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5 Reasons to Care About Nutrition and Exercise That Have Nothing to Do With Weight Loss

5 Reasons to Care About Nutrition and Exercise That Have Nothing to Do With Weight Loss

He stared at me suspiciously as I sat in the café tucking into my jerk marinated chicken breast, spicy sweet potato wedges and spinach (with a few dashes of hot chilli sauce for good measure). I was the only one there eating out of tupperware and not mindlessly cramming a bacon and cheese roll into my gob as the crumbs missed the paper bag and spilled out onto the freshly swept floor. “I can’t eat in front of you mate, you always eat so healthy, I don’t know how you do it.” He said between mouthfuls. “Because I give a toss about myself mate, that’s why.” I said with a cheeky smirk. He rai...
Body Recomposition: That One Weird Trick

Body Recomposition: That One Weird Trick

The number of times I have heard a person say they would like to build muscle and lose fat are too numerous to count. It is often said that you cannot do both, that the two goals are diametrically opposed. Think about it, one requires you to be in an anabolic state of high energy availability to induce hypertrophy (muscle growth). While the other requires you to be in a catabolic state to induce cellular atrophy for fat reduction. But there is this one weird trick (I’m using that term ironically, don’t @me) that trainers and nutritionists don’t want you to know about… OK, we DO want you to ...
How to Track Your Macros

How to Track Your Macros

  There are many ways of managing energy balance, pretty much every dietary intervention works on the basic principle of controlling the Calories in portion of 24-hour energy balance. A diet that cuts out entire food groups like plant-based, that cuts out meat and fish. Carnivore, that cuts out fruits and vegetables. Keto and low carb which cut out carbohydrate foods, intermittent fasting that cuts out all food for periods of time and so on. They all do one thing, they reduce the amount of Calories you consume. But, in health and fitness you will often hear phrases like: 'eat a balanced di...
Progressing Your Kettlebell Practice

Progressing Your Kettlebell Practice

As you likely know I’m a big fan of kettlebell training. It’s not that I think it’s superior to other forms of training, I just enjoy training with kettlebells more than I do other types of gym equipment. Now, don’t get me wrong, if I had room in my studio for a squat rack, Olympic bar and bumper plates I definitely would have those too. But I digress. But kettlebells are really useful and, in my opinion, should be a part of most strength and conditioning programs. They can help develop strength, power and mobility. You can adapt your training to target hypertrophy or improve muscular endu...
Mind Your Movement - The Importance of Proprioception

Mind Your Movement - The Importance of Proprioception

By now you should have cottoned on to the fact that exercise is really important for your health, so important that it really ought not to be an option for you. Cardiovascular exercise, as the name suggests, develops the cardio (heart) and Vascular (circulatory system). But it works on the respiratory system (lungs) as well. In other words, if you want a healthy heart, lungs and arteries you should do some cardio, which means getting out of breath for prolonged periods of time. Cycling for example.