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personal training, weight loss, fat loss, Winchmore Hill

ENJOY YOUR CHRISTMAS – GUILT FREE

December 10, 2018 11:00 am Published by

ENJOYING CHRISTMAS – NO GUILT   The hardest part of the year to be trying to lose weight is the 2 weeks from Christmas to New Year. It’s getting colder, the days are shorter, you crave stodgy warm food and leaving the house to exercise seems like the hardest thing to do.   Add to that Christmas Parties and celebration drinks after work. The meal you eat Christmas day and the rest…. The New Year’s Eve celebrations and pretty soon your gaining weight not losing it. You feel depressed that you failed and indulged in things you wouldn’t normally do, you feel fat, lethargic and not motivated to move.   BUT   It doesn’t have to be that way. I... View Article


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DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

October 23, 2018 4:05 pm Published by

FAT LOSS MADE SIMPLE   You don’t need to worry about being on weight watchers, slimming world, intermittent fasting, a juice detox or any other diet method. You don’t need to worry about how many carbs you need to lose weight, is breakfast important or not eating too late at night. You don’t need to go to diet extremes and cut out everything you love. You don’t have to give up alcohol. You don’t have to train 5 x a week killing yourself in the gym. You don’t even have to go on a diet to lose weight.   You just need to follow a few principles and key areas   Successful fat loss and optimal health come from  ... View Article


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HOW MUCH SHOULD I TRAIN??

September 26, 2018 5:37 pm Published by

HOW MUCH SHOULD I TRAIN   Not every session is meant to kill you. We think that by punishing ourselves in the gym we will get quicker results. You can do too much interval training. You can burn yourself out and over train which will stop you achieving your goals, increase your risk of injury and set you back. It all depends on your goal, level of energy and what is going on in your life. You need to vary your training and build on different areas such as strength, mobility, coordination, strength endurance and general fitness. We aim to offer a variety of training that provides a balance between high intensity, mobility work, weight training for strength and just... View Article


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FOCUS ON NOW – TAKE ACTION, MOVE FORWARD AND START LIVING

September 12, 2018 9:30 am Published by

FOCUS ON NOW – TAKE ACTION, MOVE FORWARD AND START LIVING   You can’t move forward in life by continually looking over your shoulder. What has happened is gone – you need to shift your focus and concentrate on where you are now. It doesn’t matter that – You may have had some bad experiences with other gyms or coaches that turned you off exercise. You may have a bad relationship with food in the past. You are looking to get back into training 10 years after having kids. You may be in a hole and unable to get out and on with your life.   Let go of the guilt and anger and focus on what matters.   What... View Article


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POST SUMMER HOLIDAY BLUES – DON’T STOP TRAINING

August 29, 2018 9:00 am Published by

You spend months training in the lead up to your summer holiday desperately trying to lose the weight you have gained in the past 12 months. You do a great job and now the holiday is over what do you do??? After 13 years in the fitness industry one of the biggest drop offs in training is after summer. You lose motivation as you were single goal focused. You quietly slip back into old habits. You stop going to the gym as much. You start eating more. You figure summer is over so you don’t have to try anymore. You gain what you lost and next year have to start over again   Does this sound familiar??   This approach... View Article


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TRAINING DOESN’T HAVE TO BE UNENJOYABLE

August 5, 2018 5:30 pm Published by

Training doesn’t have to be unenjoyable. Most of the dislike we may have for exercise dates back to old gyms with rows of cardio machines, a weights room full of equipment that you don’t know how to use and a list of classes that require you to be able to move to a beat.   Exercise has changed a lot in the past 10 years – the options available to you have changed even if you haven’t been keeping up. Our aim is to adapt the training we do to your goals and your starting point. To make it less daunting and more achievable.   The idea of exercise shouldn’t be one of fear or dread. Moving more gives you... View Article


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You can have your cake and eat it!!

August 1, 2018 9:00 am Published by

Over the years my approach to weight loss has changed, having competed in physique comps for 5 years my dieting approach was quite rigid and I only gave advice based off my own experience.   What I have learned these past few years is that the bar I set for members was to high. My focus and drive was too much and they needed a more relaxed approach to healthy eating and training so that they could achieve results and stay the path. I realized that you don’t have to be super strict and cut out everything you love in order to get results.   In saying that if you want great results then the sacrifice has to reflect that,... View Article


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EATING OUT WHILE LOSING WEIGHT

July 18, 2018 12:32 pm Published by

Being on a diet doesn’t have to mean that you can’t have a social life and have fun. Actually I hate putting people on diets as they just imply misery and restriction.   Balance is key for long term results and yes you will have to make some changes, maybe eat less, maybe eat more vegetables, maybe eat less take away, maybe drink less alcohol – BUT you don’t have to give up everything you love to get results. You just have to be mindful, think ahead and be prepared.   Some tips on how to eat out while losing weight (I don’t want to call it a diet)   CHECK OUT THE MENU IN ADVANCE If you know where... View Article


INVEST IN YOUR HEALTH

July 11, 2018 12:31 pm Published by

The most common reason I hear for why someone can’t start training is that they can’t afford it, and I understand that sometimes that is the case but more often than not they aren’t ready to make a change or they don’t see the value in exercise at the time.   You don’t need to have a gym membership or train with a personal trainer to exercise. You don’t even need to leave the house. So regardless of whether you can afford it or not; we all need to look after our health and wellbeing as we age.   Not everyone wants to exercise, laying around doing nothing is far easier than a 60 min training session (I get it).... View Article


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CHERRY RIPE POPCORN BARS – FAT LOSS DOESN’T HAVE TO BE BORING

July 4, 2018 12:52 pm Published by

In Australia my favourite chocolate bar is a cherry ripe. They don’t sell them in the UK so have tried my best to recreate a healthier lower calorie version which worked really well. INGREDIENTS 200g dark choc 70% 50g Rice cereal 40g Salted popcorn 30g Desiccated coconut 100g Dark choc dried cherry mix METHOD Line a square or rectangle cake tin or Pyrex dish with baking paper Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water Bottom of bowl not touching the water In another bowl put the rice crispies, popcorn, coconut and cherry choc mix and stir until combined Add the melted chocolate to the mix and stir until everything is coated Put the mix... View Article