The Corona Funk

That title sounds like a dance doing the rounds on Tik-Tok. In fact, it probably is, but for the purpose of this blog I’m defining ‘funk’ as:

“A general feeling of shitness”

I may be a Personal Trainer, but I don’t enjoy training at home. If I ever bought a treadmill  I know it would function primarily as an expensive coat stand. I may pick up a kettlebell, but it’d be used to prevent the door swinging as opposed to promoting similar movements from my hips.

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#20 – Going to see a therapist for the first time

In the last blog, I mentioned I “sat with a mentor” – this mentor was actually my therapist.

I’m not sure why I didn’t write this originally.

Embarrassment and fear of being judged I guess.

In the spirit of keeping this blog as honest as possible, I thought I’d talk about it.

I experience feelings of depression and anxiety. 

The depression is a relatively new addition (last 18months) whereas anxiety is something that I’ve had for the majority of my life (although admittedly worse in the last few years).

I’ve always managed my anxiety but it requires effort. 

Mental resources need to be allocated and when feelings of depression started to enter the mix it became a bit too much.

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#19 – The CAN’T vs WON’T Filter Test

I find myself sat with a mentor giving a perfectly rational explanation for why I didn’t do the thing I was unposed to do:

“I couldn’t do that because of x, y, z…”

She paused just long enough to make me consider what I’d said before looking me dead in the eye and enquiring:

“Couldn’t or wouldn’t?”

Cue more dead air that I was happy to fill.

“No, you see I can’t do the thing because…..”

She interjects.

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#18 – “I can’t afford a gym membership”…….Really?

I drink a lot of coffee.

There’s a Starbucks 10mins from the gym and I work in various coffee shops (I’m writing this in ‘Eat17’) in town.

I pay anywhere from £2-3 a coffee.

I easily ‘drink out’ seven times a week.

£14-21 / week.

£56-84 / month.

Fucking hell that’s a wake-up call for me reading that in black and white!

I spend more on coffee than most people do on a gym membership.

Membership at KORU (where I PT) Gym = £35/month.

Coffee is an inexpensive, highly available product that provides an immediate buzz.

Gym membership is a perceived luxury that on its own guarantees nothing. It requires substantial work on your part to make it worthwhile.

Coffee is instant, short-term gratification.

Gym membership is a long-term investment in your health.

I’m not here to bash coffee. I’m here to tell you that for £25-40/month a gym membership is an absolute bargain. 

It has the potential to be one of the best investments you ever make.

I love coffee.

I love living a healthy life more.

#17 – “People don’t care how much you know until…..

…..they know how much you care.”

Theodore Roosevelt

This is Personal Training in a nutshell.

I presented a nutrition seminar a few months back and was asked about my qualifications. 

My surprised response:

“That’s 5”

5 GCSEs? 

No, that’s a total of 5 times in the last 10 years I’ve been asked about my education background. 

If you’re reading this as a current or aspiring PT it doesn’t mean education isn’t important. You simply have to realise your client probably doesn’t care, and that’s ok.

If you’re reading this as a CLIENT of a PT do they:

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#11 – 5 Recommendations for the “I’m always injured” individual

Do you suffer from recurring niggles?

If the answer is yes give this a read.

I’m going to group injuries into 3 categories:

  1. Freak accidents 
  2. Poor form
  3. Inadequate recovery

A freak accident you can do very little about e.g. you’re minding your own business when a disgruntled goat decides to smash into your shins. That’s extremely unlucky as well as unlikely.

When it comes to poor form, it’s on you. 

Recommendation #1 – Hire a trainer to go through the basic movement patterns

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Combining Biking and Resistance Training

Combining Biking and Resistance Training

Should you compete in an endurance event and still lift weight as part of your training?

I give brief overview of the key considerations:

1) Getting priorities in order
2) Programming / planning ahead
3) Diary and free time
4) Muscle imbalance considerations
5) Recovery between sessions
6) 2-a-day sessions