5 reasons why gym classes aren’t just for girls

  Girls…leotards…lycra..headbands… This is the image that comes into most males’ heads when you mention the word group exercise. In the past, this may have been the case (google Jane Fonda and you’ll see what I’m talking about), however times have changed…my oh my have they changed. Group exercise is no longer only for cohorts of…

When a fitness fact isn’t really a fact: 5 reasons to question what you read..

There are lots of people in the fitness industry who like to flood social media with outlandish ‘quotes’ and ‘scientific evidence’ that ‘proves’ the most outrageous and varying statements imaginable. The truth is…much of it is rubbish. But how do we separate the good information from the bad? It is becoming increasingly difficult to separate good…

Exercise, diet and sex…want to live forever?

The residents in Acciaroli, Italy, live for a long time. The average age for a woman in this picturesque, idillic southern Italian town is an astonishing 92. This is much older than the average Italian and much much older than the average westerner. But why do people here live so long? A recent study claims to have…

What is a warm-up?

When I was a rower in Cambridge I was astonished at the way we ‘warmed up’. Basically the first four people in the boat (of eight) complete their warm up drills while the other four in the boat sit there with oars out to balance the boat. The same then happens with the back four people while the…

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.

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…

Why are electrolytes important? Part 2

In part one we looked at what electrolytes are and why they are so important to the body. Here in Part 2, we look at what happens to electrolytes as you exercise, why electrolytes are important and what you can do to optimise performance before, during and after a workout. The main reason why electrolytes…