Do you want to ramp things up a notch in the fitness department? Then it’s time to get yourself a talented trainer.
The best trainers can help you achieve any fitness goal, whether it’s getting mega muscles, shredding fat or lifting more iron.
We’ve selected some of our favourite training blogs all full of professional, free advice to help you on your fitness journey.
How many drinks did you have last friday night? If it was more than five, it’s classed as binge drinking. And that, says Lewis Samardzija, could be having a negative impact on your training.
After reading his list of the effects alcohol has, you might be tempted to pick up a dumbbell rather than a double this weekend.
A new blog, it has plenty of promise and definitely one to keep an eye on.
Middle age creeping up? Now’s the time to get fit according to Adam Cochrane.
He reckons you can reduce the chance of developing heart failure in later life by a whopping 40%. And the good news is, it doesn’t means hours slogging away in a stuffy gym. Oh no.
Check out his blog for a rich resource of workout ideas, including a 7 minute interval training plan.
There are 168 hours in a week and early humans were active for 90 of them.
Personal trainer Kirstin thinks we need to do more, and could learn a thing or two from our super fit predecessors. Whilst many people visit the gym several times a week, combined with an office job and sedentary lifestyle, it doesn’t stack up to much.
Kirstin’s answer? Move more!
A pea protein and raspberry smoothie might not seem like the most appealing thing first thing in the morning, but Clair reckons it’s the perfect way to start your day.
Her blog is a personable blend of lifestyle with personal training, so get ready to hear about her weekend shenanigans and load up on tasty yet healthy recipes.
Paleo coconut bread anyone?
Motivation waning? Trainer Adam suggests creating an inspiration board and putting it wherever you’ll see it most.
His is a collage style and features a young Arnold Schwarzenegger, a quote by John Quincy Adams and a bikini clad woman amongst many other things.
Why not give it a go and see if it has a positive impact on your training?
Want advice from the man who’s trained A-List actors, athletes, pop stars, polar explorers, politicians, CEO’s and royalty? Meet Dax Moy.
He and his handpicked team of talented trainers not only walk the walk, but they talk the talk on the team blog too.
With plenty of great topics covered, you’ll learn everything from how to isolate your abs to the importance of digesting your food properly.
Are you a woman reluctant to pick up weights, or do you know of one? Get them to Demi’s blog, pronto!
She got a whole host of reasons why ladies shouldn’t be afraid to pump iron. Stronger bones, improved posture and a bigger calorie burn, and that’s just for starters.
Her blog is crammed full of insightful tips and tidbits to improve your training and get motivated.
Bored with your current routine? Pro-fit suggests looking to your kids for the answers.
Make everything a game, adventure outside and remember: everything is more fun with a friend. Sounds like pretty good advice for switching things up we think!
Now where did I put that pogo stick…
Everyone who lifts knows the importance of good core muscles, but not everyone knows how to improve them.
Whilst the plank is useful, it’s certainly not the be all and end all, as Elites Training points out. Spinal rotations and loaded carries are good options too.
Check out their blog for plenty of solid strength and fitness training advice.
Ever wondered if you need a vitamin D supplement or what exactly 5-hydroxytryptophan is?
Then Foresight Fitness is your friend.
Stuffed with oodles of science steeped posts, plenty of useful reviews and a few training videos chucked in for good measure, we’d say this blog is the perfect recipe for gym junkies everywhere.
“I just don’t have time” – how many times have you heard that one?
As a personal trainer, Amy hears it more than most, but she’s ready with the comebacks. Turn off your telly and work out, batch cook so you can eat healthily and remember quality not quantity when it comes to exercise.
But you’ll have to check out her blog for the rest of the tips…
Once an overweight IT professional with no spare time, Anne knows how impossible a healthy lifestyle can seem.
But after turning her own life around she’s determined to help others too. Whether through personal training or the latest and greatest information on her blog.
Check it out and find out how to smash a weight loss plateau or get your portion control right.
Ever wanted to win an argument with a vegetarian? Switch Fitness will sort you out.
They argue the studies that show vegetarians are healthier and live longer do not take into account lifestyle factors, such as a drinking and smoking, which affect meat eaters more. As for ethics? “Living organisms died to make that head of lettuce possible.”
Their blog is crammed full of useful fitness content that’s written in plain english and backed up with hard, cold science. Just the way we like it.
