It can be difficult sometimes to know if you’re making the healthiest choices. That’s why we’ve put this simple table together to help you:
We’ve uploaded a workout we put together for a friend during lock down.. It’s a 10 minute HIIT blast, dumbells optional
Beginners: 1 rounds
Intermediate: 2 rounds
Advanced 3 rounds
Set up an interval time app on your phone for 6×30 second rounds with no rest, the video explains the rest. Enjoy
On the 13th May the UK government released their guidelines for the return of sports coaches and personal trainers in the UK.
The great news is that we’re now clear to work with the public face to face in a safe manor. For us this means:
- 1:1 only
- outside in parks & gardens accessible without entering the home
- no equipment provided by us for the meatime
- sanitation pre & post session to be completed by both parties
- a minimum distance of 2m to be kept at all times
This great news can be found here:
We’re sure that this news is as exciting for many of you as it was for us and we hope to see you soon.
We’ve got a super healthy slow cooker recipe for you that only takes 10 minutes to prepare.
Stick it in the slow cooker in the morning and forget about dinner for the rest of the day, it’s taken care of.
Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook: 4 hours on medium / 8 on low
2 Chicken breasts (Skin Off)
2 Nests of Noodles
1 Medium Onion
2 Garlic Cloves
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce (Low Sodium)
1/2 Teaspoon 5 Spice
1/2 Tablespoon Fish Sauce
1 Tablespoon Ginger Paste.
– Chop onions, mushrooms and crush garlic and place in the bottom of the slow cooker (cut fairly chunky to stop cooking too quickly)
– Place chicken breasts on top
– Mix together the other ingredients and pour over
– Cook on medium for approximately 4 hours
– Boil noodles and add to the soup. Slice up chicken breasts
– Serve & Enjoy
With the country on the verge of complete lock down all gyms have shut and we’re being encouraged to stay at home as much as possible.
For many this will have a huge impact on their happiness and diet & exercise routines, this doesn’t need to be the case though…Although you may have adapt there is no reason why you can’t continue pursuing your goals.
We’ve got some top tips to help you stay positive & feel fit during this difficult time:
- plan your meals & food shopping in advance (finding some foods may be difficult)
- batch cook and freeze to save time
- stick to a routine – set bed times & wake up times
- have a regular eating pattern – avoid unhealthy snacking
- go into the garden regularly to reduce cabin fever
- open windows & curtains to get fresh air & sunlight
- have music on instead of tv in the background
- make a list of things you want to achieve each day
- make time for home workouts: youtube, skype with a PT, your own workouts
- make time for Mindfulness and mental health such as meditation & relaxation
- call & skype friends and family
- try a new hobby or spend time on an existing one
- start a project
- remember: this is only temporary
Stay positive fitness friends, we’re all in this together so let’s make the most of it,
How you do an exercise is just as important as which exercise you do.
Today we’re showing you how to maximise the Upper Pectoral engagement when doing Incline Dumbbell Bench Press.
By understanding the way in which a muscle contracts you can adapt your exercises to maximise your engagement and fibre recruitment through a full range of movement.
Hey Fitness Fans,
As January draws to a close it’s a great time to take stock of your progress this year so far and set ourselves up for the month ahead.
– Did you set yourself any goals for the new year?
– How are you getting on so far?
February is historically a cold month in the UK and can feel like spring/summer is never going to come, this can have a huge effect on our motivation and lifestyle choices. We’ve got som top tips for your to keep smashing your goals for the year ahead:
- spring is just around the corner
- summer bodies are made in winter, don’t leave it until it’s too late to ‘get in shape for your summer’
- small changes make big differences: save a few calories here, burn a few there & the results soon add up
- set realistic goals
- regularly review your goals and adapt as needed
- make time for you and remember to have fun
- try a variety of exercises and sports, find what works for you
- don’t be afraid to ask for help
- keep it simple
- plan ahead: applies to food as well as workouts
You’ve got this!
Today we’re resurrecting 3 great shoulder exercises that you rarely see..
Each one primarily targets a different head of the deltoids and when combined offer a great, well rounded shoulder workout.
We’ve got a simple 15 minutes Home HIIT workout to help you burn off some of those holiday calories….
You can do this anywhere, whether at home, a relatives or in a hotel room…
Set your timer for 4 sets of 45 second work & 15 rest, complete the circuit below with 60 seconds rest between rounds…
1) Squat Jumps
2) Lateral Hops
3) Plyometric Lunges
4) Start Jumps
The concept of a cheat day is nothing new and is very simple, it’s a given day within a period of clean eating or dieting where you allow yourself a re-feed day where you eat whatever you want.
STOP: They Are More Likely To Kill Your Progress Than Aid It!
Theories Behind Cheat Days:
1) eating lot’s of food can help boost your metabolism, counteracting it’s slowing from calorie restriction
- The reality is that the boost has been shown to only be somewhere between 3-10% and only lasts for 24 hours
- Exercise is a far superior method for increasing your metabolism to counter act calorie restriction
2) It aids motivation and a mental boost as you get to eat the foods that you like
- A good diet whether for weight loss or not can and should include a healthy dose of your favourite foods – eating clean doesn’t mean complete denial of junk food therefore rendering this point invalid
What Happens When Most People Have A Cheat Day
So, you’ve been really good Monday-Friday and hit your cumulative calorie target regardless of whether it’s for weight loss or maintenance, at this rate you’ll finish your week on target, however you heard that you should have a cheat day for the reasons above (or others).
So, on Saturday you go crazy and consume double your daily allowance of calories. If you are very good you’ll then be able to return to your normal target for Sunday, however even with only 1 cheat day you’re now over your target for the entire week meaning that if you haven’t gained weight you definitely didn’t lose any.
What You Should Be Doing:
- Remember the golden rule: there is room for all foods in a controlled, balanced diet
- 1st & foremost weight management is a numbers game, calories in vs calories out
- Set yourself a realistic calorie target, you can gradually reduce this down if needed
- Understand what your current calorie intake is
- Calorie restriction & weight loss should be gradual over a period of months, not days or week
- Use a calorie tracker initially to understand how many calories are in your favourite foods
- Use exercise to stoke the fires of metabolism
- Have a re-feed/cheat day monthly or even more infrequent (should still be controlled)
- Remember, your diet should be fairly consistent over the majority of your life, therefore drastic and extreme interventions are unlikely to have longevity
- Play the long game & you’ll enjoy better mental health surrounding your diet
We hope that you find this helpful, happy health,