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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: 29 Dec 2011 - 19:41
    I often get asked - especially by ladies - "will lifting weights make me too muscular and bulky". The answer to this is no. To gain large amounts of muscle size (like body builders) you would need to do years of highly intensive heavy weight lifting and follow a high calorie surplus diet (consuming more calories than you are burning off) with supplements. For most of us however, by following an appropriate resistance training programme and nutritional plan, we will lose body fat and improve our muscular definition and body composition but not gain significant bulk and size. This is especially true if weight and fat loss is your goal because you will be in a calorie deficit, which means you will be burning off more calories than you are...
  • Posted on: 29 Dec 2011 - 12:26
    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: Foods to eat to help build lean muscle. 3 pieces of exercise equipment to try. 7 foods that help to fight body fat. Little ways to lose big pounds. Steps to help you achieve your New Years Resolution. What to eat for a healthy and balaned diet. Feed your abdominals with these fat burning, muscle building meals. Ways to ward off winter weight gain Nutitional supplements to complement your diet and training 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...
  • Posted on: 28 Dec 2011 - 13:40
    The following is a brief description of one of the Nature's Sunshine products that you can purchase through my online supplement store. Solstic Energy offers you a great taste, packs energy and delivers health and vitality. You can start your day with Solstic Energy to get your system going and you can enjoy Solstic Energy anytime your body needs an extra boost, for instance pre workout. Whether your active e.g. playing sport or simply work a full day, life demands that you keep up. Solstic Energy provides an excellent range of B Vitamins, has no pharmaceutical grade caffeine and has a low Glycemic Index. Each serving of Solstic Energy contains only 3g of Carbohydrates, 12 calories & no fat. Many energy drinks overload your body's...
  • Posted on: 27 Dec 2011 - 12:48
    As part of my Personal Training and Fitness services, I have set up as an independent distributor for Nature's Sunshine who are a global business and sell high quality Herbal, Vitamin, Mineral and Nutritional supplements. I have set up an online store from where you can browse through their facilities and also the range of products they sell. By clicking on the 'Health Experts Recommend' link you will be directed to the products that are recommended for a healthy and natural diet and lifestyle. You can buy the products directly from my online store. If you have any questions, then please do not hesitate to ask - I would be delighted to talk to you. Keep up the great work, Matt
  • Posted on: 26 Dec 2011 - 12:50
    Lots of people say to me that over the Christmas and New Year period they are concerned about "putting weight on" or "losing their fitness" due to the excesses of the period e.g. over eating and lack of exercise. I understand where people are coming from because it is a time when there are lots of temptations, for instance, family parties and left over food/drink to consume. However, the Christmas and New Year period does not have to be a period "putting on weight" or "losing fitness". In fact you should see it as an opportunity to actually improve your strength and fitness and help your physique in the long term. The following are a couple of pointers: Firstly, as you are likely to be spending time with your family and friends, why not do...
  • Posted on: 25 Dec 2011 - 12:25
    One of the most important parts of my role as a Personal Trainer is to ensure that my clients keep on progressing and stay on the track to success. Staying focused can be difficult at times, however the following are some of the tips that I have used with my clients to keep them on the path to success: 1. Picture yourself - take a photograph of yourself when you start your new health and fitness programme and then regular progress photos every 4-6 weeks. Photographs do not lie (unless you edit them!!) and I have found they are a fantastic way to show and track your progress, whether your goal is for instance weight loss or weight gain. We see ourselves all of the time (e.g. in mirrors) as do our family, close friends and work colleagues -...
  • Posted on: 23 Dec 2011 - 23:33
    Do you ever complain at how many advert breaks there seem to be during your favourite TV programme? Well instead of seeing it as a nuisance and heading to the biscuit tin, embrace the 3 minute time window and perform a circuit of exercises. For instance, you might do 2-3 sets of lunges or press ups. This is a great way to get your daily exercise, to be more active and have some fun. 3 minutes of exercise might not sound much, but if you do the 3 minutes for at least 5 TV Advert Breaks during the evening then you will be getting at least 15 minutes of high intensity exercise. For instance, for advert break 1 you could do 3 sets of 45 seconds of lunging, for advert break 2 you could do 3 sets of 10-15 press ups, for advert break 3 you could...
  • Posted on: 23 Dec 2011 - 12:01
    In order to achieve your health and fitness goals it is vital to follow the 80/20 rule - eat nutritionally well and train hard 80% of the time and then rest and reward yourself the remaining 20%. Too often when people start a new health and fitness programme, their enthusiasm gets the better of them and they end up following a 100/0 rule - they train every day (thinking this is best which we know is not!!) and end up cutting out all of their favourite foods and depriving themselves (again thinking this is best which we know is not!!). This may lead to short term progress e.g. weight loss in 4 weeks. However, this cannot be maintained and boredom and fatigue soon starts with their nutrition and then they 'fall off the horse' as they crave...
  • Posted on: 22 Dec 2011 - 09:17
    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: High Intensity Workouts to burn fat and increase fitness. Gym mistakes. Training mistakes by rookies. Ways to keep off weight during Christmas and New Year. Steps to help you achieve your New Years Resolution. Fitness Resolutions for the New Year. Tips for a Healthier Christmas. 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 hopefully you will be...
  • Posted on: 14 Dec 2011 - 20:58
    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: Train like an elite athletes. Plank variations. Exercises to scuplt your abs. Fend off food cravings. High Intensity Interval Training. Maintaining a healthy weight. How to lose weight and get active? Myths about metabolism. How to tell if your a healthy weight? 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 hopefully you will be able to use the...

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