Forget willpower, deprivation, struggle – just reset your hormones to lose the fat.

  Do you believe it’s really hard to lose fat and feel better? Do you think it must require enormous willpower, great deprivation, gruelling training sessions etc. etc? Well I’m hearing exactly the opposite from clients. Today again I was told by a client that they thought it was going to be really difficult to… Continue reading Forget willpower, deprivation, struggle – just reset your hormones to lose the fat.

Just because it has been repeated a million times doesn’t make it true!

     If you had asked me about intermittent fasting about 18 months ago I would have told you it was a bad idea, especially for anyone engaged in heavy training. I advised weight management clients especially to always eat a good breakfast. Why? Because this was my deep- rooted belief – it was what… Continue reading Just because it has been repeated a million times doesn’t make it true!

Why cutting out sugars AND fat is such a bad idea.

The population is confused! People do seem to quite readily accept that sugar and grains are not good, both for fat loss or health. However, there seem to be such deep rooted phobias about dietary fat and cholesterol too. This is not surprising since we have been indoctrinated with this idea for the last 30… Continue reading Why cutting out sugars AND fat is such a bad idea.

Turning recreational runners into athletes.

             The Running Gym programme helps you to run faster or further more easily, whatever your current level. An initial consultation and treadmill video analysis identifies key areas to work on; Running form and gait Mobility restrictions Muscular imbalances Nutritional deficiencies Training regime – running and otherwise Other lifestyle factors.… Continue reading Turning recreational runners into athletes.

Are you training in ‘black hole’ territory?

  It’s 6pm. You’ve just got home after a hard day at the office. You feel stressed and stiff. You know that a good run in the fresh air is the only way to put this right. After you will feel better, more relaxed, enjoy a good meal, maybe a drink or two and fall… Continue reading Are you training in ‘black hole’ territory?

Grains – why are we still being told these are a healthy option, despite all the evidence?

  For years we have been exhorted by those ‘responsible’ for public health to base our diet around starchy carbohydrates, especially ‘wholegrain’ food-like products, like bread and pasta and rice. By now it should be abundantly clear to everybody that, however well-intentioned this advice probably was (and certainly it was massively beneficial to the American… Continue reading Grains – why are we still being told these are a healthy option, despite all the evidence?

Training yourself to burn fat for fuel – the key to endurance success (and good health).

  More and more long distance runners, cyclists, triathletes etc. are coming to understand that the conventional advice for fuelling endurance effort is simply wrong. For years they have been told that carbs are the primary fuel source for going long and that anything less than a full blown pasta fest pre race or workout,… Continue reading Training yourself to burn fat for fuel – the key to endurance success (and good health).

6 ways to run a faster marathon with less effort and fewer miles – Mike’s story.

  Mike came to me the October before last, seeking my help. 56 years old, he had taken up running a few years ago for general health and fitness – specifically to destress from his busy but sedentary business life and to lose some belly fat which had been growing steadily for the previous 10… Continue reading 6 ways to run a faster marathon with less effort and fewer miles – Mike’s story.

Hands up if you don’t want to run faster more easily.

I bet loads of people raised their hands yes? OK, so you guys don’t need to read further – leave social media now and do something more useful. For everybody else, here’s the story: We are runners. We don’t like being inside. We don’t like lifting heavy weights. We don’t enjoy brutal painful gym workouts.… Continue reading Hands up if you don’t want to run faster more easily.

How to avoid ‘hitting the wall’ in your next marathon

  Here is a story that might prove helpful to all distance runners, but especially those tackling marathon and beyond. The story is real but I have changed the name to protect his identity. Tom was typical of many runners. He loved his gadgets and attached great value to the statistics they gave him. He… Continue reading How to avoid ‘hitting the wall’ in your next marathon