Month: May 2010

It seems more people are confused about exercise than I thought……

It seems more people are confused about exercise than I thought.

 

A few weeks ago, I was about to train client as usual.  A bloke told me some of the advice he received on fat loss and increasing stamina – and I shook my head in disbelief.

“Get on the cross trainer, and do 3 minutes forwards –  and then 3 minutes backwards a couple of times”   

 What a load of  s***e!    My mind was thinking – who has said this?  ……..I wont name names, but i will mention that it came from someone in fitness. It’s not another personal trainer, but it is someone who should know better than to give out advice when they do not know what they are talking about.

The man was then shown a protocol by myself using high intensity intervals.  (Hope it’s doing you well if you’re reading 🙂 !   )

By his own admission, he said he was told by someone who “doesnt look like he works out himself!”

This is exactly what is wrong with things today.  People are getting conned by people that are more interested in selling a non-negotiable 12 month contracts and boosting their chance of a bonus, when the people coming through the door are needing help.  (Click this link for more!)

 You have a better options than asking someone who has a vested interest in seeing you struggle by at the gym for months and months…..and makign sure you’re renewing your contract. 

Here a few tips

1. Go to an expert.  What have they done for people?  Have they addressed a problem for someone that you too might have?  If you’re overweight, look for someone who specialises in fat loss.  If you need to improve your speed, go to someone who has got people faster.   Get my drift?

2. See someone who looks good? Ask them what they do!  Unless they’re really busy, most people will give up 5 mins of their time to show you 1 or 2 exercises, and what to do. If you’re just starting out, you probably only need 4-5 exercises to start with anyway.   Hey, and this person can’t help you?  Copy them!

3. Read, read and read some more!  There is so much information out there now it’s untrue.  I even have my own article page right here ——>  ARTICLES PAGE

The only thing I would warn about is that there is a lot of crap out there too.  Learn to trust some sources that have worked for others(maybe friends you know?) and be open to trying different things.  Most new clients that come to me are still surprised when i discuss why the fat burning zone is a total myth, and has been promoted over and over – to help sell more gym memberships, and much much more.

On a much lighter note, I’m away tomorrow for a break away!

 

Bootcamp are moving outside for the summer! (And probably some hardcore ones outside in the winter!) 

Bootcamps starting again on Saturday June 12th for the men, and there will be mixed men and women sessions from June 14th 🙂

You can check the dates and venues for the mens bootcamps HERE and the mixed mens and womens bootcamps HERE

See you soon,

John

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A rant! “Healthy Food is expensive”

I’m a little annoyed, like I am this time of every year – because now the football season has ended, and I really like my football!!  The thought of no Match of the day for a while upsets me!  Here in Hull, the mood is less than positive due to the amount of games lost – condemining Hull City to relegation.

 

 

Anyways I’m also a little annoyed because I keep hearing about people eating crap, and then excuses for doing so.

When it comes to fueling and feeding your body, what do you do? What do you put in?

Do you think that a chicken breast is better for you than some economy chicken nuggets? Do you disagree?  Is organic the only way forward?    

Have a think.

 

Many people will say that healthy food is simply “too expensive” and that they can’t afford to buy good food…..let alone organic etc etc.

I’d like to point out a few observations that I often see or hear about:

1. People with their expensive cars pulling up to cheap food takeaways.  Having a massive 50+ inch TV which you watch 3-4 hours a day – are these priorities right? Maybe if we didnt spend that much on these insignificant items we might feel a lot better.  We would be ‘able’ to afford high quality food, exercise a lot more…..and feel a hell of a lot better!

2. Drinking expensive fizzy drinks or alcohol when quality food like eggs cost less than £2 for 10-15. There is some serious quality protein in those eggs! Eggs are your friend!  Did you see my ‘easter eggs’ this easter? If not, click here to read the blog post.

 

3. The healthier you are, the less you will spend on prescription drugs. That means cut out or reduce the following: Cigarettes, alcohol, sugar, processed foods. Prevention is better than cure!

