Lower Body Exercises You Can Do Outdoors

We have all been to that one gym where you are waiting ages to use equipment (usually a bench) and then having to settle completing your workout not doing the exercises you planned on doing, or have you stepped in to a non-air conditioned gym on a hot day and just wanted to leave straight [...]

Simple 5×5 training guide

Introduction For individuals who have never trained using weights before the prospect of starting can be quite intimidating. Not knowing what exercises to do for what muscle group or not knowing how long to train and how often are common reasons why people will never even start. This guide provides gym exercises for beginners and […]

Lowering blood pressure using the ‘dash diet’

With the World health organisation estimating that over 12.8% of deaths are caused by raised blood pressure it is an aspect of your health that you should never overlook. Raised blood pressure is a major risk factor in coronary heart disease and stroke related deaths. To get to grips about blood pressure here are a […]

How to Effectively Use Complexes in Your Training

how to effectively use complexes in your trainingHow to Effectively Use Complexes in Your Training Upon reading the title of this article, your first question may be... "what are complexes? I've never even heard of them!" You wouldn't be alone - most people haven't heard of them! They're like a version of a superset, where you pair exercises together without a rest. [...]

Relaxing Your Way To Better Health

Stress is one of the banes of modern life.   It is at the root of, or involved in, many of the health problems so many of us suffer from today. But, short of taking drugs like Prozac, Lexapro, Zoloft, Celexa et al, what can a stressed out person do about it? What is stress [...]

How To Get Your Fitness Regime Off to a Flying Start

maintaining testosterone, one kit workout barbell, online fitness training, why all men should train their legsHow To Get Your Fitness Regime Off to a Flying Start If you’ve just decided to get in shape, there’ll be a million different options in front of you, each with their own benefits. You may even be filled with a level of excitement about transforming your health and physique, chomping at the bit to [...]

One Kit Workout For a Busy Gym – Dumbbells

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One Kit Workout For a Busy Gym In January the gym goes absolutely crazy, filling with eager new members who are trying to lose weight, see off the Christmas excess and stick to their new years resolutions. If you don’t know what you’re doing in there it can be a nightmare – you’re waiting for […]

How Much Should We Be Walking?

walkingWe've all heard that we should be walking at least 10,000 steps per day, but how and why is this figure agreed upon? Is it an arbitrary figure based on assumption, or is there actual science backing up the claim? Furthermore, what are the benefits of walking? Why should we be doing it? Read on [...]

The Very Real Health Benefits Of Chocolate

Who doesn’t love a piece of chocolate! As it turns out, this tasty treat is doing you more good than harm. ‘Real’ chocolate is made from cocoa butter extracted from the fruit of the Theobroma cacao tree. This tropical evergreen tree, originally native to Central America, reaches heights of between 3 and 7.5 metres. It […]

Intensity vs Frequency – How Should We Train?

online fitness trainingThere's a lot of debate amongst the personal training community about whether or not we should train less frequently but at a high intensity, or more frequently at a lower intensity. To answer this question accurately, we've got a lot of things to consider because as with many things in health and fitness, there are [...]

The Importance of Vitamin D….

vitamin DThe Importance of Vitamin D and How to Boost Your Levels Over recent years, Vitamin D has been highlighted as a vitamin of particular importance, thanks to its integral role in promoting overall health. It's a unique vitamin in the sense that our most effective form of intake comes from sun exposure and not from [...]

Are Your Eating Habits Prematurely Aging You?

Did you know that what you’re eating could be causing you to age prematurely? We’re all aware of the importance of nutrition for optimal health but what we may not realise is that our diet can also play a major role in how quickly the effects of time catch up with us.   It has [...]

One Kit Workout – Barbell

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A busy gym can be a nightmare to train in. When all of the equipment is taken up, some serious creative thinking and planning has to be used if you’re going to get a great workout in. It’s not to say it can’t be done, you just need to think differently about how you train […]

Reiki Therapy – What Is It And How Does It Work?

Reiki is an alternative therapy gaining popularity for dealing with stress and restoring balance into one’s life.   It’s also a type of meditation with therapeutic promise for the treatment of emotional, mental, and physical health disorders. It incorporates elements of meditation, naturopathy, homeopathy, aromatherapy and spiritual healing to help improve life, either one’s own, or […]

Getting Yourself Energised

Are you feeling less energetic than normal? Less keen to get up and get going, much less get enthusiastic about anything.   Perhaps it’s time to take a look at some of your lifestyle habits and develop a few new ones that will help give you back that zip in your step and put some […]

Music For The Soul And Many Other Things

Music is an intrinsic part of society and culture. It was also probably one of the first things we invented once we began standing upright, and developed a bigger, cleverer brain than most other species. However, today we’d no doubt be hard pressed to find anything terribly ‘musical’ about our earliest forms of the genre. […]

How to Build a Home Gym When You Have Limited Space

home gymHow to Build a Home Gym When You Have Limited Space When we think of a home gym, most people automatically picture a vast room, full of cardio kit, various weights benches and a lot of bars and plates - the kind of thing you see in the mansions of the rich and famous. The [...]

Is a Fitness Retreat the Holiday For You?

fitness retreat, warm weather training considerationsIs a Fitness Retreat For You? Over the years, travel has evolved considerably. Gone are the days of the only travel option being a week in the rain on a British beach, eating fish and chips and wishing you were somewhere else! We now have all kinds of tourism - from the drop and flop [...]

How to Avoid Winter Colds

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In the UK, winter is synonymous with picking up a cold. As soon as the dark nights creep in, the temperature drops and the outdoors becomes less appealing, many of us suffer a downturn in health, picking up nasty winter bugs that can take a few weeks to fully shake off. It doesn’t need to […]

Why Using a Heart Rate Monitor Makes Training More Effective

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Why Using a Heart Rate Monitor Makes Training More Effective There’s a saying that’s often used by personal trainers “if you’re not assessing, you’re guessing”. In a nutshell, it means that unless you’re actively measuring and assessing performance improvements, you’re just guessing whether or not your training programme is working. There are lots of ways […]