Month: August 2010

Haha I thought I had seen it all….(Workout at home product)

Heyyyy!!!  What’s up?

I hope you’ve had a good Bank holiday weekend – I was out at Beverley on Sunday and it was breezy as hell!  NOT The place to be relaxing at with friends.

Anyway, What’s been annoying me lately (and for some considerable time now) – is the whole LAZY APPROACH to feeling and looking better.  The ” I REALLY want to be slim……but I want to eat this massive pizza most nights”………”is there a quick fix like a pill or some fat blasting machine please?!!! ” …approach.  The worst thing is that you probably know people who actually say this!

Not the best fat loss food . . . .

This lazy approach………..It’s like it’s infected our whole culture. People are remaining there jobless, when theres plenty of charities that need help……why not volunteer?  Why not offer to be someone’s help at their job, and let them mentor you (like an apprenticeship).  A neighbour near me – the daughters boyfriend knocked on my door the other day and offered to clean my windows for a couple of quid!  Thats commitment……and he doesn’t even NEED a SECOND job!  I’m not sure if this “If I sit here long enough and it will come” mentality has come into the fitness world (im sure it has, a long time ago)……but I am increasingly worried its worse than I thought.

Case in point, Power plates for fat loss. The fact that this is ANOTHER GIMMICK, that has been created to serve the lazy man and women.  FAIR ENOUGH, the person using it is actually doing some work (like a typical resistance session)…….as opposed to those that wash down diet pills and hope for the best………but the majority of the research has shown very little or no effects on fat loss! What the research does show, is that muscle recruitment can be increased – and so benefits mainly the elderly or those that are recovering from injury – In a nutshell….. …those that already have weakened muscles!  I don’t know about you but I would rather be on the ladder to get the strongest – not the ladder that will run out of space in a few weeks. 

Many will say “Oh but Cammish, you can really feeeeeeeeeeeeeeel it the next day!”

I tell you what…………If I held on to a Pneumatic drill for an hour I amm SURE I would know about it the next day.  MY GOD…….My hamstrings and lower back were totally caned after hand-painting the decking in my garden a few Sundays ago!   Does that mean my hamstrings and lower back are weak? Does that mean that I need to do some more – or heavier deadlifts and glute ham raises or leg curls?  NO!!!  All it means is that it was a new stimulus, and that my body is not used to it. That’s it! 

 The further we get away from looking at the effectiveness of a training session from a No Pain, No Gain mentality the better.  What we actually need to look at …….is an improvement in PERFORMANCE……NOT an increase in Pain.

Anyway, You know what? I thought I had seen it all. Seriously, nearly every ‘workout-at-home’ product I have seen has been as somewhat of a joke.

Heres a hilarious video you must SERIOUSLY CHECK OUT!!! 

Did you laugh?  I sure as hell did.   I don’t know if it was the crudeness aspect (YOU KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!) or the fact that it is such a ridiculous product.

It is a ridiculous product ……………………… do you agree? 🙂 

Its a simple yes / no answer.

If you disagree – then go ahead and buy it…..and let me know how you get on with this “fat burning miracle” that can get better results than a pair of dumbells in less than a quarter of the time.  Where is the science? 

If you agree that this is a ridiculous product……….can you see any resemblence between this and the ‘oh-so-amazing, fat burning, toe-tickling, orgasm-producing power plate?!!!”

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Haha, I thought I had seen it all.

John Cammish

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 (

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Who knows best – on Fighting the Fat

Hey there,

Have you been watching “Who Knows Best” (Channel 4)?  I think it’s a really interesting show – In a nutshell, it gets 2 experts of a given subject
(last weeks topic was unemployment managers, the week before it was child sleep experts), and each expert use their contrasting methods to solve a problem.

Well, last nights episode was on the big one………OBESITY.

Obesity is a big worry at the moment. You might have read my article the Calorie Conundrum, where I provided a link to a recent NHS report on obesity statistics.

You can get that by reading the calories article here (click), or go straight to the NHS report here (click).  You will need to be a member of the site to read the article
you can become a member for free by registering here (click).

Anyway back to the show. One bbesity expert was a psychopherapist who described her approach as ‘holistic.’  She used psychological talks, and talked to the person with the obesity problem…..helping them thorough it with mental techniques. 

The other expert was some gung-ho personal trainer, who believed that all obese people were lazy………..and used exercise and dietary tips to solve the problem. They both had 6 weeks to shed as much weight as they could off their respective participants.

I for one........hope not.

The Results

The Personal trainer’s lady lost 22lbs.  The hypnotherapist’s lady lost 6lbs.

Pretty conclusive – do you agree?

The hypnotherapist argued that her method would have long-term benefits, and that the personal trainers method was only a quick-fix. He called bullsh*t, and that he won the challenge fair and square.

What annoyed me about the whole program though – was the attitude of the Personal Trainer. He was aggressive, swearing, unsympathetic, judgemental – all the things that fitness professionals like myself try to get away from!  I’m pretty sure it will have been hyped for TV, but nonetheless – This stereotype needs to die. 

From the program, I learned  things:

1. If the therapist had simply used some dietary and exercise modifications, she would have had a lot more success.

2. If the Personal trainer had put himself in his participants shoes and been a bit more sympathetic……he would have  got more success – and been a bit more liked!

3. There is more than one way to lose weight……..however diet and exercise remain top priorities.

Did you see the program?  What did you think? Did you think the therapist’s method would work longer term?

Please comment!


PS I managed to do my first leg resistance work as my ankle is up to bodyweight squats now. Good to get back into them!

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I want your comments….on childhood obesity report cards

Hey, I really hope you’re having a good week so far – my ankle is still not good but getting a little better each day.  Had to turn down playing in a 5-a-side football tournament in September though ……..GUTTED!

I was scouring the net the other night and found a really interesting story.  It was about childhood obesity……..and that a school in America is sending out report cards telling their parents that their child is too fat, unfit etc.

Heres the news story:   Please read it!

—–> A Weighty Issue: Mass. Schools’ ‘Fat’ Report Cards Crossing the Line?


With Childhood obesity rates spiralling out of control (both over there and over here in the UK) I want to know what you think……..and I want you to leave a comment below!

1. Do you think this needs to be done? (As parents are not doing enough when it comes to what their child eats)

2. Do you think this is nothing to do with the school and that this is pure a family matter?

I think this is a very important matter, and whether or not this is right or wrong –  I would really like to hear your views.


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