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I enjoy all three, running, cycling and swimming. But I’m not very good at them. Actually I’m not bad, just I’m big, heavy and had 2 knee reconstructions. So it’s more they don’t like me!! I’m just making excuses really; just the thought of Iron Man itself makes me wince. But even though I’m not a competitor, what I do find interesting is the nutrition which surrounds it. Why? Because it matters so much. Far more so than the average gym goer. What amuses me is that you have guys in the gym with pre workout formulas, intra workout drinks [...]

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It’s true, bad food tastes good. Cheesecake, pizza, beer, wine and ice cream all make me giddy. Can you honesty tell me that a pizza or curry on a Saturday night doesn’t put a smile on your face? This is why I don’t like banning foods indefinitely. If I said to you you’re not allowed chocolate. What will you think about? Chocolate! It was like when I watched Great British Bake Off. Before watching it, cake hadn’t even crossed my mind, but showstoppers, pastries, creams and custards quickly made me want it!!! And if this banned food is something you [...]

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I get this question a lot. What’s better, interval or continuous? I have the answer. You probably get sick of me saying. But as Mr. Context Dependent…. My answer is usually the same. Like today. It depends But it really does! Both types have their place, and each can be effectively used to drop fat. LISS or long slow steady state cardio takes longer, but doesn’t place much toll on your body. If you’re one who enjoys running, cycling, walking/rambling then do this. If you enjoy something, you are far more likely to continue to do it. Which is the [...]

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I went for a walk in Dovedale, Derbyshire yesterday. Sometimes you just can’t beat the English countryside. Great weather, great ice cream (I deserved it), and definitely a welcomed break from the gym. Anyway, en route, I drove through Ashbourne, home of the Shrovetide games and Royal Shrovetide football. This brought back memories of when I was younger. I remember years ago, going to the Ashbounre games. A country show of sports, food and traditional fun. But by far, the highlight was the strongman competition. As a kid, this was brilliant. Ginormous men throwing logs, carrying rocks and just being [...]

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I was in Selfridges yesterday and overheard a woman telling her kids that if they were good, they could have donuts. How many times did that happen to you as a child? Or do you do it now with your children? Sweets for rewards? I remember the days where my mum made me eat my veg to get pudding. God I hated that. It’s not an airplane Mum, it’s a fork with broccoli on it…. You’re not fooling me with that one again!! Lucky for me, forcing me to stay at the table until I’d finished my greens made me [...]

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This weekend was bad, really bad. Well actually it was really good fun. But in terms of eating, drinking and general over-indulgence I was terrible. I shouldn’t really tell you this but feel I need to tell someone. Cheese, more cheese, too much peanut butter, beers all day Saturday night, and yes…… I had doner meat and chips. I’m shaking my head as I’m reading this. Oh dear. So what should I do? Try extra hard on a Sunday, and punish myself for my gluttony? No, definitely not, Sunday was a rest day and my body needed time to recover. [...]

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A quickie this morning. I just wanted you to check out one of my online clients. I took on Chris in late August. Chris didn’t have access to a gym and did all his exercise at home. I simply manipulatied the structure of his diet, tweaked a few things and gave him a 3 phase at home workout system, Chris was a pleasure to work with as he listened, questioned me if he wasn’t sure, and took action. See for yourself how well he’s done, still a way to go but a great effort!! I’m now taking on online clients again and [...]

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Winter is upon us and for some, that means no more outdoor exercise (sad face). I know I’m always banging on about how important it is you incorporate resistance into your training, but cardio is also VERY beneficial for fat loss. Whether you do intervals, or low intensity steady state work, it all can have its place. Personally, I still prefer sprints or conditioning circuits, so unless you’re pretty new to the gym, do these However, if you’re a newbie or want to ease yourself in slowly, exercise machines DO have their place. So, my take Well firstly, don’t use [...]

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I was out running yesterday, I was tired, it was miserable and basically I couldn’t be bothered. At least I was doing something I guess. Remember what I say. If you’re moving you’re improving But sometimes, you do need intensity. The more intense the exercise, the greater the benefits; more kcal burned, greater metabolic advantages and generally more bang for your buck. However, the ‘go hard or go home attitude doesn’t need to applied all the time. More intense exercise places a greater demand on your body, which is why sometimes you must listen to it. If you’re exhausted, give [...]

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