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Archive for December, 2009

Improve your Vertical Jump

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

Hi All,

A great video for all those who play sports that involve any kind of vertical juming.  Todd Durkin shows you how to improve the hight of your jump.


Happy Christmas from Personal Trainer Manchester

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Hi All,

Just a quick one to wiah you all out there a very Happy Christmas!  Hope you are all having a great day and make good use of that 20%.

Tom and The Foresight Team!

Don’t let Christmas Parties Spoil your Weight Loss!

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Hi All,

With Christmas just round the corner it is very easy to start eating the rubbish and letting your exercise levels slip. How do you avoid backtracking on the results that you have worked so hard to get.  Well Sean Croxton has just put out an awesome video that covers that exact topic.

Here is a video from Underground Wellness on the subject:-

Book NOW for the New Year, and save!

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Hi All,

We have launched our New Year, New You program for 2010, this is an exciting year for all involved as it is an entirely new package.  If you want results, risk free (covered by our money back guarantee), then this is the program for you. 

Please find enclosed below a outline of the course, for more information please do contact us.  Don’t delay, if you book before the 1st January 2010 you receive a 10% discount! 

 This package fills up fast and we only offer 30 places so don’t delay and call us today for more information!

Do you want to loose that post Christmas weight? Do you want noticeable results fast? Do you want to work with an experienced weight loss personal trainer, who focuses all their attention on yo0ur needs and getting you to your goals? Do you want a New You?

Well this package is for you, it is designed to kick start your weight loss using methods that will get the fat off and most importantly keep it off.  This course lasts twelve intensive weeks and is not for the faint hearted, it takes work, commitment and dedication, but best of all gives you RESULTS!  We GURENTEE it!

You will be working with one of our experienced and seriously motivating Weight Loss Specialist Personal Trainers, who will work on the four fundamentals of weight loss with you.  These are Exercise, Diet, Lifestyle and Mental Attitude!

So what does this package include?

Your initial consultation and a nutritional advice session, that will help you to focus in on the importance of diet in terms of weight loss and a healthy lifestyle.  This session aims to educate you so you can make better dietary choices.

After you initial consultation you will have 2 personal training sessions a week for 12 weeks.  These sessions will follow an individual program, specifically designed for you by your weight loss specialist personal Trainer.  This program will ensure that you are fully challenged and receive the best possible results over the twelve week program. 

The course itself is a high intensity kick start to your training! Want to know a bit more about how we work before you commit?  Then why not take advantage of our no commitment, FREE taster session?

The New Year, New You package is a 12 week program and includes the following:-

 –          A FREE initial consultation, goal setting and taster session (No commitment to book)

–          Nutritional Advice Session (1 ½ hours, RRP£50)

–          7 Days to a healthier you e-mail action steps to kick start your new healthier life (a daily e-mail with action points for that day allowing you to make lasting changes)

–          Regular motivational/informative e-mails.

–          The Foresight New Year, New You Success Strategy (e-book, RRP £9.99)

–          24 x 1 hour Personal Training Sessions with one of our Weight Loss Specialist Personal Trainers (2 sessions per week for 12 weeks).

–          Access to our daily motivational Twitters from our client ONLY Twitter account.

This package is part of our RESULTS GUARENTEED promise, so if you do not loose weight over the 12 week period and you have stuck to your end of the barging by attending all sessions and taking on board what we tell you, we give you ALL your money back!

Investment of only £650 (if all elements were paid for separately it would cost you £799).

Book before 1st January 2010 and pay only £585 (as about our monthly instalment plans). 

Only 30 places available on this course so don’t delay, call us today and book in for your FREE Taster session.

This package is NOT advertised on our website, so for more details call the office on 0161 614 0133 or drop us an e-mail at

The Importance of Water

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Hi All,

Here is a video I found on You Tube from Wellness Mafia.  They are always great videos and well worth a watch, this one focuses on the importance of staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water.


Dangers of Yo-Yo Dieting

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Hi All,

Here is another great video from Sean Croxton of Underground Wellness. This video look at the dangers of Yo-yo dieting and the stress that it causes to your body!



How to make it through Christmas Holistically

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Christmas is only a few weeks away, parties are coming up and Christmas shopping is going to get more hectic as the big day approaches. With the Christmas season comes drinking, eating fun foods (Deserts, lots of food, drinking…etc), spending time with family and friends. This season causes people to develop short tempers, impatience, frustration…etc. I am sure we have all seen or know someone that gets affected in one of these ways around this time of the year.

