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Sport South Devon are happy to announce that we have teamed up with Aztec Health Club & Spa, within the TLH Leisure Resort in Torquay, to bring all our followers the latest in Health & Fitness.  We also welcome on board Strength & Conditioning Coach Dan Powell for a look at the science behind fitness – Dan will contribute to the SSD Blog and also answer any fitness-related questions you might have.

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Aztec Health Club & Spa

During 2016 we will be working with the Aztec team to bring you the latest classes information, including their class of the month feature, plus some health tips from the Aztec P/T instructors and Spa ideas from the beauty team.

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Zoe Bowden – Aztec Studio Co-ordinator

The Aztec now have a new Class Timetable featuring some fresh new classes led by Studio Co-ordinator Zoe Bowden (pictured), and her team of instructors.

Facilities at the Aztec include a 25 Metre Pool; Leisure Pool; Steam & Sauna Room; 40 station Gym; Studio; Spa Area and the Aztec Bistro to relax after your workout or treatments. The facility also offers a number of memberships tailored to the needs of everyone. The Aztec is open seven days a week from 7am – 9pm and there is parking available around the hotel complex.

Dan Powell – the SSD Science Guy!

Lots of people talk the talk, but how many walk the walk? SSD are pleased to welcome Strength & Conditioning Coach Dan Powell to the team. Dan is just the man to blow those fitness myths out of the water and provide SSD readers with some solid advice. He holds a Master’s in Biomechanics and a 1st class honours degree in Strength & Conditioning Science. He also runs Smart Performance, a Strength and Conditioning consultancy in Torbay. Keep an eye out for Dan’s blog (see the dropdown menu on our main Fitness & Wellbeing menu).

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Dan Powell – SSD Science Guy

Dan says: “Since 2008 I’ve worked with a number of different professional sports and international level athletes. This includes helping two fencers to GB selection at world and commonwealth competitions in 2010, where commonwealth team gold was achieved, and, more recently, providing strength and conditioning support to Team UK women’s Tchoukball squad who came third at the 2014 European championships.

I’ve also worked with a number of endurance athletes based out of St Mary’s University at the internationally known Endurance Performance and Coaching Centre (EPACC) where I provided strength and conditioning services to a number of emerging GB middle distance runners. Working with the EPACC group is what started my interest in specialising in this sporting discipline.

As well as my coaching, I’ve been lucky enough to lecture at two different universities. At The University of St Mark and St John, I lectured on the Strength and Conditioning degree and during my time at the University of Wolverhampton I lectured on Sports Biomechanics and Sport Science Support.

Because of this background, my approach to training is all based on scientific research, not fads, because I believe this is the way to get lasting results.”


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