Posts Tagged Exercise

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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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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Exercise alone does not work

After being in the fitness industry for 3 years I stumbled across a bombshell, exercise does not help people to lose weight or achieve a body fat target. I used to think that hammering people into submission with burpees, pull-ups and bigger dumbbells would do the trick. Sure I knew that people needed to eat a balanced diet and good […]

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Get lean NOW! – monthly feature in Health & Fitness magazine

With swimwear-and-shorts season just around the corner, you might be thinking it’s too late to tone up your muscles in time for summer. Think again! The key to getting a lean physique is simpler than you think, especially if you use a targeted approach. Here’s how to tone up in a trice. Want a toned body? Follow these three simple […]

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Is your PT more than just a meathead?

You’ve decided it’s time to focus on your training and you recognise investing in a personal trainer could help you achieve your goals. It’s a big step and requires financial, physical and emotional commitment beyond embarking on an ad hoc fitness regime in a mainstream gym. The most important decision is choosing your Personal Trainer. Finding one who understands your […]

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How to pick the right exercise

There are literally hundreds of thousands of different exercises out there and I’m sure someone out there can rationalise most of them.  However, how do you decipher between an exercise that we will benefit from and an exercise that is essentially wasting time? In the fitness industry there is a lot of talk about picking an exercise that gives you […]

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Telegraph feature: “How to pick your perfect exercise”

The rules on working out your perfect exercise match There are hundreds of ways of getting into shape, but there are certain principles that apply to all forms of training, no matter the goal. Assuming that safety, effectiveness and progression are at the core of the programme, there is a set of rules that any sensible and well thought out […]

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Crawl like a Bear

A lot of the time when people are looking for “fun” or new ways to train they are often stuck thinking of standard linear exercises for a specific number of sets and reps. This is where different variations of crawls can be an excellent way of spicing training up slightly, as well as providing you with a great return for […]

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Telegraph feature: “Will spinning help me lose weight?”

The pros and cons of spinning: Cycling, or “spinning” as it’s now known, is of the moment. And it’s easy to see why, and it’s not just the classic knock-on effect of successful national British Cycling team, both on the track and on the road. Indoor spinning isn’t weather dependent, is safer than outdoor cycling, we can ride alongside our […]

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Will Christmas parties and alcohol ruin my gainz?

So a question that we often get asked is “Will going out and crushing ten beers on a weekend ruin all of my hard work in the gym?” Sometimes I honestly think the majority of the people who ask this question are just searching for the answer “yeah crack on”. But like everything, it depends. This time of the year […]

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Telegraph Feature: “Group exercise vs. Personal training”

Should we make fitness personal? The truth is, personal training can be really effective for getting into shape, particularly for people who are very new to exercise, suffering from previous injuries or for those with very specific goals, like athletes in training. For these three populations, personal programmes and individual coaching will almost definitely garner the best results. But what […]

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So you can hold a plank for 3 minutes?

If you are unfamiliar with what a plank is then you probably performed your first one back in P.E at school as some sort of punishment. It is where you are in a prone (face down) position resting on just your elbows, forearms and your toes. I’m sure you all have that one friend who brags about how long they […]

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Telegraph feature: “7 ways to speed up fat loss”

There’s a knack to speeding up your fat loss in the gym, and these are the seven golden rules. There are lots of ways to speed up fat loss in the gym, and each works pretty well – just not for every single one of us. The trick to effective fat burning is working out which approach is best for […]

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Are you going through the motions in the gym?

Think about the last time you went to the gym. Are you someone who floats around for two hours talking to everyone you see? Then spending five minutes between sets finding a good song on your iPod? Or are you someone who marches into the gym and gets everything done with a clear focus, then gets out? If you are […]

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Telegraph feature: 4 steps to reduce back pain

Check out our feature in the Telegraph: “Exercising with back pain” http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/article/TMG11164093/Fitness-Truths-exercising-with-back-pain.html It is estimated that 80 per cent of us will suffer from some form of back pain throughout our lives. This may be due to specific reasons, such as a trauma from an accident of sports injury, or a congenital condition such as scoliosis for example, but for many […]

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I really regret that work out. Said no-one… Ever.

It’s scientifically proven that exercise reduces depression. Regular aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilise mood and improve sleep. About five minutes of aerobic exercise can begin to stimulate these effects. However, mustering up the energy to get out of bed if you feel depressed can seem impossible. Depression makes people feel hopeless […]

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Telegraph feature: ‘Beware the sedentary life between workouts’

Check out our feature in the Telegraph titled ‘Beware the sedentary life between workouts’ http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/article/TMG11083642/Fitness-Truths-beware-the-sedentary-life-between-workouts.html “One of the most common questions that arises when it comes to exercise is how much we should we be exercising to achieve certain goals. There are lots of factors that will influence this, and it will be completely different for all of us, but […]

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