For those looking to establish their own fitness goals (and actually stick to them, especially during the holidays), fitness trackers can be one of the best new tools to stay on track. Accountability is key when it comes to getting into shape, and these trackers are known to help wearers take charge of their activity level. In this day and age, there are so many bells and … Continue reading What to look for in a Fitness Tracker?
So, you’ve just spoken to one of the fitness trainers in the gym, and they’ve put together a personal training programme for you to follow on your own, but you feel like you’re going to look totally ridiculous doing some of those new moves. If you’re feeling anxious about going backwards on the cross trainer, doing walking lunges or carrying a weight bag above your head around the room, or lifting a weight smaller than a kitten when you’re a 100kg guy, then have a look at these 5 reasons why it’s ok to do things a little differently!
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“I didn’t go up there to die. I went up there to live.” – Reinhold Messner
Before I went to New Zealand, as the winner of Les Mills’ inaugural ‘The One‘ contest, I felt like I was on cloud nine! A week after I got home I’d passed selection to join the Les Mills UK Team as a Rookie Presenter. Far from feeling like I was at the top of the mountain I realised that really I’d only made it to base camp. The views are exceptional, but there’s a totally new, challenging and inspiring adventure ahead, with the pressure and intensity, once you reach this altitude, at a whole new level.
Caffeine has been recognised for hundreds of years for its ability to enhance performance and is commonly used by amateur and professional athletes today (professional athletes can use a certain amount of caffeine until it is deemed as doping – it’s the equivalent of about 8 cups of brewed coffee). But does it really increase performance? How does it work? Are there any side effects? Let’s … Continue reading The Caffeine Conundrum: What Happens When We Mix Caffeine With Fitness?
It is likely that we have all heard about someone who has a condition called tennis elbow. But what is it? What causes it and how can it be treated? Read my latest Watchfit article here Continue reading What is tennis elbow?
This post is part personal reflection on my own year and part musing on the perils of New Year’s Resolutions. Thanks for being here to start 2016 with me and do let me know your thoughts. January 1st 2016, a day when half the country is hungover and the other half has already packed into gyms starting their ill fated, but well intentioned New Year’s resolutions. … Continue reading 2015 Review – and why Arnie and Mark Twain are similar…
The New Year is coming, and with it are new years resolutions. Many people choose to get fitter and start working out, which is awesome. It means that you have consciously made the decision to make yourself healthier. But what if you have never worked out before? How do you even start? And why do people seem to quit after a few months? This article … Continue reading How to start exercising if you’re overweight
There are many things to consider when trying to train whilst on holiday, because most of the time you’re not going to know what sort of facilities you’re going to be in for (unless you’re going away to a training camp like Club La Santa). Don’t expect anything out of your hotel gym. If you don’t expect your hotel gym to have any working kit, … Continue reading Training on holiday – Pitfalls and Tips
Saturday 14th March saw the launch of the Les Mills OneLive world tour and I was fully expecting to write a post about how shiny and amazing the event was (which it was), but actually this post is going to be much more reflective than that and much more about how the event has affected me personally. For those of you who don’t know about … Continue reading Reflections on transitions: Les Mills OneLive Glasgow
Ever since I was younger I never really cared much for nutrition. I ate what a wanted, when I wanted and didn’t really care about what would happen. The usual follow up to this sentence would be ‘but now I find that when I eat x or y I gain weight’, or something along those lines. This still isn’t true for me; generally, I can still … Continue reading MyFitnessPal – The verdict