Exercise – should you do it when you have a cold?

exercise and colds

It’s that time of year when colds and flu are thriving, and I get asked this question more and more, “should I exercise if I have a cold?”. So here’s my view on exercising when you have a cold… Happy and healthy Exercise has a number of benefits including: giving you more energy burning off those extra calories…

Dean’s Transformation

“Training with Matt, I lost over 5 stone in six months, transformed my body and changed my life!” Dean’s body transformation……… “Matt is an awesome personal trainer who makes exercise an enjoyable challenge, together with helping to build confidence. Having never entered a gym prior to training with Matt, I was initially apprehensive and nervous.…

Mid-week Inspiration

I found this great video on YouTube today for some mid-week inspiration….. It really is amazing what you can achieve, start with a small goal and then work up to the bigger ones. Dream it! Believe it! Achieve it!

5:2 diet

Interesting article about the 5:2 diet….. Personally I’m not a fan of diets or quick fixes to loose weight, whilst many of them provide quick results lots of diets are unsustainable and in my experience people generally end up putting weight back on when they start eating normally again. Making a lifestyle change regarding your nutrition…

What’s the best type of training for Fat Loss?

I get asked the question “what’s the best thing to do in the gym for weight loss?” The answer to this question will vary from trainer to trainer, my view is that High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is the best type of training to burn body fat. I put the focus on burning body fat…

What is NLP?

Hypnotherapy & Life Coaching

Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP, is a methodology and modelling system that helps people to achieve excellence in everyday life. Neuro – this refers to the nervous system. We experience the world through our five senses – Visual (seeing), Auditory (hearing), kinaesthetic (touch), Olfactory (smell) & Gustatory (taste) Linguistic – this refers to the language that…

Is it better to train with free weights or machines?

A common question I get asked by people in the gym is “should I use free weights or machines?” This is a good question and both have qualities, generally I prefer my clients to use free weights as they are the best form of lifting, but there’s no shame in using a fitness machine if you’re…

My Ice Bucket Challenge

Last weekend I was challenged to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, I accepted the challenge and here’s my video of the challenge from Sunday. I completed the challenge at Legends Bar in Brighton, it was already very cold out on the terrace so I was frozen to the core after the bucket of Icy…

FitBrit Challenge 2014

On the 1st August 2014, Men’s Fitness magazine and Fitness First launched their annual FitBrit challenge which consists of 8 exercises performed against the clock, with the aim of completing all 8 in the fastest time. Today I decided to take up the challenge and see how fast I could do them, the exercises are:…

Brighton & Hove Pride 2014 – The Rainbow Run

Last weekend saw Brighton & Hove celebrate Pride 2014, it was a fantastic weekend and one that I was proud to have been part of. This year as part of the week-long celebrations Brighton Pride held a 5 kilometre “Rainbow Run” in Preston Park, I was there bright and early to help set up and…