As well as promoting exercise, these two fitness fanatics are on a rampage against sugar.
If you feel sluggish, can’t lose weight, get headaches and have colds that never clear up, Jen suggests cutting out sugar: “Just something to have a wee think about”!
Pals and personal trainers Jen and Elle teamed up to create this blog, and it’s full of interesting reads and progress on their personal training journeys.
Fancy taking on a trench of blazing, kerosene-soaked straw, sprinting through a field of live wires and swimming under a floating iceberg abyss?
Yep, we’re talking about the infamous Tough Mudder Challenge!
Alex knows firsthand just how tough it can be, and says you’ll need fuel, stamina and a helping hand. Check out his guide to the challenge and you’ll be doing yourself a big favour. His blog is crammed full of useful info like that, from his favourite HIIT app to his favourite full body exercise move.
Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to improve their dead lift load? Correct answer: nobody.
Well lucky for you Anthony has got a great guide, tried and tested by himself, that’ll get you to do just that. You’ll need the right shoes, a decent breathing pattern and the right grip, check out the post for more details.
His blog is also full of great video content that soon have you performing power cleans like a boss and even remembering your stretches afterwards. Your hamstrings will thank you!
Does lifting speed matter? The clever clogs over at Hams Fitness reckon it depends on your goal.
Those pumping iron for health and aesthetics needn’t worry, but those training to be stronger will need to pay greater attention to speed.
Packed full of interesting tidbits with uber clickable titles (“The single best changes you can make to your diet…”) you better clear some time in your schedule for this one.
If you’re a visual learner, Pumping Fit is for you.
With videos on everything from training your legs to optimal nutrition, it’s a rich resource for video fitness junkies everywhere.
But it doesn’t end with that, there are plenty of written posts too. Visit now and check out the key muscle building exercise you need to be doing…
Didn’t your mum always tell you to eat breakfast? Well the team at Inspiring Fitness think she might be onto something.
In a recent post ‘breaking the fast’ they discuss how high GI foods – hello raspberry muffin, we’re looking at you – are one of the worst ways possible to start the day. Rather than fill you up, it’ll set you up for a day of cravings.
Instead opt for a super satiating protein based breakfast, such as eggs or natural yoghurt.
Thought fitness models and bodybuilders look that good 24/7? Think again.
Julia recently had to get photoshoot ready and said: “as cool as it was to rock out defined abs, have veins popping out on my biceps, striation on my shoulders and back, and that kind of thing, I wouldn’t want to have to maintain my photoshoot physique all the time.”
Why? It’s nice to be able to enjoy a glass of wine and a slice of pizza every once in awhile. We hear you!
What’s low in calories, keeps you fuller for longer and got more nutrients than you can shake a stick at? Answer: broccoli! Why does it matter?
According to trainer Kevin, this sort of grub is best for weight loss and getting ripped: “They are low in calories for the volume that they take up, meaning they appear to last longer. They create only a small increase in insulin release and they are really simple and easy to prepare.”
Plus if your water consumption is less than desirable this is the guy to sort you out. Now get glugging, quick!
Addicted to your morning cup of joe?
According to trainer Liam, it could be hindering your weight loss mission: “Generally speaking, anyone having anymore than 2-3 cups of coffee per day is probably going to suffer fat storing consequences.”
Liam’s blog is a labyrinth of all things fitness and health related, swing by now and find out how to make bodyweight exercises harder (hint: jump!) or learn the four pillars of weight loss success.
“I’ve moved on a hell of a lot since that skinny shy boy that walked through those doors a few years back. Thank you for inspiring me to go for it.” – writes a boy inspired by Mark Anthony after a few weeks work experience. N’aww!
But it’s not all sentimental ‘n sweetness over at the blog. Having trained celebs including Katie Price, Billie Piper, Lucy Mecklenburgh and Caroline Flack, it’s fair to say Mark Anthony is first and foremost about results.
His blog is an interesting insight into the world of personal trainers and full of thought provoking pieces.
Ever wondered if you’re your personal trainer’s favourite client?
Anthony over at Breathe Fitness UK recently posted his dream criteria.
Hint: be competitive without crazy, punching-the-wall tendencies.
As well as light hearted posts like that, he writes about everything that could affect your training from shin splints to sports massage.
