The majority are wrong…………

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I’ve worked in the fitness industry a long time, I’ve clocked over 17 years of experience & over the last few years I’ve seen a HUGE shift in the state of things…..

The internet, Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram are all FULL of gyms & personal trainers all promising you the answers to your goals.

The fitness industry is truly MASSIVE now, with more gyms, more trainers, more internet gurus, more nutritionists, more ‘diet’ plans, more of everything…however despite all of this, the industry is FAILING…….

Why?

People in this country are sicker then ever before, obesity rates are higher than ever, and the total amount of the UK population who are members of gyms clocks in at only 13%……

My advice to you is to NOT do what the majority are doing, because the majority are WRONG…

From my experience, here is my advice on what I think you should avoid:

>Any program that gets you ‘shredded or blitzed’ in a definite amount of time, but leaves you going STRAIGHT back to your old ways & habits….often feeling even worse about yourself.

>Ladies –please avoid ANY program/routine that uses the word ‘skinny’ in a complimentary manner.

>Any program/routine where you are NOT encouraged/motivated to change ANY part of your eating patterns/habits, unless of course your habits are already perfect?

>Any program that SOLELY focuses on total body weight ONLY. This is a factor but is not the ONLY factor when getting in shape, composition is the key.

>A system that replaces food with liquid (shakes)…. Post workout shakes are an exception for some people in a supplementary manner, but replacing actual meals with shakes does NOTHING to change your relationship with food.

>Unless you are actually stepping on a competitive bodybuilding stage, the need to eat like you are isn’t necessary, so any program that encourages you to live SOLELY off chicken & broccoli multiple times EVERY DAY should BE avoided……

>ANYTHING that claims the answer is in a PILL!!

>Any trainer that CONTINUALLY boasts about their clients being sick through training!

I could honestly rant all day about this; it’s very close to my heart.

I’m passionate about this because I’ve seen good people with great intentions make bad decisions & choices due to false hope. This leaves them feeling even more fed up, angry, and depressed……….

…………Please don’t be one of these people.

……….take the time to research what is right for YOU…

YOU are individual and your routine/program should reflect YOUR needs…

You need a realistic program that YOU can stick to…

It’s confusing; I get it, that’s why I’m here to help……

You are not supposed to know the answers; you just need to ask the right questions to the right people……

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

Tristan ‘turned into a bit of a rant’ Buttle.

P.S – nothing today, I’ve ranted enough!

You DON’T know………..

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> You don’t know that the 25 stone person you see in the gym used to be 35 stone……

> You don’t know that the person struggling to lift the 10kg weights started by lifting 2kg…….

> You don’t know that the person you judge for being ‘arrogant’ or in ‘love with themselves’, simply because they are leaner than the average person, used to be obese & has had to work their arse to get where they are right now……….

> You don’t know that the person who ‘never speaks’ in the gym & keeps their head down is just as insecure & intimidated as the next person………

> You don’t know that guy who is always ‘checking his phone’ in the gym is a doctor who is constantly on call, and is directly responsible for the lives of others………..

> You don’t know that the ‘naturally skinny’ guy/girl is just as self-conscious as the overweight person……….

> You don’t know what injuries/illnesses a person may have when you see them doing an exercise in what you deem to be an in an ‘unconventional’ manner……….

> You don’t know that the tired & stressed mother of two, who has literally been up all night, is fighting every day to do all she can to regain her confidence….

> You don’t know that the guy next to you the gym who you judge for grunting is going through hell with a messy divorce, and the gym is his only release………..

We ALL judge at times & we are ALL capable of casting our fears & insecurities onto others, just try to remember:

EVERYONE has a story…….

Everyone has their own pain, their own doubts & fears, their own issues & their own hang ups….

That’s all for today, until the next time, have a great weekend.

Tristan ‘nobody knows’ Buttle.

P.S – nothing else today, I’ll catch you next week.

Is ‘healthy’ food making you gain bodyfat?

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‘It’s good for you’……………….

You’ve heard it before, somebody is describing or selling the benefits of a certain food group to you and they tell you how ‘healthy’ it is……

I’m not denying the health properties of certain foods, and the inclusion of these foods can be of benefit to you.

However some foods can become over hyped and all too often one MAJOR factor becomes lost in transaction……………………..

