Yoda knew the score

Yoda, of Star Wars fame, said many wise things. One his pearls of wisdom which I liked the best and often use in conversation with clients is “Either do, or do not do. There is no try”.

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False economies of fitness

When I was at University (over a decade ago now) two of my house mates were studying economics. One of them would often use the term “false economy” in conversation in reference to things that people were doing to save time or money, which, in the long run would have the opposite effect overall.  …

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Why aren’t my muscles getting bigger / more defined?

Just a quick one today for those of you wanting to put a bit of size and / or definition on. If you’ve been lifting weight in the gym for a while now and you’re wondering why you aren’t making the progress you would like, here are some common reasons. These are common mistakes we…

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Cake or slim?

Over the years we have had variations on the following conversations with dozens of 1:1 and Group Personal Training clients:   I want to exercise so that I can eat what I want I don’t see why I can’t eat cake / chocolate / bread / pasta if I exercise regularly My friend eats this…

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Red Meat Bad for you? Assessment of a study.

Hi guys,   Over the last few days we have had a lot of our clients at the The Academy (Macclesfield Group Personal Training weight loss gym) Group and 1:1 Personal Training Studio in Buxton, Derbyshire ask us about the study released this week that supposedly showed the eating red meat is bad for you.…

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Animal Health vs. Human Health

This article is inspired by a recent conversation with Ian, a long term 1:1 Personal Training client at the The Academy (Macclesfield Group Personal Training weight loss gym) Studio in Buxton, Derbyshire. Ian is a cow nutritionist. A very good one too by all accounts. He was nominated for Farm Advisor of the Year last…

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What is fat?

In this article I will quickly cover what body is. Body fat is an often misunderstood thing. I’d like firstly to start with what body fat IS NOT: A separate, external ‘lump’ attached to the body The inevitable result of calorie imbalance – consuming more calories then you burn off

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Who should you listen to?

Who should you listen to?   One thing expressed to us by nearly every new client that comes starts with our 1:1 and Group Personal Training services is the level of confusion they feel at all the seemingly conflicting advice and information there is in the public domain. When advising on nutrition to lose weight,…

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I should be able to ….

Inspired by a recent conversation with a 1:1 Personal Training client (you know who you are 😉 ) this post is about the faulty thought process that “I should be able to do X, if I do Y”. Over the years with the hundreds of clients we have helped to lose weight, tone up and get fit…

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Are you training for weight gain? Things you may be doing that are unknowingly making you fatter

One of the most important lessons I have ever learnt in life is that “everything that ever happens to us is a consequence of our actions”. Whilst I will always accept the actions of others and natural variations in life play an important role, everything that happens to us is heavily influenced by our choices…

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