Confession time: I was one of those idiot PTs, back before I had a kid, who was pretty dismissive of the difficulties of training around having kids. Well, dismissive probably isn’t the right word – I was maybe a little ‘how hard can it be, just get on with it’. Given I’ve now got four…

Why is it such a struggle to sometimes move to the next weight up? Obvious answer: more weight is heavier, and you’re probably not strong enough! But, within that, there’s a LOT more at play. Here’s some factors: Movements involving lots of small muscles Let’s use a barbell shoulder press as an example. There’s a…

If you’ve been training a while, even a new programme can start to feel like groundhog day. Hooray – broadly the same exercises with some different rep and set ranges, how terribly exciting! It gets to the point where you’ve kinda done most things. So, how can you keep the spark alive without inventing ‘one-legged-squats-with-curls-on-a-Bosu-ball’…

The world of female strength training has vastly changed since the days of Jane Fonda videos, but many of the old cliches and stereotypes live on. Will I end up looking like a female bodybuilder? Will I have to follow a strange diet? Will I have to train until it hurts? Will there be any…

We’re lucky that we get the chance to work with so many fitness newbies BEFORE they have tried to work it all out for themselves. It gives us a chance to instill all the “stuff that works” before they waste months – or years – and suffer unnecessary injuries working it all out for themselves….

Sometimes it seems the health and fitness world is obsessed with losing weight. Endless diet programs, top ten lists for losing those pounds, low-cal food in every supermarket aisle. And, to be fair, there’s a reason for that: we’re heading towards over 50% of the population being obese. That carries with it some hideous implications…

Honestly – we hear this a lot (and no, the featured pic is NOT our gym!). You’re at your local Pure Gym/Virgin/DL and it’s just too damn busy. But, it’s also convenient – it’s round the corner from work or home, and your work and family commitments mean it’s a struggle to go to a…

Halfway through the summer, and most of us have either been away, or are about to go. Couple of weeks in the sunshine, exposing ourselves (?!) around strangers, drinking and eating more than we usually would – and most importantly, having fun. Working as PTs, we deal with the aftermath of people’s holidays every year….

If you’ve been working hard to lean out, drop a few kilos and improve on bad habits, then a two-week, all-inclusive holiday at a 5* resort has the potential to be a game-changer. Multiple amazing restaurants, all-you-can-eat buffets, ice cream bars, cocktail bars, 24hr room service, pool service. Yes, it’s amazing. But if saying “no”…

Contributed by Matt Stafford How long should my session last? Many people see it as a badge of honour to do a three hour gym session. Regardless of whether you’re training for hypertrophy or strength, a session that lasts over 1 hour is most often counterproductive. (Click here for some training plans that take just…

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