CALORIES!!!

I’ve said it before and I will keep saying it: calories DO count!

It doesn’t how ‘healthy’ those calories may happen to be, an excess intake will STILL cause weight gain.

Foods that typically fall into this bracket include:

>Nuts

>Coconut Oil (and any other oil for that matter)

>Nut butters (doesn’t matter how ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ it is, calories STILL count…)

>Dried Fruits

>Honey

>Granola

The list goes on, but these are the typical choices that I see the most of.

Nuts are a classic example, 25g of walnuts equates to a small handful but typically gives you around 175kcal.

If you aren’t careful, ‘snacking’ on nuts can easily rack up an additional 500 -600kcal a day!

Keep in mind, that all of the above choices are also very easy to overeat on…

I’m not saying these foods are bad, far from it, I am saying that you need to be mindful of the caloric value when you include any of them into your diet.

Remember that too much of ANY food choice will result in weight gain….

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

Tristan ‘had to stop buying peanut butter’ Buttle.

p.s – I’ve been using powdered peanut butter recently, but more on that another day…………….

 

 

How many calories in a biscuit?

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How many calories in a biscuit?

More specially, a Bourbon Biscuit? ( I chose this as its a classic).

Have a guess?

Depending on the brand, it’s typically around 60kcal…..

>Not much is it?

However, who ever eats just ONE biscuit?!

So let’s say you have a total of 5 throughout the day, that’s a total of an additional 300kcal a day…..

In my experience, lots of people I deal with tend to eat more biccies at work, and most people typically work 5 days a week…..

5 x 300 = a total of an additional 1500 kcal a week from ‘picking’ at biscuits.

Whilst it doesn’t seem like much at the time, calories start to add up, and as I’ve said many times before, calories DO count!

I’m not saying you shouldn’t have a cheeky biscuit now and again, I’m simply highlighting the potential implications of not being mindful and aware of your calorie intake for the day.

That’s all , just a quick one today,

Tristan ‘step away from the cookie jar’ Buttle.

p.s- what’s your fav biscuit? And are you aware of how many calories are in it?

I tried to make it sexy…….

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So, on Monday I changed the format of my emails that I send out to help people…..

I changed the layout.

I changed the colour scheme.

Why?

I had convinced myself that my usual format was boring, that it was bland, that it needed spicing up, and needed to be sexier!

So I changed it…

The result?

The general feedback was that it detracted from my words and was ultimately harder to read.

If it’s harder to read, it’s harder to digest and therefore it’s harder to action.

One person (whose opinion I really value) actually said it hurt her eyes!

So from today, I have gone back to basics, and back to my original layout.

This whole situation reminded me of the fitness industry….

All too often, I see trainers and companies trying to ‘dress up’ a training style or a particular approach to nutrition, and in the process they forget the basics.

It doesn’t matter how ‘sexy’ a training plan is, if you can’t follow it or stick to it, what’s the point?

Same with my email design, it doesn’t matter how much I try to make it stand out, if it doesn’t get read, what’s the point?

Everything with my approach to training and nutrition is NOT sexy and it is NOT revolutionary.

It is simple, it is progressive and it is consistent.

Why?

Because it works.

It really is that simple.

If the world of health & fitness has left you confused, if you are struggling to find an approach to nutrition that you can TRULY stick to (long term), if you have been misled and sold false hope by certain companies or individuals, or if you are always looking for the next big thing, perhaps you need to simplify your approach?

Give me a shout.

That’s all for today, until the time,

Tristan ‘back to basics’ Buttle.

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Guess how many days are left in 2016??

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………….111.

That’s it.

Just under 70% of this year has gone!

Already!

It’s gone quick hasn’t it?!

Too quick!

We have just over 30% of 2016 left, before we know it we will be singing the ‘auld lang syne’ & ringing in 2017!!

If you cast your mind back to January, how did you start 2016?

Did you set any resolutions? Did you set any goals?

Perhaps something along the lines of a ‘New Year, New You’?

>How has that worked out for you?

>Have you done what you said you would do?

>Has this year been different?

>Are you on the path towards achieving what you TRULY desire?

I genuinely hope you are.

However, sadly a lot of people I see are still in the same position, facing the same obstacles, the same barriers, the same fears, and the same doubts as they were at the beginning of the year.

