The first question to ask yourself is how active are you on a daily/weekly basis? Unless you're already tracking this somehow, whatever you come up with will be a guesstimate and won't help you reach the goals you're striving for.
This is an example of an average days activity for me, tracked by Fitbit
First off, it’s been a while since my last blog so apologies!
I’ve had discussions with people in the past who say they eat healthy, but can’t seem to lose weight. In some cases, they have no idea of how much they eat and how much they actually need to eat to lose or maintain their weight.
The simple science behind weight loss is this –
If you burn more calories than you eat you will lose weight. In other words, you need to be in a calorie deficit to achieve weight loss.
For example, if you burn 3,500 calories per week or 500 calories per day less than you eat you will lose a pound of fat per week.
However, unless you know your current calorie intake and activity levels, how will you know if/when you’re consuming less and moving more?
To get a clearer picture of all this you need to be able to measure/track both Nutrition and Activity.
Part 1 of this blog will cover Nutrition.
So I've been at this PT lark for a while now and trained all kinds of people….young, old, male, female so on and so on. There is however one thing that has made the whole process of me going from being an office dwelling desk jockey to a fully-fledged fitness professional justified...Getting people results!
Helping people achieve their goal is just the best feeling.
So You're A Personal Trainer Now Huh?!
Can you sense the sneer in that question? Well it's there trust me!
It's in there for real! That snarky judgemental tone I get from certain friends and family when I tell them what I now do. As you can tell from the rather humorous image above, everyone has a different view of what a Personal Trainer (PT) is these days! So much so that each and every client and personal trainer you ask would probably give you a completely different explanation of what they expect or provide as a personal trainer.
So to coin a phrase from back in the day....Let me break it down for ya!
This topic might sound like a very simple one to most, but believe you me, if it was that easy, everyone who ever decided to lose weight, lower their body fat percentage or get healthy would do so in no time and with minimum effort!
However, as we all know, the reality is something completely different.
One thing I've learnt over the years is that a lot of people struggle to eat right. By this I mean, they struggle to figure out what version of a particular food is the healthiest or cleanest one.
What doesn't help is the mountain of misinformation, and false advertising out there that further complicates matters!
Now I'm not saying I'm about to put an end to all that, but what I'll do is give you some bits of advice and information to help the decision making process a whole lot easier!
I want one of these....GET ME ONE OF THESE NOW!!
That's a genuine and regular request I get from prospective clients, and I'm sure most Personal Trainers get it as well!
With Summer more or less upon us, there will be more and more people trying to achieve that dream summer body, which always invariably includes...you guessed it wanting washboard abs!
So let's have a closer look at the reality behind the process.
Nice cold glass of the good stuff? Don't mind if I do!
Been a while since my last blog! Apologies, but I've been busy trying to get the world fit, one client at a time! Haha!
Let's start with the basics.
Water makes up more than 60% of our body, which means it needs to be constantly replenished by ensuring we consume....you guessed it, more water. NOT fizzy drinks, NOT ''fat-free'', ''sugar-free'' or ''diet'' versions of fizzy drinks and NOT alcohol. Just good old fashioned water.
Most of us have been there at some point in our lives…. We decide we want to lose weight, and set a target of X amount of pounds or kilos.
Most will think - ‘well there’s nothing wrong with that!’
There is however a slight flaw to this way of thinking when you’re looking to set and achieve your fitness goals.
You should NOT get bogged down with losing weight, and continually weighing yourself! Instead, focus on reducing body fat and getting healthy.
There’s a distinct difference between trying to lose weight and trying to lose fat.
To start off, I’d like to clarify that I am reviewing two different shoes here, and I’m doing so from having used them myself over the last 2 years.
When I started intensifying my training regime about 2010, I decided to ensure I was using the correct kit, equipment and footwear for what I was about to embark on.
At the time, I owned a couple of gym shoes - a pair for Adidas squash shoes, and a pair of Saucony ones for every day gym use as well as road running. I soon realised that neither of the above shoes would be ideal for High Intensity Plyometric sessions, which was what I had found out would be the best way for me to achieve my goals at the time.
Hi, Lou here, I'll be sharing my thoughts and insights via my blog regularly, so please stay tuned!
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