Month: March 2010

Sunday the day of rest?

After watching some Match of the day recorded from last night, (good result for Hull City, and surprise goal fest at Stamford bridge)………………..

I was on for some serious sled drags on the field.

sled for weight loss hull


I went for some longer bodyweight sled drags for half a football pitch (about 60yards) and soon realised how dry the grass was!   It was hot but a nice breeze helped 🙂  

The first 30 yards were hard but the last 30 was like pulling a truck!! 

3 of these with 1 min rest in between and I had to take the weight down a plate.  Then, I went for 5 more rounds.


This was a great lower body session and it took me less than half an hour.

Are you spending you time efficiently?


Get in, train hard, and get out!!  




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Jo runs for Cancer Fundraiser

As a busy Personal Trainer in the Hull and East Riding area, I know quite a lot of people and I am one of the first they come to for advice about exercise, looking good, and performing better. 

One of my first friends when I used to work at the Village Leisure Club a few years back was Jo, who taught many classes such as Body Attack, Body Pump, RPM, Body Jam etc.  before moving away down south.  We stay in touch where we can, and she told me the other day that she has entered the Great North Run to try and raise as much as she can for Cancer Research!  She raised over £200 when she ran 10k, and now needs to raise £400  – double the distance = double the help needed!

Here are her own words:


“I started running little over a year ago as I was looking for something to inspire me to get back into fitness, which had taken a back seat since I had started a new more stressful desk job and quit my gym job.

 When I learnt a family member had been diagnosed with cancer, a disease my family, as well as many others, has a history with I signed up for the Race for Life 5k and found I actually really quite enjoyed it, so I signed up for Cancer Research’s 10k later in the year and was quite proud of my achievements.

 However, a year on I find myself in the same position again, another person I know effected and another reason to get off my lazy backside.  So I decided to take the giant leap to a half marathon – The great north run.

 I have 6 months to get my body ready for this and I need all the help I can get not only with generating sponsorship but to get my body ready for this challenge”



Jo has asked me several questions relating to this half marathon (21k run) such as:

How much should I rest?  How far should I push myself? How can I strengthen my leg muscles in order to cope with running for the longer distance?  How much would core and flexibility work help? How can I vary and increase my programmes?

I have given her a running plan of how to approach running for such a difference, as there are quite a few complications…….its not as simple as “run everyday and do a bit more!”

For instance, many runners suffer knee injuries – mainly because they do not scale down the total volume of running. Some also tend to have more frequent injuries in other muscles and joints as they do not use appropriate resistance exercises.  I have had clients report back to me saying when they stopped using weights, the niggly injuries seem to come back   🙁

I’m sure the combination of Jo’s determination and my professional help will help her finish the race in a decent time, and more importantly……………………..raise more money for Cancer Research.

Here’s that link again:




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Nutrition Training for Doctors ‘must be improved’

Between Personal Training clients today, I read through some news headlines.  Nutrition Training for Doctors ‘must be improved’ headed the large number of health reports in the new today.

Check out the article by clicking here!

I find it amazing that we hear phrases such as ‘get your 5-a-day’ and  ‘you are what you eat,’ nearly everyday…………….and yet some doctors have extremely little knowledge on nutrition at all.  Many medical schools don’t even have a required nutrition course!   I have heard other reports that nutrition often only makes up 3% of the course syllabus!

beleive it or not these are nutritionists

               Believe it or not these are nutritionists

If you need to lose weight (which is both important for looking good and getting healthier) often a doctor will prescribe some sort of pill which will most likely:

a) Either not work (and do more damage as it’s probably a chemical alien to your body)

b) Have nasty side effects (Headaches, nausea, leakage (don’t ask!), liver damage and death)

c) Work, (woo!)  however, this could cause another problem in another part of your body – so in fixing one problem, it causes another!

On the other hand, your doctor may say to lose weight with diet and exercise.  They might refer you to a personal trainer in your area like the NRPT,  or……they might give out the standard advice of eat less and do more. I covered the cons  of this ever-so-simplified ‘solution’ in my article “The Calorie Conundrum.”  My simplest answer to this would be ” If it’s all about reducing calories, then why is then, that there are much less calories in processed foods these days and there are so many overweight?!!

If your doctor wants to show off – he may give you something that resembles this:

I’m not going to go into why I think the Food Pyramid is faulty because I have a lot of work to get done! I would really be here all day!

I just saw this in the news and thought you should know!

Have a good day, and research what to eat if you want to look good!



John Cammish (B.S.C) 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 (

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Is Training for Strength different than training for Size?

Good Morning!

It’s been a busy week for me Personal Training in mornings and evenings this week – with nearly every aftenoon off! Sometimes the early night is a good option 🙂

Between my appoinments this morning, 2 Village gym instructors asked me about strength training – as they were discussing muscles, muscle fibres, and their roles…….and how if differed from typical hypertrophy (size) training. Strength Training uses lower repetitions (reps) than Hypertrophy (size) training, and this was put to me in search of an answer.
The answer I spoke about was that strength training does obviously use muscles to move the (heavy) weight………….but they were ignoring the nervous system and the motor units involved in moving an object. I spoke about this training principle in my article “Training for muscle” – which highlighted the need for strength training prior to – or in conjunction with higher reps for increased muscle size.
After all – what is most likely the bigger muscle? A muscle that can push 60kg for 10 reps or a muscle that can push 80 kg for 10 reps? While not the rule – a bigger muscle will more than likely be stronger. (There are exceptions, and this can be seen in various types of athletes that use maximal weights).
The strength training the 2 instructors were referring to is quite taxing on the nervous system and should be handled in terms of intensity, volume and recovery. This brings about topics like periodisation, deloading, tapering and more.

Just thought I would let you know that there is a difference in training for strength and training for size! Its not just “lift heavy weights to get massive!”


Here’s that link again ( Click here )
Have a good weekend!
PS  Heavy weights are an essential component of the Bootcamps I am running. Many people think these are like traditional circuit sessions where you are out of breath from lifting 3kg dumbells a thousand times. If you like to lift heavy, get strong and fit – then click here to see what stuff REALLY goes on in Saturday morning Bootcamp 🙂
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