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Business Awards: Urban Jungle launches new shop selling fitness supplements and sportswear

Fitness company Urban Jungle has teamed up with online sport and nutrition specialists Renegade Supplements to open a new shop.[1]

The firm has launched the new venture at its base at the old Town Hall, in Fenton, as part of an ongoing investment programme.

Urban Jungle was launched in 2016 by Simon Dyer as an alternative way of training and exercise, focusing on strength and fitness workouts.

Now the company is entering The Sentinel Business Awards[2] in the Small Business of the Year category, sponsored by Beswicks Legal.

Simon said: “We sell a lot of clothes, before we had to get them printed and order them in. At the same time, we offer our clients advise on nutrition and healthier ways of living.

“So we decided to bring everything in house to allow us to provide an all-round service.”

The new store boasts a range of fitness wear as well as supplements used to help aid recovery after a workout and healthy snacks.

Simon Dyer, founder of Fenton-based fitness company Urban Jungle

Simon said: “One thing we have learned over the last 12 to 18 months is that while people have made the effort to change their way of life, they cannot change overnight which means they are still looking for things like crisps and chocolate bars to snack on – that’s why we are offering a healthier alternative.”

Today, Urban Jungle has 750 members and 16 in-house trainers which stage 32 classes a week, but the number of classes is set to double over the next 12 months with the introduction of spinning, squatting, dance and street fighter classes.

Simon added: “Over the last couple of years we have been focusing on our four-year business plan which is working really well.”

“We have also worked hard on establishing and building our brand and at the moment every penny we make is being re-invested back into the business.”


  1. ^ open a new shop. (www.stokesentinel.co.uk)
  2. ^ The Sentinel Business Awards (www.stokesentinel.co.uk)
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Pumpkin chia pudding


2 scoops whey protein (I like Formulx Vanilla Natural Recovery)

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 Tbsp honey

1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup chia seeds


Build An Athletic Body With This Quickfire Home Dumbbell Circuit

You should know by now that you don’t need to spend hours slaving away in a gym to build a bigger, leaner and more functionally fit body. Indeed, more is often less when your training ambition is to look more like an athlete because you need to give your muscles the recovery time they need to adapt and grow.

But even though cutting down on your training time is the way to go when wanting a well-defined, athletic physique, you must also guarantee that what time you do spend training is 100% effective. That’s what this six-move total-body circuit offers – all you need is a pair of dumbbells and the right attitude, and you’ll get out of every session exactly what you put in. So start stripping away body fat and building new muscle mass today.

RECOMMENDED: The 4-Week Dumbbell Workout Plan To Build Muscle At Home[1]

How to do the workout

Do the six dumbbell exercises in order, sticking to the reps detailed, without resting until you finish all the reps of the sixth and final move of the circuit. Rest for two minutes, then repeat the circuit. Do four circuits in total.

Pick a dumbbell weight that allows you to perform the hardest lift for you with good form. Increase the weight weekly as you get stronger

1 Squat[2]

Reps 15 Rest 0sec

Stand tall with feet hip-width apart holding a dumbbell in each hand. Keep your chin and chest up. Brace your core, then bend at the hips and knees to squat down as low as you can. Push back up through your heels.

2 Alternating lunge[3]

Reps 12 each side Rest 0sec

Stand tall with feet hip-width apart holding a dumbbell in each hand. Keep your chin and chest up. Lunge forward and down until both knees are bent at right angles. Return to the start and alternate leading leg with each rep.

3 Overhead press[4]

Reps 12 Rest 0sec

Stand tall with feet hip-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand at shoulder height. Keep your chest up and brace your core. Press the weights directly overhead until your arms are fully extended, then lower them back to the start position.

4 Hammer curl[5]

Reps 12 Rest 0sec

Stand tall holding a dumbbell in each hand, with elbows by your sides and your chest and chin up. Keeping your elbows tight to your sides, curl the weights up together. Squeeze at the top, then lower under control.

5 Renegade row[6]

Reps 6 each side Rest 0sec

Get into a press-up position holding dumbbells. Brace your core and glutes to keep your body stable. Row one dumbbell up, leading with your elbow, then lower it back to the floor. Repeat, alternating arms with each rep.

6 Press-up[7]

Reps 15 Rest 2min

Get in the press-up position holding dumbbells. Brace your core and glutes to keep your body stable. Bend your elbows, keeping them close to your sides, to lower your chest to the floor. Press back up powerfully.


  1. ^ The 4-Week Dumbbell Workout Plan To Build Muscle At Home (www.coachmag.co.uk)
  2. ^ Squat (www.coachmag.co.uk)
  3. ^ Alternating lunge (www.coachmag.co.uk)
  4. ^ Overhead press (www.coachmag.co.uk)
  5. ^ Hammer curl (www.coachmag.co.uk)
  6. ^ Renegade row (www.coachmag.co.uk)
  7. ^ Press-up (www.coachmag.co.uk)