Things to consider when regularly weighing yourself

Whether it be weight gain or weight loss the scales have arguably been the most common measure of checking progress. When it comes to fat/weight loss it’s not as simple as jumping on the scales to check progress as this can often give misleading results. Let’s look at a few factors that can affect our daily weight on the scales. Water levels For humans to survive and function water is an essential factor. Body water comprises approximately 45-75% of…

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Exercise considerations in the heat

Wow it’s been hot recently! Whether you’re a lover or hater of the sun it’s vital to look after ourselves and to take necessary precautions especially when exercising in this weather. An abstract from the journal of sports sciences sums up well what happens to our body at this time. Exercise in the heat poses a formidable challenge to the body’s ability to control its internal environment due to the high rates of metabolic heat production and heat gain…

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Overcome the post holiday and World Cup blues

“Motivation is what gets you started, Habit is what keeps you going”… Jim Ryun – Former American Olympic athlete and politician Over the past week I’ve noticed the gym has become very quiet especially during the usual peak times! Discussing this with a client we came to the conclusion that this could be a number of things: Post World Cup Blues People on their summer holidays People back from their summer holiday but struggling to get back into the…

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The Worst Training Advice That I Have Ever Received

I’ve spent the past 18 years of my life exercising in gym environments and received lots of great advice. However looking back I was also given a fair amount of shockingly bad advice which now makes me cringe when I think back. Don’t be afraid to do your own research into any health and fitness advice you’re given as there’s so many great resources on the internet. Any modern fitness professional should also be well equipped to answer any…

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Hydration Myths

The British summer is certainly upon us and as much as it’s great to get out and enjoy the heat, it’s important to take measures to maintain your hydration levels. As mentioned in a previous blog Hydration & Health/ “Hydration, in relation to our body, is best described as the state at which our body has sufficient water in its tissues. The human body is nearly 2/3 water which is why keeping it hydrated is such an important part…

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Bad habits that could harm your success

Motivation gets you started, long term habits maintains momentum towards your exercise and lifestyle goals. Breaking old habits is often the biggest challenge faced by individuals when trying to make a change or achieve their fitness based goals. Today’s blog will look at common habits that I come across, which can prove to game changers! Poor sleeping patterns Referring back to a previous blog “Don’t lose…Just snooze” I spoke about the importance of a consistent and regular sleep pattern….

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True or False?

Know your facts? Check out my new batch of 8 fitness based statements and see if you can get the right answers. There is a 50% chance for each question so you have always got a chance! Test yourself against family and friends and feel free to share your results via the social media links or in the comments below. CLICK on the following link to give it a go!Good luck! CLICK HERE TO START QUIZ

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Protein Shakes! What’s all the fuss??

Another common question I receive on the gym floor and from clients is whether or not they need to have protein shakes? Unfortunately there isn’t a simple answer to this as there are so many different variables to consider before purchasing protein power. I always recommend clients try to get their protein sources via food but there may be situations where this isn’t always possible. Quick recap Referring back to a previous blog ‘Protein Simplified’ here’s how we can…

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Do I Eat Back Calories Burnt From Exercise?

I get asked this question fairly regularly and my reply is ‘how long is a bit of string?’ My reasons for this reply is that there are many variables and important factors to take into account. For those individuals that count calories today’s blog will be useful however even if you don’t count calories it’s still worth a read should you decide to in the future. So..let’s look at the various factors. What is your training goal? – For…

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