Month: December 2011

Best of 2011 – Part 2!


 I can tell you’ re eagerly awaiting your second installment from ‘ The best bits of 2011. ‘  If you missed it (or simply want a recap) – you can catch up to speed by CLICKING HERE. 

 On with Part 2!


CLICK HERE to watch the most powerful video I saw this year

Sometimes we really need to be reminded how lucky we are.


7.  Make The Decision EARLY – Like On A Barge!

This post shows that making decisions earlier is often better.


8.  Does Running Make You Fat?

This newspaper article in the Independent highlighted what I have been saying for years……aerobic exercise is not an efficient way to burn body fat. 

Don’t agree?  READ HERE —->

It caused a bit of a stir.


9. Kendra and Vicky’s transformations in 2011 were particularly outstanding.


You can read their own words HERE: 

What’s great is that they both did simple things – and worked hard at them.

They both:

1. Knew it would talk months rather than days (and so planned early in advance)

2. Worked hard at the exercise

3. Made some sacrifices with foods

4. Did all this consistently.  (There was even a running joke that until October, Vicky had actually attended more bootcamps than me!)


10. Resolutions For 2012, What I Have Learned in 2011 And More!


In 2011, I learned a hell of a lot.  I moved out of a big gym, I put a lot into Bootcamp – and helped many people.  Read on by clicking HERE!



By the way, you know it’s new year.  Many people DO NOT complete their New Years Resolution. 


  Resolutions require only words. Results take action


There’s a NEW Women’s Bootcamp at 9.30am on Tuesdays. Are YOU going to to take action…….or will be a case of “I think I need to get fit first?”    Here’s some advice:

If it’s a little bit scary to think about starting – it means its going to be important – and you’ll be more likely to succeed. 

Your choice!


Before I forget………Happy new year!




The Best of 2011


I hope you had a very Merry Xmas and Santa brought you all you asked for…….


We had family and friends round….and with cooking for 7 people, we got 2 turkey crowns just in case.  We had a massive amount left over………I had turkey mushrooms and tomatoes with spices for breakfast on boxing day!


Today, I thought I would drop you the best bits of 2011 to come out of a personal trainer! 

1. KISS  = Keep It Simple Stupid

So CLICK HERE to read a simple list (at the bottom) of exercises that if you simply get stronger at – you will notice your physique improve.

2. The Biggest Loser – What Did We Learn?

So CLICK HERE to find out what we learned from this dramatic program


3. Get a 2nd Opinion!   (With good Joke)



So CLICK HERE to see why you should ALWAYS get a 2nd opinion (And never remove your testicles!)   If you haven’t read this – you are missing out.


4. Advice From The Best Personal Trainers


So CLICK HERE to see some of the sound advice fom some of the best personal trainers and health experts in the world.  I saw these coaches and presenters at regular seminars I attend every year – It is essential to keep learning and re-learning things that will help my clients.


5. Your Next Level Fitness – The Birth!

This is the video of the studio literally being re-born!



 Part 2 to follow…..(!)
















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Resolutions For 2012, What I Have Learned in 2011 And More!


It’s that time of year where we start to reflect on the year thats just passed……

……and try to look ahead with a positive outlook

Which are you going to pick? 😉

 This quick post is going to detail,  specifically, what I have learned from the year 2011…….and what I hope to achieve in 2012 – and maybe nudge you to think about what you will do too.  

1)  I learned that:

I am extremely grateful to have the best Bootcamp in the Hull area -and that the people who make up the group are simply ACE! Even when I am being playing my role is as BAD SANTA!

2)  I learned that:

I have managed to pick up my acoustic guitar once in a while (which makes me relax and enjoy the time) – this is great for kicking back………but not doing much to improve my skill.  I really need to get out my electric and start playing some Metallica more often.  By the way – check out how close I got to Robert Trujillo in Sheffield a while back.


3) I learned that:

 I have learned that as you grow older, it can get harder…….or it can get easier…….. to say ‘NO’ to something you wouldn’t necessarily do.  Don’t let anyone pull you down – providing you do actually want to go for it.

