Health

Tips for Combatting Gym Anxiety

I meet a lot of people who are scared of the gym, and I get it. Gyms are scary, risky places. Even as a personal trainer and powerlifter I still have moments of terror when I’m in an unfamiliar gym. Over the Christmas break we were staying with friends in Croydon and we went to do a training session in a gym there. Now when we walked into this gym I had one of those moments. It was full of big sweaty men, half naked women and a whole load of machines that I’ve not had a whole lot of […]

Oli loses incredible 21kg in 14 months – Inner Strength

 Hard Work and Consistent Effort Pays Off! Today, I want to recognise my online client Oli, who has been training hard since August 2016 after a couple of years break from the gym. Oil wanted a kick back in the right direction and had the intention of just trying out coaching for a month, but he has now been a client for 14 months! His initial goals were to try something different to his familiar body building style of training, to gain strength and to lose some fat. To say he has hit those goals is an understatement: In total […]

*Training for Mental Health* I want to feel better but I’m not motivated to exercise!

When we think of motivation, quite often we think of it as something that we must have already or something that we find by luck. You might wish that you had more motivation, that you could dig deep to find motivation, or even think that you’re just “not a motivated person”. Other people who go to the gym and train regularly must be really motivated and have something that you don’t, right? They must just be that type of person. Im just not a motivated person. Is wrong. Nobody is motivated to do something they think they won’t enjoy, regardless of […]

How depression can affect your brain

Depression is a debilitating illness which can affect everything we do. It’s not simply a feeling of sadness. Its symptoms can range from a feeling of hopelessness or despair to irritability and anger, and the inability to perform normal daily activities. Depression can range from milder mood disorders which last weeks or months, to major depressive disorders which can last years. Its causes are not fully known, though research has pointed to stressful life events, genetics, hormone imbalances particularly after pregnancy and during menopause, and biochemical reactions as potential triggers. Recent scientific research has found that inflammation in the brain, […]

4 exercises to boost your body and mind in 2017

If you’re feeling the need to make a change after the Christmas festivities, now’s the time to consider which forms of exercise are right for you. Which workouts to benefit the whole body would fit best into your daily and weekly routines?   Walking An excellent low-impact exercise which can be built into your every-day activities. Best of all, it’s free! It has numerous health benefits. It: Exercises the whole body including the heart. A Harvard study found that walking for 3mph for 30 minutes a day can cut the risk of heart disease in women by up to 40%. […]

How to have a cracking Christmas – without damaging your progress

  Christmas can be a time when we lose sight of our health goals. The truth is, though, there are some simple things we can all do to help us limit the damage the festive season can inflict on us:   Limit the number of mince pies you munch It’s all too easy to get carried away with Christmas treats. The average mince pie has 289 calories, though. So, eating more than a couple over the Christmas break racks up the number of extra calories you’re taking in.   Watch what you nibble at Christmas parties Many of the snacks […]

Could this one training mistake be damaging your chances of success?

Today I would like to talk about a mistake that I see people make every day: training for weight loss. As a personal trainer, almost every single person I talk to have a notion that they would be happier and more confident if they could lose what they feel is excess weight (more accurately, fat). Given my chosen profession I would be mad if I said that losing fat is a rubbish goal, but I do see it another way; I believe the fat would come off (and stay off) if the goal were redefined. The problem comes when we […]

Dealing With Stress

I was looking for quotes on how to deal with stress but all I could find were pictures that said things along the lines of “stop feeling stressed, and start feeling blessed” – enforcing the belief that stress is something you can just switch on and off; something that you choose to do. There is a lot of material out there on anxiety and depression for those who want to read it but when it comes to stress there doesn’t seem to be as much. Stress is a silent killer, and one that we currently aren’t taking seriously enough – […]

Exercise & Mental Health

1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem of some kind in their lifetime. These numbers are on the rise and prescription medications are increasingly being used in reflection. Alternative therapies do exist and research into the effect that exercise can have on mental health has been gaining momentum. Antidepressants and drug treatments are the most frequently prescribed, and this is usually the only treatment offered.1 While they can be effective they can also have unpleasant side-effects, meaning many people prefer psychological therapy to drug treatment. Unfortunately, due to the high demands for counselling, there […]