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…

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…

Exercise, diet and sex…want to live forever?

The residents in Acciaroli, Italy, live for a long time. The average age for a woman in this picturesque, idillic southern Italian town is an astonishing 92. This is much older than the average Italian and much much older than the average westerner. But why do people here live so long? A recent study claims to have…

What is a warm-up?

When I was a rower in Cambridge I was astonished at the way we ‘warmed up’. Basically the first four people in the boat (of eight) complete their warm up drills while the other four in the boat sit there with oars out to balance the boat. The same then happens with the back four people while the…

A brief history of the foam roller

What’s the point of the cylindrical tube on the gym floor? And why do the people using such an innocent looking piece of equipment grimace so much? Read on to find out where the idea of the foam roller came from and whether there is any science to support the benefits its converts proclaim. The foam…

5 reasons why it’s OK to look silly in the gym

So, you’ve just spoken to one of the fitness trainers in the gym, and they’ve put together a personal training programme for you to follow on your own, but you feel like you’re going to look totally ridiculous doing some of those new moves. If you’re feeling anxious about going backwards on the cross trainer, doing walking lunges or carrying a weight bag above your head around the room, or lifting a weight smaller than a kitten when you’re a 100kg guy, then have a look at these 5 reasons why it’s ok to do things a little differently!