Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Jason Statham: How He's In Such Good Shape

Jason Statham is one of the most well known actors in the world, famous for his roles in the Transporter Series, The Italian Job, The Bank Job, and many more. Even though he is now 47 years of age, he is still in tremendous shape. How does he do it?

I remember a few years ago he was on the cover of Mens Health (surprise surprise!) and I read the interview he gave. He said that he rarely (if at all) performs the same workout twice, he loves to mix up his workouts - he's not just in the gym all the time (not that often at all actually). He's studied Wing Chun, Kung Fu, Karate and Kick Boxing. He is known for doing his own stunts - which is very rare in movies these days. He incorporates those four disciplines into his workouts - he's incredibly fit, athletic and flexible, and this shows in movies such as The Transporter.

In most of his movies he is portrayed as a 'tough guy', and that's not a surprise, as he kind of is in real life! The training he puts himself through is crazy. To get in (and to keep in) shape at his age is very hard indeed, but he manages to do it. Lifting weights in a gym can be hard, but to train in four disciplines of martial arts, as well as more traditional workouts, that's tough. Why doesn't he just hit the gym and weights for every movie instead? Easy answer - he enjoys how he trains. In the interview he said in the past he has gotten bored with just lifting weights, and wanted to do other things in order to get in shape for his movies. I don't think anyone is in the position to say what he does is wrong - it clearly works for him.

Is he a 'tank'? no, but that's for a reason. In order to do some of the movies that he has done, if he was 'massive', he wouldn't be able to do the fight scenes, he simply wouldn't be fit or flexible enough. You'll never see an amazing fighter who is the size of a bodybuilder, because you can't move fast enough. I don't know if 100% of his fight scenes are all him, but from what I've read he has pretty much done them all himself - which shows great skill. If he didn't turn to those four disciplines, he might not have had the success that he's had.

All in all, Jason Statham is one of the very best action actors out there, and his fitness plays a huge part in that. He is an example of  'you're never too old to be in shape'. Yes he has a lot of money so he can afford the best diet, but some of his training is very 'old school', which is not a lot of money at all. Just remember, the gym is a great tool to get in shape, but it's not the only way.

Lee Gregory Fitness

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Simply Supplements L-Arginine 500mg review

I was given this supplement to review by Simply Supplements - having never used L-Arginine, I didn't know what to expect. L-Arginine has many benefits to the human body, including:

- being a precursor for nitric oxide (responsible for vasodilation) which is beneficial for intense exercise
- picks up free radicals
- triggers muscle cells
- aids the release of growth hormone
- removes bad cholesterol
- enhances fat metabolism
- helps regulate salt levels
- can boost the immune system

As you can see from those benefits, L-Arginine can aid both fitness goals and health goals. Everyone can benefit from L-Arginine, whether its from supplement form or through food sources. Food sources include:

- Meats
- Poultry
- Seafood
- Eggs
- Milk
- Yogurt
- Cheese
- Nuts
- Seeds
- Oats
- Wheat germ

My opinion?

It's hard to pin point the direct impact of one supplement unless you wipe out the rest of your supplements and minimise your diet. I added it to my already healthy diet and supplement routine. I can honestly say that I did notice a small increase in performance in my workouts. As it helps aid blood flow (vasodilation), my muscles received more nutrients for longer, which can help delay fatigue. Taking L-Arginine before a workout can help to create a 'pump', which can help to increase the intensity of your workouts. That's the main difference I have noticed with this supplement - I had a good 'pump' for my workouts and felt like I could do more. It's hard to determine benefits to do with the immune system in a short time, and in the summer - but I haven't had any illnesses!

I do recommend you try this product. The thing with supplements, is that they work with some people but not others. Not everyone will benefit from the same supplement. That's why any good trainers and nutritionists will recommend you to try a selection of supplements to see what works for you and what doesn't.

Head on over to Simply Supplements and check out their large range of health supplements. Use my code 14LGF7

Lee Gregory Fitness

Simply Supplements Glucosamine Sulphate review

For around 5 years now I have suffered for 'more than usual' aching joints. When I was a young teenager I got told by a consultant that I have hypermobility in my joints, which gave me an advantage playing cricket for Essex, but in my early to mid twenties, I was told that they would start to tighten. My knees have always been the main area of discomfort - caused by being a fast bowler (slamming my left leg into the ground) and by having more than usual movement in my knee joints and playing sport - not a good combination.

