how katie is beating her Eds
The fitness industry is built on the perfect body, it talks constantly about six packs, diets and beasting it in the gym, and that's great if that's your thing, but for many it’s about been able to move better, to have better health, never ever wanting to be like a fitness model, but that's the image that's constantly pushed.
That very image scares people, those that are overweight, out of shape, not fit and healthy are not inspired by these perfect bodies and talk of beasting themselves in the gym, its scares them that much that these very people that need help and would benefit from been inside of a gym and getting help will never ever step foot in a gym because of the image it portrays.
Inside of our Hartlepool gym we talk constantly about been healthy and what that brings, the obvious health benefits, been able to move without pain, been able to move with a level of fitness and strength, but also those that suffer with conditions and injuries, conditions and injuries that may be life long, that cause pain and affect movement, the benefits that exercise can bring are massive and massively underutilized or talked about inside of the fitness industry.
Take Katie, Katie is a mom that joined our Hit Bootcamp program, now Katie suffers with EDS Hyper Mobility, and came in pain, suffering with her movement, she asked would this be beneficial for me and would I actually be able to take part, I explained that we would adapt things that we did to be able to make progress with helping rebuild her strength, movement and fitness, and that’s what we have done with amazing results, I’ll let Katie explain the rest.
Katie - For as long as I can remember I’ve lived in pain! Taking all kinds of pain killers to try and keep it under control, lived my life as if nothing was wrong and suffered! I have something called EDS hyper mobility! Which basically means my body doesn’t produce collagen properly! This causes a lot of health problems but my main one has always been the joint pain! My joints would dislocate often! My legs would give way from under me on really bad days! I couldn't even bend down to the cupboards! Or if I did id have a hard time getting back up I got over weight and miserable! Hated everything about myself!
And then I saw a post from Ian Glass fitness! 45 minutes twice a week and I just had to join! And I’ve never looked back! Ian knew how to slightly change things for me so exercises I couldn't do for the pain I could do easily and it wouldn't hurt! Tiny changes that no one else has ever pointed out to me and they made a massive difference! I’ve been able to gain all my range of movement back! My recent blood tests show all my levels are better than they have ever been! And I’ve lost a stone! God knows how many inches and well I just feel like me again finally! 90 minutes a week has changed my life! I could be here all day telling you how my health, life and family have improved from me walking in that gym!
nobody is coming to save you, investing in your health is your best investment
I remember the time when if you were seriously poorly you would ring the doctor and he would come visit you and make you all better, its been 17 years since i last needed the doctor so i wasn't to know any different, what a surprise i got when i recently came down with a mysterious illness that left me unable to get out of bed for over a week, and i rang what would be my doctors to be told that unless i was registered disabled then they don't do house visits, well i thought not been able to get out of bed was disabled enough but not according to the doctors, either i got out my bed and went and sat in a waiting room to be seen or i went straight to the hospital.
Now going straight to the hospital was out of the question for me, not unless i thought it was life threatening, which several days later i was thinking it was heading that way, but i was lucky enough that my body and immune system started fighting back, i guess when your never ill its a shock mentally that all of a sudden your struck down, but still i couldn't go straight to the hospital knowing how stretched and under pressure they are, especially now during flu season, which i didn't have any symptoms of, and what ever i did have i didn't then want to be going to hospital where the flu virus is running wild with those been admitted.
I've always prided myself on never needing a doctor, always investing in my own health, through exercise, through fueling the body with nutritious food and also keeping my mindset healthy, always been able to fight off minor ailments pretty quickly with some rest and some over the counter supplements, never having nothing more than a common cold, only once in 17 year have i been ill enough to stay off work which was the flu, but something Ive never done in the last 17 years is take any type of antibiotics, always relying on my own body to fight off any illness which for the best part it has done exactly that.
I guess because the doctor wouldn't come out and i certainly wasn't well enough to go the doctors i will never know what i was struck down with, but i do know that investing in my own health certainly paid off, my own bodies defenses fighting off what ever it was, something we should all think about, are we strong enough to fight off illness naturally ? I can honestly say that i believe 100% that the fact that i exercise and eat well, and take time to invest in myself is the major factor in why i haven't really had any illness.
Lets hope that i don't have any more illness for at least another 17 years, its funny i often say that i wish i could just spend a week in bed and do nothing, but i didn't mean under the circumstance that took place.
