Exercise

The best parks for exercise in Northampton

Exercise equipment from Victoria park, one of the best parks for exercise in Northampton

We recently started a new series focused on Northampton. Last week we wrote about the best food shop in Northampton. We continue this series by looking at the best parks for exercise in Northampton. With the current lockdown situation in the UK, gyms are shut. The government recommends outdoor activity for your health and wellbeing.

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Nov 20, 2020 / by Haydn Ward / No Comments

What exercise programme should I choose?

A multitude of exercise options

This week’s article answers the question ‘what exercise programme should I choose?’. There are hundreds of options available when it comes to choosing how you approach your health and fitness goals. We will give you a rundown of the most common types of exercise programmes, the pros and cons to each and our verdict as

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Oct 16, 2020 / by Haydn Ward / No Comments

How should I train to build muscle?

Rear view of a man squatting using a safety bar. How should I train to build muscle

How should I train to build muscle? We get this question a lot. And it’s a great question. Everyone should aim to maintain or build muscle as they get older. That’s because muscle is essential for so many reasons. It’s good for your health; it’ll strengthen your bones, improve your physiology, help you burn calories and

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Sep 12, 2020 / by Jon Bellis / No Comments

Can you burn fat and build muscle simultaneously?

A statue in two stares, showing body composition

What’s the reason you go to the gym and follow a diet plan? For most, training and diet is all about aesthetics – the desire to look good, naked. To achieve this goal you may need to drop some body fat and gain some lean muscle. We call this process recomposition, or recomp for short.

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Aug 07, 2020 / by Haydn Ward / No Comments

Fitness for the over 40s

A man in his 40s performing a front squat

In this article, we look at functional fitness for the over 40s and how to keep making progress towards your health and body goals. Throughout this article, we will cover what functional fitness is, some age-related considerations when it comes to exercise and how you should train for optimal health and fitness. The advice in

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Jul 24, 2020 / by Haydn Ward / No Comments

The most effective biceps exercise – a biomechanical perspective

The standing barbell curl done strictly is a great exercise, but the intense core engagement can be distracting. It may not be the most effective biceps exercise.

The biceps muscles Which muscle do you most often imagine when strength or weight training comes up in conversation? It’s usually the biceps. Most people will raise their arm to the side and show their guns. They’ll flex their biceps, or at least mime it. But how do you grow your guns, what’s the most

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Jul 01, 2020 / by Jon Bellis / No Comments

What fitness equipment should I buy for home?

View looking down a rack of dumbbells. What fitness equipment should I buy for home?

Have you been asking this question since the start of the lockdown? Several clients have asked me this question. And I bet tens of thousands across the country are asking the same thing. It’s not that easy to figure it out. There’s a bewildering array of fitness equipment out there, the vendors of each all

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Jun 06, 2020 / by Jon Bellis / No Comments

Athletic training for average Joes: Athletic programme

how do i programme my workouts

In this final article in the series, we will review the methods discussed throughout and answer the question ‘how do I programme my workouts to train like an athlete?’.   If you are reading this I hope you have followed the series since it started ten weeks ago. I would like to thank you for

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May 29, 2020 / by Haydn Ward / No Comments

Ten things you can do to prevent niggles

Regions of mobility and stability in the human body.

If you had to narrow it down and choose just ten things you can do to prevent niggles, what would those things be?   The most common niggles We’ve all had the odd niggle I’m sure. A little niggly pain that distracts you when you’re working out. It hurts a bit, but not enough to

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May 22, 2020 / by Jon Bellis / No Comments

Athletic training for average Joes: Interval training

man sprinting - what is interval training?

What is interval training and why is it so popular? Is interval training best for fat loss? And what are the top 3 interval workouts to use?   In this week’s addition to the ‘Athletic training for average Joes’ series, we are going to look at interval training. Interval training has gained popularity due to

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May 14, 2020 / by Haydn Ward / No Comments