What a Personal Trainer CAN’T do for you

In any endeavour there are a few elements that lead to success. Some key ones are: Skill, Ability or Talent Knowledge Opportunity Motivation, Attitude & Beliefs A PT can’t change your attitude or motivate you long-term. Sure, everyone gets an initial burst of enthusiasm but after the novelty has worn off it’s down to your […]

What Are your Pleasure Vs Pain Motivators?

Jeremy Bentham and Tony Robbins both use the Pleasure/Pain principle of motivation. I’ve had a VERY stressful New Year but my business is better for it – New training plans. New information gathered with which to provide a better service. New recipes on my website. Client training software updated. Building work in the fitness studio. […]

Don’t Make Any New Year’s Resolutions Before Reading This!

As we approach the end of 2015, I’m starting to take stock of the last 6 months. When I was a lecturer in management, I used to quote Peter Drucker’s line, “What gets measured gets done”. If you’re not measuring your progress then how do you know if you’re making any? Monitoring can be subjective […]

Opportunity Cost – Economics & Nutrition

In economics there’s a concept called “Opportunity Cost”. Investopedia defines this as “The cost of an alternative that must be forgone in order to pursue a certain action. Put another way, the benefits you could have received by taking an alternative action”. For example, the cost of choosing to go to University instead of starting […]

Have you ever been caught in two minds? It’s probably cognitive dissonance!

Cognitive Dissonance (Festinger, 1957) is a theory which explains the feeling which can occur when two opposing opinions or beliefs are held simultaneously.  For example, if you need to work with a computer to make your living, but your PC is running slowly then you may consider doing a scan disc/defrag etc.  But this means […]

Two types of thinking

Duel Process Thinking It has been argued that there are 2 types of thinking System 1: Automatic, fast, subconscious System 2: Slow, reasons, contemplative, rational, meta-cognitive System 1 thinking is what people do most of the time.  People just do, rather than think…then do.  In contrast, system 2 is what most people revert to in […]

Conscious Competence

The conscious competence model is a key part of personal development because it shows the stages that are potential traps for us. There are four stages, but it is the first two stages which tend to be banana skins for most people’s personal development. Stage 1: Unconscious Incompetence This is the first of the stumbling blocks. […]

Improving Emotional Intelligence

Peter Salovey and John Mayer defined emotional intelligence as a form of social intelligence that “involves the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them, and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and actions’. Daniel Goleman echoes this, observing that emotional intelligence is the “ability to manage […]

In defence of running. An argument for a focus on performance as a means of weight loss.

As a follow up to my post “In defence of cardio“, this post makes the argument for focusing on improved performance as a means to lose weight. What I’m suggesting is that weight loss should be the outcome, not the purpose, of running. Parallels can be drawn with what Akio Morita, the founder of Sony, […]

Enjoy the Process for Better Results

The happiest clients are always those who find a sport or activity to help them enjoy the process of achieving their fitness or aesthetics goals. However, it’s important to try and find a match between the two (training for fun and training for an aesthetic goal) as there are loads of “fit” people who are […]

Do you know some who makes excuses like this?

It could be argued that rationalisation is the psychological process most damaging to personal development. It acts as a severe restraint to growth, learning, improvement, success and ultimately happiness.  Unfortunately, it is also one of the most common – thus a recipe for underachievement en-masse! Rationalisation occurs when a person (possibly due to a need […]

London Olympics 2012 – Lighting the torch

Just watching the passing of the torch and lighting of the flame from the London 2012 Olympics. Make me realise what I already know – I love my job so much!! I’m never going to the Olympics but just getting people moving, running, getting stronger, more motivated, more confident – lighting the torch and getting people going – that’s my Olympics, […]