this workout required gloves because we’d be punching a bag.

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Stylist Live, the festival of inspiration was back for the second year last week and on the Friday I was there. Last year I was lucky enough to win an upgrade and have my standard ticket turn into a VIP one. Stylist Live know how to treat their VIPs and as I enjoyed the experience so much there year I decided to buy a VIP ticket as soon as I could. However deciding which day to go was much, much harder until I saw that on the Friday there was a talk called Sweat, Sacrifice, and Sleepless Nights: Heroes of Rio 2016.

I was sold.

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It was World Mental Health Day yesterday and I saw so many stories all over the internet from people sharing their own stories and offering understanding and love to other people. I am a huge advocate of mental health being taken as seriously as physical health and we need to talk about it. The shame and stigma surrounding mental health is dangerous and harmful. But talking about my own mental health is something I have never done. So in this post I am going to talk about it and believe it will be OK. DEEP BREATH.

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Jessica Ennis-Hill of Great Britain competes in the women’s heptathlon long jump Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone that I love the Olympics. For Beijing in 2008 I was a student and changed my sleeping time so that I could watching everything as it was broadcast live. For London 2012 I was a Games Maker and fully emmersed in the whole spectacle. For Rio 2016 I sadly have to adult and can’t change my waking / sleeping habits but I can watch everything possible and that is exactly what I have been doing.

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