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Stay focused on the goal: you're halfway there!
Monday, February 05, 2018

Stay focused on the goal: you're halfway there!

At this milestone in the eight-week plan, don't be tempted to let things slip Welcome to the halfway mark of our eight-week fitness plan: Leaner, Fitter, Stronger. Hopefully you have managed to stick with the programme so far, keeping up with your training and changes to diet. In my experience this is the time when people start to lose motivation, for various...
Achieving the goal of a leaner, fitter, stronger you
Monday, January 29, 2018

Achieving the goal of a leaner, fitter, stronger you

Myths about training to help you achieve realistic goals Welcome to week three of our eight-week fitness challenge. This week is all about dispelling myths so that you can be realistic in your goals and what you can truly achieve. As we go into the last two weeks of bodyweight workouts before we start adding in weights, let us look at banishing...
On the road to a leaner, fitter, stronger you
Monday, January 22, 2018

On the road to a leaner, fitter, stronger you

Small amount of fat loss are perfect for achieving long-term results Welcome to week two of our eight-week plan to a leaner, fitter, stronger you. Last week you should have weighed and measured yourself and got started with your training and your healthier eating options. Today is the day to re-weigh yourself. Remember that we are looking for long-term results, so if you...
Take the first steps to a leaner, fitter, stronger you
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Take the first steps to a leaner, fitter, stronger you

Setting realistic goals and making small changes will lead to success Welcome to week one of our eight-week fitness challenge. For the next eight weeks we are going to be looking at how to create a sustainable fitness routine that you can adapt to your lifestyle to help get you fitter and leaner but, most importantly, to give you focus to...
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,...