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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!

Do you want 14 more years of life?

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Hi All,

I was recently reading a piece of research from a leading cancer research charity, Cancer Research UK.

It suggested that you can massively reduce your cancer risk and add 14 happy healthy years to your life by doing four simple things. So I am sure that you are interested in what they are:-

1. Don’t Smoke – No surprises there then?

2. Drink Sensibly – current reccommendations are that you avoid binge drinking and stick to 2-3 units a day for a female and 3-4 units a day for a male.

3. Eat 5-a-day – this is really a minimum, here in the UK we use the 5 a day as a target when we should be looking to have a intake of closer to 9 portions per day! So eat as much as you can.

4. Engage in regular physical activity – as little as 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity 5 tmes per week can have a massive health effect not only in reducing cancer risk but also heart disease risk and type 2 diabetes risk.

All you need to do is avoid toxins, eat well and move! All the things that your body is designed to do.

Until next time,

Tom

Interview with Monica Heiz (MJ Pilates and Wellness)

Monday, September 6th, 2010

TG: Hi Monica, thanks for being interviewed.  Could you start off by telling us a little about your background in the wellbeing industry?

MH: Hi Tom thank you for reaching out to me.  My introduction to the Wellbeing industry began in College. I went to Florida State University in 1988, took a gym class & a Nutrition course and loved the idea of FITNESS & HEALTH. I declared my major; it would be a B.S. in Nutrition & Fitness.  After that semester I began a weight training & cardiovascular program on my own.  I would run or rollerblade outdoors, get on thestairmaster or bike in the gym.  I fell in love with weight training- I could pay all my attention to myself and my strength. I attained my Aerobic Certification, AFAA and soon after that began teaching Hi/Low aerobics, Sculpting and Step classes. Upon Graduation in 1993 I entered the world of Corporate Fitness, working at  big Corporations providing fitness programs, classes and health fairs. In 1999 I was ready to leave the paperwork behind and become a freelance Group Fitness Instructor in NYC, following my passion to teach Fitness. I certified in ACE and NASM personal training.  Over the years I educated myself attending conferences, workshops and trainings in all aspects of Fitness and Nutrition. By 2007 I had completed my STOTT Pilates Training and Wellcoaches Certification.  I wanted a place where I could share my love & passion for Wellbeing, more than “just a diet & exercise plan”.  I opened my Studio MJ Pilates & Wellness in November 2007.

TG: Can you tell us a little about your competition history?

MH: Competitions… I love everything about competing.  My first competition was a Regional Event in California in 2001 for the National Aerobic Championship (ANAC- now Aerobic Gymnastics).  I qualified for my first Nationals that year and again in 2002.  By 2003 I switched coaches, I worked with Roberson Magalhaes.  He is Internationally known as a World Champion Athlete and Choreographer. His ability to create dynamic routines, see me for my strengths and believe in me layed the ground works for me to pay attention to what I needed to do to win.  I am so thankful for all he has done for me. During my 2004 season I had a wonderful opportunity to train on weekends in Washington DC with Roberson & 5 World Aerobic Champions. It brought me to a new level mentally & physically.  In 2005 I trained by myself using all the tools Roberson had cultivated in me over the previous years.  I went on to win the National Aerobic Championship womens class II that year. 2006 I wanted to continue competing more frequently, so I decided I would give Fitness a try.  I loved it!  I loved the discipline of training, focus of planning.  I entered 5 Fitness & Bikini Competitions that year finishing in the top 5 in 4 of them.  2009 I competed in 5 Figure & Bikini competitions, wanting to compete not ready to commit time to a routine as I was focussing on building my business. November of 2009 I called Roberson to create music, and get ready to prepare a Fitness routine- my passion was calling- time to get back on the Fitness Stage.  In March of 2010 I competed in the Arnold Sports & Fitness festival Amateur Fitness finishing 5th.

​​​TG: What are the specific benefits that Pilates has over other group fitness classes?

MH:​What I love about Pilates is that it keeps us in the moment to the fact that everything in the body- muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons etc…is connected and works together. Like an intricate web.  The idea is to balance the web, not to pull to tight in one aspect of the body. I love that Pilates uses so many types of positions-seated, lying prone/supine, kneeling, side lying, rolling and so many types of movements- extension, flexion, lateral flexion, rotation.  The body is meant to move and Pilates encourage that movement!

