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Why poor exercise execution is destroying your results- AND how to FIX IT!

Exercise execution is under valued by most people looking to make changes to their body. We put all of the emphasis on the training programme itself- the exercises- order- sets- reps……. All crucial components, but without good exercise execution, probably over emphasised. Great exercise execution with a solid programme can lead to truly remarkable results. But, an equally good programme with poor exercise execution can lead to minimal results, and a world of other problems. So, if you want to make progress, let’s dive in…. Interested in building a great physique? Get our FREE 6 essentials to physique eBook here! hit the link above to...

More than Macro’s! Why the over simplified view of fat loss fails.

Want to get lean (or hench- it works for either), but finding that regardless of tracking, somethings just not clicking? You NEED to read this. This is why it's about more than macros. I’m sorry. There, I said it. I Know everyone is looking for the most simple, quick fix answer, and unfortunately, this aint it. I’m just going to say it. Your body is not simple- there is no quick fix, and you’re more than just a machine. That said, get it right, and you’re rate of progress will probably be awesome! There IS a solution, but it takes some relatively complex understanding of...

Stop working hard in the gym without results and progress!

Tired of not making progress in the gym? Here’s why, and what you can do to get back to progress! Fat loss plans, muscle building plans, fitness plans. All completely different, yet most fail for the EXACT SAME reasons. The fitness and nutrition industry has spent years telling people that a magic product or plan is the reason to get results, and without it you won’t be able to progress. Weight loss? Grab a shake instead of food! Muscle building? Follow this “perfect plan”! Fitness development? Buy this new product…. You see the trend? And by the way, all of these...

Sick of the “just eat less food” Idea? How about eating more, for less calories?

Today’s blog post is a short, simple idea, yet one that is often missed by everyone looking to achieve fat loss. We are constantly being told to eat less food. But do you really need to? Basics again- we need to create a calorie deficit. To do this, we can use more energy, consume fewer calories, or both. Let’s target the consume fewer calories option (as this one is the key part of the equation). Of course, we can keep eating the same foods, just less. This will do it- you will lose weight (all other factors being equal). But… This...

What Cardio is Best for fat loss?

What's the best type of cardio for fat loss? I still get this question regularly, and there’s two answers that I can support.   Answer 1: It doesn’t matter, it’s about the calorie deficit you create. Answer 2: One type is better for you when compared with the other options.   Both are correct. Let me explain…. Firstly, we know that to achieve any real, lasting fat loss, we must use more energy (calories) than we consume. I’ve discussed this in depth in previous blogs, such as the simple rules of fat loss.  Great, so that’s simple….. whatever burns the most calories is...

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...

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...

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...

Maximise your potential by taking advantage of your genetics!

Several factors influence your ability to succeed with any specific training or nutrition plan including, training methods, life stress, recovery strategies, nutrition, body size, movement patterns, focus and genetics. As a strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer, I aim to create an informed plan based on the information we have, and collect as much useable data as possible throughout to inform me on your optimum approach. I’ve been doing this for years- and over time, it’s got some life changing results. Sometimes we get it perfect at stage one- you feel great, you achieve your goals, and you decide...

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