Friday, 23 December 2016

Pete Yardley: Faddy Man



As Christmas Day 2016 rapidly approaches, with the frenzy of gift buying and wrapping consuming hours of my life at a time, the concept of consumerism has been brought to the forefront of my consciousness. Do we really need all of this stuff and in what way does it add to our lives?

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Friday, 9 December 2016

How to Structure your Workout

Let’s be honest, how often do you get to the gym without a plan? More importantly, do you even know where to start when it comes to making a plan? Possibly not. Well, if that’s the case and you’re fed up of blagging a half acceptable workout every time you walk through the door of the gym, read on.  Today I’m going to set out for you all of the considerations you need to make when it comes to structuring and effective session for yourself.

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Monday, 28 November 2016

DECISIONS, DECISIONS, DECISIONS


I've recently found myself giving the same piece of advice over and over again. It's a recommendation that I think every single person on this earth would benefit from considering, and its simplicity is so profound that it makes it possibly the most powerful piece of advice I'll ever give. And it's all about decisions...

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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

What Turning 30 Means to me


Last week I celebrated my 30th birthday in fantastic style – on a once in a lifetime trip to New York City. I had an amazing week away, riding the subway, watching a Broadway show, cruising the Hudson and, of course, eating hotdogs in Central Park.

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Sunday, 23 October 2016

The Worst Kind of Vegetarian


First off, I want to make it clear that I don't have anything against vegetarians. I admire the intention to preserve animal life and applaud many vegetarians' activism on animal cruelty. I've actually been a lot more proactive in reducing the amount of meat I eat myself recently. However, there's one huge problem I have with a lot of the vegetarians I meet...


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Friday, 7 October 2016

Rest, Respite & Recovery



Roughly 3 weeks ago, during a dry land training session with a group of young swimmers, I had to administer first aid. In the midst of handling the situation as best I could, what I didn’t foresee was that I, myself, would ultimately be the one with the worst injury.
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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Sleep 101


"I love my sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?" - Ernest Hemmingway

For many of us who 'burn the candle at both ends', sleep could be the one areas of our lives that could make the biggest impact to our health and wellbeing if we were to address it. In this post, I take a deep dive into the hacks and tactics that will bring you the amazing sleep that your body craves.
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Saturday, 10 September 2016

Why am I not Improving?

Why am I not improving?

As a personal trainer, I cross paths with dozens of people every week who have designs on improving their health. Many are looking for fat loss, some want to get stronger, others are training for a race or event, and then there are those who’re focusing more on posture and corrective exercises. Whatever their reason, they’ve made a conscious decision to do something about bettering themselves in some way, which is AWESOME!

Let’s face it, most of us would like to improve our health and become a fitter version of ourselves. So why is it that only a very small percentage of us successfully reach our goals and make the necessary lifestyle adjustments to do so?
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Monday, 22 August 2016

Exercise With Confidence During Pregnancy

Exercise during pregnancy Wolverhampton

I don’t have children, but one day I certainly hope to. When that day comes I want to be confident that myself and my partner have done absolutely everything we reasonably can to ensure that we’re bringing a healthy baby into the world, whilst not compromising the health of Mom.

Now, this is a very tall order as we need to consider that every action we take, even pre-conception, can have an effect on the future health of our children. It’s not just a matter of not gorging ourselves on chocolate and cutting back on alcohol as perhaps it was once thought. And the whole, ‘I smoked all the way through my 3 pregnancies and my kids are just fine’ won’t wash anymore.

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Friday, 12 August 2016

Oil Pulling for Dummies

Oil pulling for dummies fitness post

I don’t even like the taste of coconut but I pretty much use this versatile fruit every day. More specifically, I use coconut oil and the more I research around the subject, the more I find myself wanting to incorporate it into my life.

My latest experiment doesn’t involve eating the oil, nor does it require me to rub it into my skin or hair. What I’ve actually been toying with is a long established oral hygiene technique called oil pulling.
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Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Swollen Thighs and Shakey Arms

swollen thighs and shakey arms fitness post

Until recently, I'd never really taken much notice of the countless exercise challenges that fill my social media news feeds and email newsletters. But, roughly 30 days ago, I stumbled across a squat and push up challenge on Pinterest that caught my attention.
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Climb your Mountain

Pete Yardley climbing Snowdon Mountain in Wales

Last weekend I did something that’s been on my Bucket List for a while, and now I can finally cross it off. I climbed a mountain!

