Potatoes

I felt really dirty yesterday. I had new potatoes for lunch. ‘But they’re a bad carb aren’t they?!’ Phhhh You get a lot of food police lingering around the gym, they really bug me. Monitoring what I eat, and judging it based on their Womens Health monthly subscription, or what they read in the Metro last week… Your waistline is a better metric to see if your nutrition is working. You probably have heard, or seen, how there are ‘bad’ carbs and ‘good’ carbs. But who decides which ones are good, and which ones are bad? I know a mars [...]

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Every morning before my workout, I pop across the road to the Italian coffee shop to get my black Americano. No sugar of course! I often see a woman who’s breakfast of choice is cakes, pain au chocolat or something similar. Yesterday, she had these cannoncini’s – basically pastry parcels filled with chocolate cream. So good!! Anyway, she then dropped her Timeout magazine and couldn’t pick it up herself. I had to help her. This should give you an idea the shape she is in……. Then loaded with cakes, coffee and sugar she managed to squeeze past me to enjoy [...]

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Don’t you just love Quest Bars? Well I don’t really no. In fact, I get sick of PT’s, fitness enthusiasts and diet junkies bombard my social media channels with their love for them. Apparently – ‘Quest bars are AMAZING’, they taste great, have no sugar, and if you eat them you must lose weight’!! Right? I still wasn’t convinced: Most people should be able to hit their kcal and macro goals with real* food. They cost about £2 a pop They don’t even taste that good, unless I’m missing something?! And people microwave them to look like this :/ But [...]

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I saw a client of mine in the gym yesterday and she was talking about going back home for a holiday. As per, I forgot where her home was, I ALWAYS forget. It was somewhere in Europe – Slovenia, Slovakia, Serbia, Bosnia, one of those ones Anyway she responded with: ‘You might be good at all sports, but your geography is rubbish”. Challenge accepted. I left the gym determined to prove her wrong. So, during Super Sunday I decided to learn all the European countries and their capitals…. (Hence the sleepy appearance!). See how I got on: Repetition and repeat. [...]

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A friend of mine is competing in the transcontinental race at the moment. It’s a 4,600km cycle to Istanbul in 15 days. This isn’t my idea of fun so after seeing him off  from Westminster, a few of us thought we’d do a little cycling too and head to Dover. Anyway, the five of us set off to Kent in glorious conditions, with our jerseys packed full of bananas, snickers and tracker bars. Obviously me being me, also had my optimal PERI workout drink of amino acids, citrulline mallate, 25% glucose, 25% sucrose, and electrolyte solution. Smug. Didn’t really plan [...]

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Make the right choice

I’ll set your scene…. You: It’s Wednesday, I want to be healthy but the fact is I’m starving! I’m at work, it’s 12.15pm and I’m really hungry probably because I’ve had no breakfast this morning – just a solitary coffee. I’m thinking that I’ll just finish off these emails and grab a quick lunch. Oh – hold on, I haven’t exercised all week and I’ve read all of Jack’s emails so I know that I don’t warrant any starchy carbs – damn! What are my options?  Pret, EAT or good old M&S?  Pret is nearby and it’s “healthy” – I’ll [...]

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  ‘I want to tone but I don’t want to get big’. Does this sound familiar? As a PT, one of the things I hate talking to women about is how weights WON’T make them big. Do you know what ‘toning’ is? Building muscle and dropping fat. Yep, just a fancy term for adding muscle. And the best way to build muscle….. Is lifting weights. Even for you ladies, shifting some iron will tone you up! I don’t want to get too technical about this so let’s start with why women should be hitting the weights: Weights make you smaller [...]

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If you’ve read the book ‘How To Win Friends And Influence People’, you’ll know one of the take home principles is don’t criticise, condemn or complain about anyone… I’m not adhering to this today. So, the stereotypical recumbent bike user. Get the tube or drive to the gym, buy a bottle Lucozade to power through their workout, sit on the recumbent bike for 20mins whilst reading OK or Grazia magazine….. There’s even a sweets holder!!! Get the tube back home, watch Coronation Street with a ‘naughty’ meal as they’ve deserved it….. I know my motto is ‘If you’re moving you’re [...]

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American students abroad have no class. Ok maybe a gross generalization but….. I was in Seville last weekend and a cultural weekend of tapas, sightseeing and sunshine was contrasted by American students dancing on bars topless to the chants of U S A ….. Great introduction to España! If I’m honest, probably one of the highlights!! Seville really is a gorgeous city, steeped in history, stunning architecture and equally stunning women. A couple of interesting facts for you: The Cathedral is the 3rd largest in the world You can’t eat the oranges off the trees due to there bitterness, and [...]

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Kylie, Kim Kardashian, Shakira and Pippa Middleton all have fantastic bums. Personally, I’m not a fan of the big booty look but ‘Junk in your trunk’ is a goal for a lot of women. And a big thumbs up for most men!! So how do you do it? Or  how do you ‘help’ your girlfriend out in this department? How do you sculpt your glutes, backside, and achieve the perfect  ‘bumpa’. Ok so, your: ‘Big Bumpa Booty Building Workout’ Well, unfortunately there’s not one exercise which will give you a pert backside by itself, however there are two exercises which [...]

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