Fitness and Exercise

A Guide To Protein

Tracey Strudwick | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tracey Strudwick

There are three nutrients that we need in large amounts - proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Proteins in the body are made up of long chains of chemicals called amino acids. Amino acids can be divided into two groups: non-essential amino acids, which can be made by your body and essential amino acids, which can't be made by your body and must come from your diet.

How To Set Fitness Goals That You'll Actually Stick To!

Laura Ann Brown | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Ann Brown

We've all been there, half way through a pack of biscuits justifying it to ourselves that we'll eat the whole pack now and that means there'll be gone; 'Out of sight, out of mind' and the diet can start tomorrow! Two weeks later, you're half way through another pack of biscuits...

Football Is The Most Dangerous Sport For Knees

Ian McDermott | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK Sport
Ian McDermott

With the new football season well underway, knee injuries are a threat to both active players and retired footballers. Tragically, some Premier League footballers may be forced into early retirement, most notably in the case of Owen Hardgreaves. If played with caution, the majority of players will normally be able to cope with the physical demands of high-end sport, but many won't - and they often only find out once the damage has already been done.

What's the Deal With Novelty Yoga?

Becky Stafferton | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Stafferton

Practising yoga with animals is nothing new, Doga - that's dog yoga to us mere mortals - has been around for a good few years now and practitioners proclaim that it helps to nurture their relationship with their precious pooch as well as teaching them to be more relaxed and calm. But goats?

The Benefits Of Joining A Gym - My List

Tamara Spurway | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Parents
Tamara Spurway

After signing my life away to a 12 month contract - yes 12 months, I need to commit long term otherwise I just won't do it. I take a look at the timetable and work out the days I can go while the little man is at nursery. I need to be organised. There is no point trying to go in the evenings, I know I just won't do it once the TV is on and the boy is in bed.

Why Rugby Is The Revolution Women Need Right Now

Alex Muller-Nicholson | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK Sport
Alex Muller-Nicholson

A revolution is afoot. Across the UK, women gather together. Brisk Sunday mornings, cold midweek evenings, the weekly training schedule might be set for the present - but the groundwork is being laid for an exciting future. The future of female rugby.

Better Sleep Equals Better Results

David Kingsbury | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
David Kingsbury

Rest is a fundamental training principle that will boost your results through the roof. Exercise makes you stronger in the long run but you need enough recovery time, including good sleep quality, to make you fitter and stronger.

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

Ali Stewart | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ali Stewart

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.

A Festival Of Fitness

Max Harvey | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Max Harvey

It's potentially a seasonal alternative to more well-known forms of exercise I reckon, and one I'd advocate as an avid festivalgoer myself. So get your glitter on, I say, and get moving. In fact, I'm tempted to petition parliament about subsidising festival tickets as a means of reducing obesity levels in the UK...

5 Lessons SoulCycle Taught Me About Entrepreneurship

Vana C. Koutsomitis | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK
Vana C. Koutsomitis

I have to admit, I never thought spinning class would make me a better business woman. I had heard that exercise was beneficial for mental health and ...

Gym And Me - Blood, Sweat And Real Tears

Mr Pickwick | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mr Pickwick

I had never been hung up on my fitness.  I viewed the appearance of middle-aged boobs as a natural stage in life just as I did the arrival of bodily hair or taking responsibility for putting the dustbins out.

A Beginner's Guide To Crossfit

Jen Barton | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

You might not know exactly what CrossFit is - yet - but we can guarantee that hearing the word “CrossFit” will conjure up certain images. Olympic-...

Want Bigger Arms?

Ali Stewart | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ali Stewart

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.

Five Minute Butt Busting Workout

Michael Betts | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Betts

Summer is here, and if you've not had your summer break, you'll no doubt be in the final stages of you beach body prep. So this week I've put together a super fast, butt busting workout based on our High Intensity Interval Training workout, T3 blast. This workout is ideally done 2-3 times per week for 3-4 weeks in order to get the best results.

Let The Music Play

Dean Hodgkin | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dean Hodgkin

In the quest to get in shape it could be argued the MP3 player is as essential a piece of fitness equipment as the treadmill and motivating music is as important within your armoury as a gym membership and a decent pair of running shoes. But just why is this and how can we make the most of the results boosting potential of music while we work?

​Lunch Time Extras To Pack In More Protein And Maximise Your Training

Claudia Canavan | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

From Joe Wicks (AKA ‘The Body Coach’) telling us to combine high intensity moves with weight exercises six times a week, to the British Military F...

These 9 YouTube Channels Are All You Need To Get In Shape

Jen Barton | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

When it comes to working out, let’s be honest: finding excuses NOT TO is never our problem. “The gym is too far away.”“It’s too early/late....

The Freedom Of Looking Your Absolute Worst

Katie Teehan | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Teehan

Earlier this year, I ran a really gruelling, painful, half marathon after which I swore I'd never run again. After finally staggering over the finish line I burst into tears from sheer exhaustion and disbelief that I'd willingly put myself through that torment.

The Importance Of Progressive Overload

David Kingsbury | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
David Kingsbury

There may be a weight you struggle to lift at first. After a week or two, you manage to lift it. Fantastic. With progressive overload, it doesn't stop there. Add more weight to push your muscles even more, to lift bigger weights. It's this simple concept that resistance training is built upon.

Staying Fit Can Be A Walk In The Park

Dr. Andrew Murray | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Andrew Murray

When surveyed, the things that people say are important to them are not gold and silver, but rather health, happiness and family. I reflected on that when sitting down working out what to buy my daughters for their birthdays. Was chocolate and more Paw Patrol DVD's the answer?

Getting Started: How I Got Into Fitness

Bonnie Bruce | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Bonnie Bruce

Don't be scared. Don't be intimidated. If you are interested in the gym, or you want to go to a fitness class, or go swimming, then go. The hardest part is done way before you get to the gym. The hardest part is signing up, or getting out of bed to get there.

How Applying Science To Your Workouts Can Help Your Gains

Jen Barton | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Fitness used to be a guessing game of sorts. We tried a workout, enjoyed it or swore we’d never go back, and based on how our bodies felt/and/or loo...

Do You Really Need A Personal Trainer?

Michael Betts | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Betts

When it comes to deciding on a personal trainer, it's not just about deciding on whether to employ their services, it's about deciding on the type of personal trainer you need to work with in order to get the most out of the sessions.

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

Ali Stewart | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ali Stewart

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.

High-Intensity Interval Training Without The Intense Injuries

Ian McDermott | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ian McDermott

High intensity exercising has continued to grow in popularity in recent years due to its fat-burning, muscle-building effects. But whilst this form of exercise is great for those who don't have a lot of time or space, with such an intense workout comes a lot of stress on the body, and more and more people are injuring themselves during their HIIT training.