Trying to look better… or just being better?

It’s not just about looking better – it is about being better. Why is it that we so often attribute specimens that look good with happiness and success? Is it because they are up there on a big screen, on instagram accounts and in adverts? People often want to LOOK better, to have the abs, to have the body, to weigh less etc. and have the perceived social benefits of that thing. Yet is the simple thing of looking different actually the agent of change? If you could click your fingers and look like that, would it have the same … Continue reading

Personal Training Testimonial

We have been carrying out a little research into why people train with us and what they are gaining from their personal training sessions. Here’s what Karolina had to say: Why did you choose to start on your personal training journey?  I have suffered from joint and back pain for a long time and tried various types of exercise but nothing helped (if anything, the pain and discomfort got worse). I found out it could be due to suspected hypermobile joint syndrome. I wanted to get fitter and stronger but also to be able to exercise without the risk of … Continue reading

Move Your Body

The UK government guidelines state we should all be keeping active, regardless of age. That means we should all be doing a minimum of 150 minutes of exercise each week. Now here’s the thing most people don’t appreciate – for that exercise to be of benefit it must get you HOT & SWEATY and OUT OF BREATH. Exercise to stay healthy is meant to challenge you, to put a little stress on your body so it is forced to adapt and get stronger and stay healthy with the ability to cope with your daily life. The INTENSITY of the exercise … Continue reading

Inevitable decline?!

Following on from this podcast I listened to recently (a BMJ interview with Scarlett McNally and Muir Gray, orthopedic surgeon and Public Health doctor, on Exercise in Old Age), I thought it might be nice to read the actual document it was based on, and maybe try to summarise it. Everyone can listen to the cast, but not a whole lot of people are going to pay £23 to read a 4 page document…but information access is a topic for another day. So – what did the analysis say? Well – the headline of the whole thing was this: Dramatic … Continue reading

VO2 Max and HR zone testing

Last week I (Tim) went to get a VO2 max test on a treadmill. It involved running for a certain amount of time – well, technically til I fell off – at ever increasing speeds and inclines. I lasted all of 6 minutes before it all fell apart, which, apparently is about right. Anything over 7 minutes and you probably haven’t started fast enough, and anything under 5 minutes, you’ve probably overestimated your fitness. I quite like the scientific rigmarole of having a face mask and a Heart rate monitor, and lots of stats being pumped out of a computer…. … Continue reading

Anatomy of a Press Up

The press up. An exercise some will brag about. Yet one which seems out of reach for many – and feared. I often have personal training client get a look of panic when I mention this exercise, yet there are so many ways to adapt it to suit an individual’s physical abilities and work on improving strength. Nobody should fear the press up! Why is it so hard to do a full press up? I googled that exact phrase and was presented with why is it hard for women to do one!! Typical. This blog isn’t aimed at women – … Continue reading