Month: May 2013

Instantly Lose a Stone In a Day!!!!

Don’t you just love titles like the one above?  The headlines that promise you what you want…….RIGHT NOW!

 right now - everything you want

You know it’s impossible……..but you still fall for it.

You want to BELIEVE that those AMAZING results can be achieved because you have simply left it too late – and you need it NOW….or yesterday!

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Then there’s the other side.

You JUST DON’T BELIEVE ANYMORE.

 

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Someone said to me recently that someone was just ‘born to be a good distance runner.’

That’s bull.

It’s very VERY rare that someone is ‘born’ superior than anyone else at anything.

More often than not – it’s the hours spent learning and improving that is the major deciding factor.

 

Michael Jordan wasn’t born the greatest ever basketball player.  He practiced and practiced until he was tired. Then, he would grab a drink….and then practice some more. He would practice long after the other players had left.

Similarly with David beckham – who just spoke about his time with now retiring Alex Ferguson

Same with Tiger Woods. (Click to read his 12 hour practice day!)

 

While I am nowhere in the same league as the above – I believe myself to be a great all-round athlete in that I can adapt to most sports. I’m fast, strong, and move pretty well.

Was I born that way?  NO!  I was fortunate enough for my parents to send me to various activities like football, gymnastics, athletics and badminton…and I was determined to work hard be good at these sports.  I am 100% sure it is down to practice.  I am equally really bad at things like practical DIY and anything to do with a car engine…..because I have not spent time on learning the skills!

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It has been said that it takes 10,000 hours to be considered ‘an expert’ or ‘great’ at something.  (Malcolm gladwell)

If you didn’t have the opportunity to practice sporting activities when you were young – you may have a disadvantage than some who do…………BUT your journey is just starting in a different place.

You decide if you need or want more practice.

You decide where you stack the odds of getting better at whatever it is…… whether it is running a mile in a quicker time, bench pressing your bodyweight a number of times or playing the piano.

 

Our world is filled with ‘right now’ results……but it’s a lie.

The easiest way to make progress is to make some time for your activity every day (maybe 5-20minutes) and work hard in that short period of time.  If you miss a day – it’s not the end of the world……..but I firmly believe that 5 minutes 6-7 days a week is better than 6 days of nothing and then 1 day of 30minutes.

After all….you will lose track of feedback. You will have forgotten where you left off, what was difficult, what you were good at. What it felt like.

So take each day a step at a time – and make a commitment to be better than you were yesterday 🙂

 

 

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John

 

 

 

 

Great Day For Hull + Discover How to Fix the 7 Deadly Workout Sins

Great Day for the City of Hull – Exciting times!

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Great weekend and weather all round!

 

Lose Fat

If you read my blog – you may know that I am giving away my Free E-Book

“Discover How to Fix the 7 Deadly Workout Sins to Achieve Metabolic Breakthrough”

 

If you want it straight away………then you should CLICK THE PICTURE BELOW.

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If you want to know a bit more, then read on……!

 

The first part goes into a personal story of mine – and you may too have had a similar experience.  It’s where you first visit  a gym to see if it’s the place for you, and they’re like ” Hey Buddy!  You’re my best pal – you’re going to love it here!

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Then you sign up.

You can’t wait.

The staff seemed so friendly, you’re buzzing to get started.

 

The next day – the sales guy doesn’t even remember your name 🙁

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We then go into what METABOLISM is – and why you need to keep it high to get – or stay LEAN.

 

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Then the 7 deadly workout sins are laid out for you.  

 

Body part splits Vs Full Body workouts

– The amount of time you exercise MATTERS

– The TYPE of exercise you do is CRITICAL

– Sets and circuits – The Benefits and drawbacks

– How much rest is enough?

– Routine and how often to change it

– The FAT BURNING ZONE MYTH

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This FREE E-BOOK is actually in 3 parts because there’s so much information in it !

 

If you want in (and also to get weekly tips to look and feel great) – then CLICK HERE.

 

This is the last chance to stay involved with my emails…. 

 

John

 

We ALL Feel Like This At Some Point…..

YOU have had THAT training session.

I have had THAT training session.

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Where you ACHE FOR DAYS AND DAYS!

 

Yes, that FIRST TOUGH TRAINING SESSION.

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Muscle Soreness or DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) – nearly always when you do something

a) New / different (eg type of training or a new exercise)

b) You haven’t done in a while ( going from doing no exercise to doing a full hour)

c) Harder (eg the same exercise but heavier….or for more total reps)

 

I have stated this many times that Muscle soreness doesn’t mean that whatever you were doing before wasn’t working!

It’s just from the reasons above!

 

This Weekend…..

So this happened to me this weekend.

I haven’t really run for more than 40 minutes in a few years!

That might surprise you as I am ‘into fitness’ ……..and fitness is nearly always associated with running.

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The truth is that most of my training sessions……..(and also what I recommend to my clients) revolve around:

a) Getting stronger

b) Full body exercises that get the heart rate up quickly

c) High Intensity interval training in short bursts – that again speed up the heart rate quickly

d) 30-60minutes total – and theres probably more resting than working goes on as there is rest after each working set.

 

I do this because it’s more time efficient than doing most activities for an hour.

This Sunday – I fancied a challenge!

 

RUNNING

We have been doing the odd run to simply change training up as some of us are aiming to raise some money for charity this summer – you can click the link and donate if you wish….

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…or you can wait till we do the TOTAL Warrior Challenge!

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Either way – we simply need to get better at longer distance running!

Bootcamp client Ben asked about a run and I tagged along and it was actually nice to get out on a scenic run!

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It was hard.

I managed to keep pace (or so Ben told me!) and I felt good that my normal training methods kept my fitness levels up. I think we ran 7.5 miles in something like an hour and a minute or so…..and it was humid too.

Come Monday morning…..OWWWW!

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My thighs and calves were so sore!!! I was having trouble walking in the morning – but the more I walked….the better it got.

I was able to move around at bootcamp on Monday night – but there would be no chance of me being able to push the prowler or do lunges with dumbells. Nope. No way Jose.

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I know next time I will be less sore – and I might even get a bit quicker!

 

Take home message

We all do that ONE training session which might be so painful afterwards that you don’t want to do it again in fear of that pain.

BUT(!) – the next time the pain will be less, and the time after that you will maybe have a dull ache. The more you do something – the better your body gets at it!

 

Did I mention that our ‘Bootcamp’ are not like other Bootcamps?  No army-style shouting – just motivation when needed and a great great atmosphere.

Most people don’t make it to the first session as they fear ‘being beasted’. …..when it’s not like that at all.

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Are you going to be one of the few that tries it out? 😉

 

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John