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Posts made in December, 2018

Don’t be afraid to be excellent

Don’t be afraid to be excellent

By on Dec 10, 2018 in Articles |

In a world where we’re all encouraged to be the best version of you, love ourselves, tell ourselves we can be anything we want and that we’re always good enough regardless of whether it’s true, it’s difficult to recognise the truth. Sometimes we’re not where we need or want to be. This fake-positivity has come, like a lot of things, from a good place. It’s meant to raise people up when they’re down, to make people feel good about themselves and to combat the kind of feelings that can, over time, lead to depression. The trouble is, telling everyone that effort doesn’t matter, that achievement is irrelevant, and that you can be happy just by deciding that where you are now will ‘do’, harms more people than it helps. You don’t need to be harsh on yourself. But, like being too overly-critical of yourself, being too accepting of things you want to change doesn’t help either. Giving everyone a medal for winning doesn’t make the losers feel better; it makes them feel self-conscious. It makes the actual winners wonder why they bothered. It brings everyone down to a level that no-one is happy with. Telling everyone that the athlete who worked their body to the bone to look or perform the way they do that it doesn’t matter, because the guy who came last is just as talented in his own way, helps no-one. It kills ambition, and deep down, everyone knows it’s not true anyway. It’s OK to want to excel. It’s OK to want to be better, to improve vastly from where you are. Whether you want to get stronger or lose weight, or just feel better, it’s really OK to decide that where you currently are isn’t good enough. You don’t need to “love yourself as you are” – what if you DON’T love how you currently are? Maybe being told to accept yourself as you are, when you’re clearly not happy, is the worst thing you could do? The message is clear: only accept yourself and your current condition if it matches what you ACTUALLY want, rather than what some online guru wants you to accept. Just like self-hatred is a terrible thing, so is...

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Personal trainers: less jargon, more action, please

Personal trainers: less jargon, more action, please

By on Dec 6, 2018 in Articles |

A lot of the PT profession spends more time trying to impress you with their knowledge, than getting you results. I’m not anti-science, not by a LONG shot. But you have to realise that most people do not care about their valgus knees, their inactive medial glute and their kyphotic tendencies. As a PT, yes, you kind of need to know about that kind of stuff. But, unless your client is dead interested in it, they don’t need to know the scientific terms. They need to have explained to them, in every day terms, what the problem is, why it’s there, and how we’re going to fix it. I don’t know how the hell my accountant comes up with my tax bill, but I know it’s probably correct, I know when it needs paying, and I know what account to pay it into. That’ll do, for me. Most PT clients (not all, some of us love to geek out, but not all) don’t want or need to know what you know. They’re paying you to help fix it so they don’t need to worry about it. If your entire marketing approach is telling people, using a variety of Latin phrases, what’s wrong with them – you’re not going to have much luck. For one, people don’t speak PT language, and for two, making people feel stupid because they can’t work out what you’re on about is a really poor sales technique. Keep the language simple, keep the problem-solving high, and most clients will love what you offer. You don’t need to prove your skills with language, you need to prove them with...

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MyFitnessPal and Calorie Tracking

MyFitnessPal and Calorie Tracking

By on Dec 6, 2018 in Articles |

Suggest to people that keeping an eye on their bank balance might be a good idea, and no-one bats an eyelid. You know; just make sure enough is coming in to match everything going out. Check your balance once a week or so. We all know if we don’t pay attention, we spend more than we intend. So why when it’s suggested that people monitor their food and drink intake for a few weeks, does the world turn upside down? It’s not really any different. In fact, the knowledge that tracking your intake for a few weeks can give you is almost literally invaluable. It can save you hundreds or thousands of £ over a year. It can shrink your waist and improve your health, in turn keeping you active and strong. It can help you get over that “sticking point”, free of charge, that until now you’ve been throwing supplements – and £££ – at. If I said I could save you thousands a year by going through your finances, you’d probably give it a go. Apply the same mentality to the thing you only ever get one chance at: your health and your body. Tracking is education. It teaches you what’s in the food you eat. It removes the misconceptions and (sometimes) wilful self-deceit. You know deep down that sausage roll probably isn’t 100kcals, but did you know it’s 600? Bananas are basically calorie free, right? Not 120-140 each, surely… Proper tracking, and being guided in it by folk like RWF, can actually be tremendously liberating. You suddenly have control. You have numbers and parameters to work with. And when you start seeing those numbers translating into the change you want to see in your body…then the value of investing a little time and thought becomes blindingly obvious. What IS tracking? At it’s loosest, tracking would be simply writing down what you eat each day. What, when and the amount. For some people with particularly poor or haphazard eating habits, this can be enough to kickstart a big change- “oh my god, I didn’t realise I ate so much crap all the time”. Once it’s written down, it’s hard to BS yourself. You can either accept something...

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