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Set for Summer: Lose Weight Without Crash Dieting

Summertime and the holiday season is creeping up on us. As it does, so too does the mass panic to shed weight fast for summer, by any means. It’s something we find genuinely worrying.

Fad diets, meal replacement programmes even slimming pills and shakes are all a toxic part of this mix, quite often costing people money and their overall health. Simply put crash diets are bad for you and they are bad for your mind and body too.

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body transformations

It’s always this time of year that we start to see a flurry of “30-day body transformations”, “beach body boot camps” or “six week shreds”.

Most promise the same thing, significant weight loss in a short time frame. Some are so confident in their “tried and tested” techniques, they’ll even give you your money back if you don’t get the results you want.

Sounds great doesn’t it? Hit it hard for six weeks, eat like a bird and live like a hermit. Do that and you’re sorted *poof*. Body – transformed for good. Except, that’s not how it works.

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running and strength training

There are lots of reasons that not all runners incorporate strength training into their running regimes. Some don’t feel comfortable training in a gym, as it’s not what they are used to, others think it’s something only injury-prone runners need to consider, while many just don’t fully understand the benefits.

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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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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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Perform Fitness Family Nikki G's Fitness Story

When I initially started training at Perform I believed I was just signing up to lose a bit of weight and get a bit fitter. However, looking back it was actually much more than that.

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My Fitness Story Laura F

There were a few moments that made me realise I needed to start exercising. My stressful job as a teacher was consuming my life. Exercise was always recommended because it provides an outlet and releases endorphins, but I found it hard to fit in around work.

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Fitting Fitness into Your Life

Usually we think that getting started with a new exercise and nutrition regime is the hard bit, as we discussed in a recent blog. However, experience and chatting to our members can tell quite a different story. It’s fitting fitness into your life that’s the real challenge for many of us.

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