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Archive for September, 2009

Top 10 Twitter Personal Trainers

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Hi All,


I have been on Twitter a number of months now since a client recommended it to me! Mark has given me some great heads up on internet stuff over the months so check out Mark Attwood, a true internet marketing expert! His internet marketing DVD is a must have (you might even spot me in the crowd)!
So my top ten twitter’s are (in random order):-
1. Me!!

If you Know any other great twitters please do post them up in the comments section!

Top 5 do not’s of Weight Loss

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

We are always hearing of simple lists of the top things you should do if you want to loose weight, well I have decided to reverse that up and put up my Top 5 Things You Should Not Do if You Want to Loose Weight!

This is by no means a comprehensive list, just a couple of points to kick start your weigh loss and get you seeing results!

1. Starve myself in the hope I will loose weight. Cutting your calorie intake down to a very low level will of course make you loose weight, however this is at the expense of your overall health. Your body needs calories to survive and keep all those vital systems that keep us alive running. Avoid extreme low calorie diets or you will literally start starving yourself! From my experience this method of weight control is never lasting and your body just gets better at using the few calories you do take on more effectively, by slowing down your metabolism.

2. Pills and Potions. There are so many pills and potions out there that are claiming to be the magic weight loss pill that will make it so you don’t have to do any work. Just pop one, two, three… A day and you will get the results you want. Well since when have you been able to get anything worth having with little or no work? Most of these pills and potions are based on very shaky science and have not had long term studies done on them! Remember if it seems too good to be true it probably is!

3. Expensive Weight Loss Plan. Most people do not need to be told how to loose weight, they know the difference, even if it only on a basic level between what is good for them and what is not. Most people actually come to a Personal Trainer or Nutritionist for help with avoiding the bad and sticking to the good rather than deciding between the two. Teh exception to this is that people oftern come to me seeking advice on many of the weight loss and deitary plans out there and if they are effective (the subject of a future blog post)! In my opinion unless you have a very specifc dietary need or goal you can make great dietary improvements without paying out vast sums for expensive one size fits all diet plans. These can they be tweeked as needed by the use of a well qualified Personal Trainer or Nutritionist.

4. Aiming for extremly rapid weight loss. Most weight loss plans advocate crazy and unsafe methods that lead to rapid weight loss. These diets oftern have massive wellbeing and health side effects and are not sustainable. The people who make lasting changes put in place systems and habits that are long term, they can keep them up and not get into the dieting cycle. Just remember some weeks will be better than others, but with hard work expect to loose about 2 pounds a week.

5. Ignore the benefits of exercis. Do not ignore the vast benefits of exercise and physical activity. Exercise is a vital accompneyment to dietary changes and achieveing long term weight loss. Make sure you implement a plan that sees you doing a minimum of 3 hours exercise a week and pushing up your daily physical activity levels wherever possible.

Many people do not go about trying to achieve weight loss in the right manner, part of our quick fix society is that we want everything now with little or no work. SAFE weight loss can not be done in this way. It takes work and alot of it! But if you want REULTS then that is what you need to do!

Ian Burbedge Interview

Monday, September 28th, 2009

padbox_logoIan Burbedge is the technical skills behind one of the most realistic and in my opinion most versatile fitness boxing systems on the market.  Pad box uses Ian’s experience as a amateur boxer and couples this with his skill as a personal trainer!


Tom Godwin: May I first of all thank you for giving up time in your busy day to take part in this interview.

TG:  Let’s start from the beginning, what got what is your history in the worlds of fitness and boxing?

IB: I started boxing when I was twelve years old and continued competing until I was in my mid twenties, as a senior at my club we’d sometimes help coaching the juniors, so you could say I’ve been training people since I was 18, I always trained a couple of people after I finished competing, before personal trainers were about ha ha, but having always kept myself fit, I was encouraged by a good friend of mine at the time to take over the circuit class he ran at his gym, so I did a basic Instructors qualification to take the class over, and then moved on to take further qualifications to advance my knowledge not only for my benefit but for that of my clients as well.

I also hold a professional trainers licence and I work with English Light Welterweight Champion Lenny Daws and a couple of other pros as well.

TG: Who have been your major influences in the world of boxing and/or fitness?

IB: My first boxing coach definitely he really looked after us, whereas when I first started boxing there wasn’t many coaches that did, from that it was boxers such as Charlie Magri and Jimmy Flint, who were very good British pros’’ in the early eighties and I used to go and watch them train, which was great for a young amateur, on the world scene I loved Sugar Ray Leonard.

