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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 3rd May 2021

Sunday 2nd May 2021

Hello, Right, before I forget, there's a Bank Holiday today. We're open 8am to 2pm. There will be a supervised gym session / a class outside at 9.30am. The first article discussed calories from proteins, carbs and fats. Is There a Difference? Generally speaking, it's calories that matter and weight loss / fat loss can't be achieved without a calorie deficit. However, the type of protein, carb, and fat must be considered as well as how the body processes them. The exercise of the week is the behind-the-neck bicep curl. This is a rare exercise and anybody unfamiliar with the move will think you're making a pigs ear of a lat pulldown and/or a contender for a gym failz compilation. However, it…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 26th April 2021

Monday 26th April 2021

Hello, So, here we are at the end of April, and 2 weeks after the end of third lockdown. The first article suggests you might want to be mindful of your carb intake. According to some studies, limiting your intake of carbs, especially those that are refined, may help prevent weight regain. The second article ponders the benefits of interval training. As many of the regular Woodlands newsletter readers (all 3 of you) know, I'm not a fan of steady state cardio. HIIT is a time-efficient strategy to get the benefits typically associated with longer bouts of traditional cardio. The exercise of the week is a Kickstand Deadlift. This is a fairly uncommon variation of the deadlift that's well worth a…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 19th April 2021

Sunday 18th April 2021

Hello, Well, the gym has been back open for a week, and it has been a very good week. Following on from what I wrote last week, the classes will be outside, either in the car park or we now have a lovely stretch of grass. Please also speak to me about the supervised gym sessions and/or personal training. The first article in this week's newsletter is about whether there is a right way to lose fat? The next article is about 5 Minute Burn Workouts. These are simple to explain but not so simple to do: do 15 reps, take a 5-10 second rest, then do another 15 reps, take another 5-10 second rest, and keep going until 5 minutes…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 12th April 2021

Saturday 10th April 2021

Hi, So here we are. Again. The last week of the third lockdown. After more than a year of uncertainty. The final week of Zoom classes. Like I wrote in July 2020, we haven't made any radical changes to the gym because 1) if it ain't broke, don't fix it and 2) we didn't know what the post-lockdown requirements would be. But we have redecorated, bought some new things and got even more little bit carried away with aluminium treadplate. Regarding classes, these will be outside, either in the car park or we now have a lovely stretch of grass. Please also speak to me about the supervised gym sessions, workout programs and/or personal training. The first article is about eating lots…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 5th April 2021

Monday 5th April 2021

Hi, Only 7 days to go. Cases have dropped to 2,297 cases a day (from 60,000+ a few weeks ago), deaths have dropped by nearly 44% and hospital admissions have dropped by over 23% to 273 a day. As at the 3rd April, over 31 million people have been vaccinated. So what have we got in store for you this week? The first article is about ways to maintain weight loss. People often achieve their weight loss goals, relax a bit too much, and pile it back on again. You've got to sustain that weight loss. The second article is about resistance training for muscle building. Because resistance training is important when trying to build muscle and lose fat. The older…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 29th March 2021

Sunday 28th March 2021

Hi, Only 14 days to go. Cases have dropped to 4,715 cases a day (from 60,000+ a few weeks ago), deaths have dropped by nearly 32% and hospital admissions have dropped by nearly 21% to just 363 a day. As at the 26th March, nearly 30 million people have been vaccinated. That's nearly half of the UK population. So, from the 29th March, the following can happen: Outdoor sports facilities can reopen - including tennis, golf, high ropes, swimming and group exercise classes All Social distancing and covid procedures must be followed. Formally organised outdoor sports - for adults and under 18s - can also restart and will not be subject to the gathering limits, but should be compliant with guidance issued by national governing…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 22nd March 2021

Monday 22nd March 2021

Hi, Only 21 days to go. Cases have dropped to just over 5,000 cases a day (from 60,000+ a few weeks ago), deaths have dropped by nearly 22% and hospital admissions have dropped by nearly 22% to just 440 a day. As at the 21st March, nearly 28 million people have been vaccinated. The first article is about how you can reduce body fat without losing weight? If you're a regular reader of these newsletters you'll know my disdain for chasing weight loss. There are MUCH better ways to gauge body transformation success. The second article is about eating breakfast every day. Again, regular readers of these newsletters might know that I'm a fan of Intermittent Fasting, but it's not for everyone, and…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 15th March 2021

Monday 15th March 2021

Hi, Only 28 days to go. 4 weeks. Not long. Cases have dropped to just over 5,000 cases a day (from 60,000+ a few weeks ago), deaths have dropped by nearly 30% and hospital admissions have dropped by nearly 27%. As at the 14th March, more than 24 million people have been vaccinated. That's nearly a third of the UK population. The first article is about 'cutting' and losing weight without doing cardio (this is part 3 of 3 articles; it was too long for one newsletter). The second article is about using your hand as a portion guide. If, like me, you hate weighing food then using your hand as a portion control guide might be beneficial. The exercise of the…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 8th March 2021

Monday 8th March 2021

Hi, It feels great to be able to tell you that we will be back open on Monday 12th April 2021. Actually, it does seem weird to say we'll be back open. As I said in our 22nd July 2020 newsletter, we never actually closed. We just adapted. Thanks to Zoom and Facetime etc. we could still do our classes, groups and PT online. We were in constant contact with many of our members, providing home workout and diet plans and daily workouts on our social media. However, saying that we never closed is a bit smug and self-congratulatory. Every good gym, studio and personal trainer has used Zoom or similar to run classes and PT sessions. Pubs and restaurants offered…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Wednesday 3rd March 2021

Monday 1st March 2021

Hi, Only 40 days to go. Cases have dropped by nearly 20% to just over 6,000 cases a day (from 60,000+ a few weeks ago), deaths have dropped by nearly 34% and hospital admissions have dropped by over 22%. As at the 27th February, more than 20 million people have been vaccinated. That's more than a quarter of the UK population. The first article is about 'cutting' and losing weight without doing cardio (this is part 1 of 3 articles; it's too long for one newsletter). The first article is about using your plate as a portion guide. If, like me, you hate weighing food then using your plate or bowl as a portion control guide might be beneficial. These newsletters are…

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