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All Or Nothing – The Road To Overtraining


You’ve just started exercising, you’re highly motivated and have a ‘LET’S DO THIS’ attitude. So you decide to go from not doing any exercise to training 5+ times per week. You hobble from one workout to the next thinking more is better until training begins to falter. Possibly because you keep getting sick or aren’t sleeping so well. Your appetite has changed, and one minor injury has suddenly turned into a series of [...]

Breaking the Cycle: Why Yo-Yo Dieting Doesn’t Work and How to Overcome It


Breaking the Cycle: Why Yo-Yo Dieting Doesn't Work and How to Overcome It In the quest for rapid fat loss, many individuals find themselves ensnared in the cycle of yo-yo dieting. It's a familiar tale: embarking on a restrictive eating plan, experiencing initial success, only to rebound and regain the lost weight, often with added pounds.  Our world is constantly speeding up and we expect the human body to respond in the same [...]

What Do Muscle Mass & Your Pension Pot Have In Common?


What do muscle mass and your pension pot have in common? Quick answer = the bigger the better (*no you don’t need to be a body builder) Age-related muscle loss, called sarcopenia, is a natural part of aging. After age 30, you begin to lose as much as 3% to 5% per decade.  Less muscle means greater weakness and less mobility, both of which may increase your risk of falls and fractures. But [...]

When It Comes To Body Weight, Zoom Out


You jump on the scales and hey presto, 2 lb down, smiles all around. The following week, you weigh in and you’ve gained 3 lb. disaster. All that hard work wasted and you throw in the towel. Sound familiar?  If changing your body weight is the goal, the best thing to do is zoom out.  Weight loss is NEVER linear. It will be up and down like the Nemesis at Alton Towers. If [...]

The Pros and Cons of Fasting: Is It Right for You?


The Pros and Cons of Fasting: Is It Right for You? In recent years, fasting has gained significant attention as a potential tool for improving health, promoting weight loss, and even extending lifespan. However, like any dietary practice, fasting comes with its own set of pros and cons, and whether or not it's suitable for an individual depends on various factors including their health status, lifestyle, and goals. In this blog post, we'll [...]

Stay On Track With The 7-Day Average Method


Consistency over time is key to improving your health and fitness long term. Using the 7-day average method is a great way to stay on track, keep you feeling positive and motivated. Let’s take step count for example. A high daily step count (or high non-exercise activity thermogenesis if we are being geeky) is an important contributor towards fat loss/weight maintenance.  Let’s say you are targeting 12k steps per day. The problem with [...]

Get Motivated With GOAL SETTING


GOAL SETTING TO SMASH 2024 It’s Blue Monday - the most depressing day in the calendar year according to Sky Travel. Are they right? Well this sudden drop in temperature certainly does’t help. Personally, I’m excited about the year ahead and that’s mainly because I have set my goals for the year and have a vision of where I want to be by December 2024. If you’re feeling a little blue about the year [...]

Learn How To Abdominal Crunch


Learn how to abdominal crunch  The abdominal crunch, a popular core exercise we often see botched. People perform crunches way too fast with not enough control and because of this they often end up doing hundreds of reps.  We rarely programme above 3 sets of 6 reps. So check out our coaching points and video tutorial below and you’ll be crunching like a pro. Perform abdominal crunches on a stability ball instead of [...]

3 Core Exercises You Should Be Doing


CORE BLIMEY! 3 core exercises you should be doing ABS…yes abs are the subject of todays rambling. Whilst we all love, or hate the A word depending on where we’re at on our journey. We all kind of want them, in some way, shape or form. Wether it’s a rippling 24 pack like PT Gav or a cute flat back like Simon ‘Ikea’ Jackson. But do not fear, this isn’t a post about [...]

Good Sleep – The Magic Potion For Health


Sleepless in The City  Fingers crossed you catch this post after a a solid 7+ hours of good sleep in the growth chamber. If that’s not the case, never fear the Proathlon Blog is here.  Sleep, that sometimes elusive necessity that we can neglect, or against our will have it stolen from us like the muscle mass that was taken from us during Hyrox training. With all of the magic potions, secret hacks [...]

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