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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 18th February 2019

Friday 15th February 2019

Hi, How much weight do you need to lose? First of all you need to decide on a reasonable target weight for you. If you want to lose a lot of weight, you're probably better off breaking your overall target into smaller goals. Think about it this way, for each stone you lose you'll drop 1-2 sizes. So each stone is well worth losing. One of the pleasures of dropping clothes sizes is it's so much easier to find your size on shop rails. If health is a main concern for you, another way of setting a goal is by percentage of body weight you want to lose. Research shows that losing just 10 percent of excess weight will improve health significantly. This subject is explored…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 11th February 2019

Monday 11th February 2019

Hi, Eat less and move more. Apparently this is all you need to do to lose weight. But is what you eat as important as how much you eat? Just as a power station requires gas or coal to power its turbines and generate energy, we need fuel - in the form of food - to power our continued existence. You Are What You Eat' means that it is important to eat good food in order to be healthy and fit. If you eat rubbish then you will look and feel like rubbish. The foods we eat provide us with a range of nutrients: vitamins, minerals, water, fat, carbohydrates, fibre, and protein. These nutrients are put to different uses — as building…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 4th February 2019

Monday 4th February 2019

Hi, I was recently asked how the group personal training sessions worked if there are up to 6-8 people per session. Well. Good question. Training a group of people simultaneously, particularly if they have differing needs, can be somewhat arduous, like trying to bath 3 Labradors at the same time; you've anchored down 2 but the 3rd has escaped your clutches and is now downstairs trying to log onto your Bet365 account. Quite why, nobody knows. Maybe Labradors like gambling. But anyway, I digress. So...there are many tools I use for my 1-to-1 and group personal training sessions. One of which is my Time Limit training method, which is similar to AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible) and Escalating Density…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 28th January 2019

Monday 28th January 2019

Hi, Right then! In my newsletter last week I asked everyone to book into the group personal training sessions as the 9:30am group should have been limited to 8 people but 10 people showed up. Well, yesterday we had 11 people in (it would have 12 had it not been for 1 person cancelling due to illness). Of course I'm flattered so many choose to drag your carcass out of bed to spend some quality time with me - but I can't go charging you a premium for small group PT limited to 8 people and then run classes with 10+.....! So, I've amended the group PT timetable to have 2 groups back to back: 9:00am and 9:45am. Due to limited…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 21st January 2019

Monday 21st January 2019

Hi, I just want to remind everyone to book into the group personal training sessions - yesterday's 9:30am group should have been limited to 8 people but 10 people showed up. So please can you make sure you've booked in. There is another group at 11:30am - if you can't get a slot at 9:30am. Right! So we're now 3 weeks into 2019! So why not make this the year you finally follow through (no "follow through" jokes please). At the start of every year, many of us find ourselves wondering how to keep the New Year's resolutions we've set for ourselves. It's a bit of cliche that the gym crowds surge in January, only to then back out by the…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 14th January 2019

Monday 14th January 2019

Hi, Most people who read my newsletters know that I like to use a lot of maths to explain weight loss, resistance training and other health/fitness related topics. However, sometimes you have to step back from the numbers and look at the big picture to help bring people back into focus. For most people reading these newsletters, finding an effective diet that works most of the time must seem as complicated as nuclear physics. It's not, but there are a bewildering number of choices for diets out there. High fat or no fat? High carbohydrate or no carbohydrate? Low protein or high protein? To make matters worse, there are so many variations of the above diets to add to the confusion. It…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 7th January 2019

Monday 7th January 2019

Hi, Well! The first newsletter of 2019. New year. New you. Does the thought of spending time on the treadmill terrify you? Does the idea of hill sprints fill you with dread? Cardio in general can be tough for people who aren't used to it. It can leave you hot, sweaty and gasping for breath. It does increase cardiovascular health - but it's not essential (or even effective!) for people trying to lose weight. That's right - you can lose weight without doing traditional cardio. There's no denying that sprints or HIIT can really help you melt body fat as it ups your metabolic rate to burn more calories - but for those determined few who want to avoid cardio entirely…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 31st December 2018

Monday 31st December 2018

Hi, Right then! That's 2018 done. And maybe dusted. I've made some adjustments to our classes / group personal training schedule. I have decided to focus much more time on group personal training session. The new timetable reflects this decision. My goal is to make your group personal training sessions as effective as 1-to-1 personal training - whilst making it as affordable as possible. Here is a list of our group training sessions: I have added a new Cybex lat pulldown to the upstairs personal training area. This is the first of many new changes to make the upstairs a self contained personal training facility. The Woodlands Fitness Centre Unlimited Personal Training will utilise a multitude of training methods, including Supersets. A…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 24th December 2018

Sunday 23rd December 2018

Hi, Well! Christmas Eve! One more sleep until Christmas Day. Santa. Presents. Pigs in blankets. Here are our Christmas Opening Times 2018: Christmas Eve (Monday): 8am-2pm Xmas Day (Tuesday): Closed Boxing Day (Wednesday): Closed 27th (Thursday): 9am-2pm 28th (Friday): 9am-2pm 29th (Saturday): 9am-2pm 30th (Sunday): 9am-2pm New Years Eve (Monday): 9am-1pm New Years Day (Tuesday): Closed 2nd (Wednesday): Back to normal. There will be a 45 minute Group PT session at 9:30am each day we are open. Saturday and Sunday sessions will be as normal. Gyms and health clubs often have various machines that target muscles from different angles - but the best training equipment is still free weights. I am specifically talking about barbells and dumbbells. One of the best ways to use barbells and dumbbells is to combine exercises. This…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 17th December 2018

Friday 14th December 2018

Hi, It's suddenly dawned on me that we've been in our new unit for just over 2 years. Doesn't time fly? Well, here are our Christmas Opening Times 2018: Christmas Eve (Monday): 8am-2pm Xmas Day (Tuesday): Closed Boxing Day (Wednesday): Closed 27th (Thursday): 9am-2pm 28th (Friday): 9am-2pm 29th (Saturday): 8am-2pm 30th (Sunday): 8am-2pm New Years Eve (Monday): 9am-1pm New Years Day (Tuesday): Closed 2nd (Wednesday): Back to normal. I'm regularly asked what the difference between calories from healthy food and calories from unhealthy food. What is the difference? As it turns out, quite a lot. The calories-in-calories-out (CICO) theory of weight management is simple: if you eat more food than you need, you'll get fatter. Eat less than you need, and you'll get thinner. This is - of course - a gross oversimplification…

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