About Health and HIT

A father of three and a health and fitness enthusiast with a passion for bodybuilding. This blog is an ongoing documentation of key points or thoughts that I feel I can openly express on here or share for others to see. One thing that has become very obvious to me is that the more I learn the less I realise I know. Keep striving for more...

12/11/2019 – The Original Mass Monster Premier

Generation Iron and Dorian Yates collaborate on an epic movie based on the life of DY. This movie goes back to the beginning and shares an intimate journey through parts of his life, told by family, friends and the man himself. I personally found it very informative and entertaining as a fan. I have it here on DVD and I am looking forward to watching it again over the next week.

To order the DVD or to buy online head to here… If you are just interested and wouldn’t mind seeing what it’s all about, then wait a while as we all have our fingers crossed for a Netflix release at some point. Fans wont hesitate to buy it though…

17/11/2019 – DY Master Trainer Certification

The majority of people that I have the privilege to meet in life know me through fitness or know my passion for the health, fitness and the bodybuilding world. I would make an educated guess of 95% of the people that know me, will know that Dorian Yates has been a huge inspiration to me in terms of his mental strength and laser like focus with the profession he desired to pursue.

I have followed Dorian and his High Intensity Training for the majority of my journey and I’ve trained with him and his son Lewis many times in the past. The thing with training high intensity is that we all think we are training as hard as we can and most likely we are training as hard as we think we can, but the lack of form and intensity is missing in all departments. For example, when I see people training biceps, they go to failure on the first exercise and then the 3rd exercise and then the 7th exercise and 21st set and yet they never execute the repetition correctly. By the 3rd set you should be at total muscular failure and all parts to the repetition should be performed strict and to total negative failure.

As the journey continues and an opportunity opens up which allows me to pursue my long awaited DY certification, I made arrangements, booked up and headed to Marbella for a week of intense training, studying and relaxing. I didn’t realise until a few weeks out that my good friend Gups was also coming along to pursue his DY HIT certification and that turned out perfect as we could share a hotel and discuss everything together as we went along. Needless to say there was no partying. It was literally a perfect bodybuilding experience, but with the whole week surrounding business with the certification. The week basically went, train, eat, rest, study, repeat. Perfect!

After the week of training and studying, me and Gups passed the course and Dorian certified us as DY HIT Master Trainers. Just saying that make me feel excited and fortunate enough to be able to have my mind set on one goal for many years and to battle through some very dark times in my personal life and to keep pushing forward to successfully obtain my prestigious certification. I’ve put just about everything I have into this one goal and now I have finally conquered a lengthy goal. It’s Now time to pass my experiences onto others, the correct way. The amount of adjustments to perform an exercise correctly is extremely in-depth without even talking about the different machines and weight.

I’m assuming people know who Dorian Yates is, but if you don’t then give it a google and you will get a good understanding of what he brought to the bodybuilding world and how he changed the game as it was known. Short 45 minute intense workouts 4 days a week was all he needed to train, but the intensity was extreme and so was the rest of variables that go with it. https://generationiron.com/dorian-yates-movie-promo/

I am very pleased to be one of the 35 DY HIT Master Trainers worldwide and I look forward to teaching people the most effective and intense way to train correctly. Keep as eye out for things coming up which you can get involved with and thank you to those that have supported me from the start… I can count them all on one hand or maybe even one finger…

– What your heart desires and your mind requires, your life will acquire.

21/09/2019 – Week 3 update

It’s been a good week diet, training, exercise and body fat wise. My fitness is good, I haven’t used the car this week and used my bike for longer travel and walking for shorter travel, thanks to the warmer weather.

Weight – 12.1stone (same as last week)

Body fat – 11.9% (1.2% down)

How I feel – Strong, fit and healthy. Cardio and fitness is good. Weight training I’m focused and pushing harder. It’s been a good week!

What can I improve on? Cut out the big bag of crisps at night and my diet will be as good as it will get. Everything else I feel I have done well with.

That’s all for now… Next week I’m away so lets see how it goes in 2 weeks time.

16/09/2019 What will you sacrifice?

Before I start typing my thoughts on this, I just want to state that each individual is different and may have different struggles. I am not trying to put anyone down and I’m fully aware that some peoples comforts are food and some people struggle with motivation for different reasons. I would still like these people to think now before it’s too late and the old problem is healed by time and the new problem becomes depression from your physical self. Reaching Goals Together

The most common and obvious question people ask me is, ‘can you help me lose weight’? There are many meanings to this so to start, lets break it down.

Weight is a measurement of the overall mass of your body. Adding or removing clothing, hydration, exercise, muscle mass, body fat etc can all determine and alter your weight daily and so we need to figure out what you are suggesting by the word weight. Almost all the time people are referring to body fat, but this is a whole different thing.

A boxer may dehydrate themselves to reach a target weight before a fight, this is losing weight, but not fat.

Body fat is the amount of fat you have on your body. That’s simple enough to point out right? So if someone wants to drop body fat, then sacrifices will have to be made somewhere along the line. In very simple terms your body requires energy, which is food and your body will expend food as a form of energy, i.e moving, breathing, eating, toilet, bodily functions and so on. If you expel more energy than you consume, you will lose weight. Although it’s not that simple.

