7 Signs you’re a health and fitness idiot

My first post in over a year and it’s for someone else. Anyway, when my friend and fellow trainer Zack asked me to write a guest post for his company Aegis Training, I tried to think what would be most suitable. Should I write it on training, nutrition, exercise psychology…… Fortunately, inspiration was provided by…

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How I Almost Quit the Gym

The following was very kindly written by a former client of mine Joanne Henson, who in the space of two years transformed both physically and mentally. What makes Joanne’s story so interesting, is that, like so many people, there was no lack of effort. Far too often the perception is that we need to work…

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Dirty Fitness Secrets you NEED to know

OK, fair warning, I’m pissed.   Not inebriated, but pissed off. I’ve been an exercise and nutrition coach for over 20 years. I’ve studied with some of the top people on the planet, spent tens of thousands of pounds on professional development and forgone all number of diversions or entertainments to be as up-to-date and informed as possible. But….. all of…

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7 things that will stop your progress in its tracks

Another guest post written today, this time for Joanne Henson. Dedicated to all those with the desire to improve and better themselves, but are perhaps lacking some key strategies. Joanne is a former client of mine who through hard work and dedication discovered just what is possible with intelligent practices and as a result became a health, fitness…

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Why your exercise plan isn’t working

That exercise you’re doing now, or the one you did last night, isn’t working and it isn’t because it’s a bad exercise, you’re just doing it wrong.

 

Ask any decent strength coach, personal trainer or physical preparation specialist what their pet hate is in a gym and 99% of the time you’ll hear something relating to poor technique.

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Fat Loss Lessons from James Bond’s Skyfall

With the imminent release of the new James Bond film Skyfall and the inevitable showing of superspy flesh, I thought it would be a good idea to cover 3 key lessons we can learn from the film. Lesson 1: He works with a team Whilst Bond is famous for his disregard for authority and his…

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The Salad Myth

There are a number of myths regarding the humble salad. Not only that, but there are a lot of misunderstandings and misconceptions regarding this humble meal. Now super quick, before I get into the substance of the article, I just want to be clear: I am NOT saying that salads are bad. What I am…

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The low down on research and personal training

How up to date is your personal trainer in terms of research? According to my man Nick Tumminello, possibly not that much, based on a lot of what he’s seen over the last 15 years, and almost certainly not, based on what I’ve seen over the last 20. Click here to see his post on…

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How Much is Too Much?

In an excellent article, my good friend Zack (actually his real name), (not that there’s anything strange about the name Zack, it’s just I normally have to change people’s names to preserve their anonymity), asked the question, “Are you healthy or addicted”? He proposes that some people fall into the too much mentality and I’d…

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The Devil’s in The Details

Whilst this post may seem to fly in the face of the advice given in an earlier post emphasising the importance of focussing on the basics, paying attention to details has its place. The motivation for this post came about as the result of a coaching call with one of my mentors about Hair Mineral…

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The Importance of Habits

One of the main reasons that our clients achieve such spectacular results, is that instead of focussing on changing this or removing that, we coach them on how to develop habits that ultimately lead towards their goals. To fully understand the importance of this, consider the following: Jane is a 46 year old mother of…

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Why you need to focus on the bigger picture.

Something I’ve noticed recently is a move in the fields of exercise and nutrition, is a move towards more and more specialised solutions. Now, whilst I don’t think that’s a bad thing, and we certainly offer a number of services that do just that, from corrective exercise programmes to lab analysis, I don’t think that…

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Top tips for training with a friend

It’s been a fair while since my last post. Between a sudden surge in clients, writing a sports conditioning course and working on some exciting new business plans, I’ll be honest, I’ve not allocated any time to updating the blog. So, to break myself back in gently, I’ve compiled a short list of the top…

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Don’t be a Magpie!

As my good friend Carl Martin said, “days off are for wusses”. So my birthday blog post is aimed at all those who aren’t wusses, but struggle to see results. I have a client, we’ll call him Bob, who starts almost every session with the following; “What do you think about…..”? Bob is a Magpie.…

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Are Your Results Actually Any Good?

Most people are comfortable answering this question, but the unfortunate truth is that very few people have enough information available to answer it correctly. One of the main reasons for the above issue is that most clients or commercial gym users don’t actually know what good results areor what good health feels like. Far too…

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My Intermittent Fasting Experiment

For the duration of February 2012 I’ve been fasting. Mainly with the objective of evaluating a trend that seems to be gaining in popularity throughout the fitness industry. This was inspired by 3 factors: The reported fat loss achieved by other proponents The convenience of not eating 6 meals a day The excellent IF review…

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Lessons from the King

Wednesday 29th February 2012 was unique in a number of ways. As 2012 is a leap year it meant women were ‘allowed’ to propose to their partners. More importantly though it marked the first ever visit to the UK by Ian King for the purpose of educating exercise and fitness professionals. Organised by The Foundry,…

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Why getting healthier is hard and how to make it easier.

I’d say I’m a fairly reflective person, but a couple of recent conversations with my peers have made me realise that for many people, regardless of how much they want it, getting fitter, healthier, stronger, more muscular or leaner is tough going. Now part of that is down to people seeing these amazing 4/6/8/12 week…

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