Month: April 2011

Advice From The Best Personal Trainers


Weight training is a must for a lean physique.

If you re a woman reading this – you may want to squat . . .

If you want to be strong – you had better lift some heavy weights…..(Not stand on a wobble board!)

Bosu and fitball training could be useful – but many trainers use it because they want to do ‘something new’ or ‘trendy’…..even if its ineffective, and they spend lots of time doing gimmicky exercises!  (Sometimes this is worse than ineffective – they can be downright DANGEROUS)

You only get one pair of knees . . . .


Training outdoors is ace. Sun out, a fresh wind, and some simple tools can make for an awesome training session. Picking heavy stuff up really separates the men from the boys – check the sandbag here

Pete Cohen ‘the weight loss guru’ is a funny guy. His happiness rating system had me at 79% happy!

Kids need more athleticism and less sport specific training.  Oh…………………and less computer games and junk food.

If you are looking for a personal trainer to help you get in shape, check that they are in shape!

When Im not teaching aerobics – I help people lose weight!

Toxins are everywhere – do your best to keep them out of your body.

Money doesn’t make you happy – some people are so happy and have so little.  Focus on what is important to YOU.

Step classes are for women – men doing step  just looks wrong!

Trainers that go on and on about whatever aerobics class getting them ripped muscles, actually built those muscles in the gym first.  What does this mean? If you re weak and de-conditioned – you had better be doing more lifting and less prancing around!

I’ve done a great job designing my Bootcamp training methods for fat loss and work capacity. My Bootcamp is complete as it doesn’t just focus on press ups and shuttle runs. By all means, do this in the park now and then……but without balancing the work around the shoulder – you will inevitably end up with shoulder pain.   Just watch how many classes (and possibly personal training sessions are unbalanced next time you re in one.

Lots of bench pressing? Check. Lots of Press ups? Check. No pull ups? Check. Shoulder pain? Check!!!!!


I could go on and on.  Sometimes you just need reminding of what you know…………..and sometimes you just need a group setting to have the confidence to take action.   Bootcamper Vicky reported positive measurements this week (Check out her words here)  She took the plunge in january and hasnt looked back.  Other Bootcampers are stronger, fitter………..and can now cope with exercises that were extremely tough in the beginning. 

You get out what you put in.


Til next time.




How Are You Fuelling Your Passion And Making Yourself Happy?

Hey up!

I’ve been MEGA BUSY this last 4 days spending 3 of them in sunny Loughborough at the annual FitPro Spring Convention, and the other preparing for some big things for John Cammish Personal Training clients.  At the Fitpro conference,  there were loads of world class coaches, imparting their knowledge, educating and inspiring many fitness professionals to help more and more people.  For for a glimpse of the action – click here ———>

Today I want you to ask yourself a couple of questions. The questions are:

What am I doing to make me happy? Can I do more of it? Can I do it better?

In a sea of blue - you can be the happy one!

The reason I ask, is that we all spend a lot of time doing stuff that probably just eats up time, and nearly everyone of us can say “I wish I had a bit more time so I could ____(Fill in the blank)_____ . 

I made this mistake as I neglected my guitar time over the past few years. I made the conscious decision the past 2 years to spend some time just jamming – as it relaxes me and makes me happy.  Sure, I still would LIKE to get more guitar time in – the main thing is I am getting more than I was – and I can tell I am far happier for it. 


What makes you happy? Do a little more of it.

Can you do it better?  If I wanted to increase my ability at guitar I would knuckle down and try to learn some new songs, riffs, solos etc.  At the moment, I just want enjoyment so I am happy to just ‘play!’ 

Lesson learned? Doing something better does not only mean doing something ‘harder’.  

Aswell, this weekend at the conference, we trained bootcamp-style…………..IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS.  Its unreal how much training outside can feel with the sun out, a light breeze and a group of other like-minded individuals.  IT’S ACE!!!

We cranked some  energy at last nights Bootcamp – it was good to get back into the swing of things with my Bootcampers. Hard bursts, done with effective programming.

If you havent tried circuits outdoors - you're missing out!

*Please note,  I believe a run now and then can be beneficial…………..but it doesnt compare to the intensity of a properly created fat loss circuit.  This morning I saw a woman ‘running’…………..I think she could easily have walked at the same pace she was going. I really do think this can be doing more harm than good. (Why not just walk?)


There you have it. 

Ask yourself some important questions, and do something about it.  You might have to sacrifice something………….but if its worth it then surely that’s a no-brainer investment opportunity.


PS Keep your eyes and ears tuned in over the next couple of weeks.  There are some things I am bringing to the plate that will help you take your happiness through fitness to the next level. Watch your emails.  Not a member of the website?   You had better click here  ———->

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Get In The Real World!

Isn’t it funny how much real work is harder than on typical gym machines?  I went for a set on the shoulder press machine the other day for a change and thought it felt so much easier than a dumbell overhead press!

Weight-for-weight = easier than 2 dumbells


I have been doing some painting and decorating recently and it was clear how much real-world strength comes from weight liftng and strongman training – as opposed to pretty shinythings that look all pretty but have half as much use.

Looks can be deceiving!!!

Ripping wood from walls and unscrewing screws that had been in 15+years meant my upper arms and forearms were rock solid – it was tough work…………but would have been tougher if I hadnt trained my chin ups and farmers walks! 

It’s funny how simple things like lifting settees, ripping wood from walls and general handyman stuff can highlight weaknesses.  It’s a shame that so many stick to the machines in the belief (and myth) that they are safer than free weights. 

Why are free weights safer? 

They are safer because you can train your muscles in 3 dimensions, and secondly in a controlled environment.  There are other reasons – but for these alone you should ditch the machines more often than not. You will be better prepared by doing deadlifts for 6 months than to go from nothing to licking up something heavy when you help a mate move their stuff!!!


This is 10 times reinforced when training for sports.  I highlighted in this post, how I have never been injured doing weight training   (actually, apart from when doing a high-rep bodypump class in an underprepared gym. … I ditched that routine soon after).   I am actually still recovering from a foot injury sustained during a 5 a side match, and unfortunately in sport…….these things happen.

If you want to gain real-world strength and be strong and safe – lift free weights and progressively make it heavier. I’ll just add that cable exercises, while not ‘free weights’ are good too………they do allow more natural movement than fixed machines 🙂

So my challenge to you is this:  If you use a machine a lot in your current program – try out the free weight equivalent and see the difference. 

Here are some examples:

Shoulder press machine ———-> Barbell or Dumbell Shoulder Press

Chess Press machine ———-> Press up / Dumbell Bench Press

Fixed Vertical pull Machine ———-> Recline row / Dumbell Row

Leg Extension ———-> Squat   (Click here to read more about the sad fact about leg training going AWOL in todays world)

You get the idea!  Now do it!

Peace out!


PS   The Bootcampers took it outside last night for the first evening class of 2011, and it was very intense in parts. If you have ever been up early enough on a Saturday morning to witness my Bootcamps –  you will see movements like sled pulls, press ups and chin ups.  You don’t get more real world than that!

(Check out the mens video and the dates for April, contact me for a trial)

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