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…

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…

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.

The Caffeine Conundrum: What Happens When We Mix Caffeine With Fitness?

Caffeine has been recognised for hundreds of years for its ability to enhance performance and is commonly used by amateur and professional athletes today (professional athletes can use a certain amount of caffeine until it is deemed as doping – it’s the equivalent of about 8 cups of brewed coffee). But does it really increase…

What is tennis elbow?

It is likely that we have all heard about someone who has a condition called tennis elbow. But what is it? What causes it and how can it be treated? Read my latest Watchfit article here

2015 Review – and why Arnie and Mark Twain are similar…

This post is part personal reflection on my own year and part musing on the perils of New Year’s Resolutions. Thanks for being here to start 2016 with me and do let me know your thoughts. January 1st 2016, a day when half the country is hungover and the other half has already packed into gyms…

How to start exercising if you’re overweight

The New Year is coming, and with it are New Years resolutions. Many people choose to get fitter and start to exercise to lose weight, which is awesome. It means that you have consciously made the decision to make yourself healthier. But what if you have never worked out before? How do you even start? And…

Training on holiday – Pitfalls and Tips

There are many things to consider when trying to train whilst on holiday, because most of the time you’re not going to know what sort of facilities you’re going to be in for (unless you’re going away to a training camp like Club La Santa). Don’t expect anything out of your hotel gym. If you…

Reflections on transitions: Les Mills OneLive Glasgow

Saturday 14th March saw the launch of the Les Mills OneLive world tour and I was fully expecting to write a post about how shiny and amazing the event was (which it was), but actually this post is going to be much more reflective than that and much more about how the event has affected…

MyFitnessPal – The verdict

Ever since I was younger I never really cared much for nutrition. I ate what a wanted, when I wanted and didn’t really care about what would happen. The usual follow up to this sentence would be ‘but now I find that when I eat x or y I gain weight’, or something along those…

A tasty little plyo tabata based workout

Plyometrics, (or Plyo for short) is a type of training that used to be restricted to the realms of athletes, mainly due to the general ignorance of gym goers who thought it wouldn’t do much for them. Basically plyometric training involves exerting maximal concentric force through a muscle group in which immediately follows an eccentric…