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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 22nd February 2021

Sunday 21st February 2021

Hi, The gym will be back open on Monday 12th April 2021. Only 49 days. Work has continued at the gym. Last week we took delivery of a new toy, a Life Fitness Adductor machine. If you're looking to build a strong backside, chances are you focus on your gluteus maximus by doing lots of hip thrusts, squats and lunges. However, strengthening glute muscles that perform hip abduction, or movement of your thighs out to the side, will also build your buttocks. #bootyfordays Abductor muscles also stabilise your pelvis when you walk or stand on one foot. Among other things, your hip abductor muscles help you walk, run, play sports, dance, get into and out of a car and get onto and off of…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 15th February 2021

Sunday 14th February 2021

Hi, Not long now! Cases have dropped by nearly 30%, deaths have dropped by 10% and hospital admissions have dropped by over 22%. As at the 1st February, nearly 10 million people have been vaccinated. So, let's talk about diet and fitness. Do your genetics play an important role as to how you lose the fat in the initial phase? Each person's body has a natural pattern of where fat packs on or drop off. When I started to lose weight, the first place it shed was around my thigh area. The fat around my tummy was the most stubborn and the last to "visibly" shed. This is not to say you won't ever lose fat in your body's more stubborn areas, but…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 8th February 2021

Monday 8th February 2021

Hi, Things are looking up! Cases have dropped by nearly 30%, deaths have dropped by 10% and hospital admissions have dropped by over 22%. As at the 1st February, nearly 10 million people have been vaccinated. So, let's talk about diet and fitness. I often get asked why I use vegan or vegetarian recipes in these newsletters. I think people are generally too reliant on meat and there are other viable options for hitting your daily protein target. We have this odd propensity to give ourselves and others labels. So if you distribute a vegan recipe, you have to be a vegan? Ok, says who? I am, I suppose, a flexitarian (also called 'casual vegetarianism'). This is a label for people who…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 27th January 2021

Wednesday 27th January 2021

Hi, There is no avoiding that the secret to weight loss is a calorie deficit. A calorie deficit occurs when your body burns more calories than it consumes. The body uses fat stores for energy which ultimately results in weight loss. There are various trends of ways to be in a calorie deficit, intermittent fasting, carb cycling etc, however, I suggest sticking to the age-old method of exercise and conscious, healthy eating. The equation for weight loss is 70% diet and 30% gym. Whether we like it or not, nutrition plays an extremely important role in the process of losing weight. A healthy diet must include all macronutrients - protein, carbs, and healthy fats. The general rule is to cut back on…

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The Woodlands newsletter; Wednesday 20th January 2021

Wednesday 20th January 2021

Hi, The internet is an amazing way to learn from others all over the world about a variety of subjects. Without the internet none of you would be reading this blog post and I wouldn't know even a fourth of the information I know now about training. Unfortunately, this abundance of technology creates a ton of confusion on what is the right way to train, eat, supplement, etc. I myself have gotten caught up in trying to find out what was the best workout split, training volume, whether or not to train to failure, etc. Different people will tell you different things, maybe because they're passing on the preferences of their mentors or they're perhaps just trying to stand out. Choose one…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Wednesday 11th January 2021

Monday 11th January 2021

Hi, Only four areas of England are still seeing an increase in Covid-19 cases, the latest NHS data show. Of the 151 places listed by NHS Digital, only Plymouth, Torbay, Derby and St Helens saw infections rise over the latest period measured. However, these four areas have only risen by a relatively small amount. These most recent figures are for the seven-day rolling average up to January 14, and the decrease is a comparison with the seven-day rolling average to the previous day. The number in brackets is the number of cases per 100,000 people. Where cases are still rising Plymouth 7% (293.8 cases per 100,000 people) Torbay 2% (234.1) Derby 2% (648.7) St Helens 1% (806.3) At a regional level, cases continue to decrease across England, with London,…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Wednesday 6th January 2021

Wednesday 6th January 2021

Hi, The biggest vaccination programme in British history is currently underway On 4 January, Boris Johnson said: "By the middle of February we expect to have offered the first vaccine dose to everyone in the four top priority groups identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI)." There are 13.9 million people in the top four priority groups who, if the government target is met, will be inoculated by 15 February. The vaccine will be distributed to these groups in the following order, according to the list drawn up by the JCVI: 1 - Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers 2 - Those aged 80 and over and frontline health and social care workers 3 - Those aged…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 28th December 2020

Saturday 26th December 2020

Hi, Okay, so this newsletter - the final newsletter of the year - is going to be a bit of a mixed bag. Hopefully there'll be something for everyone. One of the articles will discuss what should you eat to lose fat and gain muscle. Another article is about HIIT. And I will also discuss how fat loss is not the only goal for the New Year. Everybody who continued to pay their DD during the 4 week lockdown 5/11 to 2/12 is entitled to a free 1-2-1 personal training. Please contact us to arrange this. Next week, there's a winter bulking plan. So that's something to look forward to. First off, let's smash out some special offers. In the past, we've done…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 21st December 2020

Monday 21st December 2020

Hi, Have you been smashing your workouts lately? Logging and sticking within your calories? Have you been feeling strong and motivated? Are you feeling better about yourself because of the progress you feel you've made? Are your clothes starting to fit better? But then you step on the scale and you've GAINED weight? Don't be discouraged! The number on the scale is irrelevant to how you are feeling. The scale only tells you how much gravity has an effect on you. Scales have a negative connotation behind them that biomechanically and physiologically pre-dispose you to negative feelings associated with it no matter what the scale reads. I hope all of the above makes sense but if you have any questions please come and…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 14th December 2020

Monday 14th December 2020

Hi, Spot reduction is a myth. Spot reduction is the misconception that targeting a specific area helps you burn fat in that specific place. We have been living in a society which has largely embraced and held up being supermodel small/skinny as the benchmark for beauty. The global rise celebrating curves has been a great shift to witness and certainly breaks the mould of what society considers beautiful. However, on the other side of the spectrum, not all people are born curvy (flat tummy and big behinds and smaller waists) or with an hourglass figure. Today, many people want to know the secret to lose tummy fat while still maintaining their curves. But you can't get rid of abdominal fat by doing…

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