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Archive for September, 2010

Natural Food Finder Conferance

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Hi All,

Just came across this great clip from the Natural Food Finder Conference, it is Ben Pratt talking about the calories in, calories out hypothesis.


Run Fat Girl Run

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Hi All,

One of my clients, Kay Bishton has set herself the amazing goal of running the London Marathon in 2011.  She will be part of the breakthrough breast cancer team.

I would just like to say what a great cause we think this is, and if you do too follow the link belwo to Kay’s just giving page.  From all of us here at Foresight Personal Training, we wish you the very best of luck!

In Kay’s own words:-

‘I suppose I should explain what I’m doing and why I need your support!

In July my grandma Betty was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. When I found out I felt useless for not being able to do anything – yet another woman I love has been affected by this evil disease. She has now received treatment and has had successful surgery and is well on the road to recovery. If this had been 20 years ago it would be a different story. This fight against Cancer is getting stronger, research is working and detection is getting picked up sooner because of fundraising but it’s not enough, we need to keep going until we find the cure to beat it!

So, after much consideration (and wine) I decided that I wanted to do something in order to help raise more money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. So what’s on the cards you’re wondering – something drastic, something that I know would be the last thing anyone would expect of a rather curvaceous, unfit, binge drinking 30 year old. I’ve decided to raise money for what I believe is one of the most important charities out there – Yes, I have a place on the Breakthrough Breast Cancer London Marathon 2011 team! Yes, next year’s London Marathon – not a 5k, 10k or a half marathon – no I’ve gone right in for the big one, 26 whole miles through London. (Actually seeing that written down has just made me feel a little bit sick) So my rather ambitious challenge has begun! There’s no turning back – my name is printed on the vest!

In the next 8 months, whilst pounding the streets of Stockport and getting super-duper fit, I’ll be arranging loads of events in order to have a bit of fun and raise much needed funds for this amazing charity. This is where you come in – I need you to pledge your support in any way possible. Attend my events, hold your own or simply dig deep and donate now – a penny or a pound it all adds up! I’ve started a Facebook group “Run Fat Girl Run” so follow the link and join in.

I’ll be doing weekly blogs and uploading rather unflattering Lycra clad photos along the way! I want to do this, I know I can do this – for my brave grandma Betty, her much missed friend Val, for my godmother Joanne, for Shirley and for my friend Cheryl, not forgetting the other women that I know that may face this in the future or who have faced, fought or lost their battle with Cancer.

Kay x’

What is a Good Oil?

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Hi All,

I get asked this question so much by my personal training clients that I thought it might be a useful post to put out to you lot in cyber space.

People are generally getting round to the fact that a no fat diet is not a healthy one, you need some fats in your diet.  But many people are unsure of what constitutes a good fat?  That is where we can help to gove you some guidance.  We are going to look purly at cooking ils in this post and try and identify which oils are good for various cooking situations.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a very popular oil  and is easiy available in the average superarket. It’s a great source of essential fatty acids, and is a source of monounsaturated fat, making it a great choice for maintaining a healthy heart.
A higher intake of olive oil in your diet will also help to increase the level of antioxidants present in your system, helping to fight free radicals that can cause disease.

Best use: Olive oil has a low smoking (burning) point, so it’s best used in dishes that aren’t cooked, like salad dressing or drizzled over vegetables after they’ve been cooked.

Coconut Oil
Although coconut oil contains a high percentage of saturated fat, these fats are in the form of medium chain triglycerides, which are handled by the body differently than regular saturated fats. Your body will use them immediately for energy and they won’t pose the same health threat as typical saturated fats do.

Best use: Good for frying due to its high smoking point or eaten cold because of the unique flavor it offers.

Fish Oil
Fish oil is a relatively healthy oil because it contains the omega-3 fatty acid precursors EPA and DHA, which work to reduce inflammation throughout the body.

Best use: Fish oil isn’t extracted and sold for cooking the way other oils on this list are; most people take fish oil supplements in capsule form, but you can also get fish oil when you eat fattier varieties of fish such as salmon or mackerel.

Hemp Oil
This particular oil is an extremely good source of essential fatty acids and has a 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 essential fatty acids, which is what the body needs for optimal functioning. This oil also helps with the treatment of eczema and is commonly found in facial products.

Best use: This oil is not good for frying, making it best consumed cold or in supplemental form.

Grape Seed Oil
Grape seed oil is a good source of essential fatty acids, with approximately 69% of the fat coming from omega-6 fats and 15% from omega-8 fatty acids. It does contain small amounts of saturated fat, but the benefits from this oil far outweigh the disadvantages. Grape seeds contain polyphenols (which are also found in red wine), which are a form of antioxidant.

Best use: Grape seed oil has among the highest smoking point of any cooking oil, so it’s great for preparing stir-fries and sautés.

