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Small Wins For Motivation

Maintaining motivation in your training can often be hard. This will cause us to go through peaks and troughs in our desire to go to the gym. The focus on one specific “holy grail” goal that will be (hopefully) achieved in 6 weeks or whenever it may be, can often feed into our drooping motivation. […]

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Changing Your Eating; It’s Not All About Looking Good

Changing Our Eating; It’s Not All About Looking Good As Personal Trainers we get a lot of questions regarding how to change our eating habits, and peoples motives are very often image driven. I’ve spoken previously about not relying on the scales for image. Good nutrition, however, is not all about looking good. Appearance is […]

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Ditching the Scales – Should You Focus on Weight?

Ditching the Scales! So many clients walk through the gym doors seeking a drop in the number of the scales. It is great to have a goal, but should you focus on your weight? Sometimes it is worth ditching the scales and making sure we have other, less weight-focused goals. Unfortunately we are all made […]

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Accepting Change – Drift From Your “Norm”

This post is going to use my own recent experiences in golf as an analogy for your training or diet. Sometimes we get so used to doing things a certain way and develop habits that we seldom actively move away from these. Being so engrossed in one way of doing something, although at the time […]

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Exercise and mental health

It’s mental health awareness week for those of you who didn’t already know. Poor mental health is becoming a serious concern for many. Stress is a big contributing factor in the rise of ill-mental health. Stress itself isn’t directly a mental health condition. But our inability to cope with stress can lead to the decline […]

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Top Tips To Being More Confident! You Can Do It!

What is Self-Confidence? Weinberg and Gould (2007) described self-confidence as “the belief that you can successfully perform a desired behaviour.” Self-confidence itself is multidimensional, meaning we can be confidne tin one area of our lives, but less so in other realms. How confident we are depends on the specific behaviour or taask and the sociocultural […]

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Top 5 Stress Management Tips

Stress Management: A “Real World” Perspective In recent weeks I published a blog article on the whats, whys, and hows of stress which drew on some of the psychology of stress and the management of stress. What I wanted to do with the current article was to offer a little more of a “real world” […]

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What Is Burnout? And Why Do We Get It?

  It is usually around this time of year that people start giving up on the gym, one reason for this we call ‘burnout’. Some people may just have a lack of motivation or not sufficient drive to reach their goals, whereas burnout can be caused due to several different factors. So how do you […]

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The Whats, Whys, and Hows of Stress!

What is Stress? Generally, we see stress as sense of pressure, negative emotions, and unpleasant tension. Contemporary, psychological, definitions of stress break the concept down. It is broken down into “stressors” (e.g., external environmental factors) and the “response to the stressors” (e.g., feeling pressured). The concept of stress involves physiological, behavioural, and psychological consequences. Stress […]

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Get Motivated: Client and Personal Trainer Perspectives

We are almost a month after the Christmas break, the gyms have been bustling with new gym members and old stalewarts. It is around this time we would expect to see some of the new years resolutioners’ enthusiasm begin to diminish. Is the spark for your fitness fix begeinning to fade? Are you struggling to […]

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Changing Your Training Environment – 4 Key Factors

Everyone likes to train in different ways, in different environments. I don’t pretend to be any sort of psychologist, but it does really interest me how motivation and therefore training adaptation can be altered so much by the environment that we train in. So I thought I’d write a blog about how changing your training […]

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5 Top Tips To Fit Exercise Around Work!

Exercise can often get pushed to the back burner when life gets hectic, whether it is work, socialising, family or just lack of motivation everyone (even myself) have been guilty of making excuses for not exercising. So the question is…..how can we fit exercise around our busy lives, work and families. So, without further ado, here are […]

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Goal Setting – Why You Should Be Setting Process Goals Ahead of Outcomes!

  Goal setting….we’ve all been there! You’re ready to make a change, you’re sat thinking about setting that end goal to keep you focused; whether it be fitness, physical or even a weight goal. Specifically with a weight goal, as personal trainers, we often hear….’I want to…. Weigh X amount by Z date’ More often then not, […]

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Beyond the Muscles – Weight Training and Identity Control

  This weeks article is another installment of my PhD studies. The previous articles have higlighted my findings that associate muscularity with the enhance ment of masculinity and the empowerment of an independent feminine identity. What follows are the ongoing findings of my final study which broadens the scope of muscularity and it’s benefits on controlling […]

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Muscularity And The Empowered Woman

Following last weeks blog, this week covers more PhD findings and highlights the beneficial influence muscularity and strength has on some of the females included in my studies. So, this week I’m looking at muscularity in females. More and more women have been engaging in weight lifting activities. There is often a stigma around women and […]

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