4) I learned that:

 I learned that exercising in a group of like-minded people is EVEN MORE IMPORTANT than before. (I thought it was bloody important then!)


5) I learned that:

 I learned that I still stick by my nutritional strategies of nutrient timing……….yet there is some research coming out about missing meals that could be beneficial for fat loss.  (While I don’t think this is for EVERYONE……..It could work for you).  I really think personality traits can help you decide whats right for you.  It could be as SIMPLE AS THIS (you can do it for free!) =

6) I learned that:

 I learned a bunch of top quotes….. probably my favourite 2 are

“Get comfortable feeling uncomfortable”      (You only move forward by pushing boundaries)

“Readers are leaders”                      (You need to keep learning – because things are ALWAYS changing)


7) I learned that:

 Speaking of which, I learned that reading a little bit every day has got that bit easier – BECAUSE I MAKE TIME FOR IT. If it’s important to you – you’ll make time. We all have the same 24 hours – what do you do with yours?


My predictions!

Followed by My (kind-of)  Resolution………..more like a behaviour tweak!

1) PREDICTION  Big gyms will still focus on getting as many people into their doors………….and not significantly improve the percentage of people succeeding to lose body fat.


RESOLUTION  To continue to deliver top drawer experience and results with my personal training and Bootcamp clients.

2) PREDICTION Pixie Lott will be wearing less clothes and pushing the boundaries of what constitutes family viewing on MTV, The Hits, and VIVA music channels.


Not a bad thing …….might I add.

RESOLUTION = To Make time to watch this sort of filth…………I mean…..erm…………turn the TV off and read something productive 😉

3) PREDICTION   Gym memberships at big gyms will get even cheaper.

We’re in the midst of tough economic times. Big gyms have a notoriously bad reputation for not focussing on the results end of things……..and that’s why people often join a gym in the first place!  The way that gyms can improve membership numbers (and their profits) without making a lot more effort on guiding people through tough processes to lose weight – is by making it more affordable.  This is a big plus really!


 RESOLUTION = To applaud this – as people need less excuses to go and exercise – and this EXCUSE comes up all the time.

3) PREDICTION    More Fitness Trainers people will start up a Bootcamp, when really………………. it’s ‘just another class.’   You can probably get this sort of class at a low-end gym for a lot less – and the same exercises, the same quality of instructor, and the same experience. It’s just called ‘Bootcamp’ because that’s what the guys in suits deem a popular buzz-word right now

   If you’re ever in doubt, they should offer a free trial for you to sample what you sign up for………Just like we do with Maximum Metabolism Bootcamp on Hessle Rugby Club Playing Field. That way, you can see the quality in coaching, personnel, experience……….all first-hand. 

RESOLUTION  = To maintain a high quality Bootcamp, which encourages a sound nutrition and exercise plan, electric atmosphere and hard work ethic to keep my Bootcampers, happy and healthy 🙂

4) PREDICTION   There will be a big emphasis on more ‘functional’ exercises. 

Equipment like kettlebells, bands, olympic exercises may make a bit of a wave – and people will need to watch out because….

4’b’) PREDICTION     Without due care and coaching – accidents CAN and WILL HAPPEN

I actually tore ligaments playing football (cuppies of all things!).  Weightlifting is one of the safest activities around(check out when I tore ankle ligaments + and some stats on weight lifting accidents =

WHEN THERE IS PROPER COACHING, PROPER SUPERVISION, and a calm head.  Some guys with a ton of testosterone tend to go a bit gung ho and sometimes need to know theres always tomorrow and the rest of the week to lift!

RESOLUTION = To keep to my beliefs that part of being ‘functional’ is simply by being strong.  I won’t be swayed by shoulder pressing 4kg kettlebells on inflatable objects be carried out when the person in question cannot shoulder press 8kg.

5) PREDICTION  In the quest for getting ‘functional’ – people if not getting injured, will just p*ss about ———-unbeknownst to them!

                                                                                 A trainer Intentionally doing something random…..I’m sure you’ll see this in Jan 2012!

