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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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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 7th December 2020

Monday 7th December 2020

Hi, Adherence is what matters the most. Have you ever gone on a diet, determined to lose weight and achieve jaw-dropping results, but shortly after starting find yourself struggling to stick to it? You crave many of the off-limit foods or find yourself "cheating" on the diet here and there. Eventually, you give up entirely. Going on a new diet to kickstart the fresh beginning of a new year may be motivating, but failure is imminent if you're unable to adhere to the diet. Maybe you know this truth all too well. If you're ready to improve your eating habits and health, the question is not What is the best diet? but What diet will I be able to adhere to long term? No…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Wednesday 2nd December 2020

Thursday 3rd December 2020

Hi, A member once asked if they should just stop eating if they wanted to lose weight. Well, erm, yeah I guess that'd work. But so would botchulism, and I wouldn't recommend that either. Some people want to lose weight as quickly as possible. However, if you severely restrict your calories you will end up in trouble. To lose weight you have to consume fewer calories than your body actually needs. But if you do this by eating very little and starving yourself in the process, your body will start to work against you and do everything in its power to survive. And the less you eat, the worse it gets. That is why we recommend using a calorie deficit of no…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 23rd November 2020

Monday 23rd November 2020

Hi, I am not a mental health practitioner. But being a personal trainer means you often have to connect with people in a personal context. People will confide in you or talk about things they wouldn't talk about with their friends or family. Sometimes it's a bit like being a Church confessional. Behind all the jokes and the banter you have to actually care about people. You have to want them to succeed and be happy. November has always been a rough month for people's mental health and throwing a winter lockdown into the mix will exacerbate the issue. So as a personal trainer, I can't diagnose or treat any mental health issues - but I can do my utmost to…

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