Are cool-downs effective?

You’ve probably heard that cooldowns are essential for several aspects of recovery, including injury prevention, decreasing symptoms of muscular soreness and preventing stiffness. They have been part of exercise routines for decades, but does research support the prominence that cooldowns are given? What is a cooldown? Cooldowns come in a variety of shapes and sizes…

Periodisation – What is it and how it can make you an athlete.

Periodisation. It’s a bit of a scary word. A word that you may not have even heard of. A word that athletes use frequently. Put simply, periodisation is a training method that, if used correctly, will make you fitter, stronger, faster, all at the right time, and will also prevent you from overdoing it. That…

2017 Review: No man is an island.

At the end of 2016 I said to myself that I would start writing a journal; a book that outlines what my day was like, what I achieved, and what my aims were for the next few days. As an idea, it seemed great – it allowed for goal setting and reflection on a regular basis….

Goal setting: 5 steps to ensure your 2018 is EPIC!

It’s December. The month where, if you’re anything like me, nothing really gets done. You’re kind of in limbo for the first part of the month, not being able to get much done as things wind down for the festive season, and then forget about the second half of the month! But.. December is the…

What to look for in a Fitness Tracker?

For those looking to establish their own fitness goals (and actually stick to them, especially during the holidays), fitness trackers can be one of the best new tools to stay on track. Accountability is key when it comes to getting into shape, and these trackers are known to help wearers take charge of their activity level. In…

6 Thoughts about being a Les Mills Presenter – and why doing ‘the big events’ aren’t always the best bit…

It’s been about a year now since I became a fully fledged member of the UK Presenter Team, and seeing other people do the same this year has made me reflect on what a year it has been! I have also moved house, moved country and started (am about to finish) my Masters Degree. Overall I’ve been a very busy bee.

But how has the year been? What’s it really like to be a Presenter?

5 reasons why gym classes aren’t just for girls

  Girls…leotards…lycra..headbands… This is the image that comes into most males’ heads when you mention the word group exercise. In the past, this may have been the case (google Jane Fonda and you’ll see what I’m talking about), however times have changed…my oh my have they changed. Group exercise is no longer only for cohorts of…

When a fitness fact isn’t really a fact: 5 reasons to question what you read..

There are lots of people in the fitness industry who like to flood social media with outlandish ‘quotes’ and ‘scientific evidence’ that ‘proves’ the most outrageous and varying statements imaginable. The truth is…much of it is rubbish. But how do we separate the good information from the bad? It is becoming increasingly difficult to separate good…