I received the Glucosamine from Simply Supplements and I didn't know how effective it would be. I've actually been pleasantly surprised. After around 6 weeks or so of using the supplement, my knees have actually ached less and have caused me less issues when performing exercises such as squats. Glucosamine Sulphate is used to help maintain joint suppleness and flexibility. The dosage is 1-2 tablets per day, I went for 2 as I have had joint issues in the past. They are very easily to swallow, doesn't leave a foul taste in your mouth, and I have found them to help me quite a lot. If you're someone with no joint related issues, then there's no point in taking this supplement. 

I can see this being a popular supplement for elderly people, as the older you get the weaker your joints become, which can cause pain and discomfort. If you have a tough training program, or play strenuous sports, I would recommend this supplement. You can train your muscles and cardiovascular system, but you can't lift a weight that strengthens your joints, so this supplement can help to keep them running smoothly. Joint injuries are not fun - they are incredibly annoying and depending on the severity and what joint, they can take quite some time to heal. It's always better to avoid getting injured than try to heal an injury. 

My verdict? 

As mentioned above, if you train hard or play a strenuous sport that puts a lot of stress through your joints, then definitely give this supplement a try. Also, I have to take my hat off to Simply Supplements for their quality packaging. Many brands out there cut costs on their packaging, but I've always been impressed by Simply's attention to detail. 

Head over to Simply Supplements to check this supplement out and the rest of their range. Use my code 14LGF7

Thursday, 18 June 2015

How Fitness Promoted James Bond

James Bond has always been a character who had a certain charm, a certain 'swagger', charisma, and a way with the ladies. However, before Daniel Craig stepped up to the role, Mr Bond has never been 'in shape', or even looked like he picked a weight up at all.

It was always going to happen really - with the modern day action movies, most actors hit the gym hard. Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Sylvester Stallone, Vin Diesel, and Daniel Craig, all have hit the gym before one of more of their movies. Was it needed for James Bond though? I think so. If you compare Daniel Craig's 'era' and Sean Connery's, Craig is far more active and athletic within the movies - a lot more running, climbing, jumping, fighting, and I think that's added to the whole appeal of James Bond. It also has something to do with how films are made. Modern day movies are capable of pretty much anything, whereas back in the 1970's, they were limited with what they could do, so those movies didn't have the 'demand' of the modern day ones.

I think Daniel Craig has been an amazing Bond, and the fitness side of his character has taken the James Bond character into the modern day action hero. It was a risk for the writers and directors because James Bond has never been an athletic character - he relied on his charm and charisma, and the public have always loved that. But the risk has paid off - the public responded well to the new look Bond, especially the female fans.

They kept the right balance though. If Bond returned being absolutely ripped and muscular, it wouldn't have been the right look. Daniel Craig added a fair bit of muscle mass, but he didn't shred the fat, just reduced it. It's a similar look to real life elite soldiers. Many people think the elite would be muscular and ripped, but they actually aren't, and the good military movies keep that balance too. Whoever replaces Craig to be the new James Bond has some rather big shoes to fill, and I hope they keep it on trend and have the new Bond in shape too.

Lee Gregory Fitness

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

"Fit Shaming is the New Fat Shaming"

In a way I can't believe I'm writing this blog post, but it's something that's been in the media a lot lately.

For many years, obese/overweight people have been 'shamed' and have been called all kinds of things. I remember watching a program about plus size women, who spoke about how other people shouldn't judge them just because they're overweight. They said that everyone has the choice to look any way that they want, and that smokers cause a lot of financial damage to the country as well as obesity. The ironic thing was that those same women, who strongly disagreed with obesity discrimination and the term 'plus size', called slim women 'skinny'. What's the difference between calling someone who is obese 'plus size' (or worse...) and calling someone who is slim, skinny? Nothing.... Most people who I have spoken to about this (friends as well as other fitness professionals) have said that it most likely stems from jealousy - Overweight people who have families/lead busy lives etc, are jealous that other people in the same position are fit and healthy. That's for you to decide, but it is a fair point. Why else would they shame 'fit people'?

The truth is, obesity is a huge financial burden on the country, and the vast majority of it is what I call 'voluntary obesity' - people choosing to head in that direction. I can understand why people who are at a 'healthy weight' use certain terms when describing obese individuals - as obesity does cause a lot of issues for the country and non obese people don't like that. (but I don't think it's nice to verbally abuse anyway). What I can't understand is how overweight/obese individuals can verbally abuse 'fit people'. I have read  articles about this that have quoted comments from social media accounts of people calling those who are in shape "unhealthy", "a poor example of a working person", "she must be on steroids", "I can see her muscles, being that skinny is disgusting", the list goes on.

