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Does it need to be maintainable?

Imagine you’re on a long car journey. I dunno – you’re going to Devon or somesuch. Unless you’re reading this in Devon, in which case you can use your imagination. Some of the roads will be motorways, some little country lanes, some through built up areas. Imagine your mate says you should stick the 30mph…

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I kept closing it

I had an update on my phone the other day. Just one of those standard ones it asks you to install every few months. The only thing I’ve noticed is a slight change to the keyboard. A few keys have moved and some are a little bigger or smaller. The upshot of that is I…

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1%?

When Dave Brailsford became it’s head in 2002, British Cycling was something of a laughing stock. We had won one Olympic Gold ever. No Brit had ever won the Tour De France. Six years later at the Bejing Olympics, Team GB would take 7 out of 10 gold in the track cycling. They’d repeat this…

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It’s how you make Gremlins

What are the three things you should never do to a Mogwai? If you’ve seen the 1984 film, you’ll know that they are; 1. Expose them to bright light (kills them) 2. Get them wet (they multiply) 3. Feed them after midnight (they turn into Gremlins – not good!) So food timing is very important…

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It made it twice as likely

In 2001 researchers in Britain conducted an experiment. —————— “Combining Motivational and Volitional Interventions to Promote Exercise Participation: Protection Motivation Theory and Implementation Intentions” – Milne, Orbell and Sheeran for those of you that like references —————- 248 people split into three groups. The first group (let’s call them “the first group”) were just told…

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“Everyone has a plan ‘til they get punched in the mouth”

So said ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson nearly 30 years ago. Apparently it’s been paraphrased, but I like this version more. And it’s true. Sometimes life punches us in the mouth. Sometimes a gentle jab. Sometimes a Tysonesque almighty right hook. And the key is what we do when that happens. Work, family and other stuff will…

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“I’m struggling”

It was our monthly Coaching Day the other week. As part of that, all members get their InBody analysis (only one in the region) and an interpretation of it and consultation with one of the coaches. To see how people are getting on and work out, together, a plan going forward for them (not ‘telling…

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“You won’t let me come back?”

Having been open nearly 78 months, we have a reasonable number of ex-members. Our retention is pretty good for this industry, but people do leave for a variety of reasons and that adds up over the years. Every month we get a number of ex-members coming back. Some had to stop for genuine logistical reasons…

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I had pizza, chocolate and beer

My eldest son Oli had his best mate over for a sleepover the other Friday (the other one, who hasn’t gone to Australia for those keeping up). We popped to Tesco on the way home to get them some tea. They chose pizza. I rang my wife Alex and asked if she wanted anything picking…

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It’s not a homing pigeon

Motivation is something we all struggle with at different times. Whether in the olde weight loss, health and fitness game, or elsewhere in our lives. It comes and goes. But do you know where we won’t find it? Sat at home. Motivation is no homing pigeon. It’s not going to come and get us there.…

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