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Posts made in May, 2016

Back Pain vs Training

By on May 20, 2016 in Articles |

Countless people suffer unnecessarily with lower back pain. I’m not going to recount endless statistics about it, because for one – you’ve already heard them. Two, if you’re suffering with back pain it often feels pretty lonely. There’s no real comfort in numbers or in being a statistic. As personal trainers, or coaches, or however we’re perceived by the wider public, we very often meet with resistance to that opening line. A shake of the head. An exhortation that the person has tried EVERYTHING. A resenting of the implication that maybe they haven’t tried everything, and that they could be pain free had they looked a little deeper. But, sadly, that last point rings so, so true. We’ve seen well over 500 clients at Real World Fitness over the last 6 or 7 years. Most people come to us with issues about their body image, their movement ability, or pain/discomfort. By the time they get to us, especially regarding pain management, we’re their last resort. The thing is, strengthening your body and improving your flexibility shouldn’t be the last resort. It should often be the first or second thing you try (once you’ve ruled out, or taken advice on, damaged body parts!). Regardless of why people come to us, guess what we hear in 9/10 new client consultations? Some version of: “Oh, by the way, I should tell you that I have a bad lower back and my knees aren’t great either”. 9/10. No exaggeration. There are some very obvious things that contribute to back pain. Being significantly overweight. Adding a significant amount of weight in a short timescale, before your body has had a chance to ‘catch-up’. Which, incidentally, amongst other reasons, is why many pregnant women get bad backs. Time and time again, though, we manage to eradicate the ‘bad back’ within weeks. I know that is a bold statement. But it’s true. I can give you countless examples. Weeks into a new training scheme and some simple changes to movement patterns, we often get the “do you know what? My back hasn’t twinged in ages”. Or, “I can do my shoelaces up now and it took me by surprise”. One client we worked with was a little more...

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The Best Stuff We’ve Read This Week: 09/05/16

By on May 9, 2016 in Articles |

Our weekly round-up of articles we’ve found useful and interesting. Well, I say weekly but I’ve been INCREDIBLY slack and not done one for ages. This week’s theme is a bit ranty – promise we’ll find and share some decent technical articles for next time. Thanks to all the writers and creators of these articles – without people releasing great content free to the world, we’d all be a lot mentally poorer! Who cares about realistic? BAD LANGUAGE TRIGGER WARNING: State of the Industry The daft movement behind fat-acceptance   and our usual shameless self-promotion: Does Ronaldo REALLY live on KFC and Herbalife? Enjoy – and feel free to tell us about any great articles you’ve picked up on. We’ll feature them over coming weeks.   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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Lies, Damn Lies – and Fitpros

By on May 4, 2016 in Articles |

Did you know that Cristiano Ronaldo uses Herbalife? He does – just look: It’s annoying, really, because the Herbalife idiots always pull it out. If one of the best footballers the world has ever seen uses it, how dare you, a dumb PT, say it’s a rubbish product? Bugger. That stumps a lot of arguments. But look deeper:   Hmmm. Ok – now this is odd. A footballer at the top of his game, relying on Herbalife AND fast food? Maybe he doesn’t use Herbalife after all…and maybe he doesn’t live on KFC. What could possibly be the connection here?   Yep, that’s a face exerciser. No, I don’t know either. I think I’ve found the link. £££££. Or $$$$$. Or whatever the “Euro” symbol is. Let’s not bash Ronnie too much here. He’s a commercial entity, he exists to play football and make money. It’s annoying, but it’ll never stop. Let’s all be sensible and realise he’s a pretty face selling any product that pays him enough. And he WILL get serious money. I don’t have a massive problem with that kind of thing. People should know better that to not understand marketing. I doubt George Clooney drinks Nespresso with Jack Black, either. But what of us ordinary folks? What of run-of-the-mill PTs and fitness models touting Slendertone, Bootea, cherry extract and African mango juices? Why do THEY do it? Companies like these often pay people with large followings on social media to promote this garbage. They may pay a retainer, or pay a couple of hundred quid a post for some idiot to grin at a shaker full of gunk they’ll never drink. A couple of hundred quid – something a decent PT can earn in a morning – to utterly destroy your reputation as a credible trainer. Do you really think these people use these products? I’ll give you two reasons: either they genuinely believe in the product, in which case they’re an idiot. Don’t trust a word they say. Or, worse, they KNOW it’s bullshit and they still try to promote it. Now they’re nasty little parasites trying to milk cash out of the gullible. Which is worse? Ignorance? Willful deceit? It’s often hard to...

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A Little Rant On Nutrition

By on May 3, 2016 in Articles |

The PT profession gets a lot of stick – and in many cases, rightly so. We’re often seen as ogres, military-style drill sergeants, and proponents of dietary advice that would make even Gillian McKeith blush. In amongst all of that, though, is a core of decent trainers struggling hard against a tide of, frankly, bullshit. Let’s be upfront – anyone can be a PT. Anyone can be a nutritionist. Anyone. Neither term is legally governed, defined or protected. With the advent of online courses, you can undertake a “Nutritionist” course on a daily deals site for less than £50 any given week. You need not have ever met a real client, studied anything to do with biology, let alone know how to cook or eat well (whatever ‘eating well’ means) yourself. In an industry where the only barrier to entry is about 6 weeks and a couple of grand expenditure, you’re going to get charlatans, chancers, the colossally deluded –and my word, does the fitness industry deliver. PTs that prescribe competition-strict diets to middle aged women who just want to lose a stone or two. Nutritionists that tell clients never to eat purple foods. Or, to ONLY eat purple foods. Am I being flippant? No. Talk to enough people and you’d be amazed what advice you’ll see given. Eat eggs? Never eat eggs. Eat 500kcals a day. Never eat less than 2000kcal a day. Don’t eat in the evenings. Only eat in the evenings. If there’s a contradiction to be found, the fitness industry will find it, gloss it up, market it and sell it. How the hell does an average client, who is ultimately putting, in the most common cases, their nutrition and exercise in your hands, choose the good guys from the idiots? Let’s face it; screw up badly enough and you’ll hospitalise people. It’s also all too easy to severely damage someone’s psychological approach to food. And that’s no laughing matter – when you’ve had to nurture someone back to being able to treat food as something to enjoy, rather than something to be terrified of, you can get ferociously angry with the carelessness of the industry. There’s a lot of money in making people feel...

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