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Posts made in April, 2016

Loving Your Body vs Deliberate Idiocy

By on Apr 14, 2016 in Articles |

I fear my title may have given away my stance on this issue too soon. But please, if you have the merest interest in debate rather than “la-la-la-I’m-not-listening-you-bigot”, read on a little. Social media discussions over the last few days were sparked after a popular daytime TV show ran this story: Will you allow me to dispel some immediate arguments? No, I don’t find these women disgusting. No, I also don’t find them inspirational or brave in any way. No, that’s not because I find confident women scary. Yes, I immediately think of clients I’ve seen who have been deeply unhappy like this. The host of the show was at pains to explain how incredible these women were, how brave they were, and how it was perfectly OK – even healthy – to be that weight. She continued on social media to claim that anyone who disagreed should be arrested – by making body-shaming (whatever the actual definition of that is, no-one knows) a criminal offence. Here’s the host in a photo-shoot herself: I doubt, had she not been so vocal in her support of this “fat acceptance” movement, that she would have been treated quite so nicely by the usual militants on social media. She would, typically, be the target of the hatred that comes from this group towards women who don’t want to be overweight. I think we saw here the huge double-standard – “unless you agree with us, you’re the enemy. Your opinion is worthless”. This is often followed by horrendous accusations of misogyny if you happen to be male, and usually complete blanking if you’re female (because, you know, females that agree it’s daft MUST be overly influenced by their evil male partners!). As for me personally? 10 years helping people of all shapes and sizes to feel happier with themselves. Read our testimonials page if you want to see how much we hate women and shame people (!). My whole career is based on listening to people, and doing my best to give them what they want – usually confidence and strength. Being told by random social justice warriors that I’m scum for pointing out health is important makes me, understandably, a bit miffed. So let’s...

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Snowflake Syndrome

By on Apr 6, 2016 in Articles |

The chances are you’ve said, at some point, “my problem is <insert issue >”. If you PT people for a living, you’ll hear that phrase, or a variation of it, daily or weekly. Most commonly, it’s “my problem is I just can’t eat one biscuit, I have to finish the pack“. Or, “my problem is, if I don’t prepare food for the next day, I just don’t eat properly“. Or how about, “my problem is, I’m just so busy if I don’t plan my training it doesn’t get done“.     Well. Where do we start? How about here: it’s not exclusively YOUR problem. Almost EVERYONE struggles with the exact same things. The difference? Some only struggle with it for a few weeks before they decide enough is enough, and they put systems in place to stop the detrimental behaviour continuing. But let me be clear: that struggle never totally disappears. It still requires effort to stop the old cock-ups returning. I struggle with only having two biscuits. What’s my solution? I don’t buy biscuits. I struggle with only having 150g of Ben and Jerrys. Solution? I buy the mini-tubs, rather than fooling myself that I’ll stop at a fifth of a big tub. I struggle with fitting in 6 training sessions a week. My solution? I sit with my diary on a Sunday night and sketch out when I’ll be able to get them done. If I don’t at least think about how I’m going to eat that week, I’ll end up coming home tired, hungry, and eating cheese and crackers for my tea. My solution? I make the effort, most weeks, to make a huge pot of stew/chilli/curry so all I have to do when I get home is whack it in the microwave. You are not special. The issues you face are *not unique*. You are not special, especially when you’re new to training. The issues you face are issues we see over, and over, and over again as PTs. I genuinely can’t remember the last time someone came to me with a totally new, unique issue that we needed to hammer out together. It’s always the same ones – lack of planning, lack of critical thinking,...

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Old-school strength: The OHP

By on Apr 4, 2016 in Articles |

Contributed by Tim Wheatcroft Another ‘assistance’ exercise which will help contribute to overall strength is the overhead press, a more common variation of it being a ‘military press’. OHPs were considered THE test of upper body strength long before bench pressing took over. The test of how strong you really were always used to lie in how much weight you could get above your head.     So, how do we do it nowadays? The old-timers use to arch their backs to get that weight up any way they could. We’ll shy away from that though… Start position Raise your chest and position the bar in ‘shoulder shelf’ position. This creates a tighter surface to press from. Try to touch your chin with your upper-chest by arching your upper-back. Squeeze your armpits and take a big breath to lock your chest in position. Lower back Keep your lower back neutral, don’t over-arch. If you’re overarching then the weight is too heavy and you should drop the weight back down and focus on technique. Tense your glutes and press from the shoulders. Don’t start the movement with moving your body to gain leverage or momentum. Wrists We look to avoid excessive wrist extension as shown in the picture below. Pressing with a more neutral wrist is much safer and will aid strength through the lift. Grip width Forearms need to be vertical in the shoulder shelf position as shown in the picture below. Use a mirror to adjust technique. End position In the over head press we want the bar to finish directly overhead. Not in the forward position, nor too far behind the mid-line of the body: Video your own technique and take a look at some of the things I’ve suggested – as always, feel free to get in touch with us for any help!       Want to be notified about more free content, and receive free subscriber-only giveaways? Leave us your details! Email Address First Name Last...

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