4.  You will simply feel better for doing so!  What’s the point of living life to feel crap most of the time? 

We work to be able to afford our lifestyle.  If you do have money……..can you not hire or delegate someone else to shop / clean / do whatever task needs to be done so that you can eat feel and live well???  If you’re living off a tight budget, what is honestly the best option you can buy?  Believe it or not – Vegetables are surprisingly cheaper than you think if you use your imagination when cooking or preparing meals.  I would even say that beans on toast is a far better meal than a greasy pizza or McDonald’s.

If you are feeling ‘sub-optimal’, it is most likely your food, your sleep and your exercise that are sub-optimal. You do want to feel (Optimal) your best right? 

Most people looking for a weight loss coach or health coach in the Hull area come to me for success, and these 3 things are key to you feeling better.  Yes there are different foods, different exercise types, models, etc etc. that work better than others, but until you start tweaking these three things, you will most likely feel the same as you always have! 

 

” Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting

different results. ”
                                                                           

                                                                                                                       Albert Einstein

Food has a bigger effect than exercise.  You know it makes sense. 

 

So next time you automatically stick something in your trolley….or your mouth….Have a think!

 

Oh, and I’ve cheered up because the world cup is here in 4 weeks! 

 

 

 Yes!

 

John

 

PS   If you didn’t already catch it – I wrote an article all about why calories are not a very accurate method of food quality in the members section here -> The calorie Conundrum

PPS Not a member yet?  Click here for free registration.All you need is a valid email address!

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Adrian goes from strength to strength . . . .

There was a bit of a buzz around the Village gym in Hessle near Hull (where I train around half my clients) a couple of months back, because I mentioned to one of the staff that one of my clients, Adrian, hit a new HEAVY Personal Record in the deadlift. 

 

We’re talking big numbers here……and for a man who was a stranger to proper training 2 years ago, and hadn’t actually performed a PROPER DEADLIFT until last summer!! His efforts have more than paid off.

Click Here to see some serious weight being lifted – he makes it look easy!

 

Adrian has worked hard to get so strong, and is about to go on another bout of strength training.

I can tell that when Adrian is showing strength – he’s feeling good.  I know because I regularly get under the bar and test my limits. 

This morning, I joined in with the Bootcamp lads for the conditioning part of the bootcamp………we pulled a 100kg sled 750yards in a touch over 12 minutes. It started off ok, but a couple of minutes in – the quads were burning and pumped like no other feeling.  If you want to feel your quads then reverse sledding is a must if you haven’t tried it.  A new lad has said he is there next week – is this your time to come and have a go? 

Are you all talk and no walk? 

Email me at john@yournextlevelfitness.co.uk to book on.

John

PS  Your first go is free……you have no risk whatsoever 🙂

PPS  Adrian’s squat and leg strength is right up there.  If you missed the recent article I put up about the importance of leg training – click here to read it!  If you want to be strong standing up – train those legs!

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Leg training – is it happening?!

I hope you all had a good bank holiday weekend.  I have had a nightmare 2 weeks, involving cars, thieves, and gas boilers.  Dont ask! 

Anyway……..(!)

As the summer gets ever closer, the sun seems that much hotter – flesh starts appearing here and there.  Jeans become dresses and shorts, and more and more people try to lose weight before their holidays. 

Lads like summer clothes coming out

 

As a weight loss trainer, I am becoming increasingly more observant about people’s exercise habits.

While there are more shorts coming out – I am not seeing nearly anywhere as many people training their legs! This means that a lot of women are not getting the most out of their exercise program, especially for fat loss……..and men remain with legs that resemble thick twigs.  

You may even hear the phrase “He’s got chicken legs!” 

Any man doesn’t want that.

  

 If you’ve got a bad case of chicken legs……..I suggest you man up and get under the bar!

 

To read the full article on leg training – Click here!

 

You must be a member of John Cammish Personal Training to read the article, and membership is  free! 

 

Not a member yet?  Click here to gain free access on articles regarding fat loss, muscle size, athletic performance and health.

