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Why HIIT can improve your gym routine

Thursday, 8 June 2017 16:43:18 Europe/London

It’s fair to say that, recently, the world has gone HIIT crazy. It seems as if everywhere you go, you're likely to see a new advert, book or a celebrity promoting their take on the HIIT workout. However, for many of us, this raises questions like the following:

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iPhone Step Counters - How Good are They?

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 11:32:53 Europe/London

Anyone relying on customer reviews to gauge the accuracy of iPhone step counter apps is likely to stay confused.

With user comments ranging from “surprisingly accurate” to “way out” (in terms of steps taken/distance covered), how are we to sift something useful from the mass of conflicting information?

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Little Pat's training diary no. 3

Friday, 17 February 2017 13:49:21 Europe/London

‘Little Pat’ has completed the first five weeks of his half-marathon training schedule. How is it going?

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Little Pat's training diary no. 2

Monday, 23 January 2017 14:21:50 Europe/London

‘Little Pat’ has completed the first two weeks of his half-marathon training schedule. We know he’s still alive because he comes to work, but how is the training going?

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Little Pat's training diary

Monday, 16 January 2017 16:35:56 Europe/London

One of our staff – we’ll call him ‘Little Pat’ – has made a New Year’s Resolution to get fit (not before time, we might add)! He’s set himself a target of entering a half-marathon early in the autumn. Why? Well, as a way of inspiring him to stick to the plan, we have encouraged him to share his training diary, so we’ll let him tell you…

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Cardio or weight training for fat loss?

Thursday, 3 November 2016 16:04:23 Europe/London

For many years, we have been told that, to lose weight and burn fat, we need to do hours and hours of cardio. There we all were, sweating like mad, slumped over the treadmill, out of breath, etc. Well, recently there has been a shift in how people see weight loss. More and more fitness experts are claiming that the most efficient way to lose fat is through weight resistance training rather than cardio! It’s true that, due to its intensity, weight training does have many benefits when it comes to fat loss. In view of this, we will endeavour to compare it to cardio and reach a conclusion as to which one is the best.

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Make time for yourself this Autumn

Friday, 16 September 2016 10:41:10 Europe/London

The summer holidays are over, the children are back at school and there are less demands for your attention.  What should you do?

How about spending some time on yourself?  Irrespective of whether you passed the summer on the beach, by the pool or sitting around the barbecue, the Autumn period can represent a golden opportunity to get fitter than ever.  It can also help reverse the effects of those high-calorie foods that can be so hard to resist on holiday.

Autumn training

The days are getting shorter and colder.  What better way to delay the onset of winter blues than to schedule some Autumn training?

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10 Reasons why HIIT is the ultimate workout

Monday, 5 September 2016 16:22:51 Europe/London

You have probably heard a lot recently about the new HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) trend that has been sweeping the nation. There are many reasons why this has become so popular recently and we are here to talk about them.  With so many gimmicks constantly bombarding you with empty promises on how to burn fat, gain muscle and get that body you always wanted, it is refreshing to finally find something that works. Living in such a fast paced world, I think it is fair to say that, at one time we have all tried some crazy diet or workout routine that promised us the results we always wanted. Unfortunately, these workouts and diets probably didn’t work. The most likely reason is because realistically, you can’t keep it up. Finding something that you can enjoy doing regularly is the key to getting the body you always wanted.  

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Cardio Machines - Which is best?

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 12:07:00 Europe/London

Cardio is short for 'cardiovascular', a term used to describe the human circulatory system; it consists of the heart and blood vessels. Cardio training is a form of endurance-based exercise designed to strengthen the circulatory system. Cardio-vascular exercise usually takes place over a longer period of time, and is intended to make the heart beat faster and pump more blood through your system, which carries the vital nutrients and oxygen to muscle cells. Cardio exercises usually get your heart rate to around 50 - 75% of your maximum heart rate. A rough estimate to calculate your maximum is 220 minus your age, so, for example, if I'm 18, it's 220 - 18 = 202 Max. Cardio can be almost any form of exercise from running, cycling and dancing to treadmills, rowing machines and more! 

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The Virtues of Training Walls

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 14:24:35 Europe/London

If you care about health and fitness, want the capacity for a full-body workout, but are concerned about the limited space available to you, then it could be worth considering a training wall.

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