Personal Training

Preparing Your Mind for a Marathon

Chris Hall | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Sport
Chris Hall

Nothing will beat the feeling of satisfaction you feel when you cross the finish line, and making sure you're mentally prepared will make the run not just more achievable, but more enjoyable too!

Too Scared to Go to the Gym? Don't Let Gym Fear Ruin Your Health

Yolanda Copes-Stepney | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Yolanda Copes-Stepney

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.

101 Ways to Lose Weight: Get Your Sweat/Suite On - Suite Sessions at 45 Park Lane

Yolanda Copes-Stepney | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Yolanda Copes-Stepney

Despite desperately wanting to don a towelling robe and order room service I had dutifully dragged my lycra-clad self away from the super king sized beds into the lounge area and got into 'eye of the tiger' mode ready to sweat.

Eight Tips to Choosing a Personal Trainer

Jean-Claude Vacassin | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jean-Claude Vacassin

In truth, personal training can be a bit hit or miss. The industry needs more thorough regulation, and, in my opinion, it needs to demand more of those who work within it, in terms of continued professional development, in order to bring the overall standard up to point where we can genuinely class ourselves as a professional service.

Fitness Facts: How Many Reps Is Enough?

Jean-Claude Vacassin | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jean-Claude Vacassin

Some will have us believe that we need nothing more than bodyweight exercises, others will insist that we should do higher reps with lighter weights while others are convinced that if the weight isn't super-heavy we are not providing the body with enough of a challenge. But who should we listen to and what is the best rep scheme to use if we want to get into shape?

Jessica Elgot

'How This 11-Week Plan Made Me The Slimmest I've Been Since I Was 18' | Jessica Elgot | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

I am what someone would probably kindly describe as a fad dieter. At school, I actually did the Special K diet, a diet that works purely on the basis ...

Brogan Driscoll

How A Few Personal Training Sessions Could Supercharge Your Exercise Routine | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Like many women, I'd sooner attend a fitness class than work out in the testosterone-filled weights room. This isn't because their big beefy frames in...

What Personal Trainers Really Think

Colin McQuistan | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Colin McQuistan

I used to work in a gym for around 6 years and if you go to a gym you've probably wondered what's going on in our heads. Well let me share a few of those thoughts.

The Seven Habits of Fast Fat Loss

Ian Mellis | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Mellis

Eat Smart. This is the first port of call when looking to reduce body fat. You have to create a caloric deficit while eating enough protein, carbohydrates and essential fats to support your current muscle mass while reducing body fat.

Poorna Bell

Top Exercise Tips For Beginners Going To The Gym | Poorna Bell | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If you're a beginner, the gym can be a terrifying place, fraught with its own social etiquette, not to mention the paranoia that everyone is looking a...

A Christmas HIT

David Kingsbury | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Kingsbury

Evidence is growing that high intensity training (or HIT), which involves relatively short bursts of exercise at all out intensity, may be a more efficient exercise protocol for inducing fat loss.

Exhausted? Talk Yourself Out of It

David Kingsbury | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Kingsbury

Don't berate yourself during exercise. Instead tell yourself you're not as tired as your body says you are, and chances are, it will end-up becoming true.

Pelvic Posture and Back Pain Throughout Pregnancy

David Kingsbury | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Kingsbury

As pregnancy progresses, mums-to-be can start to feel less balanced. While they naturally widen their stance to increase lateral stability, to maintain balance in the forward / backward plane of movement (for example, when walking) they tend to increase postural sway still further.

My Four Year Old Does Minibox!

Nicholas Polo | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Nicholas Polo

Hiring a personal trainer for your child is no longer the privilege of the rich and famous. Either due to busy schedules or simply the notion for turning to the experts, more and more parents these days hire personal trainers to ensure their children enjoy an active lifestyle.

Getting More From Your Core

David Kingsbury | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Kingsbury

Core training is a concept that is often misunderstood. You regularly hear people discussing 'the best ways to get a 6-pack', or giving advice like 'make sure you use a Swiss ball' or 'add weight to your sit-ups.' Invariably this sort of training is labelled core stability training, but I would argue that the stability element is often forgotten.

What Would Miranda Kerr Do? An Experiment in Self-improvement - Week Three

Lottie O'Conor | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lottie O'Conor

As Week Three draws to a close, some things have got a lot easier, while others are getting increasingly difficult...

What Would Miranda Kerr Do? An Experiment in Self-improvement - Week One

Lottie O'Conor | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lottie O'Conor

Well, this is easy, I think to myself as I whip up a homemade juice on Monday morning. I haven't even thought about nutella once. Three hours later, and it's not going quite so well

What Would Miranda Kerr Do? An Experiment in Self-improvement

Lottie O'Conor | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lottie O'Conor

For me, this isn't about dieting. There won't be any calorie counting or weigh-ins. I'm thinking of it more as a social experiment: Does a healthy body really equal a healthy mind?

Five Things Your Personal Trainer Should Be Doing

Andy Brown | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Brown

Personal training needs to be exactly that; personal. Each session should be structured and tailored to your individual goals and needs and subtly different - if you find that you are doing the same session week in and week out, then alarms bells should be ringing.

How to Pick a Personal Trainer

Andy Brown | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Brown

I can't emphasise enough how important it is that you and your trainer get on. If you like your trainer then when you're trying to squeeze out those last few reps their words can be encouraging and motivational. If you don't like them it just makes you want to smack them in their stupid face.

Fitness Exam

Andy Brown | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Brown

Mindlessly staring at a question for minutes on end doesn't make the answer magically appear. All it achieves (if achieves isn't too strong a word in this context) is to make the question seem even more incomprehensible than it did in the first place. And it seemed pretty incomprehensible initially.

The Personal Trainer's Biggest Problem With Weight Loss

Dr Khandee Ahnaimugan | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Khandee Ahnaimugan

The underlying problem is that for women over 40, exercise ALONE is not enough to cause weight loss. This is not true for men. And it's less true for women under 40. But if you ask most women over 40, they will tell similar stories of exercise programmes that no longer delivered the goods when it came to weight loss.

Confessions of a Personal Trainer

Iain Mahony | Posted 07.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Iain Mahony

I have written before that stress will eventually lead to people, who are normally vigilant with their diet, going 'tonto' - and losing control. Check: there is a wonderful photo of me gazing amorously at a slice of pizza like it is Monica Belluci. I didn't meet a single carb that I didn't like in Spain. Once I started eating badly, I didn't stop.

Fat Loss, Diet, Hormones and Your Health

Iain Mahony | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Iain Mahony

Where you store fat is the key to understanding your hormones. This in turn reveals how you should eat, train, and live to have optimal body composition and, ultimately, be as healthy as possible.

Fat Loss And Exercise Regimes - Everyone's Different

Iain Mahony | Posted 31.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Iain Mahony

You might argue that if everyone ate less and did more exercise then they would lose weight. In my experience, it is not that simple. Many people try in vain to lose fat because they are not following the most suitable system for their needs.