If you need help with improving your health & fitness then please don't hesitate and reach out for help, my Personal Training program is a fast track way to get the best out of yourself and your health, it will help you make progress in and out of the gym, what i do is not about diets and training, its about improving your whole life, increasing your health & happiness, its about making real life long change.
there has always been power in numbers
If you haven't noticed, group training is all the rage now, its the in thing, especially for Pt's, the very same Pt's that used to slag off anybody that did group training, they always preached about 1-1 training, that's how training should be done they said, but never giving any explanation as to why, i mean i don't even know where this notion came from, i mean its not like as humans we haven't always functioned in groups or tribes is it, no exactly, so why would you wanna take people and train them alone, and I'm on about your everyday person here, not athletes, just to be clear we on about helping normal everyday people just in case any pro pt gets all offended.
We were Hartlepool's very first fitness business to train people in groups, yes because we have been coaching local Hartlepool people longer than anybody else, but also because we understood the power of the tribe / group, and the immense benefit we could bring by helping more people using the exact same amount of time it would take to train just 1 person.
Our Hartlepool was Hartlepool's very first, specializing in training ladies in a group setting, inside of a professional gym, not field or hall, utilizing all the training methods we would use if we were training a client 1-1, immediately bringing results to those we helped, but more than that, building something that has become very special, a place where ladies have the support and motivation of others to help them, where friendships and bonds are formed that will last a life time, where people that are lacking in self confidence can come and thrive off the confidence and support of others.
Having other like minded ladies turning up for training sessions also brings accountability for yourself, them days when you really don't want to go and exercise but you know that you have a group of ladies waiting for you to turn up, because they want to help you and see you succeed in what you say you want, there is zero point saying i want to achieve x, y & z in front of other people and then never turning up for your group class.
You will always find inspiration inside of a group, that one person that has a story that inspires you, that you look at and think i wanna do what they have done, if they can do it then so can i, that person that has improved their fitness, that has got stronger, that you look up to and think i wanna be able top do that like them, inspiration is all around you and if used correctly can be super powerful.
Plus also, there is so much fun had training with others, the camaraderie and the atmosphere in the group is just something that you wont find anywhere else, ask the ladies in our groups, they will all tell you the same thing.
So isn't it time you tried it ? You say you wanna lose weight, become healthier, happier, move with better fitness, whats holding you back ? If its fear then trust me anybody that's ever walked through a gym door has felt it, but i guarantee when you meet people inside of our fitness business it will go immediately.
So all that's left for you to do is fill out an application and you will hear from one of the team real soon
Conversation with the right people - absolute gold
Something that's separates our fitness business from what other Hartlepool gyms are is the power of the conversation that you will find everyday inside it. We spend a lot of time talking with our member's, not just about training and nutrition, but about whats really going on in their lives away from the gym also.
Helping somebody change their life takes more than workouts and diets, most people that come to our fitness business in Hartlepool do so wanting real help to be able to change everything about their lives, this means we have got to have deep conversations, conversations built on real honesty, regardless of how painful it may be, building something new has to be built on solid foundations.
There are always reasons why people have ended up in the place they have, feeling like they do, then reaching out to food, drink, drugs to help sedate and forget about where they are now, unhealthy, unhappy and just in bad place in life.
Finding people that help you level up, be honest with you and will offer you real support is something that you wont ever find inside any commercial gym, we have been helping people transform their lives and overcome serious life threatening situations for over nearly 2 decades, from eating disorders to mental health problems, to prescription drugs, we have helped people across the board with an array of problems, we don't only help people with losing weight, we want to help people make real lasting change and that means addressing all areas of their lives.
Health and fitness is way more to us than just workouts, diets and 6 packs, in fact its pretty much none of them at the core, but i guess you have to have experienced life and its many roads and paths to be able to offer people the right help and guidance as which path to choose, to have lived and been through many of lives challenges, you cant buy or fake experience and that's something that you will find in abundance inside our fitness facility.
So if you wanna be around people that will help you level up, that have been through similar problems, that have over come many of life's obstacles, then why not come and see us, have a chat, stay and have a coffee, and meet some amazing people that may just inspire you to want to change your life.
