How long does it take to get in shape?

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This is the time of year when us in the fitness industry start to see a massive increase in gym memberships and personal training. We’ve had a few weeks of great weather and everyone’s mind suddenly turns to summer and that beach holiday they booked. The question most people ask is how long will it take for me to look like this? To lose (x) amount of weight? 

The answer is complicated and can depend on a number of factors. Many ...

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The best way to get a flat stomach!

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Ok so this isn’t going to be a really quick ab routine that will promise you a 6 pack in 6 weeks.

What I WILL promise though is that if you are slightly overweight and want to lose a bit of belly fat then follow these tips for 6 weeks and you will see an improvement.

 

  1. Do BIG exercises – Squats, lunges, pull ups, dips, deadlifts, overhead presses, etc. Exercises that will get lots of muscles working at the same time. The ...
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Helping to prevent lower back pain

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One of the main complaints I get from office workers is that they experience lower back pain. This is also true of many people who travel a lot or whose job involves spending a large proportion of their day seated slumped over a keyboard. Whilst its not an overnight fix, there are several things you can do to improve the situation.

lower back pain

Causes…
One of the main issues is that spending large ...

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DOMS

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Many of you have experienced this after training….DOMS or Delayed Onset of Muscular Soreness is a sadly unavoidable side effect of hard work in the gym.

The idea of it being caused by lactic acid build up in the muscle has been disproved and the common theory now is that it is due to microscopic tears in the muscle fibre and the inflammation that follows. It can appear anywhere from 24-48 hours after exercise and can last up to several days ...

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Know WHY you want to achieve your goal

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Many of you will have heard this before….SMART goal setting. It is used in everything from business to fitness. And it does make sense, you should have a goal that is:

Specific (know exactly what it is that you want to achieve)
Measurable (how are you going to measure your progress?)
Attainable (It should be within your reach)
Realistic (Work out what is realistic be it muscle growth or weight loss)
Timescale (give yourself a timescale for it to happen, break ...

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Tips for beginners in the gym

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This is my first blog of sorts and I am aiming to offer tips and advice with little bits of my own experiences thrown in. I’m going to try and cover a range of topics from training to nutrition and anything else that comes to mind at the time, any comments/questions are welcome and I’ll do my best to answer!

I understand that starting in the gym for the first time can be daunting experience…we’ve all been there at some point, ...

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