Life hack #5 -Question everything!

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One thing I've learnt over the many years of Personal Training, reading reams of material and going on many courses/seminars/ conferences, is that you never take things for face value. Question everything. It's a good premise to start from. Research advances, new methods and ideas are found and developed, and old ideas debunked. As much as we like to compartmentalise everything i...
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Please don’t try this at home !

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Alarm bells rang in my head while visiting my parents today when Mum told me she does sit ups as part of her exercise routine. I have never ever suggested she does sit ups. I asked her to show me and she laid down on the floor, and before I knew it she had clasped her hands behind her head, brought her elbows in, pulled her head in and swiftly raised her upper body up to her knees. I gasped in...
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Life.

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I had a little message sent over to me this week from my lovely aunt Sal. She was having a sort out and came across the very photograph you see in this blog. It's a beautiful shot of my mum and dad captured in the throws of a kiss, and fully encapsulates their love and devotion for each other. I look at the photo with both happiness and sadness. Happiness because it reminds me of that...
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How to preserve good memories

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A series of programmes lasting fifteen minutes every day last week on Radio 4 called How to Have a Better Brain highlighted various behaviours and foods that can have an impact on prevention of memory loss and other brain functions. It was all very interesting and encouraging, not least the ingestion of dark chocolate before cognitive tests leading to improved scores. Nice one! One thing...
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Fat loss truth bombs – part 2!

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This is the second part (of 3) installments of the fat loss truth bombs series, with highlights taken from a 2 day seminar from a world expert on hormones. Be aware of your overall stress levels and individual stressors. Activity and exercise whilst beneficial is still an additional stressor to your overall system. Be in tune with your body's needs in terms of activity/exercise an...
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Chin ups for the not-so-strong!

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Would you love to do some chin ups, but can't quite manage any on your own? Watch my 30 seconds clip of modified chin ups exercise on our 'door frame' bar, which cost about £15 from Lidl some years ago (still available Lidl stores intermittently). It was a Mothers Day present for me - strange, you might think, but just what I wanted! OK, so my 'assistant' got more than he bargained for, but ...
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Strength to carry on……

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    Strength, it's been a fascination of mine with my bodybuilding past, but I'm not talking about the physical here, I'm focusing on MENTAL strength. We all need it at various times of our lives, Some more, some less. It's however not an endless resource. How do we ensure we are strong to cope with life's challenges that are thrown at us? One thing I've learnt, is that...
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Simple leg strength measure for over 60s

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By the time we are in our 80s we can have lost up to half of our muscle mass! Getting out of a chair can become a real challenge (as difficult as someone in their 40s getting out of a chair using only one leg!). Not being able to get out of a chair is a sign of sarcopenia, which is the loss of muscle in the elderly that leads to frailty. It's a subtle decline, so you might not notice you've st...
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Rolling, rolling, rolling …..

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Foam rolling, or self myo-fascial release, is a great way to alleviate painful or restricted movement that occurs through hard training, chronic postures or injuries. Massage achieved through foam rolling breaks down sticky tissues and adhesions that prevent muscles from sliding over each other in their surrounding fascia (connective tissue). Muscle fascia can also stick to the underside of sk...
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Fat loss truth bombs! 💣💥

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      This is a 2 part (possibly 3!) blog highlighting my main learnings from a recent two day seminar on the hormonal effects of fat loss. Whilst the course was very 'sciencey', I'm going to disseminate it in laymen terms, to get to the nitty gritty of useable information. Here goes!   1. That fat loss can be attained way easier when your overall healt...
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