Category: General Health & Fitness

Semi-private: Are you doing it wrong?

Semi-private training is growing in popularity in the fitness industry, with more personal trainers moving towards this model.  And it’s easy to see why, as there a several pros to the model, a few headline ones being… >> Better results for the client. With 1-2-1 coaching, the relationship eventually crushes the training.  1-2-1 can be invaluable […]

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Telegraph feature: How to supercharge your workout

Feature in last weeks Telegraph online – How to Supercharge your workouts. “Two of the most commonly asked questions in fitness are “what exercise is best for….” and “how many reps should I do”, both of which are valid, although perhaps not as important as people may have us believe, when it comes to general […]

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Chicken shit soup

I’m getting an increasing amount of personal trainers reaching out to me asking if I do consultations and mentorship programmes for gym owners.  Which is great, as people are getting off their arses and having a go, but I fear that as an industry we are walking on shaky ground. As an aside, the fact […]

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Opening an independent gym

The independent gym market is starting to take a chunk out of the main fitness industry players.  Which is a good thing.  It’s great that people with a genuine passion for the industry – and for helping people – are starting to come to the fore. It’s what the industry needs; a move away from […]

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I’ve been doing some market research in recent weeks, training in other gyms to see how they compare to W10.  It’s been interesting. Here’s ten things that I’ve learned or been reminded of.   Things they do better than us:   The big-box gyms are much more slick commercially than we are.   From the modern […]

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Working at a desk is a one way ticket to messed-up joints and terrible posture. One MF writer took to the gym to see if he could undo years of mobility issues in just 12 weeks – and build muscle too. Maybe I was always doomed to have bad posture. As a tall guy, I’ve slouched […]

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Here’s how to strengthen the area and avoid injury: Your shoulders are involved in practically every upper-body exercise and also play a key part in everyday movements and your posture. You need to be able to move the shoulder joints in multiple directions while also counterbalancing this mobility with adequate stability, in order to stay injury free. Your shoulder is made up of several joints, […]

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Want a toned body? Follow these three simple steps: With swimwear-and-shorts season just around the corner, you might be thinking it’s too late to tone up your muscles in time for summer. Think again! The key to getting a lean physique is simpler than you think, especially if you use a targeted approach. Here’s how to tone up in a trice. DITCH THE BODY […]

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We’d all like to be speedier in our given sport and perhaps you’re frustrated because, despite your efforts, it doesn’t seem to be happening? Want to be faster? Just follow these simple rules: GET STRONGER The stronger and more explosive you are, the more force you’ll generate, and the faster you’ll be. Strength training in the gym, coupled with some plyometric (jumping) exercises, is essential […]

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Here are the best ways to boost your endurance: If you do longer events, such as marathons, Ironman competitions or cycle sportives, you’ll know you have to put in the hours of training and mentally and physically prepare yourself. Do you know the best way to improve your endurance, speed up your times and make it to the finish line though? INCREASE YOUR […]

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Sweat poured and your muscles burned but you made it through the first 30 days of our four-month shape-up plan. Good for you! If you found it hard going, be warned – things are about to get even tougher! Top trainer, Jean-Claude Vacassin, has shifted things around a bit from month one. Now, instead of […]

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The best ways to train for weight loss: COMBINE WEIGHTS AND CARDIO  Once you have a good postural base (no injuries or specific weaknesses) metabolic resistance training (think circuit training with higher reps and less rest between different moves) is a hugely effective way to drop body fat. This combination of strength and cardio training works wonders if you want the best results […]

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This winter, you have two choices – cover the signs of Christmas excess in a baggy jumper and call it fashion, or kick your summer fitness routine into high gear now and rock a hot body by May. ‘It’s tough to get optimum results in a short space of time,’ says top trainer Jean-Claude Vacassin. […]

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Exercise means different things to different people: it can help with weight loss, a healthier life or completing a race. Overthe next few months, I’ll show you how to tailor your exercise regime to reach your goal. This month, it’s how to maximise your health. BALANCE YOUR BODY Structural health is key to longevity and long-term results. Muscles, connective tissue and bones all […]

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“Weights aren’t just for powerlifters and strong men. Strength training keeps us structurally sound and underpins all other physical activities – whether you’re in the gym, running around after your kids or sitting at a desk all week long. In fact, in today’s sedentary environment – when most of us suffer with bad posture or […]

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