Sunflower and Safflower Oil
Sunflower and safflower oils are a combination of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat and contain omega-6 fatty acids. Sunflower oil is also a rich source of vitamin E, so anyone looking to boost their intake will benefit from using this oil.

Best use: These oils have a lighter taste and are great for making stir-fries or salad dressings.

Bad fats

The following oils supply your body with less healthy sources of fat, including saturated and trans fatty acids. Make an effort to reduce or eliminate these oils from your diet whenever possible.

Palm Oil
Primarily used for creating many of the processed foods on the market, palm oil is a reddish color due to its beta-carotene content. It is quite high in saturated fat so it’s best avoided.

Best use: Look for palm oil that maintains its reddish color, since that means it’s less processed and healthier to use (but still not ideal). Use it in the same way as any other cooking oil.

Partially Hydrogenated Canola Oil
Any time you see the words “partially hydrogenated canola oil” on an ingredient’s panel, avoid eating that food or product if you can. While canola oil is a good source of healthy fats, when it goes through the process of hydrogenation, it transforms into trans fats, which increase your risk of coronary heart disease. Partially hydrogenated vegetable oil is commonly found in commercially prepared snack foods as well as fast foods, fried foods and baked goods.

Best Use: None — these should be always avoided.

Cottonseed Oil
While cotton seed oil is made up of 50% omega-6 fatty acids, it contains virtually no omega-3 fatty acids, so the imbalance between these could lead to health problems if not carefully balanced with other sources of fats rich in omega-3. Furthermore, cottonseed oil also contains 24% saturated fat and is very frequently partially or fully hydrogenated, which is extremely bad for your health.

Best use: If you are going to consume cottonseed oil, you are best off using pure cottonseed oil to make a salad dressing.

Hope that has proved useful,


Power Clubs

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Hi All,

Just came across this video on the Premier Training Website all about Power Clubs, they look like a great bit of kit. As you all know I am always looking for new implements of torture for my clients. Think I might have found some!

Have a look at this video of one of the trainers using the Power Clubs and see what you think! All comments gratefully received.


Interview with Robert Bray (W10 Personal Training Studios)

Monday, September 20th, 2010

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

RB: I started personal training initially out of one of the Fitness First health clubs in Queens Park.  I worked there as a freelance personal trainer for 2 years and really enjoyed my time there.  This gym was a hard gym to find clients in as most of the clients couldn’t really afford personal training but I managed to still get a 30 hour week of personal training on a regular basis here.  At the same time as working there I hired a personal training studio by the hour just off Baker Street where I trained one or two clients, this studio is actually where Power plate began and they shared an office with this studio.  This studio was tiny and had very little equipment it was at this point I decided I wanted my own studio at some point.

TG: Can you tell us a little about your studio?

RB: I opened Personal training studios W10 in 2006 as I wanted a place to train my clients from Notting Hill and Queens Park.  Personal training studios W10 is hired out to personal trainers by the hour and I am a personal trainer here to.  Personal training studios W10 is open 24 hours a day and we regularly train clients at 11:00pm and later.  Personal training studios W10 is a popular personal training location for businessmen and women who want to train in peace after a hard day.

TG: What do you think is the biggest myth in health and fitness?

RB: Just picking one is hard, but I would say my number one would be how often you need to workout, most guys think that if they workout 6 times a week they will get the best results, this is not the case, I tend to workout for 40 minutes at a time 3 times a week which for bodybuilding I find keeps me at the optimum level of muscle growth.

TG: What are your top 3 weight loss tips?


1.  Eat regularly
2.  Never skip breakfast
3.  Watch the amount of alcohol you are consuming this is what tends to be a problem for many of my clients.

TG: What are the most common barriers that your clients have to sucsess and how do you overcome these?

RB: Time is always the main factor, this is what most people say holds them back, everyone has time to workout each week its just that it’s not a main priority so they never come around to doing it.

TG: What should someone look for when choosing a personal trainer?

RB: When looking for a personal trainer go on reputation, personal training testimonials are very important check out their testimonials on their websites.  Don’t get caught up on qualifications I know of many bad personal trainers who have loads of qualifications, experience I always think is more important but qualifications are essential to.  There are a huge number of bad personal trainers in London just doing the job as they think they can do a few hours work and make a good living from it, they often have no qualifications or experience so be warned.

TG: What are the three most important traits a personal trainer must have?


1.  Punctuality- if they turn up late regularly don’t keep them on.  Good ones will always be early.
2.  Knowledge- ask them lots of questions, you are paying for their time and knowledge if they know what they are talking about they will have tons of answers and be happy to go into detail.
3.  Friendliness- you have to get on with them one on one, if you don’t like them then you won’t train with them week in week out so they need to be friendly.

TG: Can you tell us a little about what you have on offer at your studio?