I love the ability to create movement, strength and correct postural curves in the spine. I work with my clients to improve movement patterns and imbalances in the spine, shoulders & hips.  Pilates pays attention to breathing through in a balloon shape through the back, sides and front of ribs.  This is so valuable for everyone to improve, most people daily have no connection or attention to their breath.

TG: What benefits will the untrained individual experience when starting Pilates?

MH:​​When starting the biggest benefit is the feeling of alive, free and stress free.  You will begin to feel the oblique muscles around the ribs expand, stretch feeling toned. The spine lengthen & stretch decreasing pressure on the lower back (lumbar spine) and neck (cervical spine) The pelvic bones form a bowl shape. Now imagine that bowl filled with water and saran wrap over it.  If you turn the bowl over nothing spills out, the saran wrap is snug.  Create that visual in your pelvis. Your sure to feel stronger, more engaged in your abdominal muscles

TG: What does a day in your life look like?

MH:​​My morning begins about 5:30am- by 6:30am I am training a client or getting a workout in.  (Depends on what type of workout I want to do).

I have classes & clients through the morning. 1:00 I schedule paperwork, emails, general computer work.  3:30 I get another workout in…( I schedule my day like this because I like it, and it works for me)

4:30-9:00 classes and clients.

TG: Many people come to Pilates to overcome back pain, specifically low back pain, how effective is Pilates at addressing this problem?

MH: It’s important to understand what is going on in the lower back (lumbar spine)- with 5 vertebra- are they short, long, where is the curve and what other skeletal/muscular things can you identify.  So Lowerback pain comes in all shapes & sizes, there is no one size fits all solution. Pilates can help educate you on what is happening in your Lumbar spine and choose appropriate exercises, movement and body placement  to move you through a process to re-educate the spine.  With so many muscle attachments on the lumbar spine it’s important to feel your way rather than rush through movements.  You also have to address the spine as a whole not just the lower back/lumbar region- it’s a domino effect.  Pilates is great for looking at the Lower back, it should be done in a small group (no more than 6) or Private instruction.

TG: How important is correct nutrition?

MH: Food is Medicine- Nutrition is everything. Understand that just because it says “organic” doesn’t mean it’s the best choice.  I find some fruit in NYC “organic” from New Zealand.  That’s a long way- how does it really stay fresh? It’s about quality of food, how you feel after eating it and positive, uplifting thoughts and emotions. Look for local Farmers Markets. If you can’t pronounce the name you probably don’t want to eat it.  We are hunters & Gatherers

TG: You have a great studio, can you tell us a little more about what you offer there?

MH:​​Thank you.  I offer small group Pilates classes (maximum of 6 people) on the mat with Props, and Arc Barrel. Clients that take 2 classes per week receive 1 free weekend class.  I do this to give back for their support and commitment to my studio and themselves.  Private Pilates, Personal Training, FlirtyFloorwork- a dance class inspired by Pole dancing.  It includes sexy movements of the spine, hips and body.  Wellness Coaching offers people an opportunity to create new habits in health, stress reduction, nutrition, weight, exercise through weekly sessions and accountability. Nutrition Programming provides a thought out effective Nutrition Program for each individual client. Metagenics NutraceuticalSupplements.    Create the Body You Want is an all inclusive  program offering 2 pilates classes per week, nutrition program, weekly coaching session, exercise program, daily motivational quotes.   I want to share my passion for Fitness & Life with my clients. I want to give them the tools to be healthy and follow their passions.

TG: Tell us a bit about what the future holds for you?​​​

MH:​​I see myself writing in magazines, articles about Wellbeing. I want to reach out to families and children on the value of quality food and movement- it needs to be fun, joyful with laughter & passion.  I’m going to explore some Fitness Modeling.  Of course more Competitions & more education.  I’m fascinated by Tom Myers Anatomy Trains Program.

TG: Thanks for your time Monica, and we wish you all the best for the future!

Thank you, it’s been my pleasure!

