BUILDING A SOLID FOUNDATION

•January 1, 2017 • Leave a Comment

When it comes to building muscle, everyone has to start somewhere. And most people think it’s as easy as choosing an online plan they want to follow, copying a magazine or friend or simply making it up.

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TOP 5 Fat fighting Foods

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One of everyone’s first steps to a healthier, happier, fitter future should be to sort their diet out. But most people don’t have a clue where to start, so I will help you out here with my top 5 Fat Fighting Foods!! These are foods that in my opinion are great for aiding weight loss and generally keeping you healthy.

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GET ROLLING!

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Have you ever wondered what those strange white cylindrical foam roller things are that seem to hide away in the corner of gym floors and exercise studios up and down the land?

Wonder no more as we reveal all.

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CREATINE-ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Ok, so up in the supplement spotlight this time around is creatine. Widely used in the fitness world by a variety of people, from bodybuilders to endurance trainers, creatine is an integral part of  a lot of people’s supplement program.

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Compound vs Isolation

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If I am honest, when most people ask about a training program for strength or size they aren’t really familiar with the terms “compound” and “Isolation” let alone the benefits of one over the other. So lets start with a definition:-

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PAUSE FOR THOUGHT – THE FISHERMAN

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There was once a businessman who was sitting by the beach in a small Brazilian village.
As he sat, he saw a fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore having caught quite few big fish.
The businessman was impressed and asked the fisherman, “How long does it take you to catch so many fish?”
The fisherman replied, “Oh, just a short while.”
“Then why don’t you stay longer at sea and catch even more?” The businessman was astonished.
“This is enough to feed my whole family,” the fisherman said.
The businessman then asked, “So, what do you do for the rest of the day?”
The fisherman replied, “Well, I usually wake up early in the morning, go out to sea and catch a few fish, then go back and play with my kids. In the afternoon, I take a nap with my wife, and evening comes, I join my buddies in the village for a drink — we play guitar, sing and dance throughout the night.”

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ARE YOU HELPING THE SILENT KILLER?

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A SALTY ISSUE! Lots of people think they don’t eat much salt, especially if they don’t add it to their food. But don’t be so sure!Every day in the UK, 85% men and 69% women eat too much salt. Adults – and children over 11 – should have no more than 6g salt a day. Younger children should have even less.Three-quarters (75%) of the salt we eat is already in the food we buy, such as breakfast cereals, soups, sauces and ready meals. So you could easily be eating too much salt without realising it.Eating too much salt can raise your blood pressure . And people with high blood pressure (THE SILENT KILLER) are three times more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke than people with normal blood pressure. How do I know if a food is high in salt?

Check the label to find out the figure for salt per 100g.

High is more than 1.5g salt per 100g (or 0.6g sodium)
Low is 0.3g salt or less per 100g (or 0.1g sodium)

If the amount of salt per 100g is in between these figures, then that is a medium level of salt.

Remember that the amount you eat of a particular food affects how much salt you will get from it.


BENEFITS OF REDUCED SALT INTAKE:

 

  • Cutting down on salt reduces blood pressure, whether or not your blood pressure is high to start with.
  • When your blood pressure goes down, your risk of developing heart disease and stroke goes down too, whatever your age.
  • If you have high blood pressure, cutting down on salt could lower your blood pressure after four weeks.
  • You may start to notice a wider range of flavours in food, as your taste buds adjust to having less salt.

 

(Source Food standards Agency)

Super Starter, Re-generator or Blow out merchant?

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Have you noticed how September often heralds the start of a change of routine for people? For some of us it is because the kids are back at school, for others it is in recognition of the onset of darker mornings and earlier night fall or even the great British weather!!! Whatever the reason, the change of routine provides the ideal opportunity to establish some time for yourself.

Now you know I am not talking “feet up, relaxing in front of a good movie” kind of time for yourself. I am talking some super charged “I feel great about myself and it’s good to be alive” kind of time! With the recent level of media coverage most of us are more than aware of the fantastic benefits of regular exercise – the challenge is making time for it! You don’t have to book out hours on end to feel the benefit, just 20 minutes a day on a regular basis can make a significant difference to your health and well-being

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PAUSE FOR THOUGHT

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“Never judge a man until you have walked a mile in his moccasins”

 

Native Indian proverb 

LOOKING FOR THE ULTIMATE SIX PACK?

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Then Cut the Crunches!

No not the crunches! Relax I am not suggesting that you take them out of your workout altogether. Simply aim to replace some of your good old fashioned curl ups and crunches with some of the more recent developments of Ab press and plank in conjunction with Bosu, Fitball, Foam roller and Medicine Ball.