My latest podcast all about diets and losing weight … how we view it in society and on social media these days and why it’s still ok to want to lose weight along with a bit about why you might be finding it tough to actually reduce the number in the scales
My latest podcast delves into Group Fitness.
I talk about what group fitness really is, the negative spin it sometimes gets, wh I think people should give it a try, what the best group exercise for you is and some tips on how to make the most out of your group exercise experience.
A throw back to one of my favourite podcasts to record.
Recorded just before Lockdown in late February 2020 with my running partner in crime, Hollie Green, here’s our running top tips.
Sleep is so important to our heath for a variety of reasons, but I’ve often found that people who train a lot tend to struggle getting to sleep, staying asleep and feeling like they have had a good quality sleep on a regular basis.
My sleep recently has been a bit hit and miss, where I feel like I’ve either been sleeping a lot or not sleeping enough. That in itself isn’t great as trying to make up for shorter nights sleep on other nights by sleeping in for longer can also have a negative effect on your sleep habits and how you feel.
A few years ago I did a podcast in relation to this topic where I delve into a bit more depth into some practical solutions for dealing with struggling with a regular sleep pattern. You can listen on the link below or you’ll find it on my Podcast on Apple, Anchor or Spotify (Series One, Episode Three).
Have you realised you’re just a few weeks out from your run and you haven’t really started training?
In my latest podcast I talk about my current situation, factors to help you decide what to do and how to approach the situation if you decide you’re still going to run.
You can listen here:
Last Sunday I was a guest on the Ricky Long podcast.
As part of a series of 32 podcasts where he talks to group exercise instructors about their experiences I chat about my journey into fitness.
I’ve also copied it onto my own podcast so you can catch up here if you didn’t hear it last Sunday!
Today I released my latest podcast about the idea of YOLO and why it could be negatively impacting your fitness goals. It’s short at 18 minutes long!
On Sunday I’ll be appearing on Ricky Long’s podcast talking about the fitness world in general.
One of the things we talk about is Slimming World, I myself did Slimming World before I became a fit pro and feel like I have a decent understanding of it from many angles because of this.
This wasn’t the focus of the podcast so I went into a lot less detail that I could have so I wanted to delve a bit deeper into a point here – it’s not enough as fitness professional to say what’s wrong with slimming clubs – we need to look at what we ourselves can do to help people who may otherwise have turned to such clubs
I did a podcast last year which you can listen to here, where I spoke about my own personal experience of Slimming World and what I think is wrong with the system.
Rather than rehashing that here I instead want to talk about something I’ve touched upon both here and in my upcoming podcast.
Slagging off Slimming World doesn’t help people.
When I needed help I went to Slimming World, I didn’t go to a PT – the idea intimidated me and didn’t feel accessible. All these perfectly nice people I know now would have intimidated me- me now would have intimidated me. I wouldn’t have gone to a fitness event or gym because I’d have felt like a fraud like I didn’t fit it.
Sliming clubs felt accessible for me. That’s why I took that route.
I eventually found training and with it learnt about nutrition and left Slimming World and am where I am now. BUT for that to happen took PTs and group ex instructors who didn’t criticise the route I’d chosen to take, they didn’t point out in distaste all the things that were wrong with Slimming World. They educated me within a framework that allowed me to see why Slimming World can work on a energy in / energy out basis and allowed me to come to the realisation that I didn’t need the club and see the faults for myself.
There weren’t Facebook groups back then for Slimming World but to be honest if there had been and some people had come into them and attacked what was, at the time, working for me I’d have probably defended Slimming World and I wouldn’t have felt like I wanted to go to those people for advice.
In short – as Fitness professionals I think we need to find a balance between exposing myths and educating people without making them feel stupid for trying to reach their goals. How I see this…
That PT thinks everything about Slimming World is stupid
I do Slimming World
So they must think I’m stupid
I’m not going to them to help
In attempting to help there’s a real danger we actually alienate without meaning to.
Now actually Slimming World can be successful in that it creates habits that lead to a calorie deficit. It’s not unsafe or faddy as diets go.
It doesn’t educate.
But you know what – I played rugby for a while, no idea of the rules I just ran at people.
Would I have been a better player if I knew more – yes. Did I still play? Yes.
I honestly don’t know how the best way to go about it is, but I feel like supporting and understanding peoples choices creates an environment of trust that might convince people away from Slimming World and into training and understanding basic nutrition more than simply laughing at the notion of syns, body magic and star weeks ever will.
A couple of weeks ago I recorded a podcast about needing to change things in order to create the change you desire. This week I was a guest on another Podcast where this came up again.
The question was – what’s your biggest frustration within your business. My response was people’s reluctance to change. As in, I often have conversations where people present their goals, what they see as their problems / pain points. The stumbling block for many however is that when potential solutions are presented they are quickly rejected because they don’t fit in with that person’s current lifestyle and what they really want is a solution that allows them to create that change without actually changing anything they actually do.
This is why things like skinny tea attract so many people. You mean I can carry on with my current exercise routine (or lack of), eat exactly the same foods but drink a cup of tea a day and lose weight (or take a pill and lose weight, same concept)- if you have the choice between that and making efforts to change your lifestyle which one would you choose? I get it.
Of course the problem is these things don’t work (or they’d be given out on the NHS to reduce the cost of obesity right?), but it’s so boring and unsexy, the idea you’ve really got to make some form of practical changes to get results.
From the point of view of a PT though. We want to help, a good PT will offer you the best option for you, not their pocket. There’s no gain in suggesting something that will not work, PTs want success stories not dissatisfied customers so when we suggest those practical changes over pills and potions we really are doing it with the clients best interest in mind.
We also understand change is hard. The actual gym sessions are not the hard work, the changes to mindset to get those gym sessions and new dietary habits into your life – that is the hard part.
Why do so many people pay for gym membership and gym plans / programmes then never go / get started? Because actually stumping up cash is easy in terms of effort. What we’d all like is that £100 per month direct debit to mean we will get results. It’s slightly annoying that on top of that we actually have to commit some time and effort.
But you could have the best PT in the world, buy the best programme, join the best gym. All of those are great first steps. If you don’t then accept you will need to make some changes once you’ve taken the plunge, they are pointless.
I’m not talking ridiculous changes here, let me be clear. I’m not saying never eat chocolate again or sell your home and move into the gym. I’m talking small achievable changes – things that can become habits overtime.
I’d love if you could listen to my podcast to hear my thoughts on making lifestyle changes. Next podcast coming soon and will continue this theme, discussing whether you should do things that do not make you happy in order to reach your goals.
I’ve just recorded my latest podcast.
This is all about my thoughts on recent conversations surrounding fitness.