Your Relationship With Food Is Terrible
It’s the last thing you want to be doing when you have a really bad relationship with food - starting yet another diet, to further damage an already damaged relationship with food that's not going to get any better with more crazy dieting practices, something that's already failed you massively in the past and yet you find yourself again about to embark on the exact same journey.
So you want to lose weight, you've tried numerous times to do so, resorting to drastic low calorie diets that you can't maintain, doing so over very long periods, and now the likely hood is you have become what some describe as, metabolically challenged, your metabolism at such a low point that it needs some help, some time out from the crazy low calorie diets that are now failing you, but you’re so scared to eat in fear of putting on weight, the exact opposite of what you set out to do, but it’s exactly what you need to do.
Yes frightening I know you've tried so hard to lose weight but you have got to the point where you can’t really eat any less and this approach isn't giving you what you want, so what are you going to do? Are you going to continue to be stuck or are you going to spend some time putting this right, rebuilding your relationship with food so you can live a normal life again, a life before diets took over, before you became scared of food, looked at all foods as good and bad, and what food is going to put weight on me and what food will help me lose weight.
So you’re ready to rebuild that metabolism and that relationship with food but you don't know where to start? Well you start by asking for help, asking somebody that's got a proven track record of helping people do exactly what you want to do now, I've helped hundreds through this exact problem, helping people to be free of diets, to help rebuild their relationship with food and to go on and lose weight just like they always wanted to, just without crazy restrictive practices and ruining their lives.
You want that help them you can go here Personal Training
there is an even cheaper gym outdoors
Lots of cheap gyms, all selling you space to park yourself for 40 min, not really doing much before you leave and then come back and do exactly the same thing again, that's if you can even summon up the energy to go back, that's what the majority that pay cheap gym memberships are actually doing, those that require real help and they thought signing up to the new cheap gym in town was a good idea, a first step to a new them, a healthier fitter them, they promised me loads of free gym classes and there is PT's there if you need any extra help, but the gym classes should be enough.......that's where it starts to go horribly wrong, you were taken in by the sales pitch
Listen these cheap gyms are great places for those that know what they are doing, know how to set their program up, have the basics of their nutrition nailed, understand what progress they want and have clear plan how to get it, or for those types that just like movement, don't really understand anything about programming or nutrition but just enjoy movement and like working out, getting a sweat on, and eat relatively normal and are of a healthy weight.
But listen, we live in a small unhealthy town, hartlepool is one of the most unhealthiest towns in the UK, obesity running wild along side poor health, we have a large number of gyms, mainly all commercial gyms, so these places have more than their fair share of people signed up that's not making any progress, damn a large amount of those signed up don't even go, just seeing their contracts out until they can cancel, then they will be hit with probably a cancellation fee just to rub insult in for the lack of any help they didn't receive.
You would have been better off just using the great outdoors for some light exercise, not paying that monthly rental fee for something you didn't use, you would have saved yourself some money, probably more than enough to invest in some decent trainers and outdoor wear, that would have been a better investment.
This is the very reason that our fitness business is now a semi-private coaching facility, we were sick of seeing people join gyms and not making progress, especially those that really need to, who's health is at risk and who lives are at risk if they don't do something about their weight now. Yes the gym still has those that come in and do their own thing, we have those that use our programming subscription service, taking all the guess work out of what they should be doing in the gym guaranteeing progress, that's what we are about, we guarantee you to make progress when you are part of our fitness facility, our programs are the best around delivering results and an experience others don't and cant and we have been doing this longer than everybody else.
Our fitness facility proves that you don't have to have tens of thousands of sq feet filled with brand new machines, but you do have to have the ability to help people and that's something that we excel at, you have big space we have big results, i know which i prefer.
if the worlds on a diet and its getting bigger ..........
Are you one of the many that have started yet another diet this January after been on and off a diet all of last year, massively over eating at Christmas with the promise to yourself of putting it right in January with yet another diet, only this time you will stick to it because your motivated, this is the year that you find a diet that works and that you can stick too.
The only problem is to most the word diet actually means that your going to be be crazy restrictive, eat in a manner that's so foreign to you that you cant understand it one bit, going to eat foods that wanna make you cry because its so bland, boring and repetitive, you already know your not really gonna stick to this diet so what you even trying for ?
