Minimise Your Running Injuries

I’ll say from the start that it’s impossible to entirely eliminate the risk of injury. ​But there are steps you can take to minimise your risk. On the one hand you can argue that human beings are designed to run. But on the other hand we’re not designed to sit in a chair all day… and then go out and run. Spend enough time in a chair and your body will physically change: some muscles will get tight whilst others will weaken.   Not a problem if you’re just doing a lot of sitting (apart from a strong likelihood of backache) but if you want to do anything physical –… Read the full article »

Overwhelm & Confusion

Do you ever feel like you should be doing more? Like you’re trying your best but everybody else seems to be doing it better & finding it easier? Well that’s me on a regular basis. One day I’m going to write a blog about what it’s really like to work in the fitness industry.  I think it’d surprise a few people. But today I’m going to talk about the feeling of being overwhelmed and confused by the amount of nutrition & exercise advice we’re constantly bombarded with. It can be feel all consuming and highly emotional anyway, so when every decision you make is challenged… well that can be tough…. Read the full article »

You’re stronger than you think

I’ve been having a lot of fun these last few weeks training with another coach, a friend of mine and fellow personal trainer called Martin King. I’ve come to the conclusion that left to my own devices, I do a lot of coasting with my training. Unless I have a specific goal to work towards I regularly let myself off the hook. You might do the same: after all, why put yourself through unnecessary suffering when you can easily justify to yourself that ‘that’s enough’? Well I was in the gym with Martin a couple of weeks ago and we were taking it in turns on each exercise. It was… Read the full article »

Daily Exercise

I came across an interesting study today. It was an old edition of the Journal of Physiology from December last year and it caught my eye because of the combination of the words ‘daily exercise’ and ‘short term overeating’. The study showed how a daily dose of exercise could reduce the harmful effects of short stints of overeating and inactivity. Which basically describes Christmas for most of us Whilst the study was carried out with 26 year old guys, and they ‘exercised on a treadmill for 45 minutes’, the authors suggest that the effects would extend to different groups of people and with a much shorter duration of exercise. When… Read the full article »

Follow the plan

The one thing that’s more important than having a plan, is having complete faith in that plan. Fellow coach and friend Matt Luxton completed the Barcelona Ironman at the weekend.  It was the culmination of many months of planning, preparation, and then delivery on the day. It was a big goal, and it meant a lot to him. It resonated so deeply with me that I asked him if it was ok if I could repost it here and share it with you, and in true super cool coach fashion he said yes. So here’s Matt, with some punchy words of advice about following the plan “The one thing that really hit… Read the full article »