Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The Most Important Word For Fat Loss

It's been a while since I wrote on my blog, but have been pretty busy moving into London, sorting all of that out and have been busy with clients. For this post I wanted to talk about something simple, yet very effective - a single word.

What do you think this word is? calories? BMI? workout? exercise? carbs? nope - it's 'consistency'. There are many factors that come into fat burning, but being consistent is THE most important thing in my eyes. You could eat some of the healthiest food, you could perform some of the best exercises, but if you don't do it regularly and stick to it, you're not going to see the results.

It's like many things, once you get into the routine, it will become a consistent feature in your life. Take driving a car for example - when you first start you have to think about so many things (indicating, when to brake, changing gears etc) but after you have been driving for a while, all those things become second nature. It's the same with fitness and nutrition. After a while of working out, cooking healthy meals, it becomes second nature and you just end up 'doing it', rather than thinking about it and mentally making the effort.

If you are serious about getting in shape - burning fat, building muscle, then you need to be consistent! Making time to work out regularly, preparing healthy meals, being organised with your diet, supplements and training, is the key to success. If you lack consistency, then you won't achieve the results that you want.

Train hard, be smart, be consistent!

Lee Gregory Fitness 

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Home Gym Essentials

Not everyone wants to go to a gym, has access to a local gym, or money every month to pay for a gym membership. I myself have trained at home as well as in gym. If you buy the right kit, you can have very good workouts in the comfort of your own home - but what do you need?

It obviously depends on your goals - building size? endurance training? improving agility?

If you want to add size, then you need to start off with a good weights set. Make sure you invest in a good bench that offers a variety of angles, a barbell, dumbbell bars and weight plates. To start with, you won't need anymore than 50 or so kilograms - the average starter kit weight (you can always add more when you get stronger). A multipurpose chin up bar is an awesome addition too. They are cheap and you can perform a variety of exercises on them - chin ups, pull ups, press ups, dips, and crunches (the ones that hook onto a door frame). An ab wheel is another cheap piece of kit that is very effective. That is a good position to start from - you can always add more to it over time, but if you're a beginner, the that will get you started). There's a lot of awesome exercises you can perform with just a barbell and dumbbells.

If you're looking to go into endurance training, then you need to choose what kind - running? cycling? rowing? One of those pieces of equipment won't be cheap, but once you buy them, there's no monthly cost (unlike a gym membership). You can however pick up a bargain by going down the refurbished equipment route.

Improving agility at home is cheap, as long as you have room to train. Mini hurdles, a performance ladder, ankle weights, skipping rope, jump box, just to name a few, are inexpensive but effective.

Training at home is doable and can be productive, if you select the right equipment and can motivate yourself to train hard.

Lee Gregory Fitness