I don't know if this is just obese people 'hitting back' at others because of the comments they receive, or if they genuinely believe what they are saying. Being 'fit' is not unhealthy whatsoever. Being able to see someone's muscle definition does not mean that that person is skinny. Eating healthy is not starving the body. Being fit is not a poor example of a 'working person'.

I remember watching a Periscope session with Jamie Alderton, and he was trying to get a point across about having goals, having a routine, just getting the job done. He mentioned a client of his, a female who has 5 children, 5!! He said that she still does all of her food prep, goes to the gym regularly, does day to day motherly jobs, and she competes in bodybuilding competitions. How is that a poor example of a 'working person'? That's an awesome example! That shows people that it is possible to be healthy and have a family. Although I'm sure she would get 'shamed' just like many others are.

I stated at the start that I can't believe I'm doing this blog post, and I genuinely can't. What has the world come to that people who are healthy and fit are being abused? It's shocking. You should use those people as motivation and inspiration to become fit and healthy yourself, not just abuse them. You're always going to get abuse though, whether it's about weight, colour of someones skin, where people are from etc etc. If you're someone who is overweight, but wants to be fit and healthy, then use these other people who are on social media as motivation. If they can do it, you can too!

I don't agree with any abuse, but abusing those who work their butts off to live a healthier lifestyle, those people should be praised and people should be inspired.

Lee Gregory Fitness 

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Cooking Is #Trending

If you go back a few years, cooking wasn't really a 'trend', it wasn't considered a popular thing to do, but times have changed.

Prior to the financial crisis, people ate out at restaurants a lot more as their pockets were fuller. But then the crisis came along, and a lot of people were kind of forced to learn how to cook - as eating at home is cheaper. I wouldn't say that the country (England that is) is fully out of the recession, but the situation is far, far better than it was 4 or 5 years ago. The banks have repaid most, if not all, of their debts, businesses are doing better, more and more people are being employed, so overall, things are still going in a forward direction. So people are back to eating out a lot right? no, not really. Cooking has been taken to a whole new level - the TV shows, the TV channels, the books, the manufacturers of cooking equipment, kitchen designers, all have 'boomed' and cooking seems to be the 'in thing'.  Eating out is more of a 'treat' for a lot of people, and the rest of the time they cook at home.

If say, you and 5 friends wanted to go out for a meal and drinks, depending on where you go, it could very quickly get pretty costly. I think people are still in more of a 'saving mode', so they don't want to waste money, with the odd rumor circulating that another recession is 'just around the corner' (don't always believe what you read). People have found that entertaining in your own home is not only cheaper, but in some ways, far more enjoyable. It's a lot more relaxing to have dinner and drinks in the comfort of your own home (or a friends home) than it is in a noisy restaurant. There's another thing too, the satisfaction. When you cook a meal for other people, and you see them clearly enjoying it, you great great satisfaction in that - probably the most common thing you would hear from a professional chef.

Another great benefit of cooking, is that you know exactly what goes into your food. When you eat out at restaurants, even the high end ones, they tend to only focus on flavour, rather than cooking healthy, lean meals. There will be some restaurants that have healthy meals, but not all do, and it obviously depends on where you go.

My advice? Be part of the trend! Cooking is a great skill to have, not only does it save money, but it gives you a hobby, it brings people together, and it can increase your health and fitness.

Lee Gregory Fitness

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Get In Shape! with a routine...

One thing that I always try and get through to my clients, is to have a routine. Knowing what you're doing and when can dramatically reduce your stress and give a boost to your fitness results.

I've been called boring in the past by friends, simply because I have my routine and don't like straying from it. I can understand why they have called me that, but I know I'm not boring, I simply like to be 'in the know' for my day to day life.

So many people waste so much time each and every day because they don't know what they're wearing in the morning, what train to catch, what to have for lunch, what to have for dinner, do they go out that night or stay in, when to eat their meals, where they are eating their meals, what time to go to bed, the list goes on and on. If you add up all of those little 'delays' throughout the day, you'll find out that you genuinely waste a lot of time - time that could have been spent on worthwhile things - fitness, work or personal related goals.

I remember watching a video from Jamie Alderton, and he said that if you woke up 2 hours earlier everyday to get stuff done, you would gain an extra month throughout the course of a year. WOW! I'm still shocked by that, an extra month? really? think what you could do with an extra month. However, so many people will moan about having to get up 2 hours earlier because they love their sleep too much - even though they probably struggle to wake up earlier because they go to bed so late.

