When I was quite new to being a personal trainer, I once overheard another personal trainer talking to his client. His client had just asked him, ‘how do I get my upper body to grow – especially my arms?’ The reply I heard from the personal trainer, who was a massive bodybuilder, was the following, and at the time I cringed a bit inside. He said this back to his client: ‘You see mate, if you think about it, the arms are just the legs of the upper body’. His client looked as confused as I felt.
Too many people think it’s normal be bloated after a meal. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have noticed that everyone is gluten free these days. I’m not bashing it – genuine coeliacs have every reason to avoid it. But, what we are increasingly seeing, is a growing awareness to gluten sensitivity. This is down to poor digestion. Your digestion is the single most important thing that you can spend your time improving. The digestive system, specifically the gut, is still such a huge subject, that we are still discovering more and more about it. The work of the Human Microbiome Project (an off shoot of the Human Genome Project) in recent years has shed even more light on this incredible area.
As a personal trainer I see detoxes everywhere these days, but most of them are complete rubbish. Tea detoxes and strange flushing diets will not help you detox toxins that are in your systems, and sugar laden smoothie’s will more than likely make you put even more weight on. We’ve all heard of Beyonce’s cleanse. Drinking lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper for a week – good one there! No, this is not a good idea, and just shows a lack of nutritional understanding.
Here is a type of fat burning workout that anyone who can count to 20 can do. Designed by Professor Tabata of the Japanese Speed Skating Team (eh?), it will make you work hard for 20 second intervals, followed by 10 seconds of rest.