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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 6th August 2023

Sunday 6th August 2023

Hello, The Sedentary Lifestyle Epidemic: How Our Inactivity is Impacting Our Health In today's modern world, our sedentary lifestyles have become the norm. We spend long hours sitting at desks, commuting in cars, and indulging in screen time. While technology has undoubtedly made our lives more convenient, it has also contributed to a decline in physical activity. This sedentary epidemic is wreaking havoc on our health, leading to various chronic diseases and a decreased quality of life. In this article, we will explore the detrimental effects of our sedentary habits and provide insights on how to combat them. The Health Consequences of Inactivity: 1. Increased risk of obesity: Lack of physical activity contributes to weight gain as our calorie expenditure decreases. This sedentary lifestyle,…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 30th July 2023

Sunday 30th July 2023

Hello, What Is The Right Way To Lose Fat? People regularly ask me about what the right way to lose fat and what they should eat. The goal of any weight loss, pound-shedding, "trimming,' or whatever-you-label-it program is to lose body FAT. How much overall body weight you lose is irrelevant. As such, you should get rid of your weight scale. Or put it in the shed. Or the loft. You only need to focus on your body composition: the fat to muscle ratio. There's so much nonsense floating around out there so it's no wonder so many of you are confused. Which one is the easiest to follow? Which one is financially affordable? Which one is the most effective? Ultimately, which one will help…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 23rd July 2023

Sunday 23rd July 2023

Hello, Why do some people fail to achieve their weight loss goals? There are several reasons why some people may fail to achieve their weight loss goals: 1. Unrealistic Expectations: Setting unrealistic or overly ambitious weight loss goals can set individuals up for failure. It's important to set realistic and achievable goals based on factors such as current weight, body composition, and overall health. Unrealistic expectations can lead to frustration and a lack of motivation if progress is not as rapid as expected. 2. Lack of Consistency: Consistency is crucial for weight loss success. Failing to consistently adhere to a healthy diet and exercise routine can hinder progress. Weight loss requires long-term commitment and lifestyle changes, and sporadic or inconsistent efforts may not yield…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 16th July 2023

Sunday 16th July 2023

Hello, Muscle Loss after 40: The Undeniable Fact If you believe the ads, building muscle is as simple as putting in the effort. Getting fit is merely a mental victory over the physical body. Apparently. Achieving physical perfection is presented as more of a philosophical decision than a practical one. That's not the case, though. At the very least, this is never completely accurate. Muscle gain can be easier or more complicated at different points in our lives for a variety of complex physiological reasons. After the age of 40, most people begin to lose muscle mass. Muscle loss due to ageing affects both men and women in similar ways, making it more difficult to gain or maintain muscle mass as well as slowing down the…

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Saturday 15th July 2023

Join or renew your membership with a friend or family member and enjoy a joint membership for the same price as a single membership. 2 months: £40 per month (£20 each) 3 months: £37 per month (£18.50 each) 4 months: £34 per month (£17 each) This membership includes (for 2 people): Unlimited access to 126 small group personal training sessions each month Unlimited Gym Use Calorie target setting advice Nutritional support. Here is a list of our small group PT sessions: The groups are limited to 8 people. For more information about our Small Group PT membership use this link: Message for more information This offer ends 28th July 2023 Terms & conditions: The free member cannot have been a member of the Woodlands Fitness Centre for at least 60 days. Non-transferable. Minimum Membership…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 9th July 2023

Sunday 9th July 2023

Hello, 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 have got caught up in trying to find out what was the best "pre-workout" or protein powder, but the more I train and figure out my body the more I have realised most of it is all nonsense. Don't rely on fixed resistance machines. And please, please, please don't rely on just doing…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 2nd July 2023

Sunday 2nd July 2023

Hello, Choose one or two people you want to learn training from- If you look up too many different philosophies and become a "program hopper" (which I have done) you will stall in your progress, I learn from quite a few people, but I try to choose a select 4-5 people that I learn most of my information from. There is no such thing as a perfect program. Every program will have its flaws - but as a beginner lifter you should be on a very basic program consisting of bodyweight exercises (pull ups are great!), Squats, Deadlifts, Presses and Rows. Do this 3-4 times a week and focus on perfecting your execution of these exercises. Take the time to find…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 25th June 2023

Sunday 25th June 2023

Hello, Firstly, I did not send out last week's newsletter. Here it is: Right, let's get back to this week's newsletter: Eat good foods! Think about it the word "supplement" means in addition to something else. For instance, training your triceps through a tricep extension is a supplemental exercise to getting a strong bench press, but you wouldn't only do tricep extensions and ignore the bench press would you? No Way! Focus on getting a better diet one small thing at a time, whether it be cutting out dessert or not drinking soda. Focus on drinking a ton of water. Actually, don't drink a ton of water. Firstly, why is anybody measuring water in tons. Secondly, too much water will make you dead. Drink…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 18th June 2023

Sunday 18th June 2023

Hello, Anybody interested in training properly and getting real results in a realistic timeframe should try to eliminate all the bullshit gimmicks around them. Your workouts should be very simple. Full body or upper / lower workouts consisting of compound movements. Sure there are implements or crazy techniques I like to experiment with and implement with myself and a handful of clients - but you need a strong base of old school training before you should even think about trying "advanced" methods. There is no magic pill that can make you get ripped, hench, buff, skinny or whatever term best reflects your goals. There is no magic thing you can wear at night to tone up your legs or your waist. I…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 11th June 2023

Sunday 11th June 2023

Hello, There's nothing wrong with dropping pounds quickly — as long as you're doing it intelligently. Losing weight more quickly may give you more motivation to keep going, though it doesn't really matter how many pounds you lose a week. The only thing that matters is the method you're using to experience weight loss and how well you follow your maintenance plan. The desire to lose weight, and lose weight fast, is common. There's a reason why diets like the cabbage-soup diet exist: People want a quick fix. As a personal trainer who counsels private clients (and who has experienced my own weight-loss journey from being over 16 stone and 26% body fat), I understand that desire. But unlike gradual weight loss, rapid…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 4th June 2023

Sunday 4th June 2023

Hello, More push-ups may mean less risk of heart problems How many push-ups can you do in a minute? The number may predict your risk of heart disease. Harvard researchers analysed data from 1,104 healthy firefighters, average age 40, who did not have cardiovascular disease. Each man performed as many push-ups as possible in one minute. The men also had treadmill tests to measure their cardiovascular health and aerobic fitness. After 10 years, the researchers found that the men who had originally performed the most push-ups were least likely to get heart disease. Specifically, those who could do 40 or more push-ups had a 96% lower risk than those who could only do 10 or fewer push-ups. The men who could do at least…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 28th May 2023

Sunday 28th May 2023

Hello, First off, let's get Bank Holiday opening times out of the way: Monday (29th May): 8am - 2pm Group PT: 9:30am. Group PT: 12:30pm. Right, now let's get back to talking about exercise and fitness. Keeping weight off is a matter of maintenance. Weight maintenance is something that confuses a lot of people and causes them to struggle. They often feel if they don't continue to work out as hard and diet as fastidiously, they will gain their weight back. This is not the case. While you should still count calories, eat healthy food, and continue to exercise, you don't have to be so rigorous. For weight management, you simply need to eat the same amount of calories you are burning — rather than create…

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