Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 07.36.47

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 [...]

Read More...
The word sugar written into a pile of white granulated sugar

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 [...]

Read More...
content

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. [...]

Read More...
complied

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 [...]

Read More...
Screen Shot 2014-10-17 at 08.37.33

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 [...]

Read More...
met

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 [...]

Read More...
tress

Eating to look awesome doesn’t have to be complicated. A phrase I often use with my clients is Not see the forest for the trees. SO OFTEN, people focus on the small things when completely forgetting the bigger picture. Micro managing their meals with pinpoint accuracy, when not taking into account what really matters. When we eat GOOD food, it helps with digestion, assimilation, using this food effectively for fuel and what it’s there for, keeping us functioning properly. This is the flaw with being obsessed by kcal and macros. I’m NOT saying that kcals and macros aren’t very important. [...]

Read More...
azimuth:77.842911||elevation:56.631676||horizon:-0.002774

I often poke my nose in and out of How To Win Friends and Influence People, even though it’s old, it has some great advice in it. One of its principles is: Don’t criticize, condemn or complain. Take note when you see people eating healthily. There seems to be a dogma attached to eating ‘clean’, or wanting to look after yourself. How many times have you taken healthy food to work, and been picked on?? Smelly mackerel and boiled eggs are definitely an office faux pas. Likewise, if you have salad instead of Malteser’s, grilled chicken instead of Pret, your [...]

Read More...
triathlon

My brother is probably one of the jammiest people I know. He does everything; goes to gigs, sporting events, trips abroad you name it, all usually through work. He even went to the World Cup in Brazil! Bastard. And now…. He’s been taken to Hawaii!!! One of our friends had a plus one. So he took Scott… I don’t resent it at all, but this ‘friend’ is no longer on the Christmas list. Anyway, for those who follow your endurance sports, may know that the Iron Man World Championship was at the weekend in Kona, Hawaii. Just to clarify, they [...]

Read More...