Common gym mistakes

Common gym mistakes

Loo Read - Something you can read in the 3 minutes you are sitting on the loo...

Having spent years working in gyms, here are a few of the most common mistakes I see... If you can correct these, you will be well on your way to a better workout!

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How to build up to doing a full pressup

How to build up to doing a full pressup

Pressups are an amazing exercise. They work your core, your upper body and they can be done pretty much anywhere. But for beginners, they can be hard work. And what is worse, often, when I've talked to people about doing them, they respond with something like:

"Oh no, I can't do them! I'm not going to do them..."

And I think that is a major reason why many people find pressups hard...because they talk themselves out of doing them before they have even tried.

So while you are bored, why not try this simple pressup progression. Follow these progressively harder steps until you can do a full pressup on the floor.

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The “right” and “wrong” ways to do an exercise

The “right” and “wrong” ways to do an exercise

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I was training a person the other day, when they asked me a common question…

“Whats the right way to do a situp?”

The short answer to this is “there isn’t one“…the long answer is:

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Back to basics for the “holy trinity”

Back to basics for the “holy trinity”

Most people start exercising for one or more of the “holy trinity” reasons:

  • To lose weight
  • To get fitter
  • To get stronger

Here are the most basic things to remember about how to achieve them…

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Sleeping Well?

How Can Feeling Tired Impact Your Health?

Welcome to the final article in our sleep trilogy. (Read What is Sleep All About? and How Can Feeling Tired Impact Your Health? for the full series). 

So far we have explored why we need to sleep and the implications if our sleep is disrupted or reduced in quality. This last chapter looks at some of the reasons you may not be sleeping well and offers some things to think about to develop sleep habits that encourage better quality sleep.

Poor sleep does have potentially serious health implications, so if you are persistently not sleeping well seeking professional help is advisable. See the NHS advice at the end of this article.

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How Can Feeling Tired Impact Your Health?

How Can Feeling Tired Impact Your Health?

There is nothing quite like naturally waking in the morning after a good night’s sleep, feeling fully refreshed and excited for the day to start. I love those mornings. 

Personally, a good night’s sleep is an 8 hour or more scenario. Any less has a definite impact on how I feel the next day; my mood, my ability to cope with the daily challenges, no matter how insignificant and my concentration. Most of us can relate to feeling tired and the tendency to feel less ‘with it’ but did you know that research shows people who consistently get better quality sleep live longer? 

So valuing your sleep and aiming for consistent, good quality sleep seems sensible for us all.

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What is Sleep all About?

What is Sleep all About?

Sleep. Something we all do and are all familiar with. Whether we are an 8 hour a night person or refreshed with less, we all need it. It is essential to our survival. 

Scientists think that pretty much every land dwelling mammal experiences sleep. Even dolphins sleep - although with half their brain at a time, which is a rather clever way of them staying alert enough to avoid predators and stay afloat to breathe. 

Scientific studies mean we now know a bit more about sleep and why it is important, although there is still a lot that we do not know. Why we need daily sleep is still not certain for example.

So what is sleep all about and why do we need it? Let’s start with a little bit of science...

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Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Have you ever looked on whilst someone tried something adventurous, scary, thrilling and you thought,

‘I wish I could do that… but…’ ? 

And then inserted some spurious excuse to talk yourself out of trying, like, ‘I’m too old/ young/ big/ small/ weak/ strong…’ ?

If the answer is yes more times than you would like you are likely living in the comfort of your Comfort Zone. On the face of it this might sound like a good place to be. However, there are also great benefits to stepping out of it… 

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Training movements or muscles

Training movements or muscles

There are a million different ways to exercise out there. I’ve moved away from thinking of these ways as “right” or “wrong”, but instead they are just “different”. And some ways will be more/less appropriate to you, depending on things like:

  • Your end goal
  • Training background
  • Current health/injury level
  • Previous health/injury level
  • Personal preference…

I am going to talk you through two of the main exercise types to give you something to think about today. So here goes…

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