bronze discobolus from the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens

I was listening to a good podcast last night with the sports nutrition performance director of UK institute of sport, Kevin Currell. What they do is basically engineer the nutrition for the UK’s elite athlete’s and Olympians. The team behind the team. Now these athletes are elite for a reason, the best in country, some the best in the world and Olympic medalists. The way they train and what they can do is staggering in comparison with your everyday person. So you would expect the nutrition for these guys is something like rocket science, measuring protein to the nth degree, [...]

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I’ve had a few people ask me what I’m actually doing now.. A fair question! I finished with gym based personal training almost a month ago now as I guess I got a little sick of being surrounded by the notion that health and fitness is about looking good. Don’t get me wrong, I want to look good on the beach but I also wanted something more. So for those who don’t know, I’m undertaking a years self-learned work vacation Trying to encompass or encapsulate what I believe health and fitness is really about, and pull together not just the [...]

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I’ve been personal training for over 8 years now and I remember learning the following on my first course: Eggs will give you high cholesterol Saturated fat is bad for us Always choose low fat varieties Eating more meals will speed up your metabolism Eating carbohydrates in the evening will make you fat How many of the above do you think are true? If you guessed none of them, you were right. Yep, all of the above are completely false. And what’s worrying is that some of these myths still seem to be circulating. So half of the stuff I’ve [...]

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Smoothie in mason jar with aqua blue straw

So yesterday I spoke about learning to cook. And for some of you it seems that it’s not that you don’t know how to cook, but more you just don’t want to. Or, you can’t be bothered to clean up afterwards! And in fairness, no-one likes washing up. It’s like at breakfast. I can see why a bowl of cereal or breakfast bar seems seems more appealing than scrambled eggs and veg. Not because coco pops taste better (not how I make eggs anyway), but because it’s quick, easy and there’s minimal admin involved. I could say stop being so lazy and get up [...]

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Healthy food is boring. People think this, and in fairness, it can be. Chicken and broccoli ALL the time, porridge for breakfast and chewing celery between meals. Fun fun fun :/ And unfortunately, the reality is that YOU ARE going to have to eat certain foods on a regular basis if you want to be in good shape. You’re not going to get away from this. Loads of veg, chicken, sweet potatoes, berries and oily fish should always be staples in your diet. But how do you stop yourself getting bored with this same old food? The simple answer is: [...]

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Supps for weightloss

I get this question a lot. Well, if you follow a healthy diet you don’t NEED any supplementation. I agree with this, however practicalities and deficiencies do play a part. Likewise, if it’s performance you’re after, supplementation makes a difference, fact. But it seems that there are two camps. On one side people say they’re necessary for healthy energetic lives, whilst others state they have no or little benefit, and are promoted purely to make money. I think it’s fair to say that both of these views are overly simplistic. Even though it is possible to get all the essential [...]

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How many times have you seen people in the gym, playing on their phone, Intagramm-ing, Facebook-ing, browsing the internet or even Tinder-ing! It’s another one of my pet peeves, waiting to use equipment when some wally is more interested in how many Instagram followers he’s got than lifting the weight. Just because you don’t tweet your workout, doesn’t make it useless. Making my blood boil just thinking about it. Can tell it’s Monday!! I’m going off the point here slightly. Playing on your phone isn’t only infuriating off half the gym, it’s actually affecting your workout and results. Rest is [...]

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Twick or tweet…. It made me laugh anyway. Happy Halloween anyway…. Do you celebrate it? Another excuse to party and eat chocolate Or monster mouths! Check out these: Want to see your photos if you try and make them (@urban_energie)!! The problem with things like this, is that I scoff them down so quickly I don’t realise I’m full. And this can be the case with a lot of meals. How often are you eating on the rush at your desk, so hungry when you get home that you eat half of your dinner before even cooking it??! I remember [...]

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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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