The Power of Team.

What an incredible two weeks it has been.

It has now been confirmed that Team GB have finished second in the overall medal table behind USA. Rio 2016 has been GBs most successful Summer Olympic Games ever!

The whole country seems to have been lifted and united in a way that doesn’t seem to happen with any other sporting occasion or event.

Every medal winner from Team GB has talked about the positive influence of team success and how they were inspired to work harder & do just that little bit more because of the culture of success within the team. It’s possible for us all to dig just a little bit deeper when inspired, encouraged and supported correctly. Continue reading “The Power of Team.”

You’ve got to sweat.

I’ve lost count of the number of women and men who I’ve met over the last 18 years working in the health and fitness industry who have stood in front of me and proudly and defiantly told me that: “I don’t sweat”

“Really????”

“No, whatever I do and however hard I work I just don’t sweat.”

Well, very candidly and clearly I’d like to say that that’s rubbish.

I’ve never trained anyone or met anyone who doesn’t sweat when pushed hard enough.

So, on the flipside of this if you ‘never sweat’ I would suggest that you’ve never pushed yourself hard enough to sweat.

Simple. Continue reading “You’ve got to sweat.”

Consistency is King.

I don’t know about you, but I’m in this for the long haul, as in for the rest of my life.

I’m going to stay physically active for as long as I possibly can, hopefully until the day I die.

A mentor of mine, Dr Bob Rakowski says that the goal of a healthy life should be to live a long, active and healthy life and then drop down dead. Dr Bob sites many studies and statistics that show even though people are living longer now than ever they are unfortunately living sicker as well. Look around and I’m sure you will see this to be true. Many people retire and may last for another 20 – 30+ years propped up by a multitude of daily tablets, medications and regular Doctor and hospital appointments.

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(I know this doesn’t sound too positive or uplifting but please bare with me) Continue reading “Consistency is King.”

The best exercises you’re probably not doing.

At gyms all over the world people are pressing, pulling, lifting, squatting, swinging, lunging, running, rowing, cycling, stretching, crunching and curling. People use numerous implements for these including barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, cables, bodyweight, resistance bands and suspension trainers among others.

The one thing that 95% of exercises have in common is that they are performed in one place without much movement or locomotion.IMG_5646

The exercises I want to talk about today are the loaded carry family. There are numerous variations of lifts and carries which can be performed with a variety of implements that are suitable for all levels of trainee. In real life we move (or we certainly should) and in many times throughout life we are called upon to carry external loads with us as we move and walk. Continue reading “The best exercises you’re probably not doing.”

Are You On Good Form?

This blog has been written by Mark Laybourn, Personal Trainer and Pilates Teacher at Unique Results.

Are you on good form?

I’m sure you are. Feeling good? healthy and ready to go and tackle the world?

Your bag is packed, you’re in the car and off to the gym for another great exercise session.

But what happens once you get to the gym and get into your workout? Is it a fitness class, swimming maybe or simply spending your time in the main gym area combining cardio exercises with resistance exercises on machines or with free weights.gym-592899_1920

Now, the majority of us train well, train hard and have a very good understanding of how important good technique is, I’m sure. However, we’ve all been guilty in the past of trying to pick up that heavier  weight or “squeeze” out that extra rep at the detriment of the “form” or technique of the exercise. I know I have. Continue reading “Are You On Good Form?”

Size Does Matter!

This weeks blog has been written by UR’s Admin Manager, Nikki Fischr.

Now I knew that title would catch your attention :)  but I’m not referring to your muscle size, the weights you lift, but your food portion sizes.

Many of us tip up the cereal box on a daily basis and fill our bowl with what we think is the recommended amount, approximately 30g.  But how many of us get it right.   If you are like me then you probably fill your bowl with double this!!

The amount we eat is as important as what we eat, but getting the amount of food right can be difficult. Continue reading “Size Does Matter!”

10 Old School Nutrition Tips for Strength and Health

Over the last few years I have been introduced to an American writer called Brooks Kubik. I first listened to a series of podcasts he recorded for Strength Matters. I then went on to buy and read a number of his books including ‘Dinosaur Training’ ‘Knife, Fork, Muscle’ and ‘Strength, Muscle and Power’. Brooks is an advocate of old school training. Basic principles that stand the test of time and in some cases have been around for hundreds of years.knife_fork_muscle_cover

I recently received one of his regular emails based on nutritional advice from the 1930s & 1940s and thought it was well worth sharing. It’s amazing how the advice is the same as much of what is published today in books and magazines. Many would say that it’s common sense BUT the thing about common sense is that it’s not that common.

I’ll now hand you over to Brooks…… Continue reading “10 Old School Nutrition Tips for Strength and Health”