Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Are you seeing results?

Take a good look at yourself. Can you say for certain that you are stronger, fitter, more mobile and in better health than you were this time a year ago? If you can, you are on the right path - stick with it. If you can't; ask yourself why your body has not changed for the better.  Maybe the answer is simple. You have wanted to change, but haven't ever managed to get your butt off of the sofa to do anything about it. Maybe you started to make some changes, but quit after only a few weeks (generally a recurring pattern). Maybe you don't know why - you have been training consistently for the last year, maybe longer, and still your body remains the same.

The bottom line is, if you haven't changed for the better in the last 12 months,...

You are doing something wrong!

The training I offer at BodyQuest is all about results. If you haven't seen any results in the last 12 months, but have the desire, are ready to challenge yourself, and have the commitment, I guarantee you results. I practice exactly what I preach, and I am stronger, fitter, more mobile and healthier than I was a year ago. Are you? If you aren't, get in touch, and together we will change that.

Challenge everything, especially yourself.

Alex Kay Grimmer.

Monday, 16 August 2010

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Interested, or Committed?

There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstances permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.” – Art Turock.

I meet people all of the time that show an 'interest' in fitness & health, very few actually commit themselves to it. How many people have you met that start training for a while, go on a new diet for a while, only then to “take a break”; for a while...

These people will never see real results.

In the first few weeks they feel and see a change within themselves, which is quite motivating. As the weeks progress, they begin to realise that to attain whatever their goals are will take much longer (and more effort) than they first anticipated, and their motivation wanes, and they “take a break”. Thinking they need to re-assess, to be able to come back with renewed vigour. More often than not, the break lasts much longer than planned, and if they do manage to return, they have to start at the beginning again.

These people are part of the quick-fix society we live in nowadays. No longer are people prepared to wait for anything. They want it now. Credit enables people to have whatever they want now, and pay for it 'later'. That sort of mentality crosses over into every other aspect of their lives, including health & fitness. They want immediate results. The problem is there are many charlatans out there who promise quick-fix results in health and fitness – body transformations, weight-loss clubs, etc. People do experience results with these methods, which is what makes them popular. But how many people do you know who use these transformation or weight-loss clubs over and over again? Yo-yo training and dieting is bad for you! I am not a fan of body transformations, or weight-loss clubs, because the results are so often temporary. If you have to join these clubs or transformation programs more than once – it didn't work! Eating right & training for a while, only to then undo all of the hard work by returning to unhealthy habits, or even worse – binging – is bad for you. 

Health, fitness, strength, mobility... these things are a lifestyle choice. If you keep bouncing back and forth from health & fitness to being unhealthy & unfit – stop kidding yourselves. You ARE unhealthy & unfit. If you only smoke cigarettes on the weekends, are you a smoker or a non-smoker? You would be a smoker of course. The only way to be a non-smoker is never to smoke again.

Quality of life is not determined by doughnuts. If your quality of life hinges on being able to consume unhealthy junk and lobotomising yourself in front of the television, your problems are bigger than you realise.

I have made the choice to be fit, strong, mobile & healthy. My quality of life is better for it. I am committed. It isn't always easy, but it is worthwhile. You need to decide for yourself if you are committed – or not. My training, my diet, is constant. I do not train and eat healthy for 2 or 3 months, then take 2 or 3 months off. I stay in shape and I stay healthy all of the time.

As Vince Lombardi said: “Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”

So are you 'interested' in being fit & healthy, or are you 'committed'?

Challenge everything, especially yourself.

Alex Kay Grimmer.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Flat stomachs are made in the kitchen

This photo is of a BodyQuest client, who has followed the nutritional & exercise advice of BodyQuest.

Many people want to reduce their waistline, and whilst it is very important to exercise, fat loss via nutrition is more effective. You can consume calories far quicker than you can burn them off, and it is nearly impossible to out-train a bad diet. Forget about the friend you have who can and does eat anything and everything and doesn't ever gain a pound. They are very lucky to be like that, but even for them it won't last as they get older. Here are some tips to help you:

Avoid sugar (anything ending in “ose” - fructose, sucrose...)

Avoid junk food (cakes, sweets, crisps, chocolate, biscuits, etc)

Avoid processed foods (anything that comes in a box)

Eat less meat (swap red with white, swap white with fish)

Eat more vegetables

Don't skip breakfast

Consume less dairy

Eat more frequently, but not more in quantity

Drink more water (and less of everything else)

Read food labels – know what you are consuming

Tricks consumers fall for:

Low/zero fat (usually means high in sugar)

Low/zero sugar (usually means high in saturated fat)

No added sugar (usually means added artificial sweeteners)

No artificial sweeteners (usually means added sugar!)

There is a huge amount of documented evidence that most of the modern world's health problems are related to our modern diets. Stop buying stuff that is “made” or processed, and buy natural foods. Stop adding stuff like sauces. If you need flavour, think about herbs and spices instead.

More to follow....


Challenge everything, especially yourself.

Alex Kay Grimmer.