7 Life Lessons from Mauritius.

I have been very fortunate to spend 3 weeks recently on vacation in Mauritius. It’s the fifth time in my life I’ve managed to get a full 3 week vacation and it’s something that I’m now making an annual goal for me and my family.

There’s something that happens in my mind and body when I’m away for 3 weeks which I believe is called relaxing. It becomes less like a holiday and more like just living somewhere else, but without going to work.

Now, I realise when you’re on holiday you’re living within a bubble. No work (even when you love what you do) frees up a huge amount of time – in my case probably 60+ hours a week and that allows lots of things that aren’t always practical in a normal working week. Nether the less there are certain things that I’ve been doing over these 3 weeks that I am going to endeavour to continue on my return back into ‘normal’ life. Continue reading “7 Life Lessons from Mauritius.”

Love what you do and appearance will follow.

“It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic,                                                      

Of all things physical and metaphysical,                                                                                               

Of all things human and all things super-human,                                                                            

Of all true manifestations of the head,                                                                                                  

Of the heart, of the soul,                                                                                                                        

That the life is recognizable in its expression,                                                                                

That form ever follows function.                                                                                                          

This is the law.”

Author, Louis Sullivan – Great American Architect.

How we look, or how we perceive ourselves to look is aesthetic in nature. Aesthetics is:

“the study of sensory or sensory-emotional values, sometimes called judgments of sentiment and taste.” (Wikipedia, 2009)

Which is to say – it’s subjective. Everyone has different judgments on human appearance, and finding the ideal of human physical beauty is a job best left to artists, not trainers. Each person who embarks on physical training (as opposed to sport training) may have a certain goal or ‘image’ they are striving for initially, that may change over time. Continue reading “Love what you do and appearance will follow.”


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”

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”


“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.”

Journey Happy NOT Destination Happy.

I remember vividly a conversation I had with a female member in her 50s when she first joined Unique Results about 6 months ago. Her husband had already been a member for about a year and loved the training, community and results he had experienced so naturally wanted his wife to be involved with us as well.

‘I’m not a gym person, I don’t enjoy training, I’d much rather be outside BUT I’ll do it because I know it’s good for me BUT I tell you now, I’m not going to like it!’ Continue reading “Journey Happy NOT Destination Happy.”

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”

What You Don’t Know About Willpower

This weeks blog has been put together by Nikki Fischr, Unique Results Administration Manager.

I have always struggled with willpower, to the point that I actually feel I don’t have any!!  For example – I will be sat in a restaurant with the dessert menu in front of me.  I would just have eaten a lovely meal which fulfilled my appetite but I can not bring myself to say NO to the amazing desserts on offer.

So I was very pleased to find the blog below written by Krista Scott-Dixon on the Precision Nutrition website.  I will definitely be changing my mindset around willpower and follow the steps Krista provides.  I hope it helps you too…….

Most people think of willpower as a resource that runs dry… and then you’re just out of luck. But here’s the truth — and a much more hopeful approach.
Continue reading “What You Don’t Know About Willpower”

Can you do these 5 simple things?

In July 2015 we had the great honour of hosting Dan John’s first ever ‘Art of Coaching’ certification in the UK.

For those of you that don’t know, Dan’s kind of a big deal in the world of strength and conditioning and has written many great books. He also travels the world holding courses and seminars to educate fitness professionals and we have hosted him a couple of times at Unique Results over the last few years.

Since last July we have adopted his 1,2,3,4 assessment for many of our Platinum members. This is found in his book ‘Can you go?’ and was also covered in the certification. The assessment is made up of: Continue reading “Can you do these 5 simple things?”

Get in line, stay in line.

One of the major challenges many people have who I meet is being consistent.

We are bombarded daily by conflicting messages from TV, magazines, newspapers, colleagues & family about exercise, health and diet. This can be distracting and sometimes cause us to question our current path.

Have you ever been in a supermarket queue at the checkout and seen another queue nearby appearing to be moving quickly while yours is almost at a standstill?

I’m sure you have.

Like me, you may on occasion have even jumped ship and taken your trolley or basket in the faster moving queue in the hope of getting through quicker. Very often however the faster queue will hit a stumble due to problems at the checkout and the likelihood is that if you had just stayed put and remained patient you would have paid and got through quicker than if you had stayed in your original queue. Continue reading “Get in line, stay in line.”