Move Well. Move Often

Having been in the health and fitness industry for nearly 20 years now I’ve seen many trends come and go, and some come and stick around.

Like fashion, everything seems to be cyclical – if you keep something in your wardrobe long enough it will eventually become ‘trendy’ again (or so I hope).

However some things always remain constant and unwavering. These things could be described as ‘the fundamentals’ or ‘the basics’. Those principles that are universal in nature and will endure the test of time. If you were being philosophical you could almost call these things ‘the truth’.

As Dan John says: ‘You lift weights a lot and you get stronger.’ Amazing. Continue reading “Move Well. Move Often”

Exercise When You’re Not Exercising

This weeks blog is written by Mark Laybourn, UR Personal Trainer & Pilates Teacher.

Firstly, a very happy new year to you all. I’m sure, like myself and my family, christmas and new year went past in a blur with the statutory indulgences along the way.

So now it’s time to get back on track and pick up from where most of us left off pre christmas.

So, exercise when you’re not exercising seems like a good starting point. Can it be done? Is it possible? Doesn’t exercise have to be confined to the gym environment?

Well, yes it can be done. It is certainly possible and it most definately doesn’t have to be confined to the gym.

Surely any form of body movement is a form of exercise, right?! But you don’t have to be holding a dumbbell, kettlebell, resistance band or using a piece of exercise equipment to do it. Continue reading “Exercise When You’re Not Exercising”

How to Survive Christmas With Your Waistline Intact.

Well, its ‘that’ time of year again! From mid October nowadays we are steadily subtly & not so subtly fed images, adverts and articles relating to Christmas and what has become known as the ‘festive season’.

I absolutely LOVE Christmas but can also acknowledge that it can be a minefield for those of us who are somewhat conscious of our weight, waistline and physical appearance. If we are not careful Christmas can become an orgy of eating, drinking and partying that can take until March to recover from!

Below are my 4 simple steps that will help you survive Christmas with your waistline intact and still enjoy the most magical time of the year!

Continue reading “How to Survive Christmas With Your Waistline Intact.”

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”