I get it, I understand that change can be scary…..

If you are struggling, I want to remind you today that there’s still time, and that you CAN achieve your goals. You can still turn this year around.

However, to do this something NEEDS to change.

If you are tired of ‘putting it off’, always ‘starting again on Monday’, self-sabotaging yourself, and generally beating yourself up….perhaps it’s time for a change?

If whatever ‘diet’ plan you have been following has been unstainable….perhaps it time for change?

If the world of training and nutrition has left you confused….then perhaps its time to try something different?

You CAN change, it’s NOT too late, you don’t have to write yourself off and give up on your goals.

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

Tristan ‘111’ Buttle.

P.S – If you need anything please give me a shout, it’s never too late.

 

 

Do YOU need to change?

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If you are truly happy & content with your current situation and your current reality in all areas of your life, then the answer is probably no, and you can stop reading now.

However, if you are honest with yourself and you feel you need to embrace change, then please read on………

We often KNOW that we NEED to change, but we fail to apply what is necessary to get where we want to be….

Very often change will only happen if the pain of staying the same exceeds the pain of the change…

↑↑↑↑ read that again.

Here’s what I want you to do, and it’s very important that you are honest with yourself, I want you to answer the following questions & apply them to your goals.

It doesn’t have to just be health & fitness related. This applies to all areas of life, whether its in business or in relationships, the questions remain the same………………

>What is your current reality?

>Why has this happened?

>What will happen if you don’t change?

>What do you TRULY want?

>Why do you want it?

>What needs to be done?

>What have you learnt from these questions?

If you have answered those questions honestly with yourself, you should now have a clear understanding of your current reality.

You cannot move forward without understanding where you are starting from.

I genuinely hope this helps you to understand yourself and what you truly want.

That’s all for today, I’ll leave you with one of my favourite quotes:

‘If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got’.

Until the next time,

Tristan ‘questions’ Buttle.

P.S – would you keep driving down a dead end, in the hope that one day it wasn’t a dead end?

P.P.S – Give me a shout if you need some honest advice, change doesn’t have to be as painful as you may think.

Have you moved today?

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When it comes to fat loss, most people consider that they need to exercise and look at making dietary changes, but few look at their true overall activity levels………..

Today I want to talk to you about N.E.A.T…….

N.E.A.T stands for Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis….

Sounds fancy doesn’t it?

This is a flashy way of describing & grouping all the energy that you expend for everything you do throughout the day, excluding training, sleeping and eating.

All other daily activities, no matter how trivial they may seem in isolation (cutting the grass, washing the car, going shopping, or playing with the kids) all add up to factor into your daily N.E.A.T

A huge influence in N.E.A.T levels are the total amount of daily steps that you perform…

These steps add up and help to play a role in overall energy expenditure which in turn can help towards your goals.

For example, a daily step count of around 5000 for a guy of my weight can result in a calorie burn of around 250kcal, this may not seem like a huge figure, but add it up over the week & you can start to see the impact.

Remember, you are the sum of what you the most of.

In simple terms, making an effort to simply move more will have a positive impact on your goals.

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

Tristan ‘5000 to 10,000 a day’ Buttle.

P.S – The easiest way to track daily steps is to download the ‘Pacer’ app on your phone, all you need to do is have your phone in your pocket and let it the app do the rest for you, easy.

a quick one on training……..

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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.

What can you do today?

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What can you do today?

I am going to get straight to the point today, because I want to keep this quick and I know you are busy…..

I want you to ask yourself what you can do today to bring yourself just one small step closer to your goals.

Not tomorrow…

Not Monday….

Not next month…

Today.

One small action.

It could be:

>One less biscuit with your tea?

>Skipping the late night ‘no one is looking’ fridge raid?

>One less sugar in your coffee?

>Getting to bed 30 mins earlier than usual?

>Planning your meals for tomorrow?

>Planning your training schedule for the next 3 days?

>Setting your alarm to get up 20 mins earlier, so you CAN allow for a sensible breakfast.

>Scheduling some quality time with your friends/family.

Anything that will help you help yourself…..

What’s the smallest change that would have the biggest impact for you?

That’s all for today, speak soon.

Until the next time,

Tristan ‘changes’ Buttle.

P.S- remember that even the largest of walls are built one brick at a time…………
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