Love & Kindness,

To fond out more about Monica, or her Pilates Studio please have a look at her sites!

Interview with Wendy Cole (Function First)

Monday, August 16th, 2010

TG: Hi Wendy, thanks for being interviewed.  Could you start off by telling us a little about your background in the wellbeing industry?

WC: Thanks for inviting me, it is a pleasure to be able to discuss our ever evolving business I am  a late arrival to the actual wellness industry. I have always had an interest in the human body and all of the spectacular things that it can achieve, on many levels. When I was in high school I was very active in sports (1500 m in track and gymnastics) but my first love was  the human mind, and how it communicates with the body. I followed the psychology trail in my advanced education. Although I never completed my formal education, movement and the mind had always facinated me. Perhaps that explains how I wound up at Function First. Realizing the huge impact that motor control has over our every day functions, and how that influences wellness, and of course, pain.

TG: You have worked helping clients overcome injuries, what do you find are the most common problems that people come to you with?

WC: I have in my brief career had the opportunity to work with a variety of challenges. Being that I did study and sit for the ACE Clinical Exercise Test and certification, it opened a whole world of different diseases and dysfunctions within my scope of practice. It has been a real journey of discovery. I have had the ability to help individuals with back pain, knee problems, as well as many shoulder issues. The largest volume of challenged clients seemed to have back issues. As we well know, statistically  a staggering 85% of people will experience low back pain at some point or another.

TG: Low back pain is a commonly occurring problem, what steps to you take to help people overcome back pain?

WC: When it comes to low back pain issues, or ant issues for that matter, I am in full agreement with what we would refer to as Hypothesis Testing. This is where an individual would come in for an appointment and we would discuss various postures that seem to either help, or hinder their situation. We would discuss their activities of daily living, and I would observe the client in a variety of different situations. ( an example would be their seated posture, or maybe even walking.) Am impression is formed form this interview. A health history from is also part of the pool of information that goes toward the consideration of the program to follow. This can also lead to a recommendation to see a more qualified professional. Next, based upon this information. other assessments are used to produce a program specifically for this individual and their very specific needs.

TG: What do you feel are the most common causes of Low Back pain?

WC: The statistics indicate that 85% of back problems are of an “unknown etiology” (McGill) I am of the impression that back pain is more of a “cascade effect”, there is no one thing that  creates tissue breakdown, unless it is a traumatic injury such as in a fall, or something of that nature. Some of the contributing factors that contribute to this “cascade” would be anything ranging from repetitive stresses, to cigarette smoke, to improper diet/hydration, to additional undue stress of any nature, to those extra few pounds around the middle, to overexercising, exercising one side of the body more than the other creating asymmetry, to motor control problem to a completely sedentary lifestyle. These are only a few elements that can contribute to painful conditions of the back. Some of these things are under our conscious control and others are not- none the less the tissue eventually yields and compression is created. I think there is a much bigger picture than a single episode that create pain in the body, it is the result of a much bigger picture.

TG: You have worked with clients with a range of disabilities, how important do you feel it is that we as fitness professionals provide services for special populations?

WC:When I became certified I had sort of an ah-ha moment when I stopped to read the actual certificate. It stated that I was certified to work with “apparently healthy” individuals. Upon completion of the health history form(s) that I have my clients fill out, I promptly discovered I was not really qualified to work with very many people.

We seem to live in a world of relatively unhealthy people. Hypertension, diabetes, back pain, cancers, the list is really endless. Very sad. I felt a huge need   to increase my knowledge, and scope of practice,to serve my clients better. What I don’t know in many aspects could very much hurt someone. My goal is to help people, not hurt them. I don’t think you can know too much when it comes to the human body and function. As a service industry, we need to stay on top of the educational ball, especially with so many challenged clients and potential clients out there.

TG: What would you say are the three most important exercises people should do to improve their ability to live in the modern world?

WC: Everyone is different and has different needs when it comes to programming.  I follow the “for who” and “for what” train of thought when it comes to exercise- inspired by my mentor, Anthony Carey. I rarely ever suggest  an exercise without any form of assessment. However, there are some “basics” that we could improve upon to improve our quality of life. Simple things, like learning proper breathing techniques, that can impact our lives in big ways.