What does your eating habits look like now, do you know that your over weight or gained weight because you have over consumed food, taken in way too many calories. Does how your eating right now look the exact opposite of how you used to eat, so you have switched to eating chicken & broccoli, when you used to eat burgers, chips, ice cream. What if i told you that to lose weight all you had to do was reduce the burgers, chips and ice cream ? Would that not work better than trying to eat at the other end of the scale that's so far away from what was normal to you, do you think that there is going to be more chance of you sticking to your weight loss goals by simply reducing or by eating chicken and broccoli till you wanna cry ?
The fitness industry is obsessed with clean eating, eating healthy, telling everybody that they should all be eating natural foods, meal prepping, its crazy, do you honestly think Mr & Mrs Smith that are over weight, don't eat any where near what people describe as healthy are honestly just gonna change years of bad eating habits, and over consuming, by switching to eating chicken & broccoli, really ? have you ever been over weight ? Trust me making grand gestures with how you eat isn't going to last. As an industry if we keep telling people to clean eat, eat healthy and its failing massively do you think we should just shout this message louder ? Or maybe we should try something different, try to understand where people are now, have them make sense of where they are now, simply advise them to cut back a little, maybe move a little more, does this sound more sustainable ? Do you think this is far more realistic approach for Mr & Mrs Smith ?
I can tell you personally that when i was way over 300lbs of fat, and i started on my own personal weight loss journey, i completely ruined my relationship with food and messed up my metabolism, not to mention many a failed relationship because of the way i was behaving, by trying to fit in with what the fitness was preaching, yes i ended up extremely low body fat, looked amazing on the outside, but it certainly was never gonna last and didn't last, i gained a lot of fat weight back, spent many years fighting that voice that said your meant to look a certain way because your in the fitness industry, the fitness industry portrays that ripped look, preaches that chicken and broccoli meal prepping mentality, the only problem was that its not sustainable, its certainly not how i wanted to life my life, a life full of restrictions and terrible relationship with food, oh its a lifestyle they say, its not a very good lifestyle when its held back by stupidly restrictive practices that people don't wanna talk about, and its not even close to the majority of people like Mr & Mrs Smith that are over weight, obese, unhealthy, the very people that the fitness industry really needs to start doing more to help.
Lets stop with the diet mentality, its not working, its time for a different approach.
dO yOU wANT sOMEBODY tO tRAIN yA oR cHANGE yA
Had a couple of guys start back up doing some Personal Training this morning and after we were done we were sat in our shop talking over some nutrition with a couple of guys from our gym business that had also finished their training at the same time. We were talking about what its gonna take to change, to create change and not just talking diets as you would imagine most trainers do, Ive been training people a long long time so i know that it takes way more than just putting somebody on yet another diet, we were talking about the process involved and how everybody thinks that they should immediately stop eating, surviving on fresh air and then they wonder why they fail.
Anyway we were talking about how Pete likes a few beers and he asked if he was still gonna be able to have them even tho we want to lose weight, i explained that we are not removing anything that he enjoys and didn't want to go without, as long as the few beers remained a few, we can control them and they not gonna lead to binging, if he could stay accountable to what he said he was going to do then there isn't a problem at all.
Pete commented that, "this is why i pay you the big money" to be able to get me results without it been stupidity restrictive, to be able to explain to me how it works, to keep me accountable and not make this whole trusting the process complicated, what you tell me to do ill do and then just leave the rest up to time and trusting the process, that makes this easy for me. Pete is not paying for training sessions, that's like an added bonus that helps us get results faster.
Ive spent tens of thousands on coaching, to become better coach, better person, to have more knowledge and understanding to be able to help others at a higher level, i have decades of experience of helping transform and help change people, this is what your really paying for, its never about i will pay you to train me, its about i will pay you to change me.
Way too many trainers are making everything way too complicated, from unsustainable dieting practices to over complicating training, talking about advanced programming with people that just wanna lose some weight, be healthier and feel fitter, you can guarantee that these trainers are throwing people into complex movements straight away, we started this morning with an over view of their health, a very basic fitness test and worked on some basic movements, these same basic movements we will drill and drill and drill, we don't stop doing the basics, the very stuff these trainers call boring we call learning basic movements solid foundations, something that when your building something new, must be in place.
So the next time your looking for a personal trainer or any type of help for that matter, ask yourself what you really want, coz those that go looking for trainers and coaches that are going to transform them, they don't look for training sessions or diets, they look for the results they want.
