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The Benefits of Coffee?!?

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Hi All,

Just came across this great video by Josh Rubin from East West Healing, he is talking about the difficult subject of how to correctly use caffeine.

So when and why should we drink coffee? Here is Josh’s answer:

TOM

 

Recovery

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Hi All,

Came across this video by Todd Durkin talking about some of the great things you can do to promote recovery!

TOM

A Great Workout!

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Hi All,

Here is another great workout from Underground Wellness!

TOM

Green Smoothie?

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Hi All,

Want a smoothie that is full of goodness? Try a green one!

TOM

If your the Least fit you have double the risk

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Hi All,

Just been looking over a bit of research that states that the least fit segment of the population have twice mortality risk of a person who is a little more active.

Yet another good reason to keep active!

Tom

Time for New Beginnings?

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Hi All,

Do you want to create change in your life?  Do you want to make some changes?

 

Well here is a great motivational video from Todd Durkin at Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego!

TOM

The Dirty Dozen

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Hi All,

Do you know about the dirty dozen? What are the 12 most important foods that you should eat organic.

If you can’t afford to or have the ability to buy all your foods organic, which are the most important ones that you do? Also which are the clean 15, these are the safest 15 foods to eat.

TOM

Want to be a Marine?

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Hi All,

Could you do this?

DO you want to be a marine? Well can you work out like one? Todd Durkin puts a load of Marines in the USA through their paces.

Could you do this?

TOM

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

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!