Mates Rates for Fitness
Are you a chronic sloucher? Well it’s time to stand up straight and sort out your weak core! The Mates Rates blog is a beacon for fitness enthusiasts everywhere. With posts from personal trainers all over the UK you’re guaranteed variety.
Jali Henry’s recent post on eliminating bad habits is well worth a read. She discusses how writing them down is important, because it makes them seem more manageable, and then you can tackle them one at a time.
Want to know how to eat like an Olympian, bounce off belly fat and get a 6 pack?
Then you need to check out Matt Swierzynski’s blog round up’s pronto. Each week he peruses the web for the latest industry news, then shares his knowledge and links with readers.
This week’s includes a handy summer swap guide to keep fat at bay. Er, yes please!
“What is it that bridges the gap between making a DECISION, taking action and following through what you set out to do?” If you’re relatively new to the world of fitness, it’s well worth checking out Mel’s blog.
It’s full of inspiring and motivating posts that dispels preconceptions about health and fitness and how we can change our mindset. Plus she is partial to posting her favourite healthy recipes.
Chocolate, orange and coconut pudding…yes please!
Trainer Mike MacDonald knows first hand how hard getting your nutrition right can be, having struggled with food addiction and binge eating himself.
His no nonsense approach is easy to digest (pun intended).
So whether he’s dispelling myths “There is no such thing as a weight loss food. Forget it. There’s not one special food that magically makes you burn fat.” or helping you to become your own ‘Man Of Steel’ it’s worth paying attention to what he’s got to say.
Going on a summer holiday? Don’t forget to pack your supplements! Find out even more travel fitness tips courtesy of Europes Top Fitness Model, Olly Foster.
With over 10 years experience in the business, his blog is a must read for anyone interested in fitness.
Be warned though, he posts quality, not quantity with around one post per month, so be sure to swing by and pick up tips from a pro every once in a while.
Everyone has heard the myth that women should stay away from the weight room. But did you know fitness myths affect both genders?
Well Lorna certainly thinks so, and she’s on a mission to prove it. In a recent post ‘Body Myths: A Battle of the Sexes’ she lists all the myths affecting both genders and concludes who is being lied to the most.
The results? Well you’ll have to visit her blog for those…
Heard of training with sandbells before? No, neither had we.
Richard has just started using them and unlike traditional kettlebells or powerbags, they have no easy hold solution, instead forcing you to grip the thick wetsuit like material. Richard says: “All of this will result in a tough workout for your core and stabilising muscles and you may discover aches in places you didn’t know you had muscles!”
As well as kit reviews, his blog is full of motivational before and after pictures as well as exercise how-tos and personal progress.
Bored of the sweaty gym or pounding the same monotonous pavements?
Aimee Rogers reckons we should all give a fitness DVD a go. She’s rounded up her top 5 that actually work and given readers a detailed lowdown on why they’re awesome. We’ve always been Jillian Michaels fans!
Focusing mainly on women in fitness, Aimee’s blog is the perfect read for female fitness fanatics.
“Pain is just sticky toffee pudding leaving the body!” – a classic headline from the trainers over at Revolution PTs.
The blog shares both client experiences and transformations, which is hugely motivational for anyone following a similar plan. As well as that the blog covers important topics such as portion control and the different varieties of fat.
Bye-bye deep fried mars bar, it’s been nice knowing you…
“Are Wheat & Gluten Killing You Slowly?” Trainer Richard thinks you should try cutting them out and see how you feel: “The results can be nothing short of miraculous.”
A holistic outlook combined with great understanding, Richards approach to health and fitness is an interesting one. A great believer in food as medicine, Richard also understands the need for exercise and prescribes a good dose of it.
And his top tip for the best exercise ever? The good old fashioned squat. Suffice to say, he gets our approval.
“Nothing ever happens when you’re comfortable you have to push far beyond your limits to really taste satisfying success in business, sport and life.” Preach it Ricky!
We love Ricky’s blog, full of info heavy articles such as ‘Is Cortisol making you fat?’, it’s definitely worth a read. As for whether Cortisol does make you fat?
Well you’ll have to check out the blog for this answer…
Lee Riley ran a half marathon in just over 1 and a half hours. Quick, but not phenomenal.
He did it, however, with a 40lb pack on his back.
So impressive, it even broke a world record.
