As a former amateur heavyweight boxer, and a current avid gym junky, I've experienced two extremes in modern male gym culture; the 'spit and sawdust' uber-masculine bruiser and the image obsessed, chest waxed Adonis. I, like most men, hover somewhere between the two.
When cycling, your position is key. Don't hide on the inside of a bus or lorry. They won't see you. Simple. I regularly ride on the roads with my children (10 and 7) and this is the first rule I taught them.
You know how it goes... it starts with a few chips and dips at the company Christmas party and ends up with you sprawled on the sofa polishing off a box of chocolates, watching a festive film on TV.
So just who should we look to when we want to feel inspired or motivated? It is in essence a very personal thing but inspirational along with the work legend are two words that are now over used so sometimes when we meet a true legend or someone who actually has the ability to inspire a small or group or a generation, we might just miss them.
Let's be honest, losing weight isn't easy. Sure, some people may claim that the whole burn more calories than you consume theory makes weight loss a breeze, but if you've struggled with your weight at any point then you'll know that's simply not true.
Every guy wants to get hench right? Muscles, veins, abs, tight t-shirts saying things like "look at my gains bruh!" It's a part of male society that has completely blown up over the past couple of years...
Being an athlete for most of my adult life, I have been asked for my advice on eating healthier and making changes to diet on an almost daily basis. Most people are shocked to learn that I've been a sugar addict my whole life...
The truth is, on a windy November day, the last thing you feel like doing is putting your (permanently stinky) running shoes on and being buffeted around the park for an hour. While I find many running articles helpful, they're not exactly honest when it comes to the emotional experience of a run. Here is my attempt to redress that balance.
In keeping with mine and my company's stated goal to try to make some of the mysteries surrounding Fitness and Nutrition a tad clearer, today's articl...
It has begun, the talk of Christmas, here we go and the madness will not stop until January when the full gloom sets in and no one is allowed to even think about being happy until at least late February.
Given that most of my days include either running or cycling, I've come to know and trust a few products that I now exclusively rely on. I'm fairly lazy to try things out for the sake of it and I'm very non-tech so these things provide me with everything I need.
This is really about those who want to exercise and aren't confident enough to step foot in the gym or just plain don't like the large rooms packed with people heaving and sweating. This is not a problem; there are lots of workouts that you can do in the comfort of your own home, where the only heavy breathing you'll hear is your own.
At times it feels like we're all living at light speed caring for our families, today's advances in technology and longer work hours. Sometimes the only barrier to you and your fitter lifestyle is time! Some have the luxury of 2-hour workouts but some only have 20-mins at best a day.
Whether you've done any yoga before or not, this could be the perfect time to roll out your mat so that you can experience the miraculous effects yoga can bring you during pregnancy and help prepare you for the birth of your baby.
As a personal trainer, I feel immense pressure to keep in shape and practice what I preach. Ultimately, people are paying for me to help them to do the same so in a way my own physique is part of my professionalism.
Every September when the stream of trade shows begin, the old hands of the cycle industry heave a sigh of dread. Not me. I get excited. I cannot wait to see all the new kit being launched, making mental notes on what upgrades I am going to make to my collection of bikes or decide if next year will be 'the one' - the time for a new bike. I work hard too - but it does not feel like that.