On the fitness side of things I tended to stick with boxing, but there were some good instructors in gyms I used who I often used to bombard with questions, I firmly believe we should never stop wanting to learn, even now Andy Scott (who I run Padbox with) often discuss and try out new and different training methods, we’re never going to re-invent the wheel, but as coaches we all must keep evolving.

TG: Boxing is having a bit of a surge in popularity with a lot of schools adding boxing to their curriculum.  How important do you feel that it is that boxing is supported at a grass roots level?

IB: Vital, it’s where the next generation is going to come from, I believe with school children, teach them non contact boxing and give them the option to see whether they like it or not, if they do, then they’ve got a basic knowledge to take to a club, I think clubs are getting better at looking after all the boxers they have, it can still improve because quite often only potential winners are looked after, I’ve seen boys who weren’t good at the start of their boxing blossom and become quite good, and they could be lost to the sport if they’re not encouraged, everyone who climbs in the ring even for sparring is very brave and deserves to be looked after.

TG: What are the benefits of Pad Box training for the average personal training client?

IB: Because we’ve tried to make it as realistic as possible, without anyone being hit, I think it gives people that have never boxed before an idea of what boxing’s all about, and for those that have boxed they can get a good workout without the full on training demands they had to have previously.

Then looking at it from a fitness point of view it’s the cv and muscle toning that most clients are after.

TG: Your Pad Box courses are hugely successful here in the UK, tell us a bit about your motivation to launch the course?

IB: It started by seeing fitness instructors in gyms and parks, holding pads miles apart and just getting their clients to smash pads without any real knowledge of what they’re doing, then the client says “I’m doing boxing” where my point was “ no you’re not you’re just smashing pads”, I used to do a workshop every now an again for a good friend of mine who runs a personal training company teaching padwork, and she challenged and encouraged me to develop the course, and with the help of Andy we did just that.

TG: What do you feel sets you apart from the other boxing courses available to personal trainers?

IB: It’s realistic, the methods we teach are all “proper” boxing punches and moves, we get through a lot on the course which is all practical, but it’s taught in a relaxed atmosphere, because feel that if people are paying for a course they should get a lot from it and enjoy it as well.

The other thing is I vowed if ever I did a course I would look after the people who come to do it, like many others out there I’ve done many many courses and once I’ve paid my money that’s me done, with Padbox our first retake if needed is free of charge, people who have passed the course can come back and practice with us on a course again free of charge, and we’re only at the end of a phone or email for advice if needed.

In the new year we’re hoping to set up various workshops and refreshers for all of our coaches.

TG: You have just developed a Level 2 course, tell us a bit about what this covers and when will you be launching it?

IB: We’ve developed six more reactionary moves to add to the four on the Level 1 course, so the Level 2 qualified coaches will be able to take rounds of boxing just by holding the pads and not having to give any instruction at all, so the client becomes a boxer having to react to the coaches pads as they are now a “live” opponent, which will be as realistic as you can get without being hit.

The first course is in September this year.

TG: So what is the best bit about your job as the Course Director for Pad Box?

IB: It sounds really corny but it’s been meeting so many  people, I’ve made some really good friends out of it, and I really enjoy doing the courses, especially after getting all the paperwork done, we’ve got a good friendly team and we enjoy the courses and without coming across arrogant I think that comes over to our students, because as I said earlier we want them to enjoy the course as well as learning about boxing.

TG: What plans do you have for the future of Pad Box?

IB: There’s a Level 3 in the future definitely, Although we’ve had people travel from all over the UK to us at the World famous Peacock Gymnasium,  We’d like to get around the country a bit more, although we’ve done private courses in many areas our first “away” open course is in Manchester in October this year which we’re really looking forward to.

So a few more around the country would be really good to do, there’s also a possibility of doing courses in Spain which would be very nice indeed, but we want to keep Padbox moving forward which means not only the courses but also the work we do in schools.

TG: Ian, thanks for giving up time in your day to talk to us, it has been a pleasure.  Good luck with Level 2

Thanks very much Tom, it’s been a pleasure, and please accept my apologies if I’ve waffled on too much, all the very best on behalf of myself and the team.

Read my Review of the Pad Box course.

