Personal trainer weight loss articles

I can’t feel my chest when training – do this

DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR?
“When I train my chest, I always feel it more in my shoulders than my pecs.”
“No matter what I do I can’t make my chest sore… or even feel it!”
Guys, most of us love training our chest. But its a real kick in the proverbial balls when we put all that effort in and feel nothing for it.
Of the hundreds of guys I’ve coached over the years there is always a common thread for anyone who can’t feel their chest when training, or stimulate growth from it…
MUSCLE ENGAGEMENT
If you can’t engage, contract and feel a muscle squeezing … Read more

How to win at dieting and still have a social life

WE ALL LOVE GOOD FOOD WITH GOOD FRIENDS
That meal out, that trip to the cinema, the glass or two of wine after work at the end of the week. The latte and breakfast meet up with a family member or partner on the weekend.
But can you do all this and still be successful with your physique goals?
YES, BUT…IT DEPENDS
Like most things in health, fitness and nutrition, ‘it depends.’
How often you increase your calories, go off plan with food choices and skip the meals you should be eating for ones you know aren’t exactly a good fit for your goals depend … Read more

How to get rid of muscle soreness

You may love it. You may hate it.
Muscle soreness is one of those things that can leave you feeling like you want to spend the day in a wheelchair or sadistically satisfied…
Either way, everyone wants to know what can you do to bounce back as fast as possible from post workout muscle soreness.
Here are the most effective methods to speed up your recovery between sessions and get rid of ‘delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
HOT / COLD CONTRAST SHOWERS
Just take a 5 minute shower, and alternate between 1 minute cold and 30 seconds hot, showering the water onto the muscle you … Read more

The real reason you have no energy

Trust me
Being knackered all day every day isn’t something you have to accept or live with.
I’ve worked with 100’s of people who all complain of having low energy before they started being coached by me and now have bags of energy they can channel into their careers, families and relationships.
So if you always…

Feel tired
Can’t focus or concentrate at work
Suffer from mood swings
Are too knackered to workout
Struggle to get out of bed
Regularly fall asleep on the sofa
Feel exhausted no matter how much sleep you seem to have…

You can get your youthful energy back and feel great again
Here are a few reasons … Read more

5 ways to flavour your coffee without adding sugar or milk

Do you love a cup of coffee but don’t want the sugar or dairy?
Some of us use coffee as a powerful pre workout, some of us use it as a pick me up on the way to work, some of us use it to get switched on mentally and some of us just love it!
I could write about the pros and cons of coffee spanning a few articles but this is simply for those that fancy a cup without the added sugar or milk and are looking for a way to spice up the flavour.
Coffee with cinnamon
Simply stirring in half … Read more

Should you train in a plastic bag?

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Alcohol – Good, Bad, How to limit consumption and effects

This is part three of my alcohol series. If you missed part one or two here they are:
Will alcohol stop you losing weight?
Will alcohol prevent you gaining muscle?
Now let me start this article by saying …
Alcohol is not all bad!
Good points
Improve cholesterol
Moderate alcohol consumption can; raise good (HDL) cholesterol, lower bad (LDL) cholesterol, and reduce your risk of clogged arteries which lead to heart attacks.
Reduced risk of heart disease
Moderate alcohol consumption reduces risk of heart disease. Moderate drinkers have a lower risk of death from heart disease than teetotallers or heavy drinkers. This may be due to increasing HDL cholesterol … Read more

Will alcohol prevent me gaining muscle?

You love a good drinking session but you also love a great workout and building some real muscle.
Can you do both?
If you haven’t read my article ‘Will alcohol stop me losing weight?’ take a look here as this article will predominantly focus on alcohol’s effect on your ability to build muscle.
So let’s get straight into the facts…
Reduced testosterone production
If you want to build muscle one of the first considerations you should have is if you are producing an optimal amount of testosterone.
Unfortunately every time you consume alcohol this key anabolic hormones production plummets.
Studies have shown that consuming 1.5g of alcohol … Read more

Will alcohol stop you losing weight?

There’s a certain comedic stigma attached to drinking and the alcohol culture, especially in the UK.
“Ever notice how some people talk louder when they drink? That’s why alcohol content is listed by volume”
“I’m not an alcoholic, alcoholics go to meetings. I’m a drunk, we go to parties.”
I’m not here to demonise one of the world’s favourite social intoxicants as it has some great benefits like reducing anxiety at social gatherings and has actually been shown to increase longevity.
BUT you’re reading this because you’re interested in losing fat.
Surprise surprise, many studies have shown alcohol intake aids to increased risk of abdominal … Read more

10 ways to make dieting a pleasure

As soon as you say the word ‘dieting’ it conjures up all kinds of mental imagery of bland and boring, ‘chicken and broccoli’ type meals with no flavours ready to make you starving hungry and miserably restricted.
TRUST ME
Dieting doesn’t need to be like this. FACT
MY TAKE ON DIETING
A diet pan should only last around 14-30 days. The purpose being that it educates you on a healthy eating patterns and how to structure and schedule your preferred eating style around your busy schedule.
After this time you should be able to leave the diet plan behind and be self sustaining. This is … Read more