Now don’t be too impressed, as it was only Snowdon. But I’ve been meaning to get round to doing this for some time as I’d been told by friends and family how much fun it was and how spectacular the views are. I thought I’d my day with you in this post.
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Sunday, 17 July 2016

How clean is your drinking water?

How clean is your drinking water

In a recent email I sent out to newsletter subscribers (subscribe to my newletter here) I mentioned my interest in optimisation of drinking water. Water is one of the few things that we, as humans, require daily in order to maintain a good level of health. It therefore makes sense to ensure that the water that we’re drinking every single day is as good as it can be.
I’m a sucker for a home-based experiment so, a few days ago, I set about testing the water that I’m drinking to see how pure it really is.
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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Taking it Outdoors

pete yardley personal fitness trainer wolverhampton

I’ve recently started running an outdoor boot camp session each week with a mixed ability group. Our first few sessions have been a huge success with good attendance and amazing feedback. On the whole, the weather has been on our side and the guys and girls who’ve come along have thrown themselves into everything I’ve asked of them.
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Your 1 Week Challenge

You’re sick of feeling tired, demotivated and unhealthy. You crave the energy, enthusiasm and drive you either once possessed yourself or see frequently in those around you. Basically, you’re stuck.

With endless health & fitness information at your fingertips from books, magazines and the internet, you find it impossible to choose an approach and stick to it.

Well, how about trusting me and committing yourself to JUST 1 WEEK of organised and structured change. At the end of these 7 days I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll feel a million bucks – all by following these 5 basic steps.

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Fitness: You're NEVER Too Old


Getting older sucks. As each year passes we get a few more grey hairs, the odd additional wrinkle and invariably a steady decline in general health. Right, that’s about as far as I’m willing to go down the path of doom and gloom in this post because what I actually want to talk about here is positive.
 
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Sunday, 12 June 2016

The 'NEAT' thing about Fitness Trackers

Fitbit Charge HR Blog

I recently bought myself a wearable fitness tracker as a means of tracking my day to day activity levels and monitor my sleeping patterns. If I'm completely honest I'm still, roughly a month into owning and using the device, finding out how to operate and interpret all of the functions and data, but am nevertheless enjoying my newfound ability to self-quantify.
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Thursday, 26 May 2016

How to Shower like 007

How to shower like 007

A couple of weeks ago something horrible happened. Something that, in the UK in April, is likely to ruin your day, week and maybe month. MY BOILER BROKE.

Now, I appreciate that I’m somewhat of a wimp, but me and the cold just don’t get on. And, more specifically, me and cold showers certainly don’t get on.

But it got me thinking about cold exposure and its benefits. It’s something I haven’t experimented a whole lot with myself (again, due to being a total wimp) but, if you can hack it, exposing your body to temperatures outside of what would ordinarily be the norm can be very beneficial.

Let’s delve into why…
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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Powerful Greens

Spirulina blog post


About 2 years ago I was given a big bag of dark green powder from a client of mine. She’d been into Holland & Barratt and spent a fortune on dozens of healthy goodies for herself but decided to treat me too. Her gift was a bag of something called spirulina, which is to be the subject of this blog post.
 
Now, many readers will have heard of, and perhaps even tried, spirulina in the past. You may have come across the claims of its health benefits which I’m going to flesh out a bit today.
 
Spirulina is a form of blue-green algae. Yes, I know it sounds gross but please read on. The people in the know claim that this was the first form of plant life on earth and it has an UNBELIEVEABLE nutritional profile.
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Friday, 13 May 2016

EAT THAT FROG

Eat That Frog


Yes, when I first came across those 3 words together in one sentence I was also intrigued. Well, now I have your attention I’ll explain myself...
 
What I’m NOT about to do in this post is preach about the nutritional benefits –of which I’m sure there are many- of consuming frogs. Eat That Frog is actually the title of a book that I read last summer. Again, not a French cookbook, but in fact a really interesting non-fiction piece on the subject of productivity.

