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Diet breaks and refeeds- The solution to winning with your diet over Christmas?

Christmas is great, but the idea of a Christmas "Diet" doesn't really spring to mind. It’s a time to catch up with families and friends, relax, reboot, and reflect on the year. But, the January resolution is an issue. It’s the year-long equivalent of “I’ll start Monday”. It gives you an excuse to hold off on your diet, and by the time November comes around, most people are already thinking of waiting until the New Year. Why? It’s obvious- the idea of a diet over the Christmas period is dreadful. It almost feels like you’re missing out on Christmas, and for those...

Staying on track over the festive period!

It’s our annual Christmas party this week at Fitness Experience, so what better time for a post on how to manage your fitness and nutrition this holiday season! Most of us gain weight throughout December, meaning the “I’m going to make a change in the new year” becomes the “I need to get back to where I am today in the new year”. Hence- once again, nothing changes. 2019 starts with a diet, you get back to your end of October shape by mid Feb, gain a little as you take your foot off the gas, train and diet again...

Interval Training: A key to successful performance

Recently, every time I see “interval training” used on social media, it seems to be from a “burn fat fast” perspective. The general, full body, maximum calories/ minimum time approach. Great- interval training can be used as a tool to aid in body composition improvements, as a time efficient way to create/ enhance an energy deficit. If fat loss is your goal, interval training may be a good option. (for more on fat loss, take a look here). But… Interval training is way more than “training for fat loss”! Let’s go back to before the time of “I can have the body of my...

Recovery- Stratergies to maximise recovery from exercise

Any good training programme must balance the training stimulus with adequate recovery to maximise performance and results. As the stimulus required to achieve the desired training effect increases, as potentially does the need for maximising recovery between training sessions. This is particularly important for athletes looking to develop multiple fitness qualities at the same time, or those training several times per day. An inability to recover effectively from these sessions may leave you feeling sore, increase the risks of illness and leave you unable to complete the training sessions at the required intensity. It is beyond the scope of this...

Warm up and Cool down- Important considerations for your programme

The importance of The Warm up and The Cool Down Warming up and cooling down have long been universally accepted methods to both prepare for, and aid recovery from a training session. A well-planned pre-exercise warm up routine will not only prepare you physically and mentally for the activity that is about to commence, but also serve to reduce injury risk, and improve performance during the training session and in the days following. Whether you want to maximise your muscle and strength gain, burn those extra few calories on the treadmill, or stay healthy and pain free (and we should all...

The simple rules of fat loss! All you need to know to burn through fat fast!

With the hundreds of “must do’s” we see weekly on social media, it’s easy to be confused about how to drop fat and get in great shape. The latest juice cleanse, detox diets, and the extreme nutrition protocols have all led to some awesome results, so which one is right for you? Luckily, here at FX, we have you covered. Any fat loss plan works by underlying mechanisms, such as creating an energy deficit, to get results. This is the reason completely different “diets” appear to work, even though they may be conflicting in the approach (for example high-fat and...

Why Weightlifting IS for you!

FX Weightlifting Club! Starts 4th September 2018, Tuesday and Thursdays 7.30pm!   Why Weightlifting is a great sport for all! Weightlifting in the past has been incorrectly stereotyped into being a sport for “big, naturally strong” lifters only. Weightlifting is a great sport for everyone- whatever your current strength level and training background. Anyone can get huge benefits of weightlifting, and whether your goal is simply to feel a bit healthier and in better shape, or to move more explosively in your performance, the benefits of weightlifting could be perfect for you! Why is Weightlifting such a good option to develop strength and...

Concurrent training and interference effect

Concurrent Training and Interference Effect- How to maximise results in both strength and endurance performance. Training strength and endurance together? Read this to ensure you’re not holding yourself back! I’ve discussed this topic with some great coaches in the past, and clearly their views are shaped by the context they work in… they work in that context, and although the approaches may have been different, all did a great job of managing the situation they were in. But I remember my first insight into this topic- about 12 years ago, being told in a local gym that you should never train strength...

Strength vs Physique – Training and Programming Strategies

It is well understood that when training for any goal, an intelligently structured training program is of vital importance for success. Implementing strategies that are specific to the goal of the individual will allow for the best possible results. When it comes to training for strength vs physique improvements, I frequently see training methods and principles being misapplied and not properly understood, resulting in individuals leaving massive gains on the table. I think this is mostly due to dogmatism and misinformation that exists within a lot of the fitness industry, leaving people with training styles that are sub-optimal and often...

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