Too many people say "I don't have enough time to do what I want to do" - rubbish, sorry for being blunt. Some people (a small percentage) will literally be run off their feet everyday, and genuinely won't have enough time. However, most people don't have enough time simply because they are very poor with time management. In the previous paragraph I mentioned a number of 'delays', and those are examples of why people don't have enough time to do what they want. They end up feeling like all they do is go to work, come home, have dinner, go to bed. When in fact, if they managed their time better, they would have plenty of time to relax, do any hobbies they're interested in, and have some 'me time'.

It takes effort to improve your time management, but would you honestly want to go through life wasting hours everyday? I wouldn't. Managing your time better will reduce your stress and will improve your fitness. You will know what you're eating and when, you can easily make time to train, you'll have reduced stress which will bring better results, and you'll be happier overall. I highly advise people reading this to check out Jamie Alderton, especially his YouTube channel, because he is incredibly inspiring and motivating. He has a wife and a young child, he runs a successful business, he's in the process of opening a new, bigger gym, but yet he still makes time for his family and for himself. He wakes up at 5am and goes for a power walk - crazy? no, just organised and motivated. Check out his videos and listen to what he has to say.

It's easy to just sit around and watch the days go by, but that's why taking the easy route doesn't bring success. If it was easy, everyone would be millionaires and look like cover models.

Lee Gregory Fitness

Monday, 8 June 2015

What Happens When You Cut Carbs

Cutting carbs is incredibly common among people wanting to lose body fat. There are many 'diet' brands out there who sell shakes/bars/diets that either cut carbs completely or cut them a fair amount. Does this lose body fat? yes, is it healthy? not really....

It all depends how much 'carb cutting' you do, and for how long.

To cut/reduce carbs for a few days or a week is okay (if you're still eating good protein and healthy fats), but to keep a low or no carb intake for a prolonged period of time is not healthy. Carbohydrates are the body's main energy source - hence why if you eat too many of them and don't use the energy, you'll gain body fat.

Having zero carbs or a very low carb intake has many 'side effects'. Yes you will lose weight (not just body fat, but muscle tissue and water), but you will also have less energy in general, could have mood swings, become irritable, your concentration could be reduced, your patience could wear out quicker, could end up annoying people, your sleep could suffer too. So as you can see, getting rid of or reducing your carb intake can really affect you.

Because many people simply think 'carbs make you fat', they are afraid of them, and cut them if they want to lose body fat. Many top trainers and nutritionists will cut their clients carb intake a little, but not completely, as they will also be training in the gym, eating better sources of carbs and more protein and healthy fats.

If you want to lose body fat, then do not cut your carbs completely or a huge amount, as it's just not the way to go. Reduce them yes, but make sure they are better sources (sweet potato for example) and you're also eating lean protein and healthy fats.

Lee Gregory Fitness 

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Look Younger With Fitness!

I'm sure the majority of people reading this post will be women, but us guys also want to look younger too you know...  Here I'm going to explain how fitness is one of the best 'anti-aging treatments' you can possibly have.

Looking younger as you get older takes one thing - being healthy. The body will always look younger if it's healthy. Take a 40 year old woman who exercises regularly, eats a healthy diet, avoids 'toxic' foods and drinks, and she will look far better than a 40 year old woman who barely exercises and eats garbage. Why? because the body is receiving the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. The skin is the last organ to receive nutrients from the food and drink you consume. So if your diet is poor, by the time the nutrients reaches the skin, there's hardly anything left. Also, being unhealthy, there's a dam good chance you'll be overweight, which makes the skin look worse - looking older than it is.

Being fit, exercising regularly, going to the gym, all help to 'tighten' the body, just like all of those expensive creams and lotions that claim to tighten the skin on your face, only at a fraction of the price. You can use whatever creams and lotions that you wish, but unless you fight aging from the inside as well, you're never going to get the results that you want.

I remember how Charlie Sheen looked in his last season of Two and a Half Men. He looked dreadful to put it politely. That came from years of drinking, smoking, drugs, eating garbage and living a very unhealthy lifestyle. I then saw he went on a fitness rampage, got in very good shape, changed his diet, his lifestyle, and he looked far better! even though he was another couple of years older. That's what living a healthy lifestyle can do - 'can take years off you' as many of the skin creams claim.

So if you want to look younger, or prevent aging for as long as possible, then start living a healthier lifestyle. Aging is part of life, everyone ages, it's just a matter of when. The healthier you are, the better you will look throughout your whole life.

Lee Gregory Fitness