Here are some tips to help enjoy this Christmas and not become a scrooge this season

1)      We all have great parties to go to with a smorgasbord of food and deserts. Make sure you eat properly over Christmas. Balance out your meals with good quality carbohydrates, proteins and fats (Certified Organic is highly recommended). Have a good meal before deserts being more generous with the proteins before you start drinking and/or eating a lot of deserts.  This will help balance out your insulin levels (Sugar levels) which will help stabilize your hormones, energy and moods. My rule of thumb is try to eat as best as possible 80% of the time and throw caution to the wind 20% of the time. Which means 80% of the time eat certified organic whole foods in balance with your bodies unique needs (Metabolic Typing) and 20% of the time go out party, drink, eat the fun foods you enjoy.  For Example Monday to Friday is the 80% Saturday and Sunday 20%.

2)      Try to exercise 20min to 30min per day even if this means going for a walk in the snow. We all need to keep the metabolism going as well de-stress from some not so jolly Christmas partiers.

3)      Rest as much as you can, we need to recharge our batteries when we have a chance.  I recommended that you go to bed around 10:30pm when possible and if you’ve had a great night of partying. Take it slow the next day. As we get worn down we have less tolerance to deal with people and our immune system gets weakens which can lead to colds and flues this time of the year.

4)      Try to complete your Christmas shopping at least 2 weeks ahead of Christmas before you get into the Christmas rush.  Where lots of people rushing around, frustrated trying to finish their shopping last minute…etc. These people have less patience and shorter tempers closer to Christmas. No point going into a lion’s den if you don’t need to

5)      We all have different types of friends and families that we love in their own special way. Make sure you plan out your Christmas visiting that you enjoy it. If you can only spend 30min with someone over Christmas do yourself a favor and only schedule 30min. This way you leave happy and can enjoy your Christmas visiting.

6)      When you eat all the good food around and sweets to follow this can rob the body of water.  The Solution to pollution is dilution. To prevent this dehydration drink lots of good quality water (Evan, Fuji) ½ your body weight in ounces per day to keep hydrated through the seasons.  For example 150lbs person is equal to approximately 3 liters of water.

7)      Last but not least have FUN with family, friends and have a Happy Holiday!!!

Season Greetings,

Brandon Krieger H.L.C 2, C.M.T.A


Josh Rubin Interview

Monday, December 7th, 2009


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 you started in the Personal Training Industry and wellbeing in general?

JR: It is pretty simple, I got my OTR/L degree and was practicing in hospitals for many years. I saw a lot of people, but most never got better. Insurance companies dicated what we could and could not do and we could not do more, lets say that! So I started to personal train on the side and really started to fall in love with it. I did NSCA, NASM, etc but really found myself looking for more. It was good stuff and is, but I needed more mental stimulation. Then around that time, a good friend of mine named Jason Waiton introduced me to Paul Chek’s information, etc and that was the beginning of the itch I could never scratch! I first watched Scientific Back Conditioning and was blown away with the depth of information and the comrehensiveness of it all. I was hooked!

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

JR: Plain and simple…I loved how confident Paul was and that he only had a 9th grade educating. I had a degree so I felt I could match up to that…at some point! As well, I looked into other institutes, but no one had as comprehensive approach as theirs…..looking not only at the physical, but also at the nutritional and lifestyle. Most, actually all other organizations…..such as NASM, NSCA, MAT, etc do not go into the Holistic Approach, which means Whole Person.

I know some people think Paul is a cocky asshole, but that is one way to look at it…he is just confident because he walks the walk and talks the talk. When you meet him and understand what he has done and what he knows, you understand that it is just confidence, not cockiness.

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

JR: Well, that is a judgement call as there are some who are very educated and good at what they do. But I would have to say the main difference is that every CHEK practitioner practices what he/she preaches….they live it 100% of the time as you cannot give what you don’t have. Some say we are cocky, but I saw we are confident, gleaming and vital expressions of health. Typically what you judge you are expressing hidden personal needs.

If you go to any conference, seminar, etc and there are 300 people there, you will be able to pick the CHEK Practitioners out without them even saying anything. I know that is a big statement, but it is true. I speak all over the world for them and some of the most put together, healthy, vital, compassionate, and confident people I see our CHEK Practitioners. Another main point is that most, not all in the industry talk talk talk, but they never back up what they say or even understand the true meaning behind what they say. Everyone talks movement, which is great, but we understand anatomy, how the body works mechanically, chemically, neurologically and hormonally.

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

JR: Educating others and teaching people how to help themselves! I do it every day, but as well, I am able to learn from people all over the world every day. What is better the University of Life!

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

1. Paul Chek and the entire CHEK Institute. This was a major and has been a major influence on who I am today.

2. Dr. Timmins and BioHealth Diagnostics. This is what got me started in Functional Medicine 6yrs ago and today I work with people all over the world helping them with hormonal, detoxification, immune and GI system dysfunctions.

