February 14, 2019

Seeing as this blog is for fitness professionals (or very eager everyday exercisers), I don’t need to begin by selling the importance of human movement as a pre-requisite to all other forms of physical training. But before the meat and potatoes, I’ll start by offering some simple movement assessments that everyday people can self-administer.

November 21, 2018

The age of remote coaching is upon us. Here’s how it’s done.

When teaching at various certifications over the past 18 months and presenting at summits, one of the subjects that dominates the attention of fitness professionals most is the mechanics of remote coaching. This blog is written for them, but it also offers a useful insight for anyone considering remote coaching. I appreciate that there are many other ways to skin the cat — here’s what works for me.

Two years ago, I was a full-time trainer and therapist in central London, engaging with people face to face (or hands to skin) for more than 30 hours per week. However, I was faced with the same problem that most self-employed, full-time trainers and therapists encounter. As much as I loved en...

October 3, 2018

I once trained a client named Mark, a former Cambridge University rower, who hired me to help him prepare for a Tough Mudder event. Mark, a deeply competitive soul, had a superhuman cardiovascular capacity and monstrous tolerance for high volume. He didn’t like it when I’d beat him around a one-mile circuit or be able to lift more than him, especially as I was more than ten years his senior. I think his main motivation for continuing to train with me was to beat me at everything.

Mark was as flexible as a lead pipe. He was six-feet-three-inches tall and lean, but could barely reach past his knees when trying to touch his toes. His attitude toward all training sessions was "go hard or go home." His desire to dest...

April 24, 2018

Have you woken up in the morning with a cricked neck? Do you have a niggling pain somewhere in your body? Does a certain body part keep becoming injured? While you’re doing a specific activity does your insert anything start hurting?

This is a self-help guide to help empower you to look after yourself in times of niggling pain and minor injury. Apply the following self-help steps after using common sense. If you think you may have broken something, torn tissue badly or if you are in any doubt you should seek professional intervention. These steps are for minor, niggling injuries.

If your pain is the result of an accident or a single incident during an activity, read part B: acute injuries. If your pain mysteriously started either suddenly, gradual...

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