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Personal Training makes you look good and feel great. My role is to provide you with the tools for you to achieve this. If you are committed and have the desire, try your best, think outside of the box and have a bit of fun you can achieve your health and fitness goals. Live life in the active lane. Little active steps taken today, lead to giant progress strides tomorrow.

Matt

"Together we'll achieve your goals"

  • Posted on: 19 May 2017 - 14:04
    I was pleased when Lexi Watkins from Reviews.com contacted me to see whether I would be interested in sharing the extensive and detailed research they had done on Yoga Mats, with the aim of finding which is the 'best' one. Review.com has conducted over 50 hours of extensive research on dozens of Yoga mats, consulted with over 100 yoga professionals and read 50 industry publications as part of the research. Lexi informs me that the aim was to find the 'best' yoga mat for the masses by focusing on the mat's ability to provide the right amount of traction, density, comfort and stability whilst also focusing on size, portability, weight, colour, eco-footprint and price. They focused on 30 mats and whittled this down to their top 10.  The...
  • Posted on: 19 May 2017 - 11:13
    I was pleased to be approached by Sree Subramaniam of Traffic Jam Media with regard to contributing to an article and providing expert opinion on the need for specialist fitness qualifications for PTs.  With the number of UK fitness members exceeding 9 million, there being a 5.3% rise in total memberships, and the total market value for the industry being estimated at around £4.4 billion (source: 2016 State of the UK Fitness Industry report), the fitness industry has become more demanding than ever. Therefore, from experience as a PT to meet the demands of clients, set yourself out from the competition and to provide them with an expert service, it is crucial to specialise in and have expert knowledge in different areas and qualifications...
  • Posted on: 18 May 2017 - 14:10
    Positive Health Wellness have produced a definitive guide via an infographic with images of 10 exercises that we can do that will help us to get a great whole-body workout in less time. This infographic was written by Karen Reed. The exercises are:  - Sumo Squat to Lateral Raise - Dumbbell Straight-Leg deadlift to Row - Single-lift Deadlift to Row - Dumbbell Squat to Overhead Press - Squat with Front-Press - Dumbell single-arm reverse Lunge with Press - Curtsy Lunge with Bicep Curl - Dumbbell Lunge with Hammer Curl to Press - Single-arm Push Press to Overhead Lunge - Split Squat to Lateral Raise Thank you to Kelly Palmer for providing this article and infographics. Please click on the infographic image to enlarge it and see 10 whole-body...
  • Posted on: 17 May 2017 - 17:03
    Positive Health Wellness have produced a definitive guide via an infographic with images of 4 changes to our daily diet that we can make to help that we can do everyday to help boost our weight loss goals. This infographic was written by Karen Reed. The 4 diet changes are:  - Make Veggies the Start of Meals - Load up on Liquids - Streamline your Snacks - Make Dark Chocolate your Sweet Treat Thank you to Kelly Palmer for providing this article and infographics. Please click on the infographic image to enlarge it and see the dietary changes we can follow each day. From experience both personally and with my PT clients, achieving our weight loss goals is best achieved by making incremental changes to our diet that become habits of a lifetime...
  • Posted on: 17 May 2017 - 11:09
    In today's high-tech world, it seems like everywhere you look, someone has a fitness tracker on their wrist. Popularity for these health and exercise devices has skyrocketed for anyone looking to better monitor and track their health and activity levels including steps, sleep, heart rate and calories burned. But with all the options out there, it’s easy to get lost in the hype and to be unsure (and maybe even confused) as to which device and tracker is best and most convenient. Therefore, I was pleased when Lexi Watkins from Reviews.com told me that they had spent 6 months testing and evaluating 86 fitness trackers currently on the market to help us make more informed choices when choosing fitness trackers. With the help of fitness...
  • Posted on: 16 May 2017 - 14:36
    Positive Health Wellness have produced a definitive guide via an infographic with images of stretches we can do everyday to help develop our flexibility and range of movement and to help us to recover in-between training sessions. This infographic was written by Karen Reed. The stretches are:  - Downward Dog - Side Oblique Stretch - Crescent Pose - Child's Pose - Simgle Leg Stretch - Figure 4 - Cat Thank you to Kelly Palmer for providing this article and infographics. Please click on the infographic image to enlarge it and see The stretches we can do each day. From experience both personally and with my PT clients, stretching daily is crucial and helps us to retain and develop our flexibility, suppleness and to recover between training...
  • Posted on: 16 May 2017 - 14:00
    Positive Health Wellness have produced a definitive guide via an infographic with images of 7 'healthy' ideas for breakfast that we can make ahead to save time and ensure we make good nutritional choices. This infographic was written by Karen Reed. The 7 breakfast ideas are:  - Granola Muffins - Huevos Rancheros Jars - Apple Pie Waffle Bites - Java Smoothie Cups - Almond Joy Chia Pudding - Muesli with Cherries - 'Lox on a Bagel' Salad Thank you to Kelly Palmer for providing this article and infographics. Please click on the infographic image to enlarge it and see 7 recipe ideas with images that we can make ahead From experience starting the day with a healthy and nutritious breakfast is a great way to start the day and to get energised for...
  • Posted on: 16 May 2017 - 13:02
    Positive Health Wellness have produced a definitive guide via an infographic with images of 5 exercises that we can do using a resistance band that can help us to build muscle and burn calories. This infographic was written by Karen Reed. The 5 exercises are:  - Standing Oblique Crunch - Standing Pec Fly - Squat and Twist - Standing Running Man - Abduction and Adduction Thank you to Kelly Palmer for providing this article and infographics. Please click on the infographic image to enlarge it and see 5 exercises with images that we can do using a resistance band. From experience of training with my PT clients and personally too, resistance bands are a great piece of exercise equipment. They are functional and portable so can be used anywhere...
  • Posted on: 10 May 2017 - 11:08
    Th following is a blog from a friend of mine - Rachel Jillot - who wanted to share her thoughts and experiences on her health and fitness journey. Thanks Rach. Keep up the  great work. High 5, Matt :-)   Battling with weight, health and fitness is something that I have struggled with and I am sure will continue to struggle with throughout my life. I am the only person who is in control of changing my attitude towards food, eating and exercise and over the past few months in particular, I feel that I am on the right path to combatting my struggle! This is partly down to my own change in mind-set but also finding some amazing, natural products to help me. I want to share my story…my journey, hopefully encourage, and motivate people in the...
  • Posted on: 6 May 2017 - 16:50
    Many of us struggle to find time to exercise around our daily life commitments- work, family etc. Therefore, exercising on our commute to and from work - whether that be walking, running, cycling is a great way to get active,Enjoy fresh air and scenery, save money and 'warm up' for and unwind after work. Lisa who is a friend of mine gets active on her commute to work in Manchester by walking. Please see her inspiring story below. High 5, Matt   The Active Commute to Work For those of us not blessed with jobs that keep us active and fit whilst we work, there is an ongoing battle to stay conscious of how little we move during the day. In an ideal world, companies would have the space and budget for treadmill desks and we’d all burn off our...

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