#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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#16 – Healthy habits you KNOW are good for you…..but STILL DON’T DO


  1. Drink water
  2. Eat your 5-a-day
  3. Exercise regularly
  4. Sleep 7-9hrs
  5. Do 1-4 consistently 

I’m not going to lecture you on the benefits of points 1-4.

If you’re vehemently against eating vegetables and exercise I don’t know what to tell you…..best of luck at life.

Focus on point 5 – how to achieve any kind of consistency.

Here are a few basic recommendations that’ll help.

How to consistently drink 2 litres of water daily

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#15 – Stuck in the same old narrative – the curse of Glenn Hoddle

Watching my beloved Arsenal lose 3-2 at Chelsea was unpleasant.

In the heat of the moment, I’m an irrational, hyperbolic, noisy, incoherent mess…..

……I’m a football fan. 

80% of what I rant and rave about during the 90mins should probably be disregarded.

But what about the 20%? 

There’s an observation I made during the game that I’m happy to stand by 48rs later.

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#14 – If weight loss is simple, why don’t people ‘get it’?

I received a great question from Michael Gilmore in the EMLE Facebook forum the other day:

“The harsh reality that whatever your weight you have to eat less to lose it. Why is it so difficult to get this simple message across in your experience?”

It’s a fair point and one I find myself coming back to repeatedly. 

That already gives you a clue the answer to the question is considerably more complex than the energy balance equation itself.

I don’t believe there’s one sole reason people struggle with the concept of ‘calories in vs calories out’, I think it’s it’s multifaceted.

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#13 – Something Henry Rollins and I have in common (FYI it’s Social Anxiety)

If you’ve never heard Henry Rollins speak you’re missing out. A guy with a fascinating backstory and obscene work ethic.

The Rockstar (Black Flag frontman), public speaker, radio presenter, author, adventurer, has led by anyone’s definition of a ‘full life’.

No stranger to the public eye, Henry performs for an expectant crowd on a weekly basis. 

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#12 – Not all calories are created equal

The ‘calories in vs calories out’ rule of thumb is a solid one – especially if you’re trying to lose weight and/or gain muscle.

Eat less than you expend; you lose weight.

Eat more than you expend; you gain weight.

Calories are made up of macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fat). 

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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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