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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: 27 Nov 2011 - 21:05
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    One of the keys to success is eating a 'clean' and nutritious healthy diet 80% of the time, whilst treating and rewarding yourself 20% of the time. The trouble is that many people often do this with the percentage figures the other way round. Below are some examples of 'popular' foods and treats and their calorie counts. By all means, if you exercise effectively and eat well nutritionally 80% of the time e.g. Monday to Friday, you can treat yourself on say a Saturday to a chocolate bar. However, bear in mind some of the below values next time you go shopping and/or for a meal: Bar of 50g milk chocolate = 260 calories Chocolate digestive biscuit = 85 calories Fish and chips in batter from chip shop = 950 calories Full English (1-2 rashes of...
  • Posted on: 24 Nov 2011 - 20:54
    The following are the most 'valuable' and 'beneficial' articles that I have shared with my clients and my followers on Twitter this past week (in no particular order). Please click on the blue link to read: Burn bodyfat by using your body's natural engines. Abs workout to build muscle faster. Total body workout toolkit and guide. Workout for busy people. Training with injuries and advice. Health boosting meals. Tips for big weightloss. How to eat clean and healthy Professional Sportsman interview and advice Please keep looking at my website for future blogs on the best articles that I have read and shared. There will be a mixture of nutrition, training and general lifestyle articles. You will find the articles valuable and worthwhile and...
  • Posted on: 20 Nov 2011 - 21:25
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    This meal from the book 'Cook Yourself Thin' (by H Eastwood et al and published by the Penguin Group in 2007) is low in saturated fat, provides protein and healthy fats from the fish and a great taste from the mango styles sauce. As with any meal, experiment with the ingredients and remove/add the paste/sauce ingredients to your liking. Ingredients 1 large clove of peeled garlic 1/4 to 1/2 tablespoon of dried chilli flakes 1 tablespoon of unrefined light muscovado sugar 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves 1-2 teaspoon fennel seeds 1 tablespoon lime juice 2 x 150g salmon fillets 1 small ripe mango, peeled and finely chopped Handful of chopped coriander 1/4 small red finely chopped onion 1/2 small peeled and finely chopped cucumber 1/2 teaspoon...
  • Posted on: 17 Nov 2011 - 20:45
    The following are the most 'valuable' and 'beneficial' articles that I have shared with my clients and my followers on Twitter this past week (in no particular order). Please click on the blue link to read: Your Diet for your goals. 5 Minute Fat Burners to help reveal your abdominals and lose body fat. Everyday ways to become more active. Good health at any age. Post workout snacks for muscle recovery and to boost energy. Healthy late night snacks that won't inflate your stomach. Truth about belly fat and the impact on your health. Please keep looking at my website for future blogs on the best articles that I have read and shared. There will be a mixture of nutrition, training and general lifestyle articles. You will find the articles...
  • Posted on: 15 Nov 2011 - 20:21
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    This meal from the book 'Cook Yourself Thin' (by H Eastwood et al and published by the Penguin Group in 2007) is low in saturated fat, provides protein and healthy fats from the fish and a source of energy from the noodles. Ingredients 100g think rice noodles Thinly sliced spring onions 5cm lump of peeled and chopped ginger 1 deseeded and finely chopped chilli Small handful of chopped coriander and mint 150g mixed cooked seafood 100g cooked peeled king prawns 2-3 limes 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar 1 tablespoon of fish sauce and sweet chilli sauce 50g of spinach Serves 2 people 365 calories per serving Bring a kettle to boil and put the noodles and boiling water into a pan for 5 minutes, stirring to ensure the noodles do not stick...
  • Posted on: 12 Nov 2011 - 15:29
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    Porridge is a fantastic way to start the day as it will give you a sustained supply of energy and will help to keep you fuller for longer. Adding fruit will provide you with key nutrients and add colour and delicious taste. Ingredients: 100g of large Oats 230ml of semi/skimmed milk 1 medium to large apple 30g of blueberries 1 medium to large banana Total calories approx. 320 Serves 2: Place the oats into a non-stick pan along with the semi/skimmed milk and bring to boil and then simmer for 8-10 minutes whilst stirring. If it gets too sticky add 100-200ml of water. Chop an apple and banana and along with the blueberries mix in with the porridge oats and enjoy. Keep up the great work, Matt      
  • Posted on: 11 Nov 2011 - 18:50
    After networking via Twitter, a sports and nutrition supplement company called 'GB Nutrition' asked me if I wanted to write an article to put on their website. Please click here to see the article. The article is based on a sample training programme with some helpful information and advice. I have been asked to provide more health and fitness related content going forward and GB Nutrition has asked if they can provide me with content for my resoruces and blog sections. So please keep on checking my website for more health and fitness related articles. Keep up the great work, Matt
  • Posted on: 6 Nov 2011 - 16:06
    This image shows me doing some boxercise training. Boxing provides a fantastic whole body workout. It will work your arms, shoulders and chest and your core muscles (at the front, side and back) and is great for toning and helping to define them. Crucially, which many people do not realise, Boxing will give your legs a great workout especially when you move around and use your legs to transfer force to your upper body. Boxing is excellent for fat/weight loss, burns lots of calories and gives you a fantastic Cardiovascular workout for your heart and lungs. Incorporating boxing into your training will help to improve your balance, speed and co-ordination and is also excellent for relieving any stress you may have. Boxing can be easily used...
  • Posted on: 2 Nov 2011 - 20:15
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    Yesterday one of my clients did a bike ride and used the 'MapMyRun' software to map and track their progress (the software can still be used for a bike ride). This is a great piece of software as it gives you feedback on the time taken, the distance you have covered, the calories you have burned off and the elevation you have climbed. This allows you to monitor your training and your progress, for instance, is the distance you are running increasing and/or is the time taken to run the distance decreasing. Keep checking my future blogs for more updates on my clients' progress. Keep up the great work Matt
  • Posted on: 2 Nov 2011 - 07:24
    I have some excellent Christmas and New Year training packages available that you may want to buy as a present for yourself, a family member, a friend or a colleague. These are available in November and December 2011 and January 2012. Please do not hesitate to get in touch and I will be delighted to tailor a training package to your requirments. Please see the attached Gift Voucher and let me know how many sessions you would like to buy and who for and I will fill it out for you.   Matt

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