5 Ways to Switch on Fat Burning According to Science

‘Eat this and do that and you will lose weight.’ Heard that before? Just do a quick Google search and you will find many an ‘expert’ telling you what to do to ‘lose weight’. Sometimes the tips can be useful but often they can be sabotaging and taking too much of a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. There’s a real problem with that. For one, scientists have discovered a metabolic pathway that appears to exert overall control over whether our fat cells store or burn calories (published in The New England Journal of…

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The Essential Guide to Fitness: For the Fitness Instructor 3e

As a physiotherapist who works a lot in the fitness industry I have led a slightly different career path to other physios and personal trainers. I have ‘trained the trainers’ for over 15 years and in the early days the students would often ask me ‘What textbook should I buy?’ So, I wrote one. The Essential Guide to Fitness was born in 2005 (ironically the same year I became a ‘Fit Busy Mum’) and is now about to head into its 3rd edition and this time in full colour. So exciting!

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“Ideal weight according to your body shape, age, and height”

What a Load of $%^& A friend of mine recently shared an article she read published on a ‘stylist’ website of all things. Here the title reads ‘Weight Chart For Women: What’s your ideal weight according to your body shape, age, and height?’ The title itself just infuriated me (I really should learn to chill out but that’s another story). When are the ‘doctors and specialists’ so claimed to have written this stuff going to back off the focus of advertising weight loss as a bunch of figures that everyone…

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Burn More Fat – 4 Minute H.I.I.T

There’s a good reason why fitness training has changed so much over the past decade. Long gone are the days where we push people to slog it out on the treadmill bored to death for the entire hour. Now, we are in and out with our training faster than you can say HIIT (well, maybe not that fast). HIIT is high intensity interval training and it’s definitely something you MUST make yourself familiar with. HIIT is where you train hard for a short period of time, usually between 8 and…

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4 Ways to Tone Your Thighs

Do you want lean, sculpted thighs and get back into those ‘short shorts’? Strong legs and butt are essential to be able to function well in life. As a physiotherapist I am always concerned about preventing back pain and other injuries. Strong legs and butt can go a long way to keeping all these niggles at bay while also helping to carry you through an awesome outdoor run, chase the kids or just get about doing your daily stuff. How To Do It: Add these moves to your workouts 2-3…

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GET READY FOR SUMMER WORKOUT

30 minutes. Yep, that’s all you need (or thereabouts). You just need to be consistent with your training and you will get results. No need to get emotional about it. Just be mechanical about it. Just GET ON WITH IT!   Starting out? Aim for 3 x 12 reps for each exercise. Had a bit of practice? Aim for 4 x 12 reps for each exercise. Got your stuff sorted as a bit of a pro? Aim for 5 x 12 reps. For this session, the more advanced you are…

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4 Moves to Tone That BUTT

A strong set of glutes (butt) is more important than you may realise. A lean, strong set of glutes muscles are essential for a healthy posture and the power you need to climb hills and sprint as fast as you can. It’s a big set of muscles and may need a little extra attention. These exercises will challenge your butt, your legs and get you burning kilojoules!       1. Step up – high! Find a step (not too high, not too low) and step up and leap into…

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How to Get Moving When You Can’t Be Stuffed!

Tired? Got no energy? Who can be stuffed getting out of bed to exercise? Seriously, I get it. It’s tough. But here’s the secret. There is no secret. There is no ‘motivation’ to find under a bed. Exercise has to become a habit. No ifs, or buts. You just need to move and make no exceptions.

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No Flabby Arms Workout

Want to get rid of some that flab at the back of your arms? Well, you do need to train hard and do some work on cutting down the body fat. But in terms of toning up that little hidden extra piece of flesh, there’s a few handy exercises you can do to sort that out.

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8 Minute Lean Legs Workout

Keep it short, sharp and effective. Training sessions don’t need to be long and I am a huge advocate for 30 minute door-to-door workouts. But here’s another one of my quick workouts for the ‘time-poor’ days or as a great addition to a training session. This short session can be done anywhere, any time. You just need a bench and skipping rope.

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7 Reasons You’re Not Blasting Fat

Not losing the weight you want? Still got that dreaded muffin top (that little bulge that hangs over your shorts)? You could be training every day and still not getting the results. Success doesn’t happen by accident. It takes planning and commitment.

Here are 7 pretty simple reasons that you may not be getting the results you want.

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