3. Janet Alexander and Chris Maund….two CHEK Faculty members who taught me the beginnings of what I know. I still consult with them here and there.

4. John McMullin…this guy is amazing. He is a Holistic Health Coach and Intuitive from Ohio. I worked with him every other week for about 2yrs working on myself in order to work through my past bullshit and my current issues in regards to myself, relationships, my own thoughts, my business and so forth. I love this guy!

5. My parents….for 100% supporting me along the way and never doubting any decisions I made!

6. My wife….she is great at what she does and I have to say I learn compassion from her each and every day. I learn about myself though my experiences of myself while around her….she humbles me, teaches me that there is more to life material things and she grounds me each and every day. I thank her everyday for joining my life and teaching me that it is OK to be me 100% of the time!

7. From there, I just read, take courses, study on my own, research. I love studying Chinese Medicine, Canadien Osteopathy, Functional Medicine and Physiology and Anatomy.

I am a very driven person and I do well studying by myself. I love to study on my own, learn and teach myself as I find it more rewarding. I am not under the contraints as…”you have to do it this way.” I take what I want and adapt everything into MY own approach. I find that taking certification after certification, class after class, etc, leads people far from THEIR path of what THEY want to become and down many paths of what all these teachers are becoming. They get caught up with “well he said this, but she said that,” which leads to too many cooks in the kitchen.

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

JR: I think the most important things are to live it, study and learn about you so you can give what you have, someone who learns to ask the WHY question behind what is said and someone who is passionate about their profession.

There are a lot of “so called health professionals” that think eating like a bodybuilder and training to kick ass and take names is the way to go. I think that is the easy way to go and it does not take much skill. I feel that most have to understand that you have to treat and train each person as an individual, that not everyone needs bodybuilding, that kicking ass and taking names just keeps people like me in business and that most are in this business for the money. If you love what you do, the money will come. We have to change the energy behind the word personal trainer from negative to positive. Once people realize that success is not how many people you train, but how many people you actually help by treating them as an individual, it will shift.

TG: You are a faculty member with the Chek Institute, what does this involve?

JR: I teach Exercise Coach, CHEK Level 1, HLC 1 and HLC 2, plus speak at many conventions (IDEA, SCW, ECA, BAM, and more) all over the world. I travel and teach all over the US and Canada about 8-12 times per year. It is a lot and it is hard being away from my wife, my business, my rhythms, but it is worth it in the end as I love educating students and passing on the passion I have for what I do.

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

JR: The most rewarding moment….that is a tough one….I would have to say everyday is. I love what I do and I thank my creator every day that I can do what I love and love what I do. It is not a job to me, it is a hobby. I get to learn from clients all day, study in my off time and get to grow each and every minute of it. We think we are in this to help and change others, but we are really in it so we can help and change ourselves….as your life and business are an extension of you!

TG: Your East West Healing You Tube videos ( are well known within the fitness world for their informative content, not to mention the great information on your website. Where do you get your ideas from?

JR: I get my ideas from clients I am working with, from past clients, from conversations I have with family and friends, etc. There is no rhyme or reason, whatever comes up that minute or day I put it on my YouTube list….which is about 25 deep as we speak. So I have a lot to say and there is no end in site.

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

JR: Learn that is must come from within, that you can’t give what you don’t have and that you must get healthy to loose weight and not loose weight to get healthy. There is more to health than chicken, protein shakes and doing cardio til ya drop. Health is taking responsibility for oneself!

TG: So what does the future hold for Josh Rubin?

JR: My goals are simple:

1. To continue to teach for the CHEK Institute and begin to teach CHEK Level 2 in 2012 and CHEK Level 3 in 2013, which I am already assisting on.

2. To continue to market and grow our (my wife and I, she is a CHEKie too!) business, not with practitioners, but with new clients all over the world.

3. Continue to educate by coming up with some of my own seminars in regards to holistic health

4. We are working on a 5 part Ebook called…The Ultimate Holistic Weight Loss Program!

5. I am beginning in Sept 2010 to attend The Canadien School of Osteopathy in Vancouver to obtain my 5yr D.O. (M.P.)

6. To continue to grow and learn to love myself more and more each day

TG: Josh thanks so much for sharing with us!

It was a pleasure!

Have a look at Josh’s website at it is packed full of great information and articles!

Coconut Oil

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Hi All,

This is a great video from Sean Croxton from Underground Wellness!

I have been using Coconut Oil when cooking for a while and the benefits are amazing! Let let Sean take it away and explain why.