Jamie’s Blog

What Is Muscle?

There are three types of muscle. Smooth muscle, which predominates within internal tissues of our body in places such as the digestive and circulatory systems and is under INVOLUNTARY control, via a specific branch of our nervous system called the autonomic system. Next is cardiac muscle, that can only be found in the heart. This […]

What Our Bones Do

Last weeks blog on human mechanics identified that our body produces movement, based on a system of levers created by our muscles, joints and bones. However, our bones aren’t just responsible for movement, they also protect our organs, produce blood cells and store essential minerals. There are 206 bones in an adult body, consisting of […]

Levers & Movement

Understanding human movement is an integral part of training safely and efficiently. Each of us have different mechanics that make the movements we do, specific to our bodies. For example, there’s no such thing as the “perfect squat” or “textbook style” of any movement, this is due to varying aspects such as bone length, joint […]

The Effect Of Energy Drinks

Energy drinks are one of the most popular supplements in the world. They are designed to improve physical and mental performance, whilst giving the consumer the benefits of any additional additives they may contain. The potential issue with these enhancers, are that many people who use them, neglect certain aspects of their health and well […]

Pregnancy And Training Part 2 of 2

Following on from part one last week, Trimester three occurs during weeks 27 – 40/finishes once mother gives birth. All the changes experienced in trimester two become more noticeable such as fatigue, rapid weight gain, shortness of breath, drop in heart rate as well as increased relaxin and insulin resistance. The pressure on mums pelvic […]

Pregnancy & Training Part 1 of 2

Pregnancy is an experience many associate with just doctors and certain specialists. However, utilising an adequately qualified personal trainer during your pre and post natal periods, will allow you to enjoy the benefits of training during pregnancy in an effective manner. This two part blog is designed to provide knowledge, regarding the changes the body […]

Behaviour & Mechanics That Influence Your Nutrition

Weight loss/weight gain, in its most basic format, is ultimately a case of “calories in vs calories out”. Acknowledging this enables goals to be adjusted accordingly in regards to caloric amounts that complement activity levels. However, for the majority of people, it unfortunately isn’t a simple case of eating less and moving more. Food is […]

Is Your Boss Killing You?

The average person spends over a third of their life at work. For some professionals in the city, this can regularly mean 10-12 hour working days. Based on the growing culture of unhealthy working hours, my question is “should companies be doing more for your health?” If a company demands directly or indirectly that your […]

Basics Of Sleep, Do We Need It?

The exact reasoning behind our need to sleep is still under debate, however it’s an obvious instinct we all posses. What cant be denied, is the positive contribution sleep provides, such as muscle growth, hormone release, tissue and cellular repair. Also the fact that we feel better after an adequate, uninterrupted period of shut eye. […]