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Are you using Unified Metabolic Strength and Conditioning In Your Workouts?

Are you using Unified Metabolic Strength and Conditioning In Your Workouts?
In this interview, Julia Buckley, the online Personal Trainer behind the amazing Julia B Fit online gym, explains why her method of training is so efficient at getting the results her clients are after. She also shares her tips for how you can incorporate her method into your own workouts at home. 

How did you come up with the name Unified Metabolic Strength and Conditioning (UMSC)? 

I know it’s a bit of a mouthful! People would ask me about my approach to training and I’d bore the pants off them for several minutes, explaining the different types of exercise of I use, so I needed to a way, to sum up my approach to training in a few words.

I chose Unified Metabolic Strength and Conditioning because many of the exercises I use are very focused on getting the whole body working together as a single unit, rather than working parts of the body in isolation. Metabolic is in there because my workouts are very athletic and speed up our metabolism and, of course, strength and conditioning refer to getting our bodies stronger and in better overall condition. 

A Straightforward Guide to BCAA Supplements

A Straightforward Guide to BCAA Supplements
By now, most gym-goers are familiar with protein shakes and the benefits of drinking them after a workout. Increasingly the protein shakes and supplements we buy are labelled with scientific jargon that many of us (read: anyone outside of the sports nutrition industry) just don't fully understand and would like to know more about before consuming. 

One of the most common labels you'll see in protein supplements is: "contains BCAAs". You'll also see tubs of BCAA powder in health and fitness stores and for sale on online supplement sites (like USN, for example). So, what exactly are BCAAs? What are the uses and benefits of taking BCAA supplements? Are they safe? And finally, should you be taking them? I've been doing some digging to find out the answers to these questions. 

Body Wise by Dr Rachel Carlton Abrams - Book Review

Body Wise Dr Rachel Carlton Abrams
Are you tired? Do you suffer from headaches, backaches or pelvic discomfort? Do you experience depression or feel anxious? Do you have allergies, rashes or autoimmune issues? Have you lost your sex drive? Dr Rachel Carlton Abrams' new book, Body Wise, might just hold the answers. 

The Body Wise approach is all about listening to what your body and health is trying to tell you about your lifestyle. Boy, was this a book I needed back when I worked 60 hour weeks.

In the book there's loads of cases studies of women who have suffered with strange symptoms like random patches of eczema when around someone who makes them uncomfortable, and a spate of pelvic pain when agreeing to move in with a boyfriend who wasn't emotionally good for them.

Making You Feel Bad is Good For Business

Making You Feel Bad Is Good For Business
Right now you're being told by magazines and adverts that your body isn't good enough to be on a beach. You're worrying about what you're going to wear on holiday, or the quickest way to improve your appearance before you get on that plane. Aren't you sick of having this mental battle every summer? 

I had a conversation with two guys in the gym the other day, who were complaining that their wives were 'harping on' (their words) about joining the gym and going on a crash diet to get that elusive 'bikini body'. Their words echoed in my mind while I struggled through my last few bench presses and by the time I'd finished my workout, I found myself feeling really angry. Not at the guys and what they said about their wives, but at how society makes women feel at this time of year. Every Year.

Results May Vary: You're Setting The Wrong Health & Fitness Goals

Results May Vary: You're Setting The Wrong Health & Fitness Goals
Let's talk about setting health and fitness goals. I bet right now, most of you have set results-based goals. When I talk about results-based goals, I'm referring to the goals that are based on what you expect to achieve rather than what you are going to be doing

The most common results-based goal I see, is weight loss. "I will lose 30lb by this day next year" for example. We think this is a great goal, because it's specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and has a deadline (timed). So it's SMART right? Wrong. 

Here's three problems with results-based goals and why you need to be setting action-based goals instead.