David T Fitness Story

“It was actually starting to train for the Edinburgh Marathon that made me realise I really needed to get fit. At first I struggled to run a mile without stopping and being out of breath.

My general fitness had gone downhill after having my daughter in November 2016. Until then I’d used a local gym, just doing the usual resistance machines and dumbbell curls, but I had no idea what I was doing and I did the same thing every night. Even that stopped once the baby arrived though.

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sugar

We need to talk about sugar and not just because this Friday marks the start of Sugar Free February.

Although clearly a marketing campaign (and not quite as catchy in title as Dry January, Veganuary, Stoptober and all the rest) there’s a lot of sense behind the gimmicky name.

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“My main aim when I started training was to lose weight, tone up, get fit and become more mobile. I’d followed Peter from a previous gym. He had trained me but due to being a electrician running my own business and my father falling ill something had to give and it was the gym.

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Meal prep for normal people

January 15, 2019
Meal prep like a normal person

Hands up if you’re fed up of seeing meal prep posts on social media urging you to “prep like a boss” alongside neat rows of tupperware containing the same, presumably nutritious yet unappetising-looking slop. Or those insta-famous meal preppers that tell you it’s EASY to prep a week’s worth of meals – different dishes every other day at least – that look like gourmet fare from a high end restaurant. What about those macro-balanced meal delivery services that are popping up across the city to make healthy, balanced eating easy and enjoyable (but pretty tough on your wallet)? 

We aren’t being haters here. If it works for you, any of the above are fine. It’s just that most of us aren’t made to ‘prep like a boss’.

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The truth about willpower

January 10, 2019
willpower waning

Is your willpower waning? Diet and fitness resolutions not quite going to plan while you’re back at work, or just generally back to the normal grind?

My first advice? Don’t panic, don’t give up and don’t think that having willpower is something you’re just not capable of.

You see, as pointed out in a great feature in The Guardian today, willpower is waved in front of us like a mysterious talent. Something only a gifted few have.

But that’s just not the case. Willpower is a skill that can be practised and improved. Maybe you’ll never hit 100%, but you CAN move on from where you are now.

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simple fitness targets 2019

Normally fitness targets are set around weight loss or boosting strength, but as Perform opens for the first time in 2019, we’re looking at other types of fitness targets.

You see, fitness targets based around weight or strength are ‘outcome goals’, which are great, but they’re not always under your control. When you fail due to unforeseen circumstances, it’s easy to get disheartened, give up or wonder what the point of it all is.

If this feels like you, then why not set some fitness targets that you can control?

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“As a Personal Trainer there’s obviously always an expectation that you’ll have a high standard of fitness. However, we don’t all train all day every day and we don’t all eat our meals out of tupperware boxes, never allowing ourselves to overindulge in unhealthy treats.

We also very rarely get asked about why we got into fitness, with people often assuming we got into the profession while training for other sports, trying to ‘get big’ or in pursuit of the perfect shirtless Instagram post.

Truth is, I got into fitness because I learned very early on that life is short.

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Christmas Dinner Calories

The basic foundation of a delicious Christmas Dinner is actually a pretty good option as far as culinary indulgences go, it’s just all the address extras and the excess of the season that leaves us all bloated and carrying a little ‘holiday weight’.

With just under two weeks to go until the big day, we’re breaking down exactly what’s in your Christmas Dinner when it comes to calorific content. This isn’t to put you off your annual festive fill-up or to ruin the fun, it’s to ensure you can make better choices over the rest of the break so you can REALLY enjoy the indulgence!

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Perform Fitness Family Ben Jone

“I was very health conscious in my teens and early 20s and I played a lot of sport to quite high levels when I was at school and university. 

However, this gradually got less and less as my career started to take priority. Running a number of companies having been in IT for many years, my work has always involved a lot of travelling and meeting/ office based work on a laptop. I had also faced some longer standing issues with knees, hips and lower back from old sports injuries, none of which had recovered properly or been helped by my working lifestyle.   

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SMART pre-Christmas fitness goals

Christmas decorations are going up, supermarket shelves are stacked high with mince pies, Baileys and other festive treats. You’ve probably got boozy or food-filled celebrations planned with work, friends and family from now until New Year’s Day.

It hardly seems like the time to be setting fitness goals, does it?

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