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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 14th February 2022

Monday 14th February 2022

Hi, The problem with getting results is that they then have to be sustained. Sadly, the vast majority of people who lose weight will regain it - and often exceed what they lost. Is this what weight loss clubs rely on? Repeat business. Achieving your goals (which should always specific to you and not what society dictates you should look like) will reflect you worked hard for it. No money can buy it. You can not inherit it. You cannot steal it. You cannot borrow it. You cannot hold onto your dream body without constant work. It shows dedication. It shows discipline. It shows self respect. It shows dignity. It shows patience. And a work ethic. Maybe a little bit of…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 7th February 2022

Monday 7th February 2022

Hi, Writing these newsletters each week can be a bit worrisome. The advice and guidance I give isn't always universal because our members have a broad spectrum of goals, circumstances and preferences and writing something for everyone can be daunting. Based on the thirteen years I've been running da Fitness Centre, the majority of people seem to join because they want to look and feel better. As such, I tend to focus more on these goals. Generally speaking, most of us do want to look and feel better, right? I wonder if anybody wants to look and feel worse? This particular newsletter intro is more about the aesthetics. Because some people want to look better. For whatever reason. As Linzi would…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 31st January 2022

Monday 31st January 2022

Hi, Visualisation is key. Imagine your body after transformation. Think about it every morning, think about your new body with every glass of water you take, imagine it before ordering something in a restaurant or a bar. The more you think of it, the more realistic it will seem and the more dedicated you are going to become. Imagine how you feel inside your new body, what clothes you choose to wear. Where would you go and what activities would you take on? For more guidance, tips and information, please read the rest of our newsletter. But first, here are our opening times, links to our website, some prices and more... Gym Only memberships: Joint/Student (per month): 12 months: £22 3 months: £24 1 month: £26 Single…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 24th January 2022

Monday 24th January 2022

Hi, Not everyone is a good candidate for a successful body transformation. It is the naked truth - not everyone can transform their body dramatically and keep it this way. If it would be so easy, nobody would hire a personal trainer and everyone would look like fitness models. The success of your body transformation ultimately depends only on one person: you! How much do you really want it? How hard you are ready to work? There is no need to get scared - but these facts must be understood before starting your body transformation. There will be lots of work and lots of weak moments during the process. In my professional career, I have seen many success stories as well…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 17th January 2022

Monday 17th January 2022

Hi, Take a look around - TV ads, social media, even adverts on the streets and buses are simply shouting how easy and fast transforming your body is. In January we endured the ads about 'New Years resolutions' and in September all you can see are post and adverts about 'Back from holiday - back on track resolutions'. What it usually does, it provokes guilt and anxiety, leading to low self esteem and frustration. It really doesn't matter what the ad tries to sell, as it sells a bunch of those negative feelings in addition to the products or services it promotes. All these ads from fitness supplements companies simply shout how easy it is to pop a pill and get…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 10th January 2022

Monday 10th January 2022

Hi, After deciding to transform your body, you have to clearly evaluate your current physical state and envision the goal which you will try to achieve. Keep in mind that we perceive our own body image differently than others perceive us, so the definition of your body transformation has to be decided by you. And this is the thing that you most probably won't hear from a personal trainer. Hundreds of people on TV, social media, magazine covers and even personal trainers can make you believe that there is one ideal physique for everyone. Don't rely on such information - even if you are able to achieve this 'ideal physique', it will be enormously hard to maintain. Many people are struggling…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 3rd January 2022

Monday 3rd January 2022

Hi, Let's get this straight: transforming your body won't be easy, but it will be definitely worth it. Body transformations may vary depending on the goal a person is trying to achieve: it can be weight related (if you want to lose or gain some kilos), muscle mass related (if you want to gain muscle mass) or health related - get fitter, faster or stronger. Professional personal trainers know some tips and tricks, how to make this process smoother for their clients, so definitely consider getting some help. It would be so much easier if someone would define what body transformation actually is. Actually, there is no straightforward answer to that! As each person is different, the concept of body transformation also depends…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 2nd January 2022

Sunday 2nd January 2022

Hi, I'd like to start this newsletter by wishing all of our members - past, present and future - a very happy, fulfilling and successful new year. Just a reminder that tomorrow (Monday 3rd January) is a Bank Holiday, so we'll be open 8am to 2pm. There will be a group session at 9.30am. Right, now let's get back to talking about fitness, fat loss and nutrition. Because losing fat is 70% nutrition. Why? Because you can't easily out train a bad diet! Believe me, I've tried. Tried hard. Those Mars Bars catch up with you eventually. This means you have to establish a calorie target and stick to it. Every. Single. Week. Using The Mifflin-St. Jeor equation, let's do the sums for a 44…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 27th December 2021

Monday 27th December 2021

Hi, The advice I give in my newsletters is not for everyone. It's not intended for those who really have their nutrition dialled in, such as competitive bodybuilders and other athletes who benefit from fairly dramatic changes in their nutrition, such as 'off season' and 'pre-contest' and so on. These articles are not intended for those with medical issues who may be on a specific diet to treat or manage a specific medical condition. These newsletters are intended for the average person who wants to get off the Yo-Yo diet merry-go-round once and for all. As that's probably 99% of the population, it will cover millions of people. People should also not be scared off by my "you have to eat this way…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 20th December 2021

Monday 20th December 2021

Hi, The big picture realities of permanent weight loss and how you can look at a weight loss program and decide for yourself if it's for you based on what has been covered in these newsletters: • Permanent weight loss is not about finding a quick fix diet, but making a commitment to life style changes that include nutrition and exercise • Any weight loss program you choose must pass the "Can I eat that way for the rest of my life?" test, • The weight loss program you choose should ultimately teach you how to eat and be self reliant so you can make informed long term choices about your nutrition. • The weight loss program you choose should not leave you reliant on…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 13th December 2021

Monday 13th December 2021

Hi, There is a sucker born every minute. Seriously. Some people out there are, like, totes super gullible. When choosing a diet, always use the "Can I eat that way for the rest of my life?" Test. I know, it does not exactly roll off your tongue, but it gets the point across. The lesson here is: any nutritional plan you pick to lose weight must be part of a lifestyle change you will be able to follow - in one form or another - forever. That is, if it's not a way of eating you can comply with indefinitely, even after you get to your target weight, then it's worthless. Many fad diets you see out there will fail the "Can I…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Monday 6th December 2021

Monday 6th December 2021

Hi, Psychology plays a major role in determining if people are successful with long term weight loss. If it's not addressed as part of the overall plan, it can be the factor that makes or breaks your success. This, however, is not an area most nutrition programs can adequately tackle and maybe should not be expected to. You might need help with motivation, goal setting, and support. If you see yourself as someone who has failed to maintain their weight long term, then maybe - in addition to regular resistance training - you will need to address those issues via counselling, support groups, etc. If you've tried every diet and exercise plan and can't slim down, there may be a psychological…

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