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.
Let’s talk about fat in this the third instalment of the Food Glorious Food (FGF) blogs.
Fat is another of the three main macronutrient food groups (Carbs and Protein being the other 2); it therefore also serves a very important role in the preparation of our day-to-day nutrition.
Despite the fact that some might immediately look at ‘Fat’ as a negative in terms of nutrition, the right sort of Fat is needed for a healthy and balanced diet. It is only when too much, too little or the wrong kind of fat is consumed that it can then become detrimental to health, and lead to ailments such as coronary heart disease.
Let’s have a closer look at Fats categorisation to get a better understanding of what kinds of fats we need, and the kinds we need to avoid.
A few years ago, I met and became good friends with Oke Ememe. His journey is not dissimilar to mine in that he lost a lot of body fat by changing his lifestyle completely. He did however go one better by competing successfully in the NPA (Natural Physique Association) Body-building championships in 2013.
In this piece, he gives us an insight into his fitness and nutrition regime in the build up to his competition. It's a very interesting read, and I hope you enjoy it.
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