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I have a client who’s a pleasure to train, not because she does what she’s told (far from it!), but because I probably get more from the sessions than she does!! She talks more than me, and that’s saying something. But between her giggling fits, insults and falling of exercise equipment, she actually comes up with some pretty good points – 1. Fitness is about being able to do things outside of the gym too, cycling around, doing things you wouldn’t normally do, and being more active 2. ”You’ve got great arms” – I think I heard this anyway. 3. This is more [...]

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In the words of Sigma….. Everything is changing, And I’ve been here for too long Going through the same things I’ve been hurting too long, Got to move on Well not hurting at all, but my time in London has come to an end.  For the time being anyway. I’m off. I’ve been personal training in London for 3 years now and it’s come to a point where it’s time to move on. So this year I’ve decided to have a bit of an adventure and create my own fitness and nutrition bucket list. I will be combining lots of [...]

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The Rugby World Cup tickets are now on sale, the Premiership is well underway and for most, last weekend was the first game back. It still pains me that I’m not playing anymore I remember when my strategy used to be drink as many protein shakes as possible to get massive, a pre-game ritual of jaffa cakes and jellybeans, and my post-match recovery consisting of Lucozade and beer. If only I had the knowledge then as I do now! Eating correctly for your sport is so important if you care about how well you play. Trying to achieve your optimal [...]

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A blatant sales pitch If you find my emails useful and haven’t already, then you really need to get my recipe book. This is more than just a recipe book. It gives a plan, rules, and an understanding into what, when, and how you should be eating. Bored of being told to eat spinach and chicken with every meal? Me too. That is why I’ve created this: Learn how to prep your kitchen to make getting lean easy Easy to follow essential habits, which form the basis of your perfect diet A guide to fats and how to cook with them Understanding carbohydrates [...]

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In the pub last weekend I overheard the bar lady tell a punter he should be having a real coke rather than a diet coke…. Wrong. In a pub, you should be having a pint! On a serious note though, what would you choose? Diet coke or regular coke? Which do you think is healthier? Personally I wouldn’t advocate either. However, with 35g of sugar in normal coke, AND all the other shit (e-numbers/flavouring), diet coke would be my preference. But what about aspartame I hear you say! (The sweetener found in diet drinks). There is still a lot of research [...]

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I made this on Sunday, I was bored and wanted something fun and tasty. So, Bringing you my almond butter and banana pie…… More monstrosity than a masterpiece, a soggy bottom and a clear loser on GBBO. A bit ridiculous and I clearly overdid it on portion control. Obviously I didn’t care at the time and ate it all. So even though all the ingredients: Bananas Almond butter Oats Egg whites Protein powder Total yogurt Almond milk Stevia Dark chocolate chips Are all great. My ‘snack’ ended up being well in excess of 2000kcal (far less than if I used [...]

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Me and the boys (lads!) try and do an activity each month. Last weekend was white water rafting at the Olympic centre in Lee Valley. All of us are pretty competent athletes so I was really looking forward to our Redgrave/Pinsent-esque rowing adventure. Not quite. Just fat guys in wetsuits Likewise, despite experienced crewmembers on board (Lake Placid, the Andes, Des Alpes, The US national rafting center), we struggled with our left and right’s, let alone setting any Lee Valley records. Anyway, it was fairly tame to begin with so we instructed Elliot the skipper to liven things up. Bring [...]

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It’s a big day today, not just because it’s Friday but because the sky blues are coming home. Despite being a villa fan, I’ve had to adopt Coventry City FC as my second team. My housemates second favourite subject behind triathlons is the Sky blues, so even through my League 1 knowledge isn’t great, I know all about Coventry’s champagne football!! For those who don’t know, Coventry City entered administration last year and were exiled from their home, the Ricoh Arena. A year of uncertainty and doubt is finally behind them where tonight marks their return home. And it struck [...]

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A friend posted an article onto my Facebook wall yesterday which suggested substituting avocado for butter when baking. Seems like a great idea right? Sure, avocado is very healthy and a great addition to your diet, however, the article also contained a few typical (ill informed) health writer claims In this instance, she demonises saturated fat and implies butter raises cholesterol. It doesn’t, this is a myth which has well and truly been debunked. Dietary cholesterol does not increase blood cholesterol and there is nothing wrong with saturated fat. SATURATED FAT IS NOT BAD, NEITHER IS BUTTER She also says butter [...]

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The gym can be a daunting place, muscly men throwing weights about, oozing testosterone with accompanying grunts and silverback behaviour. Equipment resembling something more like a torture devices and good looking people in ill-fitting spandex…. And for this reason, I can understand why some people, choose to do class based exercises instead, or stay on what seems comfortable which is often cv equipment or machines. However, with the proper guidance and training, moving into the free weights area or ‘testosterone room’ will only reap far greater rewards. Usually!! I have a client who’s in his late 40′s, (probably won’t like [...]

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