What you do in the gym sucks… Do this instead!

As a follow up to my last post I received a few queries on what I was actually talking about! Well keeping in line with the practical nature of this blog I thought I would give some samples. A couple of people have asked how this translates to performance in respect to strength levels andContinue reading “What you do in the gym sucks… Do this instead!”

A Question on Fat Loss…

What’s the best exercise for calorie burning? Running? Rowing? Bike? Well they definitely can all be useful. However, the fundamental question is do you need to do cardiovascular exercise to lose weight? Well the physiques of Olympic level marathon runners and cyclists are pretty lean, saying that though sprinters are pretty lean and in comparison,Continue reading “A Question on Fat Loss…”

Lessons from an Olympic Medalist…

On Sunday I was lucky enough to be invited to speak at a motivation day for Hoddesdon Swimming Club. Hoddesdon for such a small club have a very professional setup and an excellent coach who likes to give her athletes the best possible support. I have been working with some of their junior athletes thereContinue reading “Lessons from an Olympic Medalist…”

Don’t Believe the Hype… How to Get Stronger and Gain Muscle… With No Fads!

In the fitness industry everyone is selling something, be it a “new” programme that provides “instant results.” Indeed type fat loss or muscle gain in to google and you will find a host of e-books, specialist coaching programmes, never seen before methods and a whole host of other BS that basically peddles the same informationContinue reading “Don’t Believe the Hype… How to Get Stronger and Gain Muscle… With No Fads!”

Bashing the Bootcamp…

Getting the form of an exercise to look right is a lot of the time the primary role when coaching. Indeed there are some great personal trainers, strength coaches and programme designers who in principal write good training regimes; a good programme though can be made great by informed coaching. This is part of theContinue reading “Bashing the Bootcamp…”

You Can’t Train a Bad Diet!: Protein

The first point of address in this series of articles is protein. Specifically, what, where and when to eat will be discussed but initially I’ll deal with the sciencey numbers part detailing amounts and the potential issues with the consumption of protein. Recommended daily allowances (RDA’s) are roughly at 0.8g/kg of bodyweight, however for anContinue reading “You Can’t Train a Bad Diet!: Protein”

You Can’t Train a Bad Diet!

The above picture is a big plate of steak and parmesan cheese that I had for my 30th Birthday. While many would hemorage their sides with either disgust at the apparent amount of fat consumed in this sitting or the apparent negativity towards excessive red meat consumption when approaching nutrition you have to be moreContinue reading “You Can’t Train a Bad Diet!”

Exercise or Training?

What’s the difference- we are told exercise is good for our health but there is a massive difference between exercise and training. Exercise in its self is non-directional see it more as activity. Indeed most people perform some form of exercise, would you say these people have anywhere near optimum strength levels, body composition, mobilityContinue reading “Exercise or Training?”