SF Fitness V Hell & Back Round 4!!

   Well it's time for SF Fitness members to take on Hell and Back again.  Summer Hell and Back 2013 will be the 4th time that SF Fitness members will conquer Hell and Back.     THE FIRST SF FITNESS TEAM HELL AND BACK ROUND 1!     We had no idea what we were letting ourselves in for! We trained together has a team, even when I got injured I used to ask John to collect me before 6am in the morning to join the team in the gym.     Our training consisted of strength training from camp, we were then in the gym on a Tuesday morning at 6am and then we'd go for team runs during the week and the weekend.     We decided that if we were going to go to Hell and Back we needed a focus to make sure we made it around and we ended up raising nearly €4000 for Crumlin Children's … [Read more...]

How to get better results

If you do a quick Google search and type in 'How to l' you'll get the following suggestions...      Unfortunately the information you'll get is nothing new.      Eat fewer calories than you burn off      But      1. How do you do this properly? Because no doubt you've tried before and presumably by reading this you still want better results      and      2. What if there is a better way, a simpler way?      You see most people add in exercise and reduce calories. So straight away you are requiring more from your body in terms of energy while actually putting in less fuel. Not only that but generally you'll eat very low cal, which is shown to work in the short term. However long term this can cause metabolic damage, an inablity to burn fat even at very low calorie eating.      … [Read more...]

How to lose weight after the summer

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I think it's safe to say Summer is over :-(      With the kids going back to school it marks the end of their summer holidays and possibly the beginning of a new you? The majority of my clients over the years have been mothers with small children.      In that time I've learned a lot from them because, quite frankly, once you become a mother nothing else matters but your kids. This, however, can lead to you neglecting your own health and body. Soon enough the weight starts creeping on as you never seem to have time for yourself.      My first job with any mother is to help them realise that if they want to lose weight then you need to put themselves first for a change.      This is not selfish at all. Anyone that I've helped has ended up with more energy to put into their day. They … [Read more...]

The Irish Are Lazy

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Did you hear the news? According to a study published in the Lancet Medical Journal The Irish are among the laziest nations in the world 58% of women don't get the minimum amount of weekly exercise And men aren't much better at 47% But hey it's ok some bright spark journalist reported in the Irish Independent yesterday that some people may just be "Genetically predisposed to physical activity" What?? BS!!! Look, I get it that people find exercise boring or too hard and yes it's easier to sit on the couch in the evening or stay in bed in the morning  But these people better not complain that they are unhappy with their body shape I got 2 emails recently from people with chronic back pain who would give anything to be able to train with me Here's what I honestly think 1. Not all … [Read more...]

Hairy Armpits and Broken Knees

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I watched a great programme on the evolution of gymnastics in the Olympics last night. There were some really inspiring stories as well as some eye opening facts. First of all it used to be a male only sport and when women started to compete it looked more like synchronised swimming on land with pompoms! Even when the female sport started to become more athletic it looked nothing like what it does today, they even had hairy armpits! There were a few women who dared to be different which set the standard for today One of these women was Olga Korbut. They showed clips of her trying a back flip on the beam in training and time and time again she fell off, over and over she missed the landing and ended up on the floor. When it came to the Olympics in '72 she nailed it and was the first … [Read more...]