Less Is Sometimes More.

One of my favourite sayings is:

“You can do anything, but you can’t do everything”

I have lived this a lot in the last year with my own training and the need to be selective and purposeful with how I choose to spend my valuable time. It would be brilliant to do a little bit of everything but in reality that leads to being not particularly good at anything.

During a team meeting last week it was raised that we feel a number of our members maybe ‘overdoing it’ with their training recently. This is in relation specifically to the number of classes members are attending per week, sometimes up to 3 or 4 in one day and I feel I have a duty of care to raise this topic to the whole community (and anyone else who happens to be reading).

Many of my posts are about encouraging people to do more, so this a first in asking people to possibly be more selective and do less. Continue reading “Less Is Sometimes More.”

30 Thoughts from Bud Jeffries

Bud Jeffries is a strength coach, author, motivational speaker, minister, business owner and one of only a handful of professional performing strongman on tour in the US. His anti-bullying assembly is one of the most popular in the US, now starting his 4th year on tour and having spoken to over 300,000 students in that time. Bud averages 10 shows per week, every week, during the calendar school year, only having off Thanksgiving and Christmas (winter) break. This is a rigorous schedule that no other performing strongman in the US is currently showing.

In this blog I wanted to share with you some content Bud sent out recently. He’s a pretty unconventional guy and he does all his training outside on his farm in barefoot. He is incredibly intelligent, well read and passionate about spreading the message of health and strength. 1471171236131556897

Below are Bud’s “30 Thoughts on Being an Amazing Person”. Hopefully a few of them may resonate with you and where you currently are on your personal journey: Continue reading “30 Thoughts from Bud Jeffries”

7 Life Lessons from Mauritius (Part 2).

Following on from last weeks post (which has become our most shared and liked Blog of 2016) I am going to finish with the final 3 lessons I will be bringing back from Mauritius with me.

As said previously, things are obviously very different when we return to our ‘normal’ routine but I am going to endeavour to keep up these routines and patterns of behaviour when back at work because I see (and have felt) the huge value in them. As with the previous blog, if any of these points will help you please give them a go or share with friends/family that they may help. Nothing amazing, nothing new, nothing revolutionary just good old fashioned common sense which sometimes slips by the wayside.

Here we go………. Continue reading “7 Life Lessons from Mauritius (Part 2).”

Progression

This weeks blog has been written by Mark Laybourn, UR Personal Trainer and Pilates teacher.

We all like to train well, and we all like to see, and benefit from the results of our training. Mark PullupBut how do you progress to ultimately see the results. This of course comes back to the form, or technique of the exercise (as previously touched upon in my previous blog).

How do we define progression? Do you simply lift a heavier weight each time you step into the gym, add more reps to an exercise each week, run faster or further every time the running shoes are donned!

This of course can be done, by anyone and, will no doubt work for most. But how about taking a step back, to take two steps forward?!!

Continue reading “Progression”

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!”

Well done!

This weeks blog will be short and sweet.

I spend a lot of time every week talking to busy people. People who run businesses, mums who spend their time running around after children (and partners!), people who are working incredibly hard just to stand still (or so it sometimes feels).

I get it. I understand.

I know how it feels to be overwhelmed, overworked, underslept and to struggle to find some balance in life. To find time to spend with loved ones, to bring in money to pay for everything, to try and make sensible eating decisions, to get enough sleep AND to also find time to train as well. Continue reading “Well done!”

Too much variety is a bad thing

‘Variety is the spice of life.’

‘A change is as good as a rest.’

Just two popular quotes I’m sure you will be familiar with.

There is a common belief held by many in the fitness and exercise world that training sessions need to be switched up and changed regularly in order to ‘keep the body guessing’ and therefore force adaptations in the muscles, level of fitness etc

Like most commonly held beliefs, there’s some truth in that and also some misconceptions and the frequency of change or ‘variety’ is also something that’s up for debate.

On one side of the spectrum you have a camp of trainers and trainees who believe that no two workouts should be the same. Keep mixing it up. Different exercises, different loads, different implements, different orders, different speeds, different, different, different……. One of my mentors Mark Reifkind calls this ‘Random acts of variety’. Change for changes sake. Change without thought or design, just the desire for variety. Continue reading “Too much variety is a bad thing”