 Anything can be functional – what is it you want to do?!

6) PREDICTION   People will still struggle to lose fat

Its not like theres not not enough information out there.  Just go to AMAZON, type fat loss, weight loss, etc in – and just see how many searches you get. Just for kicks – I did it for the term ‘fat loss’ ………………and at the point i did it there were….. 6,928!  


We don’t need that much more information.  Yes, there are things people do not know…………..but really – people know – they re just not disciplined to be doing the things that will help them.   So, decide whether it’s more information you need – before you go out and buy a new video or book on fat loss without entertaining the idea IT COULD JUST BE THAT YOU RE NOT MAKING TIME FOR SOME EXERCISE AND PLANNING DECENT FOODS.


So, there you have it – one mega long post, a load of things that I have learned – and will probably come to re-learn in the next 12 months!  

Have a Merry Xmas – and love it as it won’t be like this again (everything changes!)



Eating For Fat Loss

It’s nearly Christmas – and I have got some EXCELLENT ADVICE for you to fight the force that is excess food and drink – so you can ENJOY the merry season – without putting too much damage to your body.   By the way, does everyone know the best way to spread christmas cheer?   It’s to sing loud for all to hear!


Top film on Sunday night – hope you saw it, or have seen it 🙂

Onto the meat and potatoes………..

You’ll know by now – I stick by reliable methods for looking better and performing better.

Using time efficiently, plenty of water and of course strength training and intervals for cardio.

But did you know that you can could help yourself LOSE WEIGHT faster by how FAST you EAT?

                                                                                                                                          “Say what now?!”

Have you ever wolfed down your evening meal, and then want a second helping – and then a chocolate bar or crisps?  Theres a big problem that occurs when you eat really quickly – your body hasnt had time to decide whether you are full or not!!




Researchers from a study in 2008 looked at the effects of eating speed and energy intake.  The results may leave you a little surprised.

The ‘quick eater group’ took in an average of 645 calories while the slow eaters took in considerably less calories.

The ‘slow eater group’ only took in 579 calories. 

Water consumption also was quite different – Quick eaters averaged 289g of water while slow eaters took in 409g!

 Although the study was not really looking at the quality of foods – this may strike a chord with you and help you towards your goal. 80 Calories per meal might not sound like a lot – but some people in the study consumed 150 calories less!  If I were you, I would try to make an effort to make sure you eat your food in plenty of time, and relax and enjoy the meal.

So, while not ground breaking news – a little less food without you hardly noticing could be a strategy for you to manipulate with all these Xmas parties out in Hull coming up!  I myself consciously try to chew my food and enjoy it – and as always …..get my strength and interval training in beforehand 🙂 



Have a good week,




Trying To Keep My Website Clean Is Getting Harder

Hey up!

Just a quick and FUNNY one for you today………….but with all the thoughts and musings about weight loss, lean muscle, and all the other things to do with health that people in Hull will be thinking about on January 1st as usual 🙂



If you ‘ve been reading this website for a while, you’ll know that I’m a fan of simple things, hard work, and I don’t have a lot of time for messing about.

Take example 1:

Is this focussing on vetical pressing strength?

Very light weights…… the answer is no.

Muscle size?

 Again very light weights so Im assuming no.

Fat loss?  Not knowing how many reps and set etc – its hard to know. 

What I do know is that this model bloke looks like he can use heavier weights – even if going for 20 reps+.  Why use a ball?  Just do a standing or seated shoulder press………and do some ab work on the ball as a SEPARATE exercise. 

Trying to do more things at once is just going to detract from the primary aim.  Pick ONE exercise and DO IT PROPERLY. This will give you a better chance of  you hitting your goals.


 And on to the next one

Example 2:

 You know my feelings about the shakeweight.  Trying to keep this website as clean as possible without these products is getting harder to do.

 I wont repeat whats wrong with it.  If you want to see it on youtube – go here:

If you want to see the original post about it – go HERE:



And now? Well, just watch this……..The_Tug_Toner