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Saturated Fat – is it all that bad?

I struggle to comprehend why saturated fat can be such a sensitive topic within the fitness industry. I know many individuals following a diet rich in saturated fat who maintain lean, healthy bodies throughout the year. This is in spite of the chatter from their fat fearing friends, who believe saturated fats will only lead […]

The Beginner’s Guide To Cortisol Management

Cortisol is a glucocorticoid, a type of steroid hormone, produced by the adrenal cortex in response to stress. It is primarily a catabolic agent, which causes a breakdown of proteins, fats and carbohydrates for energy during acute periods stress. However, continued responses due to chronic stress can elicit elevated blood sugar, increased appetite and greater […]

WHEAT – Chemical Warfare: Plant Style

Wheat is everywhere. It is in bread, pasta and numerous condiments. It can even be found in shampoo! In fact, the wheat industry is booming:  if this year’s wheat production forecasts are realised, we will see the largest wheat crop ever produced (and consumed) by mankind. This article will argue it is no coincidence that, […]

Getting to the bottom of the perfect bum

A Strong backside is about more than just being able to lure ones imagination. It serves as the foundation of strength for the entire body. The term ‘sleeping giant’ probably sounds familiar. This term refers to inhibition and delayed activation of the gluteal muscles, which in time leads to weakness of these muscles. Gluteal inhibition […]

Beyond Failure: High Intensity Training for Hypertrophy

People are often quick to applaud themselves on the intensity of their own sessions in the gym. Many seem to think they always train hard and just getting a ”mad pump” or breaking a sweat is enough to elicit muscle growth. Ironically, the same people who boast about their incredible efforts almost always show little […]

5 Main Health Benefits of Magnesium Supplements

Magnesium is one the most essential minerals for staying healthy and is required in a high number of reactions in the body. These consistent health benefits aid towards nerve senses, temperature, detox, energy, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth so the use of supplements to maintain the correct level of Mg is something […]

Nutritional Rules To Lose Fat & Build Muscle At The Same Time

By Nick Mitchell The following brief nutritional rules to lose fat and build muscle at the same time were written for Men’s Fitness magazine’s feature on Nick’s transformation of Glenn Parker. 15 weeks of hard work can REALLY change your life!! And yes it IS possible to lose fat and build muscle at the same […]

Nutrition FAQ

CORRECT CARBOHYDRATE CHOICES! These are a sample of some of the most common questions our personal trainers are asked concerning nutrition and the correct use of carbohydrates. More in depth answers can be found in members only articles that can accessed by contacting us directly. My sister tells me that carbohydrates make a person fat. […]

Get the skinny on Fats!

Get the skinny on fats! These are a sample of some of the most common questions our personal trainers are asked concerning nutrition and the correct consumption of fat in the diet. More in depth answers can be had by contacting us directly. I try not to eat any fat because I want to stay […]

Personal Trainer Advice on Protein Absorption

Hi Nick, Now that I am leaving London and heading back to the USA I have a few questions for you. I am determined to keep off all the weight I have lost (editor’s note – over 50lbs! See our new page “fat loss success stories” for the full story, as well as the new […]

The Right Resolutions

It’s that time of year again when thoughts turn to the future and the road ahead is filled with nothing but good intentions. Understandably this is also a very busy period for someone in the personal training industry as we see countless people eagerly bounding through our doors enthusiastically seeking to “drop some fat”, “put […]

The Top Ten Reasons Why Diets Fail

I have an admission to make – the above title is very misleading title as in truth diets don’t ever fail, it’s the people who implement them who come up short. You already know that the key to success isn’t to “diet” at all, rather its to change your bad habits into good ones, so […]

Personal Training Observations: Rants from the Gym Floor

Nick regularly contributes to a section of Men’s Health that deals with personal trainer rants about bad habits. Unsurprisingly he has a lot to say! The following article featured in the in the personal training / fitness section September 2008 Men’s Health magazine. It’s neither big nor clever When Men’s Health asked me to contribute […]

Supplements for Muscular Size and Strength

These are a sample of some of the most common questions our personal trainers are asked concerning the use of food supplements and their impact upon muscular size and bodybuilding in general. More in depth answers can be gained by contacting us directly or visiting Nick’s blog for his latest views and research on supplements […]

The Power of Botanicals – Fenugreek

Herbal and botanical remedies have existed since time immemorial and for good reason. Some of the most effective products for maximising health and longevity are to be found in the ancient remedies of China, India and South America, and we in the West ignore them to our own detriment. One man who has been instrumental […]

Blood Protein & Colostrum – What Your Personal Trainer Should Tell You

I don’t like to make blanket statements, but sometimes habits are there to be broken. Protein is beneficial to all of you who are seeking to build muscle and support a healthy immune system (the latter is ALWAYS necessary for the former). Hardly earth shattering stuff I know, but sometimes it seems that people need […]

Beta Alanine – Supplements for the 21st Century Personal Trainer

When an icon tells you something about their field of expertise it always pays to listen carefully. So when Charles Poliquin, the undisputed guru of modern strength training and conditioning, told me that the supplement Beta Alanine was one of the most exciting breakthroughs in modern sports supplementation I stopped working out and started listening. […]

Omega 3 Supplementation

The following article on Omega 3 supplementation is a slightly more detailed version of one published in the April 2009 Men’s Health magazine. I am often asked what my number one fat burning supplement is. My reply of fish oil is hardly the radical “secret” most personal training clients were looking for. When they then […]

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