Most of us hyperventilate. One of my clients actually phrased it the best, “we are afraid to breathe.” We are chest breathers, this keeps our sympathetic nervous system engaged. We need to learn to slow our lives down,and our breathing down. Huge benefit can be gained from engaging our parasympathetic nervous system by breathing more slowly and deeply.  This has a global effect on everything from back pain to digestion to sleep disorders, to energy production to an overall feeling of well being. Cortisol, which is related to stress, has been linked to the inability to loose those extra pounds, also.  Proper breathing has more implications than I can even begin to cover here!

Another element of “wellbeing” that I feel is highly overlooked is our ability as humans to get up and move.We do not need permission, or an excuse. Exercise does not only happen in the gym! I like to remind my clients that I am only a small part of their actual world. They need to move more than few hours a week that they see me. If they have a desk job, I like to encourage them to get up and move through out the day. I remind them that I am a small piece of the puzzle. I try to challenge them into other FUN activities that they can do with their family, or dog. ANYTHING! We need to set the bar a little higher for our clients. I like to give “homework, ” depending on the goal/s we are focused upon.

My last suggestion continues with this  more holistic approach. We cannot separate ourselves from our diet. Even though we “workout,” we need to be more aware of the foods we eat, and the quality of the food we use to fuel our bodies, minds and spirits. We need to take the time to pay attention to our needs versus the many “tasty” temptations that are out there. We need to think about the results of the coffee’s , the deserts, the processed foods, the stop for “happy hour” drinks. These ALL impact our quality of being. They too are accumulative. I have worked with diabetics that have lost limbs, and still would not step away from their diet issues. We all have choices,but we have to remember there is always cause, and effect. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts/healthy fats and other whole foods are part of the key to good health, longevity, healing and long life. Genetics also have a huge part of this, of course. But, naturally, it is up to each and every one of us come to a place where we can own our own path to health.

TG: How do you suggest people who are mainly desk based in their working environment train to counter act the impact this has on their overall posture?

WC: I see that a majority of our modern world is desk based. The ideas presented above would be a great base for feeling better. Naturally, a personalized workout/fun program with a qualified personal trainer is the missing key from the above mentioned. I would advise anyone that has isn’t moving and loving it- to find a qualified professional to get them on the road to living a fuller, healthier, more invigorating life. It is important to realize that life is more than just work and home and sitting. We have to get up and participate in our lives,and in our health. We can’t sit on the side lines and wonder why we don’t feel good. We need to seek those who are qualified that want to help bring us to the life we visualize.

TG: What do you feel are the most important traits of a good personal trainer?

WC: To me, one the most important traits of a personal trainer are the ability to focus- really focus. We need to be able to set ourselves aside when we enter into a session. Only the now, and that client exist. We need to focus on that person, and that person alone. We need to use all of our senses to help the person learn things correctly for the right adaptation. We need to focus on hearing what the client has to say and how they “feel” things. To often we walk into a session with a preconceived  notion about we WE expect from the session. We need to hear and see our clients and realize their needs and abilities in order to serve them better, and reach their goals.  We need to turn off our cel phones, cut the chatter and stay in the moment!

TG: Tell us a bit about what the future holds for you?

WC: I feel extremely blessed to be here in San Diego, at Function First with Anthony Carey. I  plan to be here for the next couple of years learning more about human function and corrective exercise. An amazing opportunity. As I mentioned earlier Anthony has been a huge influence in my career to date. I was fortunate enough to have attended his workshops and seminars early in my career.

While I am here, we are hoping to expand the personal training aspect of the facility. We are launching a new program based upon the NEWSTART principals that I focused upon at my facility in Avalon.(More on these principals can be found on my blog www.workoutwithwendy.blogspot.com.) This program is going to start on August 2, 2010. it will be an exciting, inovative 6-week program. It will target individuals that are focused on losing 10-15lbs, already existing exercisers who are bored with their “routines,” and individuals who are experiencing challenges in their ‘diet.” Naturally we will be incorporating full body exercises using the TRX and the Core-Tex, as well as  other modalities. We are calling this series the Workoutwithwendy X-treme, X-Factor Six Week X-erFun Camp! Hopefully some you might come out and join us!!