I strongly recommend the Padbox course to any personal trainers out there, have a look at our review of Level One here.  A review of Level Two will be posted in the near future.  Fore more information on PADBOX click here.

Fat Burning Exercises Video

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Here is another great video from Sean Croxton of Underground Wellness, and Fitness Quest 10! This one is all about shifting some of those stubbern pounds using the best fat burning exercise to promote weight loss.

So if you want to burn fat, shift fat, drop fat, however you phrase it look at this video.


Pre Natal Specialist

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Over the last few months some of the training team have been working hard and studying all there is to know about pre-natal fitness, exercise during pregnancy, and how being pregnant and exercising go well togather. This has been facilitated by the following the NASM Pre-Natal Specialist course.

Using a Personal Trainer during your pregnancy has a number of very important benefits, these include:-

  • women who are active during pregnancy tend to have a more comfortable labour.
  • Women who exercise during pregnancy tend to need less medical interventions and have a shorter labour.
  • Women who exercise in the 1st and 2nd trimester tend to have a easier 3rd trimester than those who don’t.
  • Women who exercise throughout pregnancy tend to recover and resume usual exercise levels post pregnancy.

Pregnant females can exercise with a few modifications throughout their pregnancy. When working under a Foresight Pregnancy Specialist you will be in the very best hands during your pregnancy. Foresight Pregnancy Specialist are also trained in post natal exercise, where they can help you to recover from the child birth experience and are specialists in the rebuilding of the abdominal wall.

If you are pregnant and woul like to know how one of our specialist personal trainers can help you, or to arrange a FREE consultation,call now on 0161 610 0354. Or fill in the form below for a call back!

Padbox Review

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Some of the personal training team here at Foresight have recently done the Padbox Course.  Boxing classes designed for fitness are now becoming very popular, with a wide range fo people.  If you use it as a stress reliver, a good bit of exercise or even to learn how to look after yourself a bit.  STytems like PAdbox, Boxercise and OutBox are on the rise, all are great but by far the best oen i have seen so far has been Pad Box!

The course was designed by Ian Burbedge, an ex armature boxer and Andrew Scott, a sports scientist. The course offers personal trainers the chance to learn actual boxing skills and apply them to a fitness setting. The course covered areas of footwork, technique, combinations, pad work, show boxing and much more.

My experience in martial arts set me up with what I thought was the basics of how to use focus mitts, but the pad box course gave me a great deal more skills. The trainer were great, very supportive and encouraging. Above all they seemed to understand that we were not looking to become pro boxers and was looking at the skills from a fitness perspective, but gave us a great deal of information in a very short period of time. Well done!

The course as a whole was one of the best practical based courses i have done, and many of my clients should enjoy the new combos, and skills that the course has enabled me to pass on to them. Myself and the rest of the Foresight team who have done the course really rate it and can’t wait for further modules to be added to this initial offering.

Cheers for some great training!


PS.  Look out for our interview next week with Pad Box creator Ian Burbedge!

Top 10 You Tube Personal Trainers

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009
Hi All,
As many of you know I am an avid user of You Tube, I use it for all sorts from looking up the latest health, wellbeing and fitness news to finding a good leg exercise.   I love the way you can find so many great people out there posting some amazing video’s.
As always with the Internet you have to be careful about duff info, but to be honest I have found that there are a great deal of very knowledgeable people posting to You Tube. So I thought I would share with you all my top 10 You Tube Channels that I regularly view.
If you liked any of the above channels why not subscribe?  Then You will get regular updates!
Look out for the Foresight Personal Training Manchester You Tube videos launching in January!

Brandon Krieger Interview

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Brandon Krieger is a Chek practitioner trained by the Chek Institute working out of Toronto, where he founded KNSS consulting.  His inspiration to found KNSS was driven from his own experiences with back pain, which lead him to seek out and research methods to reduce his pain.  The Chek approach worked for him, I will let him tell you the rest!


Tom Godwin: May I first of all thank you for giving up time in your busy day to take part in this interview.

BK: Thanks a lot for having me. I really appreciate it.

TG:  Let’s start from the beginning, what got you started in the Personal Training Industry and wellbeing in general?

BK: I first became interested in health after a back injury that I couldn’t heal from and was suppose to have surgery for. I learned through working with some great practitioners, and from applying Paul Chek’s principals, that I didn’t have to live with pain. In fact, I was able to heal my back within 3 months even though I didn’t have the surgery I was told I would need. That’s when I started on my journey, studying and learning more, to the point I’m at now where I work with clients internationally to help them overcome their health challenges.

