Strength training for beginners

Strength training for beginners
What is strength training? Strength training is about building a stronger body by making the muscles, ligaments and tendons stronger so they can move heavier loads. It is different to bodybuilding which is about hypertrophy – making the muscles bigger. A side effect of strength training can be bigger muscles but this depends on your ...

How to lose weight and keep it off!

How to lose weight and keep it off!
Over the years, I have seen a lot of people lose weight and attempt to lose weight. The key reason why they fail is down to the on diet/off diet mentality. What they should be doing is focusing on changing their lifestyle, rather than “losing weight” or “getting fitter”. When you focus on changing your lifestyle, ...

How to create your own fat-burning workout

How to create your own fat-burning workout
As you’ve probably noticed, there are hundreds of great exercise DVDs out there that can all provide you with hours of fat-burning motivation. The problem comes when you end the 30 day challenge that a specific DVD is designed for. Where do you go from there? You could repeat the DVD from the start but ...

Tips for motivation to get fit

Tips for motivation to get fit
When you start out with an exercise plan, you’re often highly motivated to start training but after a week or two, you may find you’re making excuses to avoid starting the session. With these simple tips, you’ll stay on course and more likely achieve your goals. Depending on the exercise, you could read a book or ...

The healthy snowball

The healthy snowball
You’ve done it before, maybe several times – you’ve cut out everything, gone on a mad healthy lifestyle craze doing lots of exercise and eating lots of healthy food, and seen the results after a few weeks of hard work, then you go on one sudden binge or something time-consuming comes up and you skip ...

The gentle art of weight loss

The gentle art of weight loss
Whenever people want to lose weight, they immediately think about doing some very intense exercise such as running, cycling or aerobics. However, just thinking about leaping around the room or pounding the pavement mile upon mile is enough to make you tired! And while these are very efficient ways of burning fat and something fitness ...

How to burn fat effectively with a gym bike

How to burn fat effectively with a gym bike
As explained in my previous article, “A simple, effective fat-burning exercise routine for beginners” (http://eserv.co.uk/irl2/simple-fat-burning-exercise-routine-for-beginners/), High Intensity Interval Training is the most effective and efficient way of burning fat. In the following video, I will demonstrate how you can use exercise machines (in this case an exercise bicycle) to perform HIIT and make the most ...

How to do plyometric pull ups

How to do plyometric pull ups
What are plyometric pull ups? Plyometric exercises are ones which involve a burst of movement such as jumping. So, plyometric pull ups are ones which are carried out quickly. People often demonstrate the plyometric nature by performing a clap because they are able to gain enough height from the momentum of performing the pull up! ...

Do I have to join a gym?

If you’ve decided that you want to lose weight and get fit and healthy, one thing that is bound to have crossed your mind is whether you need to join a gym or attend classes. Whilst you can benefit from the range of facilities that the typical gym has to offer – for instance, different ...

Why you should exercise

Why you should exercise
When you think about going on a diet, your primary reason is typically to lose weight. And so you count the calories meticulously and avoid eating unhealthy food. The problem with this thinking is that what you visualise as being your “ideal” weight does not usually result in you achieving the actual body shape you ...