Top 5 reasons an exercise bicycle is the best fitness machine

Top 5 reasons an exercise bicycle is the best fitness machine
Exercise bicycles are great for keeping up your fitness levels when the weather is less than favourable or you just don’t have time to get to the gym (or even if you just don’t want to pay monthly gym fees). Here are my top 5 reasons why I prefer an exercise bicycle over any other ...

Great music for tai chi and yoga

Great music for tai chi and yoga
As a tai chi teacher, I always play music when I am running a class because: it helps to set the right mood it can hide any background noises such as things going on outside the room. For these reasons, I would also recommend that if you practice tai chi, yoga or meditation, then you, ...

The best exercise for combating shin splints

The best exercise for combating shin splints
If you do a lot of exercise such as running, walking or tennis, you may find that your shins start to hurt. This pain may take the form of a dull ache or a stabbing or burning sensation. This is known as shin splints. It basically takes place when you over-exert the front of the ...

Exercise of the week 5

28 day lunge challenge Lunges are great for working the glutes, calves, thighs and even your core. Regularly practising them can improve your lower body strength and endurance, your balance and your fitness levels. Everyone knows what a lunge is but here’s a video in case you’re not sure: The 28 day challenge is to ...

How to do circuit training in a busy gym

How to do circuit training in a busy gym
Getting fit has become quite a popular pastime recently and the New Year’s Resolution crowd will be along shortly making your gym unbearably busy. As you’re probably aware, circuit training, particularly with weights, is one of the best ways of burning fat and pushing your fitness levels to new extremes. The purpose of this article ...

How to build strength on a tight budget

How to build strength on a tight budget
In today’s austere times where we’re constantly trying to save money, it can be hard to justify spending money on a gym membership. One of the benefits of gym membership, however, is having access to weights equipment for the purpose of developing muscle size and strength as well as avoiding turning your living room into ...

Exercise of the week #4

Exercise of the week #4
This week, we will be looking at the dumbbell push press. This is a great fat burner that works the legs, shoulders and core for an effective, efficient workout that also helps to build all-round strength. Ideally, you want to use a weight that is fairly heavy but not so heavy that you find it difficult ...

Exercise of the week #3

Exercise of the week #3
The following exercise is my favourite new legs exercise and is called the Genie press. It is useful if you don’t have a leg extension machine but unlike the machine, it makes you work the core as well as the thighs. The following video explains how to do the Genie press. Remember to try to ...

Exercise of the week #2

Exercise of the week #2
This week we will look at the Bulgarian squat. This is a great exercise for working the glutes and thighs as well as your balance. It is useful if you want to strengthen the legs and don’t have access to a barbell and squat rack or don’t have enough weights to provide enough of a ...

Exercise of the week #1

Exercise of the week #1
Whilst consistency is important when trying to achieve your fitness goals, it’s always good to try other exercises to challenge the body in different ways plus keep your workouts interesting. Every week, I will pick an exercise I find interesting with a video link plus my own comments on it. Some of the exercises will ...