Is Your Weekend really Not a Problem ?
Now because it's January and for most that means they wanna lose some weight, start becoming healthier, many girls like as are many men but we will stay with girls because in all the time Ive been coaching people it's always the girls that find this the hardest to understand, just because you have started your health kick and started working out does not mean that the binge drinking followed by binge eating, that starts generally around Friday tea time when you have finished your working week and ends sometime Sunday can just continue when your serious about wanting to lose weight and become healthier.
The notion that somehow that because you have gone to the gym Monday through Friday means that getting loose on a weekend wont have any affect on your weight loss just because you think you trained hard this week means that your ignoring what its gonna take for you to actually accomplish what you say you want to and set out to because you don't understand weight loss, and after a few weeks of no progress its not surprising that so many then end up quitting their new year health kick.
So you want weight loss but don't understand weight loss, well lets just keep it really simple, dummy proof, you have to take in less calories than you require to maintain your weight now, that's pretty simple right. Now back to the weekend, you have done great controlling what you have consumed calorie wise during the week, but then Friday tea time approaches and the girls are already talking about going to get loose, not a problem you think, smashed the gym this week, its get loose time!
And there is your problem, its just a calorie thing, yes shock horror alcohol has calories in, wasted empty calories that's juts so easy to over consume and so easy to let get out of control and end up not even knowing how many was eventually consumed.
Is this a bad habit like many others ?
The repeating of the bad habits that's likely got you to a place where you are now, wanting to lose some weight and become healthier but refusing to understand that its your bad habits that have brought you to this place now, and for most them binge drinking weekends are a massive problem, its not like anybody goes out and drinks in anything like moderation now is it, and we all know that once you have had a few too many then the not caring and "i just want pizza" and other glorious food just comes with the territory.
Something that's super important for all those that are wanting to lose weight need to know is that what ever you are doing it must be sustainable, the very first thing we educate anybody that joins our personal training programs or our bootcamp is that we don't remove anything that we enjoy as long as it can be controlled in a manner that helps bring us what we say we want and that's weight loss and good health and that includes alcohol.
If your serious about long term change and your weekends are a problem now, you have to be 100% honest with yourself, if you cant control what you do then don't do it, its going against what you say you want, and binge drinking isn't helping your health at all, its ruining it, but that's another blog post.
For those that need help with losing weight and building new habits, find our programs below
it's gonna take more than a diet and a workout for long term success
What do you think of when you think of personal training ?Having somebody put you on yet another diet ? Maybe have somebody put you through a workout that makes you think your about to die ?
Personal training to us is none of that, we don't believe in using terminology like dieting, we don't believe that working out is more important than the education and association that you will find in what we do, yes we train hard and make effective use of the time we have with the people we help, and we love talking about food because we believe that everybody should have an amazing relationship with food, none of this looking at food as good and bad, no demonizing carbs, no detox starter diets, everybody should be able to enjoy food, who wants to eat alone at home because they are on a diet whilst the rest of the family eating what you really wanted to but because your "dieting" then you cant or wont because your now scared to eat what was once normal, like its going to completely derail you from your gains - its not bye the way, its just food, its just calories, and if weight loss is what you want then calories are king!
You might have heard about the professor that lost weight on eating McDonalds alone, yes this is true
John Cisna weighed 280 pounds when he decided to go on the McDonald's-only diet.
After 90 days, he had lost 37 pounds, and at the end of the six months, he weighed 224 pounds.
Yes calories are king
Anyway enough about food, something else we believe is super important to what we do is the association, the association we have with what we believe in and the association that we have with each other. Something that comes up in every review we get from our people that do our programs is how they all make friends for life, friends for life because they all came just wanting to be fitter, healthier, lighter and better versions of themselves but found a belonging that keeps most here many many years, some even decades and I'm certain this will only increase with time. This is one thing that big commercial gym chains will never ever be able to compete with, you will never ever find the association that we have here any where else, something that will always be guarded like the crown jewels, and the very reason why we make everything we do now application only, if you don't fit in here then we don't let you in, we only want people around that are like minded and get on with all our gym family.
So the next time you think of personal training, thinking about starting personal training, ask yourself this, do you want more than a diet and training session, if so then you can apply to join us here Personal Training
For those that are inspired to maybe wanna go workout, here is a link to get you going