A brief history of the foam roller

What’s the point of the cylindrical tube on the gym floor? And why do the people using such an innocent looking piece of equipment grimace so much? Read on to find out where the idea of the foam roller came from and whether there is any science to support the benefits its converts proclaim.   The…

5 reasons why it’s OK to look silly in the gym

So, you’ve just spoken to one of the fitness trainers in the gym, and they’ve put together a personal training programme for you to follow on your own, but you feel like you’re going to look totally ridiculous doing some of those new moves. If you’re feeling anxious about going backwards on the cross trainer, doing walking lunges or carrying a weight bag above your head around the room, or lifting a weight smaller than a kitten when you’re a 100kg guy, then have a look at these 5 reasons why it’s ok to do things a little differently!

When what looks like the summit is really base camp – BodyAttack 93 and beyond

Before I went to New Zealand, as the winner of Les Mills’ inaugural ‘The One’ contest, I felt like I was on cloud nine! A week after I got home I’d passed selection to join the Les Mills UK Team as a Rookie Presenter. Far from feeling like I was at the top of the mountain I realised that really I’d only made it to base camp. The views are exceptional, but there’s a totally new, challenging and inspiring adventure ahead, with the pressure and intensity, once you reach this altitude, at a whole new level.

The Caffeine Conundrum: What Happens When We Mix Caffeine With Fitness?

Caffeine has been recognised for hundreds of years for its ability to enhance performance and is commonly used by amateur and professional athletes today (professional athletes can use a certain amount of caffeine until it is deemed as doping – it’s the equivalent of about 8 cups of brewed coffee). But does it really increase…

What is tennis elbow?

It is likely that we have all heard about someone who has a condition called tennis elbow. But what is it? What causes it and how can it be treated? Read my latest Watchfit article here

Blood Doping – What is it and what does it do?

Blood doping has been all over the sporting news over the past few years, especially since Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace and the growing body of historical evidence of blood doping in elite cycling. But what is blood doping? What does it do and what are the side effects? Read part 1 and part 2…

2015 Review – and why Arnie and Mark Twain are similar…

This post is part personal reflection on my own year and part musing on the perils of New Year’s Resolutions. Thanks for being here to start 2016 with me and do let me know your thoughts. January 1st 2016, a day when half the country is hungover and the other half has already packed into gyms…

How to start exercising if you’re overweight

The New Year is coming, and with it are New Years resolutions. Many people choose to get fitter and start to exercise to lose weight, which is awesome. It means that you have consciously made the decision to make yourself healthier. But what if you have never worked out before? How do you even start? And…

What is Parasomnia?

Most of us haven’t heard of a parasomnia, even though the vast majority have had one from time to time. This article explains what parasomnias are and what you can do to help if you have them. In its broadest term, parasomnias are a type of unwanted behavioural, physiological or experiential event that happens while…

The effect of music on the brain is way more significant than you thought

It has been well-established that pre-pubescent children who have undergone musical training show a variety of skills that children without this type of training do not. One example of this is the child’s ability to learn a second language; they are more likely to find it easier learning languages than children without musical training. Read…