TG: You have currently embarked on a brave personal challenge, of loosing 22lb in 33 days.  Tell us a bit about your reasons and motivations.

BK: Over the past 2 years, I’ve been so focused on studying and learning as much as I can, meanwhile only applying the skills I learned to heal my back and not the all-around health principals I know. I started to get heavier because I was sitting in my home office either working and/or studying for 8+ hours per day. I was getting ready for my HLC 2 course and finished all the prerequisites when it hit me that I wasn’t practicing what I was preaching – so I decided enough is enough. I knew I was overweight and needed to lose it for a few reasons: firstly for my health, but also to reduce the stress on my lower back and, last but not least, to show my clients that I, too, use the principals I’ve learned myself every day.

TG:  What first attracted you to studying with the Chek Institute?

BK: I was at the CanFit Pro Conference in Toronto when I first heard Paul Chek speak and thought, “Wow, he completely lost me in the first 15 min.” But by the end, he brought everything together and it all made sense. That’s when I had an epiphany and felt drawn to know more. Being an IT guy (a.k.a. computer nerd), I did a lot of research on Paul Chek, his courses and what other people were saying. So many were writing about how he helped them and I was starting to find the same with his trained practitioners. That was enough for me; I started taking his courses shortly thereafter.

TG:  What do you feel the major differences between a Chek Practitioner and a fitness professional who has trained with another education provider?

BK: This is no slight on any other professional – there are some really great fitness professionals out there – but I find that so many mainstream trainers have cookie-cutter approaches to training, having their clients for injury, sickness and even disease train by overworking, caloric-restrictive diets, etc. In my observation, Chek-trained practitioners take a more detailed history of the person. For example, before I will start working with any client they have to complete a Lifestyle questionnaire, Metabolic Typing questionnaire, Food Sensitivity test and a fitness assessment.  Like Paul Chek says, if you’re not assessing, you’re guessing.  Each person is individual and has unique lifestyle, stress, nutrition, digestion, sleep habit(s) and spiritual factors that need to be considered prior to designing an action plan for them. I find this is a better way to help clients achieve their goals, be it to lose weight/build muscle or overcome a Personal, Professional and Spiritual challenge. A Chek practitioner’s clients leave their sessions with an education that they can use for the rest of their lives.

TG:  What would you say are the best aspects of being a personal trainer and being involved in the wellbeing industry?

BK: That’s a great question.  For me, so far being a practitioner has blown my mind. I started with the CanFit Pro Nutrition/Wellness Specialist course, which I thought I was just going to lead me to help people with the Ontario Canada Food Guide and how to use it. But I’ve since had the opportunity to help people with diseases, addictions, relationship issues, building action plans to help them achieve their personal and professional goals, and so much more. It’s absolutely gratifying to know I can help so many people to change their lives for the better. To see people’s lives change just because I was able to sit with them for a short period of time, to hear their story and know I can help them to actually see their goals being realized, that’s the best part for me.

TG:  Who have been your major influences within the industry?

BK: The people who have been most influential to me are:

–          My girlfriend, Carolyn Zepf (, who was the one to initially help me heal my back and got me on my current path.

–          Paul Chek (, who is my Guru I will always turn to for advice and am constantly learning from.

–          A good friend of mine, Sean Croxton, has motivated me to learn marketing and keeps challenging me to better myself.

–          Josh Rubin ( has been a great help and has always been willing to answer any questions I’ve had.

–          Mark Stone from North Shore Smart Bodies in Chicago.

TG:  What would you say is the most important attribute of a personal trainer and why?

BK: In my opinion, the number one attribute of a good personal trainer is looking at your client as an individual. The practice is often too standardized…if a person is overweight, have them do lots of cardio and calorie-restrictive diets; if they want to build muscle, put them a bench press; and so on. Each person is unique, with mental, emotional and lifestyle factors that need to be addressed in each session. The process will be revised and modified along the way, depending on how the client is doing.  A good personal trainer will determine whether to keep progressing with the workout program or, if the client is having increased stress, modify accordingly with decreased reps, sets, tempo, etc.

TG:  Tell us a little bit about KNSS consulting and your initial reasons for establishing it.

