Protein shake down! What you need to know

In the quest for bigger muscles, increased sporting performance and greater nutrient density many people turn to the world of supplements to seek the answer, particularly protein shakes. With the widespread knowledge that protein is necessary for muscular development it has been one of the mainstays of sports nutrition for many years. Often the increasing…

Sunshine and vitamin D – get it right!

There is something great about seeing the sun when you live in a country as wet and windy as the United Kingdom. Despite global warming we still don’t experience large amounts of sunshine in this island nation. We have seen news of flooding hitting the headlines for several years in a row. However, when the sun does manage to peek…

Exercise…Weight loss glory seeking!

I can imagine that 2 decades of working in the health and fitness industry would probably convince most of the absolute benefits of exercise for the human body. It would be fair to say that after observing others for many years, supporting personal training clients and engaging in regular exercise myself for nearly 3 decades,…

Good stress, Bad stress

A Google search for ‘Stress poor health’ brings up more than 12.5 million results. It seems that the effects of excess stress on our health is a well-known concept. More than 80% of adults believe that stress can have a strong impact upon their health. So why should I bother to add anymore to the…

Sleep…the forgotten health elixir

The alarm rings…you reach out and hit snooze. It rings again…you reluctantly sit up on the bed and try to rub the sleep from your eyes. Only slept 6 hours last night, woke up once in the middle of the night and the morning has arrived far too quickly. For the next 10 or 15…

Coconut for health and weight loss

In a rapidly expanding industry where weight management is the most common driving and motivating factor for exercise, it is easy to become buried amongst the vastly conflicting evidence in trying to assist our clients to be successful. In relation to dietary advice an area that is heavily supported by scientific research, but not so…

Does the science support HIIT?

High intensity training has been a hot media topic over the last couple of years, from magazine and newspaper articles to prime time television shows on the BBC. It seems that the idea of achieving as much benefit within less time is a solution that appeals to many people in a world where available workout time…

Heard of XCo’s? HIIT meets function!

If you have not come across the XCo trainer before then you can be excused for thinking that this is a little weird! Bear with me and give it a chance. XCo’s are a fantastic training tool created by a forward-thinking Dutch physiotherapist in the mid 1990’s. They were originally developed  for rehabilitation and restoring muscle…

What the supplement companies don’t tell you…

The supplement industry was estimated to be worth £13.5 billion worldwide. The Foods Standards Agency revealed that 1 in 3 people in the UK take vitamin and mineral supplements of some description. A large US study that reviewed dietary and health habits in 160,000 women over an 8 year period noted that 40% took a regular…

Winter food to fuel good health

During the winter months it is reasonable to expect that the needs of the body will change in line with these environmental differences. Perhaps the most obvious is that the body will change its drive for thermoregulation. During hotter months the body works hard to keep the body cool by vasodilating or widening the blood vessels…

Sugar, the Sweet and the Sour

In recent conversations I have had it seems like an area that continues to catch people out in their efforts to switch over to a better diet is the area of sugars and other foods that help to add sweetness. The most common query tends to be, ‘What ‘healthy’ options can I use to sweeten…

Kettlebell swing progressions

The kettlebell is probably one of the most enduring fitness crazes in the last decade within the fitness industry. It is well-known for a variety of key exercises such the swing, clean, long cycle, snatch and the infamous Turkish get up. However, within each exercise type there is a vast range of tweaks and variables…