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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

A Little Bathroom Therapy

A Little Bathroom Therapy Post

Last week I was reminded of something I learned about probably 5 years ago when I took a home study Clinical Nutrition course. If I’m totally honest, the course on the whole was pretty diabolical, but there were a few interesting takeaways – one of which I’d like to talk about today.
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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Vegan Wednesdays

Vegan diet log

I’m a meat eater and always have been. I would probably go as far to say that to some extent, as far as my health accommodates it, I always will be.
 
BUT THAT’S THE POINT! 
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Thursday, 7 April 2016

Chest Infections & Gratitude Journaling

Gratitude journal blog

So, this is my third back to back day in the house. I'm currently off work with a chest infection and cold. I'm usually pretty good at fighting off infections and recovering quickly from illness but I've been suffering with this particular ailment for well over a week now and am struggling to shake it off.
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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Lifestyle: Top 10 People To Follow On Social Media

Top 10 People To Follow On Social Media

If you’re interested in learning more about health and fitness you’ll more often than not look to the internet to provide the information you’re after. However, we’ve all read articles online that say one thing and then five minutes later found another that says the total opposite. Figuring out who to trust and what information is relevant to you is not always easy. Today I’d like to share with you a few of the resources I use. More specifically, the people who I feel are particularly good at presenting information, whether it be focussing mainly on training, food, supplements or lifestyle hacks. These people may not tell you that something is gospel truth, but will give insightful thoughts behind their reasoning and use science and the latest research to back up arguments.

1. Ben Greenfield

I heard of Ben Greenfield a couple of years ago when I stumbled across his podcast on Apple iTunes. I guess his was one of the first fitness podcasts that I started listening to and, to be honest, I haven’t stopped following his work since. Ben’s an accomplished triathlete but also incredibly knowledgeable on all things health and fitness. I listen to the Ben Greenfield Fitness podcast almost every day on my frequent drives to and from the gym and find his Q&A shows really insightful.

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Tuesday, 8 March 2016

The Lazy Fitness Professional

The lazy fitness professional


The fitness industry is changing rapidly. If you’re reading this blog post then I’m going to assume that you’re the type of person who has a keen interest in your health; the type of person who goes out of your way to learn new ways to maximise your fitness and become the healthiest version of yourself.

With all of the enthusiasm in the world you trawl through articles online, debate with friends at dinner parties and read every relevant link on social media, but the goal posts keep moving. You’re told that fat is now good for you, that you need to walk a specific number of steps per day and exercise within a heart rate range of 5 beats per minute before chugging down a high protein shake to feed your tired and depleted muscles. Everything that you learn contradicts itself yet makes perfect sense all at once.

And the same problems face health professionals.
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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Fitness: Is What I’m Doing Actually Working?

Is My Work Out Actually Working?

So, you’ve made a commitment to yourself to get healthy. Perhaps you’re looking to lose a bit of excess body fat, improve your stamina or pack on a bit of lean muscle. Maybe you’ve decided that changes to your diet or trying a different approach to exercise is the best approach for this. Firstly, well done, you’re making the right move! As long as you stick to it you’ll probably get some pleasing results.

HOWEVER…
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Fitness: Weights Are For Girls



Weights for girls

As a personal trainer with a large female client base, I’m forever fighting the battle to dispel the myths around female strength and weight training.

I’m often told by female gym-goers that they would like to lose weight and tone up, yet they seldom even consider using weight training as a tool to achieve these goals either because they don’t know enough about weight training or because they feel that weight training will make them look ‘big’. For me, this is real shame and a barrier that needs to be broken down FAST.

Let’s look at what this group of people mean by ‘weight loss’ and ‘toning up’.
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Saturday, 6 February 2016

Fitness: A Great Day Out At Rough Runner

Rough Runner blog post

In September 2015 myself, my partner Nita and school friend Alex signed up to a 10km obstacle race called Rough Runner, held at Clapham Common, London. We had a great day, climbing up and over obstacles, hanging upside down and inevitably ending up falling into cold water. From a fitness perspective, events such as Rough Runner serve as a brilliant opportunity for friends to come together and exercise.

What’s awesome is that you can complete these events at whatever pace you like, making the day either super competitive or just a bit of fun. This one wasn’t particularly demanding for us because we’re all in good fitness and weren’t there to break our necks in order to get round the course in world record time. The obstacles were also beginner friendly so even those who don’t dedicate hours and hours a week to physical training could get round without too much difficulty.

Pete Yardley Health Fitness Rough Runner
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