This blog has been written by Mark Laybourn, Personal Trainer here at Unique Results.
We all know movement is important when we are kids but what changes as we age? How should we treat exercise as we age and does that ever change no matter how old you are? Is it really just a number?
From birth we start to move. We start to strengthen our muscles from the head down, looking around, taking in our surroundings, absorbing information from all around, both mentally and physically. Just fell over? “Oh, that hurt, won’t do that again” learn and move on. Continue reading “Is Age Only A Number”
1stAugust 2019 marks 12 years in business for Unique Results (Chelmsford’s longest established independent training studio/gym).
In that time we’ve seen a lot of changes within the health and fitness industry and also within our town (now City) of Chelmsford. The landscape has changed, the population has increased, the choice of places for people to exercise and train has increased substantially and at the same time so (it would seem) has confusion around what is the best way to train, eat and live to lead a healthy, strong, energetic and vibrant life (and even if there is one ‘best’ way?). Continue reading “Unique Results – 12 years on (and what that means for you).”
This thing that we do (or thing you may be thinking about starting) – ‘going to the gym or fitness studio’ is given a casual name by many – ‘working out’.
The approximate 87% of the UK population who are not a member of a gym/health club/fitness studio have a view of the type of exercise that goes on in these places as getting hot, sweaty, red faced, tired and sore – maybe that’s what puts them off as it certainly doesn’t sound very appealing.
In November 2018 I attended the Strongfirst SFL course (which is a 3 day Barbell Certification). At one stage over the 3 days the Master Instructor who was leading the Certification (Fabio Zonin) sat down and gave an important talk – some of which is inspiration for this article.
What follows are lessons I have learned from over 20 years in the health and fitness industry working with everyday people (and on myself) In the last decade I have worked overwhelmingly with everyday people over 40. When you’re in your teens & 20s you’re pretty much bullet proof. Life hasn’t taken a toll. You most likely still live with parents, don’t have children to look after or a career or business to dedicate a healthy (or unhealthy) chunk on your life to.
The following 5 Categories of gym session are targeted towards men & women over 40 specifically, although those in their 20s and 30s would do well to get ahead of the curve and adopt some of these practices early. Continue reading “Why ‘WORKING OUT’ isn’t enough when you’re over 40.”
Do you wake up in the morning with muscles feeling tight from the previous days activities, or during the day when performing a task, do you feel your movement is restricted and lacks range?
If this is you then you should consider introducing stretching into your daily routine and if you partake in any type of fitness regime / programme then you should definitely ensure you stretch well before and after exercising. Continue reading “Do You Stretch Everyday?”
Here at Unique Results, we are excited to be hosting two events in October – the Tactical Strength Challenge and the UR Strength Challenge, the latter being our in-house event for members needing a stepping stone to TSC.
The introduction of these challenges has prompted some of our female clients to add strength training to their programs – and they’re loving it! However, many women are still apprehensive about lifting heavy for fear of becoming ‘too bulky’. Continue reading “Strong Women”
On 28th October 2017 Unique Results will be one of 120 locations worldwide hosting the Strongfirst Tactical Strength Challenge (or TSC).
We will be encouraging a number of our own members to register as well as welcoming others from surrounding areas who can sign up to complete the challenge at our venue. The event will take place from 2pm onwards when the studio will be finished with our regular classes and sessions. Afterwards, we are planning on a couple of drinks and some food in a local pub/restaurant TBC.
Registration is $30 and includes a FREE TSC T-shirt when registering before 15th August.
The Tactical Strength Challenge (TSC) is a strength challenge consisting of three events: a three-attempt powerlifting deadlift (for a 1RM), one set of pull-ups for max reps (or a flexed arm hang for certain categories), and kettlebell snatches for max reps in a 5:00 time period (weights vary depending on category entered). Continue reading “StrongFirst Tactical Strength Challenge”
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”
Some of our regular Kettlebell class attendees have heard me talk for a while about the 10,000 Swing Challenge. The 10k Challenge (to save me keep typing the whole thing) was originally designed, tested and written about by Dan John in his book ‘Never Let Go’ and in a T-Nation blog of the same name.
This post is specifically about the challenge and how we will implement it at Unique Results for our members. This is something that will require some individual training time and will not be possible to complete solely in our set class timetable. This will therefore demand a degree of commitment and should not be approached lightly. It is however something that I believe the majority of our regular class members would be capable of achieving (but it would most certainly be a challenge – hence the name).
Below, I have lifted certain sections from the original blog and also clearly stated where I would modify the structure to be most appropriate for our clientele as I know your abilities, level of conditioning and strength and also what is most ‘reasonable’ for you. The modifications I will make are also what I will be following as I will doing this challenge alongside you as well. Continue reading “The UR 10,000 Swing Challenge.”
This weeks blog is written by Mark Laybourn, Pilates teacher, Sports massage therapist and member of the Unique Results training team.
I thought I’d pen some words about a recent, and probably by now, well known experience.
As you may know, I was fortunate enough to be placed on a recent Kettlebell Certification Course held here at Unique Results. A course taught by Mark & Tracy Reifkind from the USA. Both extremely knowledgable, professional and passionate about Kettlebell training.
Now, the outcome sadly didn’t go quite according to plan. I won’t bore you with the details as many of you already know them.
As I walked out of the course (and I’ll be brutally honest, I did exactly that. I walked out) my immediate reaction was “I’ve failed in a big way”, “I’ve let people down who put their trust in me” I didn’t want to be there, it wasn’t going well and all I could think of was watching my son play football. I spent the remainder of the weekend doing just that, be it right or wrong. Continue reading “Failure, Experience & Progression. A Lesson Learnt.”
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.
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”