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Ali Stewart

Personal trainer, Coach, Bodybuilder, Gym owner, and nutritionist

I have been training people for over 14 years and have covered almost every style of training there is. I am a certified sports nutritionist with the ISSN and have extensive knowledge on body composition transformation. Being a competitive natural bodybuilder I also do prep coach for aspiring Bodybuilders. I have been competing in natural bodybuilding (without steroids) for 11 years and have been twice 2nd in britain and 2nd and 4th in the world. I love training it’s in my blood, I’ve done other training jobs before this, but now I get to combine my passion with my career. I have a history of rugby and martial arts so moving to the gym was a natural progression for me. I spend a lot of my spare time researching training techniques and I like to try them out so I can devise the best plans for my clients. I did my Pt qualifications and worked as a freelancer in a gym for 5 years before I left to open my own gym. I’m continually doing new courses and learning and recently finished a diploma in sports nutrition, and, I am a certified clinical obesity professional. I’m now on my 3rd gym as I’ve grown over the years and I’ve racked up over 15,000 hours of personal training. I recently undertook a teaching qualification and I’m in the process of starting my own training academy where I can deliver the personal training course. I am also in the process of writing a book on body transformation.

Obese, Overweight, Normal, Lean Or Ripped

Being too fat is a continuum or a scale where morbid obesity is at one end, and being completely ripped lean is at the other. This is not something new, it's just a different perspective. You could have a 60kg lean body mass consisting of muscle, bone, and organs, which, is either covered by 4kg of body fat, and you'd be classed as shredded, or, be covered by 40kg of body fat and be classed as obese. Losing body fat is often peoples main goal, and as you start to get leaner you move along the continuum from obese to ripped.
20/09/2017 14:50 BST

Why Aren't You Getting Gains?....

What I mean by this is, if your training program is progressive, and hits most major body parts frequently enough, it will do the job. The real reason you're not seeing progress is that you just don't train hard enough. You are not stressing your muscles enough to 'need' to grow.
07/08/2017 13:54 BST

Want Bigger Arms?

Most people tend to cheat and swing through the back and shoulders in order to move too much weight, and by doing so, you fail to engage the arms fully. Take your time in each rep, use a full range of movement and finish each lift by contracting hard against the weight at the peak of your lift. Try to avoid your arms losing tension at either the top or bottom range.
19/07/2017 15:18 BST

I Can't Exercise Because My Back Hurts...

How can we stop this craziness and go back to squatting 200kg for reps I hear you ask... Simple sit less! ha ha, well not so stupid... but, there are also a few things that can help get you back to having a healthy spine.
04/07/2017 12:55 BST

Carbs For Performance

To sum up; If you want to train hard, get a great workout, get personal bests, look after your muscle mass, and grow new muscle mass, you should eat carbs. Cutting them too low will make you leaner for a while but long term performance and condition will suffer massively.
22/06/2017 13:35 BST

How Much Protein?

In order to function as animals we must consume some protein. Proteins literally are the building blocks needed for all physical parts of our bodies. This ranges from skin, hair, nails, nerves, enzymes, antibodies, blood, muscle....everything.
25/05/2017 14:36 BST

The Real Truth Of How To Get Shredded Part Two

As you can see there is nothing glamorous about getting super lean, it isn't even that complicated and I promise this is what I actually do and what my clients will do. It is all about your start point, pure determination, and consistency.
19/05/2017 12:01 BST

The Real Truth Of How To Get Shredded Part One

This would not be one of my articles if there weren't a few brutal home truths before I get into the nuts and bolts of how to do it. I can speak honestly on this as I am a seasoned natural bodybuilder and I know what is needed to get shredded.
15/05/2017 13:33 BST

The Evolution Of Fat Loss

Therefore, for us to improve our bodies we must get back some of our primal instinct. We need to remember that our bodies are living organisms that need the correct fuel and exercise to work properly, without this they fall into a state of disrepair.
05/05/2017 12:42 BST

Maximise Muscle Growth

This next bit may mean you stop reading right now because the real truth is, there is no 'best' way. There are various methods you could employ that would optimise your training that may suit you more and would allow you to achieve your potential. With that conversation stopper, let me explain the mandatory requirements you need to attain to make some substantial muscular gains.
26/04/2017 14:12 BST

Real World Fat Loss

I have a training company where I'm qualified to teach people how to be a personal trainer or fitness instructor. Arrogantly, I've scoffed at the content of the course as it is very basic and have always thought it doesn't teach you very much
07/04/2017 13:54 BST

An Athlete's Secret To Fat Loss Success

Train low and compete high. No, this is not some kind of mood or drugs related reference, this is a method that has been used by athletes since the dawn of time. There is a reason that elite athletes have great body composition and fitness levels. It is the simple mastering of periodizing food around their training for the best response.
20/03/2017 14:47 GMT

Low Carb, High Fat, High Carb, Low Fat... WTF?!

The main issue is that most people don't know what they're trying to achieve let alone how to eat. Eating for fat loss is different to eating for health. You may think getting ripped and lean is healthy but I can assure you when taken to extreme levels it is anything but.
22/02/2017 16:12 GMT

Top Three Supplements You Should Be Having

I don't want to get into a long rant on the efficacy of the multitude of supplements out there so, here is the low down on my top three supplements that I do think have positive effects and scientific backing.
13/02/2017 12:00 GMT

Day 10: 12 Days Of Christmas Dieting

The turkey has gone and the crackers have been pulled. There is an anti-climactic feeling of malaise and the majority of the presents you received have little appeasement. You look down at your tummy and a soft pale hemispherical blob winks back at you. It is now time to do something about the state that you've got yourself in.
30/12/2016 11:11 GMT

Day 9: 12 days of Christmas dieting

So, what would you say if I told you all the stress that you endure in your day was making you fatter? As if there wasn't enough to worry about anyway with food and lack of exercise, your lifestyle is making you gain weight and there is nothing you can do about it
29/12/2016 12:07 GMT