Month: May 2012

Hulls Original Bootcamp….Anniversary!


If you’ve read my blog for a while – you’ll know that I advocate resistance training, be it dumbells, barbells, kettlebells, ropes and bodyweight (and more!)

Sometimes, I just feel bad saying the ‘P’ word at our Bootcamp  

These are incorporated in to a tough session that leaves you stronger, fitter, and with an elevated metabolism for hours afterwards.



This makes for a more efficient use of time, where you can spend more time either working your good food habits – or having fun time, family time, or whatever is important to you.



On June the 9th, it will be our Bootcamp’s 3rd year anniversary!

Yes that’s right, Hull’s 1st Bootcamp originated on a super hot sweaty Saturday 12pm with 6 lads all ready for a training session that was ‘different’…….and was it!

We had a sled, some suspension straps, a barbell and a keg of ‘gone off’ Guinness!


In hindsight – 12pm mid day summer was not the best time to train! It was HOT! Some guys stuck around for more hardcore sessions, and some decided it wasn’t for them. 

18 months on, many women were interested as it was hard strength training that you could’t find anywhere else! 

I refined my programming to work for both men and women, using methods that got everyone working really hard within the same session

 Anyone who says you cant train 2 very different ability levels at the same time really isn’t planning anything out in their sessions.


By the way – if you want to get stuff done….you’d better have a plan.  Any plan is better than no plan (or so I have found)



On a side note – you may like this video that Kendra sent me.  Its quite interesting, and I agree with a lot of the major points.  I do think that sugar is a lot worse than say, animal fat – like when people say that nuts are bad for you because they’re high in calories – yet a medium sticky toffee bun is better for you because it has less calories.




Have a great week!






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Don’t Give Up – 7 Reasons Why People Do And Tips To Prevent It Happening To You!


It was one of of those nightmare weeks last week………you know, those where you are completely  GUTTED.



 I had problems with my laptop – so a big shout out to my Brother  – Paul Cammish – who got things sorted in quick time………and all while shopping for his dream car too 😉

If you need a laptop fixing – CLICK HERE (and bookmark it)

This weeks blog is centered on the excuses many people make when it comes to making that change to looking and  feeling that bit better……..and what they might be able to do about it.

Are you on the following list?

7. ‘You just don’t care .’   

I just can’t help you if you are here at this point.  If you don’t want to help yourself  – because you will look and feel better – then that’s your choice! Sometimes people just see the worst in everything.


 6. Lack of understanding of the benefits – ‘Low priority.’

Some people may not understand that a few minutes of exercise (as little as 30mins per day)  Even just using a bike to travel will help you out (CLICK HERE to see the study)  

In my opinion, I dont even think that 30 is needed – provided you have enough INTENSITY (CLICK for intense sled vid)

30 minutes, 3 x a week could well be enough…..and there have been positive results from as little as 4 mins per day. 

You have just got to work REAL HARD!


5. Embarrassment – Social discomfort.

People feel uncomfortable exercising………yet you shouldn’t.  Many people don’t even care to notice what others are doing – it’s mainly annoying kids that hang around areas that make places intimidating.  So when you’re at the gym or outside – don’t worry about it so much 😉


4. Injury/health problems – chronic physical discomfort.

Exercise has been shown to help alleviate chronic pain symptoms. Sometimes a decent physio can show you ways to strengthen areas that need help – and often general movement will help back pain in particular.  If you are more than a few stone overweight, the difference of losing some weight on your quality of life can be astounding.


3. Boredom – lack of variety.

There tons of options!  There is an infinite number of training programs, bike rides you could do, games you could play! 

Do you have to be in a gym? No.

A game of basketball or some other sport could perk you up.

If you are in the gym, why not set yourself a challenge?

Saying you are bored is a lack of imagination.

There’s a metallica lyric ” boredom sets into the boring mind”…….don’t be the boring one!


I knew I could fit my favourite band into a blog somewhere 😉


2. Distance – inconvenience.

There are solutions that don’t have to be at a gym or a personal training studio.  Although Im not as keen on them as say a hands-on coaching program, in-home products do have some upsides in that they just need a DVD player and a TV.  The problem most people have is staying motivated to do something on their own (usually early in the morning or late at night because of time restrictions).

Which leads me onto the next point…


1. ‘No time in my busy schedule.'”

In my opinion, Exercise is a great investment of time.  For the relatively small amount of time invested, you get

  • Improved Cardiovascular fitness (exercise feels easier)
  • Improved strength (things feel lighter!)
  • Improved confidence
  • Improved energy levels
  • Improved chances of living longer


…………These are just a handful of reasons.  It makes sense to invest a few minutes most days of the week to reap the benefits. 

Especially, now theres no regular football to watch on the TV…………..

For a month or so!




PS  It’s interesting to note the amount of new ‘bootcamps’ springing up here and there. (Usually same classes renamed to sound more hardcore!)

Its soon the 3 year anniversary of my Maximum Metabolism bootcamp! We started it as a mens and womens camp down on pickering park back in 2009.  This is Hulls ORIGINAL (and best!)  Bootcamp…….let me know if you want to get started as places have been filling up and once the class is full – you might not get on! Check out the info HERE (click)


Personal Trainer Shares Some Articles and Thoughts


 I thought I would drop some articles that I have read recently your way for a change. One of these might spark something in you that makes you think differently about training and eating towards some sort of goal…..rather than just spinning around like a hamster.



