a quick one on training……..


In order to achieve your health and fitness goals, you simply MUST train!

When it comes to training, rarely does one size fit all, and if you were to ask 10 people (who have got results) what they do, you may get 10 different answers…

How I train is specific to ME, how YOU train needs to be specific to YOU.

Training age/experience, injuries & limitations, personal likes & dislikes, frequency & time are just some of the factors that need to be considered when looking at what is the best approach for you to take.

There is no such thing as the ‘best exercise’, only the best exercise for you.

However, I do believe there are two factors that apply to ALL forms of training:

1) You must train with relative intensity.

Training ‘hard’ is all relative, but remember that training needs to place a stress on your body for it to change. Training NEEDS to be intense, otherwise we would all get in shape from simply going shopping or cutting the grass.

How do you know if you are training hard?

Ask yourself this:

When did you last truly step out of your comfort zone in the gym?

Or imagine this:

On a scale of 1 to 10, 1= laid on the sofa doing nothing, and 10=being sick out of your eyeballs (not literally ha) where would you currently place your sessions?

2) You must train progressively.

Put in very simple terms, you need to beat or improve what you do every time you train.

No matter what style of training you adopt, you need to log your workouts and come into the gym with a clear plan of action.

You need to log all reps and all weight lifted and create targets.

Your body will adapt very quickly to the stress of exercise, therefore progression is an essential factor in helping to ensure that your training continues to provide the correct stimulus for change.

Chances are you do this in all other areas of your life: for example, your relationships and work life both progress, this what keeps things moving forwards, this is how we grow and develop.

Please note that both of the factors above have nothing to do with age or the ‘amount’ an individual may currently be lifting.

e.g. – Lets say I’m lifting 100 kg on an exercise, but I’ve been doing so for the last 2 months, I haven’t increased in either weight or reps performed….

…..and Mrs Smith was lifting 3kg 2 months ago and is now lifting 6kg, then Mrs. Smith has progressed more than I have.

Where you start is irrelevant, intensity and progression is relative to you and your goals….

That’s all for today, until the next time, keep moving forward

Tristan ‘log book’ Buttle.

P.S – Adding weight to an exercise or increasing reps should NEVER be done at the expense of poor form!

P.P.S – If your performance isn’t progressing then you need to ask yourself why?

P.P.P.S – Give me a shout if I can help you out with any of the above.

It was a crazy party………………


I went to an awesome party over the weekend………..

It was crazy…

Batman was there….

Iron Man was there…

Superman was there, I think I even spotted Wonder Woman.

It was one of my best mates sons 3rd Birthday party, & I loved it!!

They had hired a soft play area at Haltemprice, and when I arrived the party was in full swing!

Pretty much the entire group were all getting involved in the inflatable action & party games….the kids (and parents) were all loving it!

This got me thinking about group dynamics…

If one or two kids  had started saying that they ‘didn’t want to play’ or they were scared/nervous about getting involved,or the parents behaved in a reserved manner, then this may have influenced the rest of the group to believe and act the same…

However, because EVERYONE got involved, it was totally normal to just go with it, and normal to be part of it. As a result the group all helped each other, drove each other, and indirectly motivated each other.

Think about how this relates to you and your goals…..Are you around people that are helping you?

Are they encouraging you or holding you back?

Are they willing to get involved with you when you need them?

Are they encouraging, undertstanding & supportive of your goals?

That’s all for today, until the next time,

Tristan ’37 year old child’ Buttle.

P.S – there’s A LOT to be said for the true TEAM focus of group exercise…you should try it sometime…

P.P.S –One kid actually asked me if I was the Hulk………..True story.

Conversations with a 15 year old……….


got into a chat about superheroes earlier with a young man named Ant, as you do at age 37……..

Ant is currently doing work experience at Cottingham Parks & we got to discussing superheroes & his childhood favourites……..

My fav was & always will be Batman….

