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Why everyone should be doing Turkish Get Ups

You will probably have noticed the recent reemergence of the coaches’ favourite exercise – The Turkish Get Up (TGU). Some people love it, but the majority hate it. I though it would be a good time to put my case forward as to why everybody should be doing them more often than not.   The aim of our training sessions […]

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Can you lose weight without training?

Can you lose weight without training?

Here’s a detailed answer to the million dollar question that we often hear… Johns et al (2014). aimed to examine the effectiveness of combined behavioral weight management programs (BWMPs) targeting weight loss in comparison to single element programs. In total, there were 1,022 participants who met the criteria.   Six studies met the inclusion criteria for combined BWMP vs diet-only. […]

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Discover the simple key to long term fitness progress

Discover the simple key to long term fitness progress

People are always asking me, ‘How long till I see I changes?’, ‘Why can’t I drink alcohol?’ “Why can’t I eat ‘X’?’.   The thing is, nothing comes easy and everything needs to be worked for, be that in life or the gym.   The key to making real progress isn’t the latest fad or bit of kit. It’s consistency. […]

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How does stress interfere with fat loss?

How does stress interfere with fat loss?

There is nothing more frustrating than being consistent with your nutrition and training yet not seeing the results that you had hoped for. One factor that is often overlooked in the process of getting in shape is stress and the effect it can have on our bodies. We are all aware of how stress can harm us mentally but let’s […]

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Nobody’s Perfect

Stop trying so hard. It’s okay to have an off day once in a while. No one is perfect.   So many people beat themselves up over missing a workout or eating something that’s not deemed healthy. Do you know what? It’s OK.   The world isn’t going to end. You’re not going to lose muscle and you’re not going to ruin everything else […]

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Can I target body fat in certain areas through exercise?

“I really want to lose some body fat from (insert cliché areas of abdominals, bum, hips, arms etc.), how do we do that?” This is a question that gets asked a lot around gyms, as everyone has that one spot in which they feel body fat just will not budge from. Targeting a specific area of fat with an exercise […]

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Do the basics and do the basics really well

One of the most frequently asked questions I get in the gym is ‘Why do we do the same exercises?’   The easy answer is – because they work. Simple.   This might not be the answer you were looking for. There isn’t some amazing new exercise/diet/detox drink out there that is the answer to everyone’s prayer. If there was, […]

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4 Simple Ways to Cut Calories This Summer

4 Simple Ways to Cut Calories This Summer

With summer fast approaching, its the time of year when people tend to ramp up their training and tighten up on the diet to be in better shape for that holiday in the sun.   It’s only natural that you want to be comfortable to wear your swim gear on the beach or by the pool without feeling like you’re […]

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Which Whey To Go?

Which Whey To Go?

Protein is an important part of the muscle building process. Having an adequate intake of protein is proven to be one of the keys to changing your body. Whey proteins are very quickly absorbed into the body, and contain a high amount of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAS) which are used to fuel working muscles and stimulate protein synthesis.   One way […]

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What is HIIT and why is it so effective for burning fat?

What is HIIT and why is it so effective for burning fat?

HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training, a staple part of any decent athletic training regime for the last 50 years, it has become very popular in more recent times as a training method for the general population. Ask any person working in the fitness industry about the benefits of HIIT and they will be quick to tell you it […]

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The best ab exercises to get a 6 pack

The best ab exercises to get a 6 pack

People are always searching for the best ab workouts whether that’s for aesthetics or health.   Having solid abs doesn’t just boost your confidence on the beach in the summer time, it can also help stabilise the spine which is just as, if not more important.   Now, let’s not kid ourselves here, we all have 6 pack abs, it’s […]

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Telegraph feature: 7 strategies for better recovery

Check out our Fitness Truths feature in the Telegraph: 7 strategies for better recovery People will often talk about the concept of over-training, a state which could be defined as a physical, behavioural, and emotional condition that occurs when the volume and intensity of an individual’s exercise exceeds their recovery capacity. In other words, it is a place where we […]

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Killer Ab Workout: Feature In Sports Magazine

Killer Ab Workout: Feature In Sports Magazine

KEEP IT ROLLIN’ The barbell roll-out is one of the most effective ways of working your abs. 1. Start low Kneel on the floor (or a mat) with your hands on a barbell, shoulder-width apart, and your shoulders directly over the barbell. 2. Slow and steady Keeping your knees in a fixed position, roll the bar out in front of […]

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Don’t Focus On The Goal, Focus On This Instead…

Over the next few weeks you’ll be hearing all the coaches encouraging you to write your goals on the boards in the gym. We all need goals. They give us something to aim for and motivate us but is there are better way to set your goals?   Most of the goals that we set in the gym are outcome […]

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Is Optimism A Benefit Or A Hindrance To Success?

  Are we “Too optimistic about being optimistic?”   A group of people take a test, half are given positive reinforcement immediately before the test and half were given negative reinforcement before the test. Who does better? Social media is flooded with optimism regarding fitness and getting into shape but what does optimism actually do. A group of psychologists performed […]

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Body weight Vs Weight Training: Which Method Is Best For Getting Results?

Body weight Vs Weight Training: Which Method Is Best For Getting Results?

As discussed in a previous post, the ‘better’ method is going to be the one, which is most specific to your goal; you can (and should) combine the two, as part of an effective training program. Bodyweight training is sometimes looked upon as being a beginner’s way of training; typically through strength endurance with things like circuits, and weight training […]

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Health and Fitness Magazine Feature: What Are Isometrics?

In the second of a three- part focus on key training methods, Jean-Claude talks about tensing your muscles. Isometric exercises are strength- building moves where you create tension, or contract your muscles, without the angle of the joints changing (for example when you do a plank). Famed strongman Alexander Zass credited much of his great strength to his isometric training as […]

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5 Reasons Why You Should Use Total Body Workouts

The world is constantly in search of a new fix, a new, improved, and usually “faster” way to get into shape. Unfortunately there is no single best way to get into shape otherwise there wouldn’t be so many different theories and techniques to try and get in better shape, there would just be “the way”.   There are however more […]

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Women’s Health and Fitness Feature: Act Your Age – Stay Fit In Your 50’s

A recent article written by JC featured in the Women’s Health and Fitness Magazine… Staying in shape becomes all-important in your fifties. For those who have been reluctant exercisers previously, the goal is to be in better shape than you were in your thirties and forties. For those of you who reach your fifties with a good foundation of fitness, the […]

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Failure is a good thing…no, really!

By Mark Taylor   Failure is a word that people use almost exclusively in a negative context. “I failed so I must be rubbish”, “I couldn’t lift that so I’m weak”, “I can’t do that because I failed at it last time”, “I’m not trying that because I might fail at it and look bad”. I hear these comments on a daily […]

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