Topic 1 – Training

First off, how long do you spend training?  This article found most people spend around 9 minutes actually training.

It may have something to do with the amosphere on your training environment – as I highlighted last week —> “Why Atmosphere Can Be Everything”

I myself am not too concerned with this finding – as higher intensity intervals have  been shown to be a more time efficient way to burn more calories.  Plus, you don’t need a whole lot of time to get strong.  Just some planning, and some balls to add more weight on the bar and get strong.

Most people would feel a whole lot better if they became stronger overall.



Plus, I would rather have a client train for 9 minutes per day, rather than 1 hour x once per week.  Frequency and intensity are really important.

Topic 2 – Food

I often recommend quality protein and plenty of veg – it’s simply proper food.

I have had many people say that “red meat is bad for you isn’t it?!”   Well, Jonny Bowden puts it better than I ever could right here:



If you can’t be bothered to read it all – basically the study that the media picked up had some glaring faults.  The people who ate more meat just happened to be people who drank a lot of alcohol, ate less vegetables and didnt really exercise. Oh, and they probably didnt eat high quality chicken and steak – it was probably more like hot dogs and burgers.


Topic 3 Lifestyle

This last topic is something that everyone will have different opinions on – it is how you want to live. I’m currently reading a book on ‘minimalism’ – and trying to not get bogged down in things that I really don’t want (or need).

Interesting read this last one…..

20 Things I Wish I Had Known When Starting Out in Life


That reminds me, I need to stop watching more TV and playing more guitar!





PS The weather has been up and down lately……….this has no way stopped us from hitting some high intensity intervals and circuits outside of Hessle Rugby Club. If you’re one for the indoors – there is an indoor Bootcamp available on a Tuesday morning at 9.30am.  Today was heavy, with some sweaty intervals at the end!


Why Atmosphere Can Be Everything


Today’s post is all about the experience of events – and how it affects your chance of success…….or failure.


A while ago I was at a Council leisure Centre watching a friend complete a mile (64 lengths) for the Nationwide Swimathon that helped raise money for sport relief and Marie Curie Cancer Care.



Just Different!

It was a fun event – and everyone was really friendly and encouraging.  The staff were ‘on it’ too – motivating all the swimmers involved, and they even did the 200 lengths as part of a ‘staff team.’  This helped everyone swim that little bit faster – and do that little bit more than they were used to.   The staff even brought tea and coffee for us who were watching!

It reminded me of my time when I worked at another council gym on a temporary basis. Again, things were fun, and it was great to be a part of things as the time just flew by.

It’s funny, because people often speak more highly of private gyms. Mainly because they’re  usually  cleaner, they usually have some of the latest equipment, and usually have more resources than council gyms.



Well, I have found many private gyms to be a total killjoy when I want to do a session if I am away from my Your Next Level Fitness Gym.


Say you go to your gym, and you cant get on a piece of equipment you need to complete your program…..for arguments sake, lets say a bench……for the bench press.

It will annoy you all of your session when you cant get hold of ….one…single….bench…for….5….measely…minutes.

Will this make you want to come back?


How ‘the experience’ can make or break your chances

Bare with me as I quickly condense some of my A-level psychology exams into 2 minutes!

You may have heard of classical conditioning.  Think way back to school – with Pavlov and his slobering dogs!

Basically, Pavlov rang a bell when he brought food out to the dog.  The response to the food, was that the dog produced saliva.  After a time, the bell got the dog to produce saliva – even without food.  Anyway, in another different type of conditioning (Operant conditioning) a bloke called Skinner got some animals to press a button and food came out…….or received an electric shock.


How does this affect you?

Well, lets say you have a positive experience in the gym.  Going back to the previous example, lets say you manage to get a bench – and you complete all your reps and you didnt have to wait for any equipment. Say, that you didnt have to deal with anyone using a mobile phone, anyone swearing, and you simply felt at ease throughout your training session.

There is a high probability you’ ll go back to the gym…..the next day or the day after.


Say you go to the gym, you feel awkward entering as the staff act like you’re another person they’ll have to clean up after. You stare at your beloved bench, (of which there are 3 or 4)…..but you can’t get on one as they’re constantly being used by groups of 3 or 4 people who are doing more chatting than training. You’re stuck waiting for the equipment that the gym only has one of (lat pull down / leg press etc) and there’s some chump talking on a mobile phone for 3 and a half minutes (but seems like 13 and a half as you watch the clock, and your heart simmers down to resting level.  As you leave, you say to yourself    ” unbelievable” in a sarcastic tone as you count the promises that have been broken between signing up for the gym and today’s disaster.

You will just about want to RIP YOUR OWN FACE OFF.

There is a higher probability you will not return……..and the more often this happens, the less likely you will sign up the following year.


The environment plays a big part in your efforts for success

What would I advise?

If you go to a private/council gym…………..try get a gym buddie.  They will make the crap you face that bit more tolerable!

If you’re not at a gym – look at getting a friend to train outside with you  – or look at a group class (either a circuits class at a gym, or Maximum Metabolism Bootcamp)

If you’re stuck by yourself  – invest in a MP3 player or IPOD – again, you will lose yourself a bit in the music and not be have as affected by the negative atmosphere!



So there you have it. My positive experience at the weekend showed how easy (or hard) it can be to keep making informed decisions, and keeping you on track for success – and not failure.





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