Anyway, this got me thinking that the typical perception of a ‘fit pro’ isn’t that far from a superhero!

What I mean is that all fitness professionals are all super fit, super lean, super muscular warriors who are in top shape all year round, right?

We are always motivated, always disciplined, always positive………

Every aspect of our lives is always in order & sorted…



>YES as trainers we are motivated to workout (or should be)…….

>YES it’s a lifestyle……

>YES we love what we do………(btw if your trainer doesn’t then maybe you should start asking some questions)…..

However, this doesn’t mean that we don’t face the very same struggles you face with your fitness & health goals in other aspects of our life…..

We are human, like you……..Actually I’ve met some Trainer’s who when I think about it I’m pretty sure are either robots, cyborgs from the future, or maybe just socially retarded…. Anyway…I’m digressing………..

Here is the truth:

>We have insecurities, like you.

>We have fears, like you.

>We get upset, like you.

>We question ourselves, from time to time, like you.

>We need help with aspects of our lives, like you.

For example: just because I can apply my passion to helping others look & feel awesome, doesn’t mean I cannot learn from others to help other areas of my life.

We are ALL human…..We ALL need help with something at some point….. the key is to admit it & let the right person help you….

That’s all for today,

Tristan ‘one of middle names is actually Robin’ Buttle.
ps – who is your favourite?

Alfred’s Golden Knowledge Bombs!


Alfred’s Golden Knowledge Bombs:

Since I was a kid I have always loved Batman (not as in actual man love). He was (& still is) my fav superhero. I always liked the idea that Bruce Wayne is human, & doesn’t possess any actual ‘super’ powers, he is a self made man (who also happens to be a
billionaire) who has taught himself what he needs.

Anyway, before I geek out totally, this blog is actually about Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce’s loyal & ever faithful butler, & how he may just be able to help you.

I recently re watched Batman Begins & it struck me how much mega advice Alfred gives Sir Brucey. So mega in fact, that I thought I would share some of it with you:

Alfred’s 3 golden nuggets:

1 “You start pretending to have fun; you might even have a little by accident.”

This is a true golden nugget of advice he gives to Bruce. We all are all capable of influencing & shaping our time to be either positive or negative. You know those days, you wake up tired, convince yourself you are tired, look in the mirror, tell yourself you look tired, go to work tell everyone your tired etc etc, this is building evidence in your mind to support the negativity you are putting on yourself. Or maybe you convince yourself with what you cannot do & limit your own potential? I know because I do this myself. I doubt myself at times just as much as the next person. Sometimes it’s hard to see a way out of certain situations and it is normal to feel overwhelmed, but if you can try to convince yourself, even if you are ‘pretending’ you may eventually not know the difference and have more fun & laughs along the way! If you pretend to have fun would your mind know the difference, even on those days when you really can’t face it and can’t be arsed?

Take home point: Can you fake it, until you make it?

2 “Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up”.

How do you ever expect to grow as a person if you cannot rise after being knocked down? Falling in life is guaranteed; picking yourself up is what can define you & in turn make you stronger.

Take home point: Welcome adversity (you have no choice, it will appear anyway), rise to it, and ALWAYS get back up.

3 “What is the point of all those pushups if you can’t even lift a bloody log!?”

Alfred even gives Brucey some training advice. Bruce is trapped under a log after being attacked, & despite his physical training & muscular development he struggles to apply practical strength. Basically, Bruce looks great but in this situation, struggles to function. Consider day to day functional fitness in conjunction to your training, what would have a bigger or more positive impact to your life?

Take home point: you may have a great hot body, but what can you do with it? I know guys who are immensely strong, but struggle to tie their own shoelaces!!

Until the next time Bat Fans, thanks for reading, as always, if you found it useful, please like & share.

Tristan ‘man child’ Buttle

Ps Alfred also once saw a child playing with a ruby the size of tangerine, but that’s another story……..

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