This record smashing trainer is full of tidbits and tips on improving your fitness. In his latest post ‘Your Strength of Mind Is What Makes the Difference’ Lee talks about the importance of mental strength, and argues it is, more important than physical strength. Check out the post for more on this concept.
Did you know milk is one of the eight types of food which account for 90% of all food-allergy reactions?
Over at RJ Fitness the team argue that modern day processed milk is not the healthy option we’ve all be led to believe.
But whether you’re a dedicated milk glugger or a skimmed milk skeptic, it’s worth popping over to their blog, for discussion on everything from supplements to sleep.
Steve Bridgeman is all about personal responsibility when it comes to getting in shape and leading a healthy lifestyle.
“You can be the hardest training person in the gym, training so hard you feel the waves of nausea and can not wait for them to pass,” he writes, but he’s a firm believer that “Nutrition is the foundation of your success!”.
Check out his blog to find out why…
Do you always focus on picture perfect form and don’t stop until you get that muscle burn sensation?
Well, turns out you could be doing it wrong, according to the team over at Slimmer Fitter Stronger. You can find out more in their recent post ‘4 Harmful Muscle-Building Myths Uncovered’.
The blog contains loads of other great content too, including the best way to get your vitamins and how to use positive affirmations properly.
Tony is on a mission to get to the CrossFit games: “Ok, I understand that’s quite a bold statement. But as the saying goes, If you aim for the moon and miss, you’ll land among the stars.” And that’s not a bad attitude to have.
Since the age of 13 he’s set personal health and fitness goals, so it makes sense to keep pushing.
We’re certainly keen to keep an eye on his progress. Go Tony!
According to the team at The Fitness Suite “Of the thousands of people that diet during the week, 90 per cent will fail at the weekend and within the 2 days’ actually put additional weight on.”
If you’re an epic fail at the weekends, try writing a seven day meal plan and creating the right mindset. Check out their blog for more tips and learn how to succeed even on weekends.
It’s hot. We all like ice-cream. Why not indulge? That’s just what PT Tim did one sunny weekend with a double scoop serving of mint choc chip (good choice).
Afterwards, he began to analyse this decision to treat himself. He questioned when we should treat ourselves “Every hot day? every cold day (to cheer you up)? every holiday? every birthday? every Christmas? every party?” and so on.
This analytical, beyond the obvious type post is the kind of stuff you can expect from Tim on the reg.
Did you know that not all fruits and veg are equal?
Whilst this isn’t a concern to the majority of the population, if you’re looking to get super shredded, you might want to pay attention to the team over at Zero Gravity Fitness.
Hint: you’re going to be eating a heck of a lot of berries.
Sportswear designer, Charli Cohen, made a splash with her graduate collection and she’s since been snaffled up by a high profile Italian sports label.
As well as designing sportswear that “refuses to sacrifice style for function”, Charli is a qualified personal trainer and nutrition consultant.
Her “long term fascination with scientific journals and studies” makes her blog excellent reading for fitness junkies, whether she’s talking about the benefits of Maca, the importance of sleep, or just sharing a damn good recipe. Low cal sticky toffee pudding anyone?
Want big biceps like nothing else? Hotfoot it over to Matt’s blog and read his post on ‘Ultimate Biceps’.
Top tips include plenty of isolation exercises and adequate rest: “With the correct recovery, the correct nutrition and a sensible amount of rest time before working your arms again, you will see large gains in a short period of time.”
A professional boxer and personal trainer, Matt’s blog is well worth a read.
“Why do we do certain things? Why that particular exercise? Why not another exercise? Why ten repetitions? Why in that order?”
Jean-claude is all about questioning in order to find the best method for each individual. Sounds pedantic, but he thinks structure and reason are the key to successful training, especially if you want to progress.
With his work being featured everywhere from GQ to the BBC, we’d say Jean-Claude’s onto something!
Mud Sweat and Tea
If you think all personal trainers are sanctimonious, you obviously haven’t met Bethan: “I don’t expect everybody to drop their day jobs, start working out obsessively and never let a chocolate digestive pass their lips again.
I just want to help people find ways that they can actually enjoy a healthier lifestyle.” Her blog is a great resource for those on a mission to health. As well as posts on the skeletal system and planes of movement, she posts the odd recipe, like these delicious looking kale crisps.
A new blog, Mud Sweat and Tea is definitely one to keep your eye on.