Nutrition Facts…Did You Know That?

1) The term Vitamin originally derives from the word Vitamine created in 1912 by the Polish biochemist Casimir Funk “The name is from vital and amine, meaning amine of life, because it was suggested in 1912 that the organic micronutrient food factors that prevent beriberi and perhaps other similar dietary-deficiency diseases might be chemical amines. This was true of thiamine, but after it was found that other such micronutrients were not amines the word was shortened to vitamin in…

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Does your cardio regime suit your training goal?

Muscle Building and Fat loss goals is a subject that’s regularly debated in particular when it comes to what the best form of cardio is to combine alongside weight training. The common ground is generally met with the importance of nutrition to support efficient training. However today I’m going to look at the different forms of cardio as well as when is good to use them. As a reference I’ll also refer back to one of my first blogs…

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Fat Loss and Mental Strength

Fat loss is generally associated with some form of diet as well increased daily exercise, however the mental strength of an individual is often overlooked as an important part of the fat loss process. It’s fair to say you can have your diet and exercise regime all set out but if your mental approach isn’t strong enough then its highly unlikely that are going to succeed long term with your fat loss goals. I always ask clients the following…

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4 Muscle Building Guidelines

Building muscle has many benefits which include: – Increased strength – Decreased body fat – Reduced injury risk – Improved functional and sporting performance Achieving consistent muscle growth does require a well balanced lifestyle. Here’s 4 guidelines that you need to consider: Weight Training When performing a weight training session microscopic tears occurs on the muscles involved. These tears aren’t permanent and the muscle repairs and grows back. To encourage the muscles to grow further you will need to…

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5 Reasons Why You Should Stretch Regularly

1. Stress relief Not the most obvious reason but stretching can relieve stress. Yoga is commonly associated with relaxing the body and mind, however even a light stretch session can bring relaxation. Releasing and lengthening tight muscles helps your body to relax, which aids emotional and physical stress. 2. Increased range of joint movement Allowing your joints to move freely is essential for safe and progressive exercise. I find lack of flexibility is the main cause for people performing…

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6 Things You Don’t Want To Hear/See From A Fitness Professional

We all have standards of practice in the jobs that we do. The Fitness industry is no different and there are quite a few things that grind my gears. I am fortunate to work with a fantastic bunch of Personal Trainers who I regularly learn from and bounce other ideas off. I have however come across the following experiences when visiting other gyms or attending courses with other trainers present. Cringe time! “No Pain No Gain” This old fashioned…

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Personal Trainer Facts Part 2

Fancy a challenge?? Check out my next batch of 8 questions about me and see if you can get the right answers. There are some clues to some of the answers on my website to help you out. 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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5 Reasons Not To Skip Leg Day

I used to be that person… Monday – Chest day Tuesday – Chest day Wednesday- Chest & Arms Thursday – Back & Arms Friday – Arms Saturday & Sunday – You can guess! Back in the day I didn’t train legs and only really did so when instructed to in a group workout format. Thankfully I changed my ways :0 Today’s blog lists 5 benefits of training legs. Let me start by saying that you don’t have to dedicate…

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Tips when eating meals out

This topic is always a tricky one as it’s never nice to be told you that can’t have something! However this is not the aim of today’s blog. Eating meals out is a massive part of our social lives and it essential that we enjoy these experiences guilt and stress free. It’s no secret that for those individuals seeking fat loss results, eating meals out can be a testing period. Being faced with large menus, peer pressure as well…

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Why Am I Not Getting Stronger?

Ever wondered why your strength levels struggle to go up? Feeling frustrated that you’ve been training hard but still see little progress? Increasing strength or seeing ‘Gains’ has always been a popular goal with both my clients and gym goers. Increasing your strength can range from: Improving leg muscular endurance for marathon running Lifting heavier weights for body building or Achieving 1 rep max personal bests for power lifting Whether your goal be fat loss, sporting performance or muscle…

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