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Effective core workouts
Monday, December 18, 2017

Effective core workouts

Abs and core exercises don't take very long to do, but must be done correctly As I have written on so many previous occasions, having good core strength is the foundation upon which every other muscle group lies and it is essential for a well-balanced and strong body. This is where it differs from the abs, and although you may have...
At the core of fitness
Monday, December 11, 2017

At the core of fitness

Go back to basics to build up strength in your abdominal muscles The abs and core play a vital role in keeping your body fit and strong, so weaknesses, especially in the core, can lead to many problems including bad posture and back issues. It can be easy to neglect the core, but when you strength-train correctly, you engage the core thus...
Don't give delts the cold shoulder
Monday, December 04, 2017

Don't give delts the cold shoulder

This week we will focus on training the shoulders. One thing I notice with many gym-goers over the years is a lack of attention to these key muscles - the shoulders are often neglected, even by those who are relatively experienced at workouts. It's fair to say we can all have weak body parts, but failing to give these areas an...
Turn your back on it ...
Monday, November 20, 2017

Turn your back on it ...

Workouts for the back are essential and bring many benefits When the back is in good shape the body looks balanced - pulling the shoulders back and creating an illusion of width at the lats (the latissimus dorsi) moving down to a smaller waistline. It's not about the back looking broader, just more balanced and symmetrical. This shape is also known as...
Build your own workout
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Build your own workout

Learning to isolate the muscle groups is the first step to building your regime Over the coming weeks we will take a look at how best to break workouts down in order to focus on different areas, from legs and glutes to arms, core and abs, for example. It is important to say at this stage that no matter how much you...
Focus on a leaner body
Monday, November 06, 2017

Focus on a leaner body

What do you want to achieve from strength training? Going to the gym for the first few times can be quite intimidating, especially when you are using weights and are not sure what to do, while everyone else seems to know what they are doing. By following my simple steps in next week's column, on how to build and develop a programme,...
Know your limits
Friday, October 27, 2017

Know your limits

There's nothing to gain from pushing yourself beyond your capabilities Last week we looked at some of the basic ways to begin your gym routine. This included incorporating a warm-up cardio and starting your weights programme with a light weight while building up gradually to your working sets. Remember, the key to getting in shape is to be consistent with your workouts. One...
Butternut squash white cabbage and carrott soup
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Butternut squash white cabbage and carrott soup

I love soups at this time of year and they are one of the best ways to keep yourself feeling full and satisfied during cold winter months. So you will love my quick and easy go to soup recipe for October. I love to opt some chopped up chicken or turkey breast in to make it a really satisfying meal...
Plan your way to fitness
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Plan your way to fitness

Planning and preparing meals can help you achieve your health goals Welcome to this, the fourth and final week of our getting back into a routine feature. Hopefully by now you are nicely settling back into a health and fitness regime, and are finding time for your workouts. This week, we are continuing to train with weights at home, to help tone...
Shape up with weights
Monday, October 02, 2017

Shape up with weights

Strength training can help you achieve your ideal body shape This week we're looking at working out with weights in the gym. I'm an avid weightlifter and love strength training for many reasons. It helps develop stronger bones and muscle which, especially as we get older, promotes good posture as well as burning calories. It is an important point to make at this...