RB: At Personal training studios W10 we offer one on one personal training in a private luxury environment catering for most fitness and weight loss goals.  What ever time of day you want training we can train you.  The gym has parking right outside the door at 50p an hour so is easily accessible and the studio is available for exclusive hire so you can train in peace.

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

RB: We are currently looking to launch another Personal training studio in Mayfair in the next few months and we are launching an online supplement store soon to go live on our site.  If you are a personal trainer looking for a studio to work from then please come down and check us out, its an affordable studio to workout of and most of our trainers have been working here for years.

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

Fitness Venues Review

Thursday, September 16th, 2010


Fitness Venues has been established for a number of years, over this time the site has grown massively and has incorporated loads of features.  This site really has become a one stop shop for fitness news and information.

Listings – The site has a comprehensive listing of a number off wellbeing services such as personal training, beauty salons, gyms, physiotherapists, etc… The listings are very in depth, with a wide choice of compaines in a wide variety of geographical locations.  The listings are very detailed giving you a wide range of information on the individual companies in a very clear and easy to use manner.

Forum – This is the best UK fitness forum that I have seen, it covers a wide range of topics.  Having a good ratio of industry professional and general exercisers regularly posting.  The great thing about the forum is that it has member’s who are both people seeking to improve thier health and also personal trainers, sports therapists and other wellbeing professionals.  This means that if you have a question it is one of the best places to post it and get some great information.

Look me up on the forum under the username Tom@foresight

News – The site also helps to keep you upto date with all the latest news on new products services and changes within the fitness and wellbeing industry.

Reviews – One of the best aspects of the webste is the vast range of independent reviews on various chains, and independent gyms across the contry.  This is a very useful resource for anyone who is looking to join a gym and would like to know the pro’s and con’s of various gyms in their area.

Articles – Fitness Venues has a great database of articles, written by fitness professionals and industry experts.  The range of articoes is very impressive covering a wide variety of topics, incuding exercise, nutrition, and overall wellbeing.

Fitness Venues has become a one stop shop for all your fitness needs, well worth a look for anyone who is interested in health, fitness and wellbeing in general.  I highly recommend that you have a good look at the site and also add it to your bookmarks list!


Piano Lessons in Manchester

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Hi All,

I know this is a little off our usual topic, but I just wanted to say a little bit about a good friend of mine who is an awesome music teacher, english teacher and general tutor.  If any of you are looking for piano lessons in Manchester, or piano lessons in Stockportfor yourself, your kids or anyone really.  Che has a massive amount of knowladge, skill and is an award winning concert pianist.

I really can’t speak highly enough of this guy so do have a loko at his site and pass it on to anyone you think might be interested in Music lessons in Manchester.


Free Nutritional Report

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Hi All,

We have just launched a great new list that will send you out regular information on nutrition and weight loss!

All you need to do is fill in the form below and you will recive your FREE ‘Eat Better Guide’.

Remember once you sign up you need to click the link in the first e-mail to recive our nutritional guide!

Raw Unpasteurised Milk – The Truth

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Hi All,

We here at Foresight have recently been looking into the use of unpateurised milk or as many peole call it Raw Milk.  You may have seen the post I wrote recently on the subject.  Just came across this interesting video by Ben Pratt of Natural Food Finder on the subject.

The video outlines the process of pasteurisation and the dangers or problems associated with it.

Have a watch and see what you think!


The North West Chapter of the Western A Price Foundation

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Hi All,

We have an exciting development in the new history of the Western A.Price Foundation – Manchester Chapter, I now have a co-leader!  Shortly after setting up the chapter I was contacted by Elizabeth Wells from Naturally Wells, she was interested in setting up a chapter too.  SO what we have decided is that we will do it together, and as the old sayings go two heads are better than one!

Here is a short bit about Elizabeth:-

Elizabeth (DNN, MFNTP) is a fully-qualified and licensed nutritionist and is a member of the Federation for Nutritional Therapy Practitioners. She has specialist interests in auto-immune illnesses such as ME and Candidiasis, and is actively researching the links between these and more obscure modern conditions such as electrosensitivity and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.

‘Much of my research has been informed by a questioning attitude towards conventional wisdom about health, especially the idea that there is a one size fits all ‘healthy’ diet. What we should eat is influenced by multiple factors such as our metabolic type and our ancestry. I tend to look back to what our ancestors ate, to an era before modern industrialised diets laid the foundations for so many of the degenerative diseases we now assume are normal.’

Elizabeth is an experienced writer, and has a PhD in English Literature. She has published articles on health and lifestyle for various publications including Allergy magazine, Your Healthy Living and the NHS.

If you are looking for a good Natural Nutritionist in the Chorlton area do look her up.

On Western A.Price  look our for a new section of the website packed full of Dr Prices teachings, and details of local food resources and chapter information. Or like us on Facebook!

If you would like to know more about the Manchester Chapter of the Western A.Price Foundation please do fill in your details below to join our mailing list.