Next summer we are also hoping to add in some summer fun camps for the youth population.

Thank you so much for including me! All the best to you ,Tom!

TG: Thanks for your time Wendy, and we wish you all the best for the future!


Like Steak?

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Hi All,

Just watched this video by Sean Croxton, like steak? I love it! It will make your mouth water just watching!

Like cooking need healthy ideas? Have a look at Underground Wellness TV!

TOM

Alan Holl Interview (Fitness First)

Monday, March 29th, 2010

This week I had the great pleasure of interviewing Alan Holl.  Alan has an wealth of knowledge within the wellbeing industry and is currently in charge of the personal training product for Fitness First.  We talked to him about the industry and how he feels that  people can make a change in their own lives.

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TG: Hi Alan, thanks for being interviewed.  Could you start off by telling us a little about your background in the wellbeing industry?

AH:  I was originally a Physical Training Instructor in the Royal Navy until leaving and joining Fitness First.  I have been part of the National Fitness Team for 5 years now holding various roles including National Group Fitness.  I now head up Personal Training in the UK for Fitness First and I truly believe we are at a stage where we are leading the UK in our innovation and career opportunities with our Personal Training brand.

TG: What are the top 3 traits of a great personal trainer?

AH:  Personality, Be approachable and Dedication.

TG: What would you look for in a personal trainer?

AH:  That they are a people person…  They need to be able to inspire the clients that they are working with to go on and do things that they could not do alone.  A Personal Trainer needs to be dedicated to their clients and not to their own training and education, the training and education comes because they want to improve their clients chances of reaching their goals…. This sometimes gets overlooked.  There are some great training providers in the UK industry, notably Faster Global and we are starting to rival the US in some of our education, something I love about the UK industry.

TG: What is it that a personal trainer can give a client as opposed to the client working alone?

AH:  Motivation, empathy and that little extra push when times are hard.  When working out alone we all have off days, even I do.  With a trainer you almost become responsible to one another.

TG: In your experience what would you say are the 3 most important ground rules that should be set between clients and trainers?

AH:  Honesty, Integrity and most of all be able to laugh, even in the hard times.

TG: What would you say are your top 3 tips for weight loss?

AH:  Eat sensibly, Focus on your training sessions and rest.  Too many times people cut out all the things they are not supposed to eat and then fail, moderate things.  When you are training, give it your all just for that hour or so in the gym, it will soon be over.  Get to bed at a reasonable time and cut down the stress levels, this will help control your cortisol levels which is a huge reason why people don’t achieve.

TG: If you were the Prime Minister what would you do to get the nation back on the road to health?

AH:  Educate the nation properly.  Don’t just tell them to eat 5 a day, tell them why!!  The whole 5 a day thing is ok but when you are eating 3-5 pieces of fruit high in natural sugar you are sending your insulin levels into freefall so proper education into the reason why you should eat healthier would be better.

TG: How important is it that an individual sets themselves realistic weight loss goals?

AH:  Very.  The big mistake people make is measuring their achievements by weight.  Muscle is almost twice as heavy as fat so when you use weight as a gauge you can get disheartened when you don’t achieve and quit.  It is all about what you look like and how happy you are with yourself.  Pick a jean size and buy yourself some, there is your motivation!!

TG: Tell us a bit about what the future holds for you Alan?

AH:  To continue to support and inspire Personal Trainers to being the best they can be.  To grow the Fitness First Personal Training brand to be the obvious choice for every trainer in the UK.

TG: Thanks for your time Alan, and we wish you all the best for the future!

Have a look at fasterglobal.com!

Underground Wellness TV!

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Hi All,

Just when you thought Sean Croxton of Underground Wellness could not possibly fit any more into his day, he has gone ahead and proved you wrong.  He has just launched the awesome undergroundwellness.tv, a on-line TV channel dedicated to what Sean does best, wellness, nutrition and fitness!

Well worth having a look! It debuts on March 15th!

Here is a clip from one of his shows

Look out for a review of the site in the next few weeks!

TOM