Find Your Why

Find Your Why

A dedicated approach to physical training can form the bedrock for this fulfilling life, but there are myriad other factors to consider. Your training should contribute positively to your life, enhancing your ability to enjoy it, and get the most out of it. All too often, the gym becomes a home away from home for people finding their way to fitness, and whilst their body composition, biomarkers and fitness numbers might all shift rapidly in the right direction, they’ll often end up missing out on the life they tell you they’re training so hard to improve

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Lessons from long distance

Lessons from long distance

I ran 5 or more times every week, with quite a rigid plan, using CrossFit as a supplement to my running. I weighed considerably less than I do now, and my strength and gymnastic abilities were much lower. I was still very proud of my achievement, but on reflection, the success was, barring any freak injury or illness etcetera, predictable.

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Using Beyond The White Board for Maximum Benefit

Using Beyond The White Board for Maximum Benefit

Log and track your results with this Step-by-step guide to setting up beyond the whiteboard app. All of the screenshots used in this article are from the iPhone app, but to the best of my knowledge, the screens differ very little for iPhone users.

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CrossFit Foundations Course at GT Fitness - November

CrossFit Foundations Course at GT Fitness - November

We have recently put together our dates for our next CrossFit foundations course at GT Fitness. 

Spaces are limited to 12 so book on quickly to secure your slot:

  • Monday 19th Nov - 20:00-21:00

  • Wednesday 21st Nov - 20:00 - 21:00

  • Monday 26th Nov - 20:00 - 21:00

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GT Fitness Launch New Running Club in Uttoxeter!

GT Fitness Launch New Running Club in Uttoxeter!

Available to GT Fitness Members and Non-Members alike, our running sessions are suitable for people of all ages and abilities. GT Fitness Running club aim to provide a community-minded atmosphere which is aimed at like-minded people meeting with other people, whether you train on your own or would just like some fresh approach training sessions.

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Upgrade your Immune System

Upgrade your Immune System

We’ve all been there, sailing along through life, things are going well, and our training is going better than ever. Then BAM! The cold from hell fills your sinuses, every muscle in your body aches, and you want nothing more than to lay under your duvet for a week.

The good news is there are some quite simple methods by which you can avoid this, the bad news is, they’re a little bit bonkers!

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The Zone Diet

The Zone Diet

The zone diet was originally conceived and named by Dr Barry Sears. He proposes that we should eat in a ratio of 4:3:3 carbohydrates to proteins to fats. Put simply, 40% of your daily calories should come from carbohydrate sources, whilst 30% of your calories come from each of fats and proteins. This ratio should be maintained across every meal and snack. Sears asserts that this is optimal for reducing inflammation and addresses the imbalances frequently found between insulin and glucagon hormone levels.

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healTHis - Biological - Part 2

healTHis - Biological - Part 2

Last time we dealt with the impact of both nutrition and sleep on the various systems of our bodies. This time we’re going to take a closer look at the effects of our everyday movement and posture, along with our recovery protocols have on those same systems. Again, it is worth remembering that whilst we are breaking down the processes for the purpose of discussion, these approaches work in conjunction with each other, and their effect aren’t necessarily black and white when isolated.

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6 Reasons Why Yoga Is So Beneficial In And Outside Of The Gym.

6 Reasons Why Yoga Is So Beneficial In And Outside Of The Gym.

Your first class is going to be challenging. Your first time trying anything is.  We move with our breath while we coordinate ourselves through a range of postures (asanas) and at some point you are most likely going to forget to do one of those things wobble about on your mat. Look at me blank-faced or perhaps confused as to why you are facing the opposite way to the rest of the class on the wrong leg.  Everyone has been there. When you come back the second or third time, however, things will begin to click into place and that first session will be a fond but distant memory.

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healTHis - Biological

healTHis - Biological

Although we’ve already discussed a number of ideas to improve your health in previous articles, this contains most of all. In a traditional sense, health might have been considered the absence of disease, illness and injury. Despite us already having established that this isn’t nearly inclusive enough, it is certainly still an area worthy of some consideration, and the one to which this article is dedicated.

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healTHis - Fitness

healTHis - Fitness

After biological health, I would suspect fitness would be next on most people’s minds when asked about their health. I agree, it should be, but what many overlook is that by increasing the attention you pay to the areas that aren’t directly related to your biological health, you will drastically improve your biological health. Fitness, in the context of this article, is one of the 6 ways of measuring health. With that in mind, we should probably set some targets. My opinion of what a fit, healthy adult with no prevailing medical conditions should be able to achieve, are based on Greg Glassman’s definition of fitness as ‘increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains’. If we break this down, we should have the ability to perform work, in a wide variety of tasks, for all manner of time frames. Everything from a 6 hour walk carrying kit, down to moving a heavy sack 10 metres as quickly as possible, and endless permutations in between.

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The 6 Aspects of Health - Skill

The 6 Aspects of Health - Skill

Before I attempt to tell you how your skills are a measurable aspect of your health, I should probably outline what I mean by your skills in the first place. Whilst the definition of skills could be quite wide-ranging, I would suggest that with regards to health it would refer to accuracy, balance, agility and coordination. These are an extract from the list of 10 physical skills taught to us by CrossFit. It is in these four physical skills where I would suggest we could measure somebody’s skill, whether that be in the gym, or in their daily lives.

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The 6 Aspects of Health - Knowledge

The 6 Aspects of Health - Knowledge

For many, there might appear to be little too much crossover when we talk about the measurable health of our knowledge and understanding, and that of our cognitive health. The way I understand it, and certainly the way I intend it to be taken from these articles, cognitive health focuses very much on the use of our brains, in particular to solve problems, whereas our knowledge refers to the information we store in our minds, and the subsequent analysis, contemplation and resultant understanding of it. As always, much of what I write is based on empirical evidence, much of it is based on published research, but all of it remains advice and interpretation, not hard fact. This is in fact an area in which I’d suggest hard fact would be a stretch for any person to lay claim to!

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The 6 Aspects of Health - Cognitive

The 6 Aspects of Health - Cognitive

In this part of the series, I’d like to talk about how active we keep our minds. As I’ve said previously, there will of course be some crossover, in particular with the upcoming knowledge blog, but also with the previous social article. Whilst some of the suggestions and methods I’ll mention will work to improve more than one area of your health, I’ll endeavour to focus on the one in question when referencing certain studies and suggesting changes you can make to your routine to create improvements.

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The 6 Aspects of Health - Social

The 6 Aspects of Health - Social

I recently wrote about what I consider to be the 6 areas in which we need to be healthy. Whilst identifying these areas is a great start, it means very little without an understanding of how to change each of them for the better. To kick the series off, I’ll begin by taking a slightly deeper dive into the matter of your social health, and looking at steps you might be able to take to improve it.

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