5 Secrets to Getting Slimmer from a Non-Fattie.

I have a confession. I have never been fat. At worst, I’ve gained a few pounds on holiday if I’ve not been able to eat normally or exercise very much. The reason I’m telling you this is not to boast, but rather because I used to get a lot of grief as a trainer at…

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The Truth About Cardio

Over the last 5 years or so, there’s been a definite movement away from traditional cardio in the personal training community. As a result, like almost everything health and fitness related, there’s divided opinion on whether it’s any good or just elevates your cortisol levels, causes Alzheimer’s and then kills you. So what’s the truth?…

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Why it’s not all about eating small animals

Another guest post written today, this time for the infamous Gunday Crew. Dedicated to the direct pursuit of arm girth and awesomeness, they take their training seriously. This post is about how some of nutrition’s finer points can have huge pay offs. So anyone serious about gaining muscle knows that protein is often the all-consuming…

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3 ways to instantly improve your workout

A relatively short blog today, but I wanted to give you something that could be applied straight away. The following are 3 simple things you can do to increase the effectiveness of your workout. Warm Up Properly. Notice the ‘properly’ at the end. Warming up does not include running on a treadmill or in fact…

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Why the 5-a-Day rule is rubbish! (and how to make it better)

Driving in to work this morning, I heard something on the radio that almost made me lose control of my vehicle. It was an advert for Heinz Tomato soup and the gist was that by consuming it, you’re getting one of your five vegetable servings a day. Holy Sh1t! Having looked on the Heinz website,…

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The 5 most annoying myths about women and training Part 2

Continuing with the second part of my guest blog on female training myths for Aegis Training (if you missed part one check it out here) 2. Women need less calories than men Another doozie and often, this one does as much damage to guys as it does to women. So here’s the myth. Women need…

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What is strong/fit/lean?

One question I get asked a lot is, “Is that good”? Normally after a client or athlete has completed an exercise, workout or an assessment. The truth is, that’s a hard question to answer, simply because there are too many variables. Is the person asking a strength athlete, a long distance runner, a housewife or…

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The 5 most annoying myths about women and training Part 1

Aegis Training are a world class training facility in the heart of London. So I was honoured to be invited to write for them. As one of the most competitive markets in the world, any business that survives is a success, never mind one that thrives. That Aegis continues to grow and excel is a…

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What is good technique?

Everyone at some stage, if they train long enough, will hear seemingly contradicting advice on the correct technique for an exercise. ‘Keep the knees behind the toes when squatting/lunging”, “Don’t pull/press behind the neck”, etc. Some people will even tell you that technique isn’t that much of a big deal, and that you should just…

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Exercise Programme Essentials

Whilst many of the worlds top strength coaches and trainers have different methods for achieving the same goal, most of the principles remain the same. Therefore, for the impatient among you, here are my ten programming essentials, scour the list first then read the notes afterwards if the reasons for the choices aren’t glaringly obvious.…

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Don’t focus on the small stuff

One day, an expert was speaking to a group of students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration those students will not soon forget. As he stood in front of the group he said, “Okay, time for a quiz”, and he pulled out a one-gallon jar and set it on the table in…

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Some Nutrition Basics

Basic Principles Nutrition and diet are not the same thing: Nutrition is the scientific or chemical impact of macronutrients (proteins, fats, fibres and carbohydrates), micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and the energy/calories a food provides. Diet is how you eat. There are no good, bad, magical or secret foods. Most people have similar basic needs. Once…

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The 9 Golden Rules of Stretching

I’m currently writing a training course for personal trainers on advanced stretching and thought their golden rules might be of benefit to others. So whilst this is aimed primarily at fitness professionals, check if there are any changes worth making to your own programme. 1. Define the purpose of the stretch Don’t stretch randomly or…

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What Trivial Pursuit can teach us about personal trainers

Despite an incredibly strong avoidance instinct for family board games following a rather traumatic Christmas game of Pictionary, I recently found myself involved in a game of Trivial Pursuit. Now I’ve always considered myself a fairly well read, well educated, well-travelled kind of guy, and I nailed the Science & Nature and Sport & Leisure…

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So what are you going to do with that?

Over the last week, two things have happened that have made me ask myself the above question. The first was being told that the belt had gone on the air conditioning in the car I was selling. Now I know nothing about cars, other than how to drive them, so knowing that I needed some…

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