 

Hope you enjoy the article.  Please drop a comment – I want to know if you agree or disagree.

Heres that link to the full article again  (Click here!)

John

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Leg training – is it happening?!

Some observations

As the summer gets ever closer, the sun seems that much hotter – flesh starts appearing here and there.  Jeans become dresses and shorts, and more and more people try to lose weight before their holidays. 

Lads like summer clothes coming out

 

As a weight loss trainer, I am becoming increasingly more observant about people’s exercise habits.

While there are more shorts coming out – I am not seeing nearly anywhere as many people training their legs! This means that a lot of women are not getting the most out of their exercise program, especially for fat loss……..and men remain with legs that resemble thick twigs.  

You may even hear the phrase “He’s got chicken legs!” 

Any man doesn’t want that.

  

 If you’ve got a bad case of chicken legs……..I suggest you man up and get under the bar!

 

 

It amazes me at how much men give so much attention to their chest and arms – when sometimes there is no base underneath.  The whole posterior chain – your lower back, glutes, hamstrings and calves are responsible for producing the most powerful forces from your body. 

Look at any quick or explosive athlete and you will see great posteror chain development – and will often have great quads as a nice aesthetic by-product.

 

I do train my legs!…well remember to anyway 

 Ok, ok, so you already know you should be training your legs……or at least more frequently. I’ll bet even some of you  are thinking, ” Steady on there Cammish, I do train my legs….on that……………..um….one where you sit down and straighten your leg.”    

That’s a leg extension.  Yes, they will activate the quadriceps muscles on the front of your thigh, but that is all it will do. (Apart from inhibit your glutes, because you are sitting down……….and we all do could with a bit more time sat down right???

Right?!!!!) 

“Oh but I do the leg curl too”  could be another excuse.  (Another sitting-down exercise).  

I would like to show you 2 weapons you can use to ramp up your metabolism for fat loss, or add some size to those twigs.

Squats and lunges – going topless is optional 🙂

 

These 2 exercises are simple to do, but they are not easy!  I suggest going light when you try them, but after a while try to increase the weight.  You should be striving to get to parallel…….Glutes in-line with you knees, or even lower – if your flexibility allows ….see ‘How low should you go’ for more info (Click Here!) 

Don’t be satisfied when you can out-lift most of your mates, thats just the start.  An impressive set of legs goes in hand with an impressive amount of weight on the bar.

Why these are superior exercises 

1. If you are not training legs at all (and running does not count as leg training) – then these 2 exercises will get your largest muscles working, and thus burn more calories.

2.  You are standing up, and moving many more muscles, and even in some lunge variations you are moving around a lotThis will burn even more calories.

3. These exercises will stimulate particularly your muscles, (lean body tissue) to stay metabolically active and again burn more calories!  Running, will use the your legs, but will not stimulate the muscles of the legs anywhere near as much as a well executed squat or lunge.

4. The exercises ‘force’ you to use your abdominal muscles to stabilise yourself, so you don’t fall over.  Who doesnt want a little more ab stimulation 😉

 

5. This ones for you lads.  The bigger muscles that are stimulated produce more of your natural growth hormone.  This can burn fat at one level (again a big advantage), and also you can increase your upper body muscle size.  This works two-fold, as other exercises become affected.  For example, if you have weak legs, they may limit the weight you can use in the deadlift. What has more chance of building a thicker back and bigger arms – a 100kg deadlift……or a 150kg deadlift?

 

We all know a big deadlift can pack on size  – so you lads better get training those legs!

The number 1 reason why you won’t see many squats and lunges being done:

They’re really hard.  Step it up a gear and either start training your pegs, or be happy with chicken legs!

 John Cammish (BSC) is a local East Yorkshire Fitness Bootcamp Instructor and real-world fat loss expert. He has helped countless individuals change their lives through postive habits with a focus on tried and tested methods. For more details about Personal Training, Fitness Bootcamps, Free Articles and more – check his website (www.yournextlevelfitness.co.uk)

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