If you have a consistent diet and you are maintaining your weight with little to no exercise, then by reducing your calories and/or adding exercise to your daily routine this will help you lose body fat. If you do start training with weights and even increasing your calories slightly, then you may maintain the same ‘weight’ but your body composition can change. How will you determine the difference between the two?

Rather than just using weighing scales, add another form of measurement on top. For instance, photos, mirror, skin fold callipers, fitness notes, tape measure, body stat machine and so on. This will give you a better overall and easy idea of where your heading.

Let’s talk about sacrifices and what is important. In my opinion, there is nothing more important than your own body and mind. Your body is your vehicle and without it, life can be challenging. Just like your means of transport, car, bike, horse and so on. If they are not working, then it massively sets you back. If you don’t maintain your materialistic vehicle then things will break down. Age will factor in with this, but maintenance and looking after your vehicle will certainly benefit you in the long run, just like your body.

So what are you willing to sacrifice? You may have to remove the foods you enjoy, recreational drugs, the people you hang around with, the daily routines you follow and all sorts of things that you have been doing for years without realising. The sacrifices will be tough, but once you get into routine, your thought process will change and you will understand that the sacrifices are worth it.

The most important thing to do when you want to lose body fat is to stop eating the junk you keep ramming into your mouth. You can’t have your cake and eat it, unless you are happy with how you are. Obviously obesity brings all sorts of medical issues along with it such as diabetes, painful joints, cancer, stroke, depression, lack of motivation etc. I’m not trying to upset anyone, these are facts and sooner or later, you may have to face them. People ask me daily, how can I lose weight and I answer them by replying, ‘ what are you willing to sacrifice and how badly do you want it’? The majority of the time they are enthusiastic during the conversation and then go back to the same old ways, which leads to the same old body. It isn’t easy, I know this. I had to change my life around completely and gave up everything I enjoyed for around 3 years. No alcohol, cleaner diet, weight training, walking and so on. The sacrifices are real and you better be prepared to face them if you want to make positive changes.

When people ask me how often I train I will say 3 x 45 minutes per week. Although this is true when it comes to weight training, I also add in some other activities where possible. If I can walk somewhere then I will, If I can bike it, I will. I class these more of ways to commute rather than training. I do not count my general walks or bike rides commuting as a workout, they are just a means of transport. It certainly burns more calories and helps my internal organs function better with the fitness, but it’s not what I class as working out.

I weight train 3 days a week for approximately 45 minutes per session. Monday, wednesday, Friday.

Day 1 – Back, Biceps Abs

Day 2 – Chest, Delts, Triceps

Day 3- Quads, Hamstrings, Calves

I also do 30 minutes casual walk on the treadmill every morning, fasted.

I bike as much as I can or walk where possible rather than using the car.

I keep my diet clean, although I have been drinking more alcohol over the holidays, yet I still stick to my diet. (Alcohol has set me back a lot this last couple of months, it is poison after all)

And that’s sort of it. 3 x 45 minute weight sessions and the rest are activities I do. I try to do this religiously and anything else on top is classed as exercise. These are just standard things I like to do to keep my body functioning the best I can at this point in time.

I’ve gone well of topic so lets bring it back. What will you sacrifice?

This all comes down to you and what you are prepared to change in order to become the better you. Changes will not happen unless you want them to happen. No Personal Trainer can help you if you don’t have the desire to positively change yourself. I can write you a diet plan, draw up a training program to suit your goals, drop you a few messages to keep you on track, but at the end of it all, it’s down to YOU! I totally understand you don’t know where to start and that’s ok. How’s about turn the TV off, get off the sofa and go for a walk around the block. Does that sound like too much hard work? If so then you don’t want to change and you will make up all the excuses possible until the day comes when your health is so poor that you have to do it or face the consequences. It’s harsh, yet true. If a PT has several clients to look after, then they simply cant keep ringing you, going over the same things constantly if you cant reach within yourself to make the change.

I feel that I’m having a bit of a rant there and I’m not. All I’m trying to do is plant a seed in your head and give you something to think about. If you do want to make changes then your thought process right now should be to get up and go for a walk. If that’s not possible due to limitations then stand up and sit down on the sofa or a chair 20 times. There’s your starting point. The next step will be alcohol and nutrition. Alcohol is poison and not only does it grab you and consume your desire, it is also killing you slowly from within. Yes, I do like a drink and as my diet is clean, I really feel the negative effects it has on me. Nutrition, remove as much sugar from your diet as possible and cut your portion size down. Eat more fibrous carbohydrates (google fibrous food and educate yourself at your own leisure) less saturated fats and trans fats (google) consume healthy fats such as polyunsaturated, monounsaturated (google). Consume more lean protein, chicken, white fish, eggs etc. If you are looking for plant based alternatives like me then search my blog for plant based diet and I have pages based on that.

There’s some things for you to do, if you can’t exercise then change your diet. If you cant do that then educate yourself with the internet. There are things you can do right now unless you have excuses. The question I keep asking is, what will you sacrifice? Yet the real question should be, how much control do you have over yourself?

That’s enough for now. I’ll update this in a couple of weeks and if you are still reading this thinking you need to make a positive change to your life and you still haven’t then you need to question who’s in control of you. Don’t let the excuses control you and do something about it. You have one body and when it’s gone, it’s gone. At least try to maintain it the best you can.

Do it for you!

If you need any help, e-mail me HealthandHIT@gmail.com If you need group support, we can do that too. #ReachingGoalsTogether