Disclaimer: this post may ruffle a few feathers, but I’m ok with that. Not in an asshole kind of way; more of an ‘open to discussion’ vibe. When I first got into Personal Training, I considered bodybuilding to be the epitome of ‘fitness’, aspiring to look like the athletes that step on stage. Their physiques … Continue reading Why I’m Not a Fan of Competitive Bodybuilding
I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times before: ‘We become the sum of the five people we spend the most time with’. There’s a lot of debate surrounding this quote, but fortunately, we’re not here for a critical analysis. For argument’s sake, let’s just just go with it, because it highlights the subject of … Continue reading Energy
Social Media, That Troublesome Thing
Last night, I was lying in bed, and I found myself stalking my own Instagram. Let me repeat: stalking my very own Instagram. What a curious concept that is. As I scrolled through (primarily fitness or alcohol-infused images of myself), it got me thinking about the abstract phenomenon we have discovered with the rise of … Continue reading Social Media, That Troublesome Thing
Postnatal Exercise: When Can I Start?
Restarting exercise after giving birth can be a point of concern for new mums. A number of questions arise and, inevitably, the answers differ somewhat from person to person, dependent upon a range of factors. Pelvic floor/Kegel exercises are very low-risk, and can therefore begin very soon after delivery, from the comfort of your own … Continue reading Postnatal Exercise: When Can I Start?
Be Selfish with Your Time
It’s interesting that the word ‘selfish’ has developed such negative connotations. Narcissistic. Egotistical. Inconsiderate. All synonymous with a modern perception of ‘selfishness’. What if we were to rethink the value of this trait? There are never enough hours in the day. Whether our time is being consumed with social media, working our butts off to try … Continue reading Be Selfish with Your Time
‘Why Do You Go Out So Much if You’re A Fitness Professional?’
Of course, I understand where people are coming from when they ask this question. However, I think it’s all too easy to place fitness professionals on a (in my case, arguably somewhat precarious) pedestal. The phrase ‘practice what you preach’ comes to mind: how can I inspire others to be healthy (‘health’; that somewhat ambiguous … Continue reading ‘Why Do You Go Out So Much if You’re A Fitness Professional?’
Unsuccessful Fat Loss
All too often, we (the media, ill-educated ‘fitness professionals’, and probably your favourite health bloggers) target incredibly specific aspects of nutrition, deeming them responsible for ineffective fat loss. Consider the image below: How many times have you heard someone blame one of the above reasons (other than number one) for their inability to lose weight? … Continue reading Unsuccessful Fat Loss
Pre and Post Natal Series: The Posture Edit
Aaaand, we’re back with the second installment of my pregnancy series. In today’s post, we’re going to be focusing on the postural benefits of exercising whilst pregnant. Throughout pregnancy, the body’s centre of gravity is shifted forwards, due to the increased weight of the baby. This adjustment increases the load on the mother’s lumbar spine. … Continue reading Pre and Post Natal Series: The Posture Edit
Pre and Post Natal Series: Should I Exercise Whilst Pregnant?
This post marks the first of a mini series, on the topic of pregnancy and wellness, to tie in with the launch of ‘Bumps and Barbells’; a new, concept class, run at Beyond Human Training and Nutrition in Al Quoz. As a Personal Trainer, I specialise in Pre and Post Natal Exercise, hence, the class … Continue reading Pre and Post Natal Series: Should I Exercise Whilst Pregnant?
Why You Should Hire a Personal Trainer
Are you feeling uninspired, demotivated, or a little uncertain of what on earth you should actually be doing in the gym? Perhaps it’s time to get a little outside help. Hiring a Personal Trainer could be just the kick up the backside you need. Here are a few reasons why… Motivation It’s all too easy … Continue reading Why You Should Hire a Personal Trainer