3 THINGS EVERY BEGINNER GETS WRONG

3 THINGS EVERY BEGINNER GETS WRONG

Being a rookie is the gym is exciting, but tough. You have so much potential to fulfil but the pitfalls are all to easy to fall down on. Here's three of the biggest mistakes I see beginners making (not to mention three I made for years too!).

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5 WAYS TO STAY MOTIVATED THIS MONDAY

5 WAYS TO STAY MOTIVATED THIS MONDAY

Achieving anything of meaning to you is going to take a big chunk of motivation and there will be times where you're hanging on by a thread. Here's five ways you can can start gain and retain your motivation to ensure you do all you can to win.

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YOUR HEALTH AND FITNESS JOURNEY - WHERE TO START?

YOUR HEALTH AND FITNESS JOURNEY - WHERE TO START?

Knowing where to start can be a real issue for anyone looking to get their head around beginning their own health and fitness journey. So much so that it often paralyses people into not bothering at all! Too complicated. Too hard. Too much conflicting information.

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GETTING FIT IN LONDON

GETTING FIT IN LONDON

If you're reading this as someone who is based in London, but also as someone who wants to get fitter, healthier and look/feel better, I want you to realise what an awesome place you're in to make this happen.

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5 THINGS SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE DO DIFFERENTLY

5 THINGS SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE DO DIFFERENTLY

I'm a big believer in working on yourself as a person, not just in a way that gets you abs and pecs but a way that brings you success in all areas. I'm far from being there yet, but being a work in progress is a good place to be! Here's a couple of things I work on daily that might help you too.

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EAT MORE FOOD, FOR LESS CALORIES.

EAT MORE FOOD, FOR LESS CALORIES.

Losing fat requires your calories to be lower than you'd like at certain times, that's pretty much a given. There's loads of ways to try and soften this blow; cardio, use of sweeteners/zero calorie alternatives, increasing total daily steps per day etc etc.

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11 TIPS FOR BEING A BLOKE IN THE GYM

11 TIPS FOR BEING A BLOKE IN THE GYM

1/ IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT WEIGHT - Lifting progressively heavier will contribute to massive success in the gym BUT it means naff all if regard for your technique goes out the window. Perfect your form first, then start working your way up the dumbbell rack. 

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3 DAILY DECISIONS AT WORK THAT ARE MAKING YOU FAT

3 DAILY DECISIONS AT WORK THAT ARE MAKING YOU FAT

1/ YOUR COMMUTE - Your choice of travel to and from work every day could be a great chance for you to get some calories burnt. Do you get the tube to work in London? Get off a stop early and get those steps in. Maybe you work only a couple of miles from where you live? In this case maybe cycling to and from work would be a cool way to get your daily activity up (and save some petrol money!). The other thing to consider is how stressful is your commute? If every day it's an unbearable grief then it's time to try and think around it. Being stressed for extended periods of time isn't great for you for all kinds of reasons and will make it physiologically tougher for you to lose fat.

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WHY ABS AREN'T MADE IN THE KITCHEN

Whilst what goes on in the kitchen does have a big impact on what state your mid section is in, it's not truly where you're abs are built.

Your abs are like any other muscle group in the sense they can contract and stretch, they can get DOMS and they can become stronger/grow.

Assuming you have average genetics, the key thing where carving out a sixpack is concerned is two things:

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1. YOU NEED LOW ENOUGH BODY FAT - This is only to happen by burning more calories than you take in, to then get into a position where your body can utilise some of that excess belly fat as fuel. 

2. YOU NEED TO BUILD A STRONG MID SECTION - If you want a well defined sixpack your abdominal wall and deeper abdominal muscles need to be strong and conditioned. Crunches and sit ups aren't the answer. Again, like many good answers to common gym questions, the answer is to get stronger and progress on your big compound lifts that heavily tax your core strength and stability. Deadlift and squat variations are fantastic for this. 

So yes, the kitchen does have a huge impact on you showing off a lean torso, but you can't show off well what hasn't been built well.

THE BIGGEST THING HOLDING YOU BACK FROM TRANSFORMING YOUR BODY

Lets cut to the chase. It's YOU. You genuinely are the only person stopping yourself from achieving fantastic results. You're also the only person that can make it happen. Powerful position right? 

Truth is many people would sooner create 100 excuses than find a single solution. What I want to get at in this post is that getting results requires you to take action. You'll have to do some stuff you're not doing currently and probably cut out/adapt some stuff you are doing.

This inevitably means you're going to have to change some habits, which often isn't easy or comfortable. But I can promise you that this is where your results are hiding. 

I'm going to give you a couple of case studies from just today coaching my 121 clients:

0900am My first clients walk in the door.  A Husband and wife ready to crush a leg session. Husband has been out of training for the last 6 weeks and Wife originally came to me post stomach op a couple of years back and has been working closely with me or my co-trainer ever since. Husband knows he's going to struggle to keep up with her but gives it 110% to keep the pace giving an awesome account of himself showing some real grit in his first leg session of 2017. Wife is also a Mum and juggles a hectic homelife with coming to see me x 3  a week. Coming to me originally post op with apprehension and plenty of work to she has now carved out an envied physique that 95% of women would kill for. 

1000am My next guy rolls up as he does every Saturday morning with a smile on his face and ready for action. This guy's a city boy with a demanding career as well as a happy home and social life. Despite this he's managed to adapt his weekly routine in a way that he gets his 3-4 training sessions in which has seen him progress every single month. To the point we even worked towards a successful photoshoot a couple of months back to showcase his fantastic results so far. 

1130am It's time for one of my newest recruits to get involved. Heading into week 3 of working together and I'm starting to see the first glimmers of progress. He has been willing to strip back the weight on a lot of movements and start from scratch to relearn techniques with superior execution than previous. He has also made conscious decisions nutritionally detailing to me how his day pans out and the new informed choices he is making rather than just opting for what is easy and convenient. I'm excited to see where he is in a few months time.

All three of those above have the same thing in common. They haven't just voiced their desire to change, they've consciously made decisions followed by positive actions and a willingness to learn and embrace feeling uncomfortable. 

Research as much as you want, spend as much money as you can and take all the most cutting edge 'fat loss' supplements you can, but I promise you NOTHING will change until you start acting in a way thats conducive to change. Thoughts are great, but they don't change anything. Actions do.