I received this email in response to one I sent out to my mailing list (sign up here) regarding the link between exercise/healthy lifestyle and mental health. It really touched me, and after checking with the sender I wanted to share it with you all: Hello Jay. Thank you for the awesome email. I really … Continue reading Real people, real life
I read an article this week which a friend had shared on facebook about a 'fat-acceptance activist' who died at age 34 of a heart attack. It turned out the story was satire (read it here), but still it got me thinking. Before I get into my thoughts I want to make it totally clear that … Continue reading Love/Hate: Musings on Body Confidence
This is a tough one to post, as for me it's very important to stay positive and not dwell on challenges for long. However, I feel like this is a prime example of taking a challenge and turning it into an opportunity, which is something I'm trying to learn to do more and more! I'm … Continue reading The Struggle Is Real!
After a number of years working with clients in the health and fitness industry, I wanted to share with you the biggest challenge most people are facing when trying to reach their goals: Motivation. Seems pretty obvious doesn't it? The reason it sounds obvious to you is probably because you've been there, same as the … Continue reading It’s On You…
Many fitness professionals come from a long background of sports, gym, fitness modelling, bodybuilding, or something similar. They have amazing experience and expertise in their fields, built over years in the game. My background is slightly different, and although it's been a source of shame in the past I'm learning to embrace it and see … Continue reading Not your typical FitPro…
As it's International Women's Day, I thought I'd share my thoughts on the controversial topic of women and weights. Here are my top 6 reasons why women shouldn't lift weights (please read all the way to the end, this is important information): 1. Lifting weights makes women too muscular Come on, this is an obvious … Continue reading Why Women Shouldn’t Lift Weights
When people ask me what exercises they should do to tone up their tummy I think they normally expect me to give them a list of things like crunches, sit ups, leg raises, planks, etc, so when I say 'heavy compound lifts, drink more water, and stop eating so much shit and drinking alcohol' im … Continue reading Core blimey…
After watching a documentary called The Minimalists (check out the trailer here, and the whole thing on Netflix) I decided there is far too much junk in my life, and it's time to streamline! The less clutter in my life, the more clearly I can think, and the better I can function when working on my … Continue reading Streamlining life
I've tried this training model before, but I tweaked it (because obviously I knew better) and I got reasonably good results. However, this time round I re-read the articles I used last time and decided that now I was more grown up and had considerably (marginally) less of an ego that I would actually follow … Continue reading 531-of-a-kind
There are so many reasons people train: sports performance, aesthetic goals and confidence, mobility, health reasons such as diabetes...and the list goes on. I think I've probably put myself in most of these categories at one time or another, but I've never felt truly 'at home'. Seeing as it's very important to me to have … Continue reading Why do we train?