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Archive for February, 2011

What is Metabolic Typing?

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Hi All,

I have just found this great presentation detailing what metabolic typing is, how it works and its history.

Do you know your metabolic type? If not give us a call today!

TOM

The Wellness Meter

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Hi All,

Here is a great video from EatThinkWelness, it is a great way of thinking of wellness. How do you fit on the wellness meter?

TOM

The Clean Dozen – The foods it is not so important that you buy organic

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Hi All,

Following on from my post a couple of weeks ago regarding The Dirty Dozen – Foods you MUST buy Organic, I have been asked if there is a Dirty Dozen than surely thier must be a Clean Dozen?

Well good question and thier is!  Here they are:-

12 Least Contaminated

  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Corn (Frozen)
  • Pineapples
  • Mango
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet Peas (Frozen)
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Bananas
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Papaya

TOM

Review:Nutrition the Dirt Facts by Paul Chek

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Hi All,

I have just re-watched a series of Youtube videos by the great Paul Chek on nutrition. The lecture that these videos are of is entitled Nutrition:The Dirt Facts. This is one of many lecture videos that are available form the Chek Institute, either via YouTube or on DVD from the institute itself. I strongly advise anyone who has not seen any of Paul’s stuff to have a look, and i am sure that you will be blown away!

The lecture is very different to the general nutrition lecture that you find on You Tube, in that it covers nutrition from the soil up. Which after all is where all our nutrition starts from. Paul Chek spends a great deal of time in this lecture looking at how the make up of our soil has changed and how this has then gone on to impact the quality of the things that we can then grow in it.

It is a very interesting perspective, many of the nutrition based lectures I have heard in the recent past have been focused on the fact that we need to grow better quality crops and make sure that we are eating organic as far as possible. But few of these people have looked at the issue from a base level where we are looking at what we can do to restore the quality of the soil that we use to grow the crops of tomorrow.

Paul then moves on to look at the basis of a good diet, what should we be eating, this is backed up by the thing that Paul does best, uses himself as an example. He explains why we should be making some relatively simple behavior changes that can have a massive impact on our lives and our levels of wellness.

The lecture is split over 10 video clips on you tube and can be found on the Paul Chek Live Channel. I have enclosed the first clip below for you to look at, please do let me know what you think by putting some comments up.

Find the rest of the series at:- PaulChekLive on You Tube

Todd Durkin at Perform Better

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Hi All,

This is why Todd Durkin is considered one of the most inspirational personal trainers in the world!

TOM

What is Total Fitness?

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Hi All,

Fitness is made up of many aspects, a great deal of the time we only consider the physical aspects of the term that we refer to as fitness. But what are all the different areas that we need to be consider fit in to be a health, happy and rounded human being? To look at this we are going to use a concept called Total Fitness.

So what factors make up Total Fitness?

  • Physical
  • Social
  • Mental
  • Emotional
  • Nutrition
  • Spiritual
  • Medical

Lets look at these one by one and examine what each one means:-

Physical – This refers to are you getting the recommended amount of physical activity? Including activities of daily living (such as housework, diy, gardening, etc…) and exercise (more structured activities such as going to the gym).

Social – Are you able to and strive to create and maintain healthy relationships with others in our society?

Mental – Are you aware of your personal thinking patterns and use them to make positive life choices?

Emotional – Are you able to express your emotions at all, are you able to express them clearly?

Nutrition – Do you eat a balanced diet, are you giving your body the fuel it needs?

Spiritual – Are you aware of and using your own belief system to make positive choices in life?

Medical – Are you free from illness?

Have a think about the above, do you really train hard in all the above areas, fitness is not always just about hitting the gym and eating right!  It is not even just about having a personal trainer!

TOM

Jason Anderson: New Years Tips

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Hi Jason,

Welcome back to the Foresight Personal Training Blog!
Great to have you back here.

As we all know January is the number one time of the year that people are looking to get on the road to health and fitness, what are common goals that you see time and time again?

Answer: People want to change!

People see this time of year as an opportunity to change their lives for the better. Out with the old and in with the new!

They often come to personal trainers with goals that are clearly just appearance driven. What people often fail to realise is that weight gain is a result of physical, chemical and emotional imbalance.

And the solution is often a little more complex than just expending more calories than you consume.

Good trainers will educate their clients appropriately. Getting them to focus on an holistic lifestyle solution rather than just fixating on symptoms of poor health.

There is a lot of failure to reach the New year’s resolutions set in January, what do you think is the key factor behind this?

Answer: I can resist anything but temptation!

Motivation and discipline are interesting concepts.

I have always thought that coming from a bodybuilding background I had tremendous discipline, when in fact quite the opposite is true.

I hate doing things that I don’t like… And if there is a chocolate bar in the fridge… It won’t be there for long!

What I realised early on in my career is that we are very self indulgent creatures… And we constantly seek reward, subconsciously weighing up the process against the reward.

Which is why we have such trouble with food… it makes us feel good!
All to do with serotonin and social hierarchy!!!

It is also so easy now to go out and buy a multitude of low process (preparation), high reward (taste) foods.

Accepting weakness is a positive step to creating lifestyle solutions that work. Avoiding situations that are going to get you in trouble is a far more effective solution than trying to feebly resist temptation.

