Tom, the personal trainer who founded Waite Training in Leeds has many tips to help you get started on working for your fitness goals.
When the goal is losing weight and toning up, it's a common mistake to track one metric only - usually, weight loss. Only having one measure of success, particularly if you're also exercising, is misleading. As you lose weight using diet and exercise, your shape will change through a process called "body recomposition", and sometimes that doesn't show up as a significant difference on the scale.
When my clients ask me about the best diet or the best training plan to achieve their fitness goals, they tend to receive an unexpected answer. The best diet and fitness plan is the one you can stick to consistently, every day until your goal is achieved.
Working at developing a love of exercise is essential as the benefits of regularly working out go far beyond losing weight. Even though weight loss is often one of the main reasons we start an exercise regime in the first place, it's a pretty inefficient fat loss tool. However, it can be useful for helping us to keep weight off once we've lost it.
When the goal is weight loss and toning up, the foundational principle you need to understand and apply correctly is about calories in and calories out. It can certainly seem confusing when you look at all the different diets available, and everyone has such strong feelings about which diet is the "best one".
A restful sleep impacts your ability to recover properly from your training. A good night sleep helps you to make better nutritional choices which can assist in losing body fat.
Before the COVID-19 lockdown, most people were sceptical about online coaching. Many people didn't fully understand what it was or how it could benefit them.
The day we've all been waiting for is finally here! Gyms are opening in England! Many people are thinking about making their return to exercise after the lockdown.
Exercising outdoors is one of my personal favourite ways to train. It brings together three things that are essential to a good mood: Movement, exercise, and plenty of fresh air. I find everything about it stimulating, but some of my favourite methods could be broadly described as “modified Strongman”.
In an ideal world, we would all be cooking from scratch with fresh ingredients every day. In the real world, we're busy and short on time. As lovely as it would be to have a live-in chef preparing all our meals, that is an unrealistic aspiration for most of us.
Many people think that they can't make progress exercising at home and that without the gym, their training is pointless. But building solid foundations with bodyweight movements are essential. They should be done whether you have access to a gym or not!