BK: It’s a funny story, actually.  Initially, I was an IT Consultant and my company was called KNSS Computer Consulting Group Inc. (the KNSS stood for “Knowledge of Networks and Systems Solutions”), which did tech work for a few large organizations.  After my back issues and subsequent recovery, my eyes opened to a new way of life. I became driven to learn about how to eat properly and why I wasn’t healing.  I learned principles from Paul Chek which increased my knowledge to a whole new level. Hearing time and time again of people struggles with their health, difficulties of medication and unnecessarily living with pain, my professional ambition took a drastic shift. I decided to use my new knowledge to help others, who may not be getting proper direction in the allopathic approach, to find the answers and solutions they seek.

I still operate KNSS, but it now stands for “Knowledge of Nutrition, Stress reduction and Successful lifestyle solutions”.  I have clients worldwide that I’m able to help by answering their questions and getting them back to homeostasis (balance health).

TG:  What has been your most rewarding moment in the field of health and wellbeing?

BK: Hmm…there’s been a few. Professionally, I’ve been working with a client who has Level 3 Adrenaline Fatigue and has been struggling with it for a while. They’ve been going to various doctors and practitioners for almost a year now, trying to find a clinical solution.  Working with me for just a few months, I was able to help them overcome some personal blocking factors and emotional challenges which, in my opinion, were big factors in developing (and sustaining) the condition.

On the personal side, it would have to be the time I did my first talk and invited my Grandmother, who raised me since I was 2 years old.  We went through some challenging times together; she acted as a single mother to me, trying to make ends meet and providing for me in any way she could. The emotional factor wasn’t very pronounced, however, which contributed to my being more unemotional in life and relationships up until several years ago. (I tell you this as a bit of history to convey why this is such a rewarding personal moment) So, fast forward to my first talk: I was nervous talking about nutrition and going against people’s mainstream ideas on the subject. I did my bit, answered questions and felt the talk went really well. Afterwards my Grandmother came to me to say how proud she was. That was a shock because I never expected it from her.  That has been the most rewarding experience for me to date.

TG:  If you could only give someone one change to make to make a start improving their levels of wellbeing what would it be?

BK: Good question. I find most people need to change multiple lifestyle factors.  But if I could give only one, it would be to start eating right for their metabolic type using whole organic foods. It contributes to so many other facets of life.

TG:  So what does the future hold for Brandon Krieger and KNSS?

BK: Starting in September, I’ll be taking 2 courses: HLC (Holistic Lifestyle Coach) Level 2, as well as an Energy Healing course.

Within the next year, I will complete my HLC 3, CHEK Practitioner Level One, and two more Energy Healing courses.  Then, I’ll take my time and work towards achieving CHEK Practitioner Level 4.  The more skills I learn, the more people I can help to meet their health challenges and achieve their goals.

I want KNSS to be known internationally. In the short time I’ve been doing the Holistic Lifestyle Coaching, I’ve met so many great people all around the world. I’d like to keep that momentum going and make KNSS a solution for all people, no matter where they are in the world (via seminars, webinars, courses and videos). I want to work on building friendships with other practitioners and businesses worldwide.  It’s always been a dream of mine to develop KNSS and myself to where I’m travelling and/or meeting people like yourself all around the world and helping them with their personal, professional and spiritual challenges.

Keep an eye on my website , Twitter and Youtube Channel

TG:  Brandon thanks so much for sharing with us!

BK: It’s been my pleasure, Tom.

Medicine Ball Video

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Found these two great medicine ball videos from Fitness Quest 10, well worth a look. If you need some inspiration in terms of medicine ball exercises, then these are the videos for you!

A great medicine ball workout.

How to prevent shoulder injury, some great functional rotator cuff exercises.


Paul Chek: The Dirt Facts

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Hi all,

I would like to share with you some footage of a lecture by a very well respected individual, Paul Chek of the Chek Institute. Paul is a US based specialist in health, high performance and corrective exercise. He is constantly researching and developing his knowledge, which has allowed him through his industry training programs to help in the development of high caliber personal trainers across the world. Look out for a review of Paul’s new book, How to Eat Move and Be Healthy over the coming weeks.

The videos that I would like to share with you are all about nutrition, i have posted up the first three parts, if you would like to see the rest have a look at Paul’s Youtube Channel (link at end of this post). These really are the Paul Chek Diet!

To see the rest click here. Or to find out more about some great of Paul Chek’s awaome courses, books and DVD’s click here.