Are you making progress?

Progress is a nice positive word, everyone likes to make “progress”, especially when it comes to our health and fitness. Those 6am gym sessions and downing fish oil has to pay off right? It still amazes me that in a world driven by results and statistics that so many people don’t seem interested in their […]

Autumn has now arrived, many people lose motivation around this time of year, social events increase, training becomes less and less and client’s diets usually take a turn for the worse. A desire to look good on the beach is a thing of the past and motivation to train hard and eat well becomes more […]

There are so many myths in the fitness industry that leave people confused and misinformed. The industry is always evolving and new ideas and methods being brought forward. But there is no easy way. Going back to basics and staying consistent will get you long lasting results. 1) Low intensity exercise burns more fat? Many […]

For most girls being lean and developing a great looking bum and legs is high priority, it’s becoming trendy to have a well developed and toned bottom. Cutting down on calories and starting to jog is the traditional approach many girls take. This doesn’t work! Eating high protein, low carb and moderately high good fat […]

Breakfast stands for “break fast”, when we are sleeping the body is fasting for at least 8 hours, this time is used for recovery and repair. The first thing we then eat is very important as this has a significant hormonal effect, determining if we will burn fat, how much energy we will have and […]

A common problem that most of my clients have as well as myself is a lack of time! Getting to the gym after a busy day at work for an hour’s session can be difficult with family and work commitments and an ever-increasing busier lifestyle. There just aren’t enough hours in the day! The good […]

A problem my clients face when trying to stick to the plan I set them is social events. Going out and socialising seems to be when most people deviate from their fitness routines. Having the odd cheat meal is acceptable, but you need to know when to stop, don’t over indulge and pick your cheat […]

Calorie is a word we all know. This small word leads to lots of debate and differing opinions.  Calories are a measure of the amount of energy in foods. The traditional approach to weight loss was to eat fewer calories than are used by the body resulting in a reduction in weight. People saw a […]

Taking supplements is a controversial topic, even if you eat a well-balanced whole food diet the chances are there are still nutrients that you lack. The supplement market can be very confusing, often leaving people wondering where to start. In order to help I have set up a Supplement Helpline where you can make an […]

How do you get a six pack? This is a question I get asked almost everyday, my answer is always the same “I can tell you what to do, but it’s you who has to do it”. A client of mine who has constantly smashed the targets we set for him is Brad, I have […]

Carbs are a very controversial food group with so many different opinions out there it leaves people feeling confused and unsure which foods they should eat. Carbohydrates are not all the same, in fact the foods that make up carbohydrates are more diverse and varied than any other food group. I try to help my […]

Your body is a fantastic mirror. Why? Because it’s shape reveals what is going on inside of you. According to extensive research, where you deposit your body fat paints a clear picture of how your hormonal system is functioning. Our hormones control just about every metabolic event that goes on in the body and hormones […]

When starting a new lifestyle plan, it is important to remember a few key tips that will make all the difference. Yes it is very important to eat well and live an active life, but that isn’t all.  Why so many people fail to lose fat and get the results they want is because they […]

Keeping your children fit and healthy is not only important to prevent illness but also to help them grow and develop physically and mentally. The brain stops developing in the early twenties and the body stops developing in males at the age of twenty and girls at the age of eighteen. Research has shown that […]

Do you have a sweet tooth? Sugar is now widely accepted as being unhealthy. It raises your blood sugar levels and if you are not exercising and using sugar for energy then the body will store it as fat. It’s that simple. Do you also find that you can’t just have one of your favourite […]

When I first met with new client Peter I asked him what he wanted to achieve in our training sessions. He replied “I need to lose a couple of stone and feel healthier” In truth he needed to lose 4-5 stone, massively improve his diet and change his lifestyle. Peter was 20 stone, in our […]

We are exposed to harmful toxins every day. Toxins come from various sources, from food to tap water. The bad news is they are damaging your health and your good looks! Toxin build up has also been linked to serious illnesses such as cancer and can destroy important body organs such as the liver. Check […]

Working in a gym environment most of the day means that I see lots of people come in and out of the gym every day. But how many of those people are actually working at an intensity that will have an effect on their health and or body shape? I would say that less than […]

Good health isn’t just how fit you are or how good you look on the beach, health covers a wide range of areas and one area that has a significant effect on your overall health and well being is stress levels. Stress is on the increase with day to day life becoming more hectic. Dealing […]

Eating well over summer can sometimes be hard, nice weather and the temptation to have a drink after work in the sun is testing. You are also more likely to socialize in summer; eating out and weekends away are more frequent, all which make it harder to stick to your healthy eating plan. But with […]

When I meet a new client, the first question I ask is ‘what do what to achieve by training with me?’ Everyone has their own personal goals and aspirations, but the difference between success and failure is lifestyle. I encourage my clients to see training as a hobby rather than a chore and they are […]

Carbohydrates have had a lot of bad press in recent years, and we know that eating too many carbs leads to fat storage but carbohydrates are not always the enemy! Yes, carbs do lead to fat storage but only when eaten to excess, at the wrong time of the day and when eating the wrong […]

Today I am going to explain the most effective leg exercises that not only build and shape your legs but also benefit the whole body! Our legs contain the largest muscles in the body and when these huge muscles are trained our whole body has to work hard. The leg exercises below have a huge […]

We all know that exercise will shed those unwanted pounds and eating the right foods is good for us. But let me put this into perspective, have you heard the saying ‘abs are made in the kitchen’? The first step in starting any transformation, whether it is to drastically change your body shape or to […]

Most of you will be going on holiday this summer and will want to look good on the beach. This isn’t going to happen overnight. Realistically, you need to start 8-10 weeks before you go away to see a noticeable difference to your body shape. Below are my 5 top tips to get in shape […]

Why do you get up and go to the gym at 6am in the morning? Why do you go for a 5 mile run in the rain? Setting goals is so important to help you to stay motivated. I have always enjoyed pushing myself and feeling a sense of accomplishment. This started from a young […]

Goal setting is a really important part of achieving results in health and fitness. I spend time with my clients setting challenging goals which will help them to lose weight and become fitter. A goal should always be specific. For example, ‘I would like to lose 2kg in 3 months’ or ‘I would like to […]

There are thousands of vitamin supplements available on the market these days that all claim to be a quick-fix fat loss solution. They are promoted as ‘fat loss supplements’. This makes it hard to know which supplement is actually going to do you some good and how to make the best choice. This guide explains […]

The human body is amazing and complex and the most valuable resource we own. So why do so many people abuse their bodies with poor diet and lack of exercise? My opinion is that most people don’t actually know what harm they are doing and they don’t understand how important it is to keep their […]

Going straight into exercise, especially lifting weights, without warming up can not only result in injury but inhibit your workout. I like to call my warm-ups with clients “corrective exercise”. General day to day activity such as sitting down at a desk, driving and carrying the shopping all lead to tight muscles and poor posture. […]

The word breakfast means exactly that ‘Break Fast’. People say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I’d have to agree. Here’s why: The first meal the day dictates a hormonal response that informs the body to either store fat or burn fat for the rest of the day. Eating cereal, toast and […]

Is it possible to lose weight, get superfit and spend less time exercising? Definitely. Firstly, I’d like to welcome you to The Tri-Plan blog. I will be writing regularly in a series of articles focused on helping my visitors to improve their health, fitness and nutrition. Working in a gym environment each day means that […]