Most people fall by the wayside because they have created an unrealistic solution that cannot be maintained. You will not be able to maintain 4-5 training sessions a week… Whilst being a nutritional monk.

Adopt the 80:20 rule. Incorporating regular treat meals and off days into your program to keep you feeling normal.

This gives you a green light to be ‘naughty’ whilst staying on your plan (Which actually promotes fat loss by boosting the metabolism). So instead of falling by the wayside you have achieved yet another goal!

What do you feel sets apart the clients that achieve and those who fail to achieve their New Year’s Resolutions?

Answer: Enjoyment!

The clients that get the best results are the ones that learn to love the process of training and enjoy what they are eating.

Some clients ask “how long should I stick with this way of eating?” and of course the answer is “for-EVER!”

Adopting lifestyle changes, opposed to short-term changes, is really the only way to ensure that you maintain your fitness gains.

My job is to make the gym sexy! Getting my clients to love their training has to be up there alongside correcting their posture and sorting out their diet.

If my clients actually enjoy coming to the gym…
They will keep on coming… and so will the results.

What can an individual do to improve their chances of achieving their New Year’s Resolutions?

Answer: Maintaining a balance!

Understand your goal and why you want to achieve it..?

At this time of year a lot of people sign up for a challenge of some kind.
The Beast of Bodmin challenge… or some ridiculous name that involves running 10 marathons back to back!!

Personally… I find avoiding any such ‘challenges’ in one’s life the key to keeping balance.

As a species we struggle with the concept of balance.

We can’t just go out for a jog… We have to run a marathon!
Once we’ve done that… We set our sights on a triathlon.

If you want a better chance of reaching your goal…
You will have to understand the ethos behind it.

If you are doing it because you hate your job and want to make yourself feel better… Then think again.. It will not improve these things.

Set your goals with honesty and clarity.
If its health related make sure that it’s for you and you alone. Not because you feel that other people will think better of you.

Once you have found a goal that is really part of you…
You will then need to set yourself a realistic time frame.

If you set yourself a goal that is difficult (if not impossible to achieve) you will fail. If you set a target that you can achieve… Then you will succeed.

E.g. Setting a weight loss of 2lb a week may be achievable in the early stages, but can lead to disappointment later … and subsequently throwing in the towel.

However setting a goal of 1/2 lb per week is going to be achievable for the long term.

Become a tortoise.. and plod your way to success!

How important is it for a person to have a support network when they are working towards their goals?

Answer: Real important – but choose wisely!

Some people feel they are determined enough to do it alone..
Whilst others will need to be spoon fed all of the way.

Some have supportive partners and family.. And some have only resentment waiting for them when they come home from the gym.

Also…
Everyone has friends that try to give you advice about what they feel you should be doing, eating or even achieving..?

Doing it alongside friends can be fun and social… but it can also have its pitfalls!
Different people have different goals and levels of commitment.

As the going gets tough…
People start to fall by the wayside and if your success is dependent on training with another person… It only increases the potential for failure.

This is why it is really important to have expert advice to follow…
And not advice from the office ‘expert’ who lost 20 lbs eating only grapefruits!

I recommend going it alone…
With the help of a good, recommended and more importantly experienced trainer.

A trainer that understands the process..
And is experienced enough to get you through the difficult times.

What can we as personal trainers do to make sure we give our clients the best chance of achieving their New year’s resolutions?

Answer:
Give them the best advice possible!
Keep yourself educated. There has never been so much information available to us as there is now.

If you’re not investing time and money in learning new stuff… then quite frankly… you will very soon get left behind!

Is there ever a magic pill? LOL

I’m afraid not … however…
If you were going to take just one pill then it would have to be D3!
Google it… it has a positive effect on every single disease known to man!!!

What are your top 5 tips to achieving your new year wellbeing goals?

1) Avoid fad anything. If it appears too good to be true… Then it probably is..?

2) Set a realistic time frame – you didn’t get out of shape overnight… So why on earth should that be true of getting in shape!

3) Get regular personal training from an expert! – jogging and outdoor fitness is fun, but it lacks balance. Seek out a good personal trainer who can construct a balanced program that will prevent injury and keep you motivated.

4) Eat organic meat and plenty of brightly coloured vegetables – a lot of people make the mistake of neglecting their diets, opting to cut calories and eat low fat processed foods. It’s really simple… If it comes in a packet… Don’t eat it! Fat loss and fitness is about nourishing the body.. Not depriving it!

5) Rest – the forgotten training principle. With all of this motivation flying around people forget that the body needs to rest in order to recover and regenerate. Overtraining will only lead to weakness, reduced state of mind and possible injury. So always 1-2 days per week of reduced intensity or rest and get 8-9 hours of sleep every night!

Thanks for your time Jason!

Paul Chek on Metabolic Typing

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Hi All,

Here is a short video where Paul Chek talks about metabolic typing.

TOM

The Dirty Dozen – The Foods you Must Buy Organic!

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Hi All,

I have been asked a couple of times recently about if you can’t buy all your fruits and vegitables organic, which are the most important that you do?

Well here are the ones you MUST buy organic!

12 Most Contaminated

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Grapes (Imported)
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes

Tom