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!

When what looks like the summit is really base camp – BodyAttack 93 and beyond

Before I went to New Zealand, as the winner of Les Mills’ inaugural ‘The One’ contest, I felt like I was on cloud nine! A week after I got home I’d passed selection to join the Les Mills UK Team as a Rookie Presenter. Far from feeling like I was at the top of the mountain I realised that really I’d only made it to base camp. The views are exceptional, but there’s a totally new, challenging and inspiring adventure ahead, with the pressure and intensity, once you reach this altitude, at a whole new level.

Blood Doping – What is it and what does it do?

Blood doping has been all over the sporting news over the past few years, especially since Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace and the growing body of historical evidence of blood doping in elite cycling. But what is blood doping? What does it do and what are the side effects? Read part 1 and part 2…

Why are electrolytes important? Part 2

In part one we looked at what electrolytes are and why they are so important to the body. Here in Part 2, we look at what happens to electrolytes as you exercise, why electrolytes are important and what you can do to optimise performance before, during and after a workout. The main reason why electrolytes…

Why are electrolytes important? – Part 1

It is common-place now for sporty people to talk about electrolytes, electrolyte balance and restoring lost electrolytes after exercise. But what does this mean? Why are electrolytes important? And how does it affect you? This two-part series will explain the basic background in what electrolytes are and why they are important and how to optimise electrolyte…

Ironman Training..It all starts here

Ironman training diary, July 2015   Hi there, So I decided last week that in a years’ time I will attempt my first ever full Ironman triathlon (2.4m swim, 112mile bike and 26.2mile run). Not only just an Ironman, but also the European Championships in Frankfurt, Germany (I tend to go full on when I decide…

Top benefits of tabata training

Tabata training has exploded into gyms all around the country over the past couple of years. But what is it? And what are the benefits? Tabata training is a very simple concept: you train for 20 seconds at the highest intensity possible, then rest for 10 seconds. Repeat 8 times and you’re done! It is…

What Body Shape am I?

Do you know what body shape you are? Would you like to know more about your body shape and ways on how to change it? Read my WatchFit article to find out!