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Nov04

Buns Of Steel

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Advice

Buns Of Steel

There is a bit of an obsession around the bum when it comes to training. Everyone loves to give their booty a good workout and a sore bum is often quite pleasing and well received. Check out some of my favourite exercises to fire up those glutes.

Jul23

My FitPro Live 2015 Experience

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Advice

My FitPro Live 2015 Experience

Fitpro hold an annual fitness convention showcasing the best presenters, latest trends and products in the fitness industry. I was there last week in the London Excel soaking up the atmosphere. Read on to learn more about what I experienced at FitPro Live 2015.

Jul20

How I improve my clients flexibility in three simple steps

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Advice

How I improve my clients flexibility in three simple steps

Let's face it feeling tight and stiff is not a good feeling, being loose and supple makes you feel so much more capable and free. Most people that I speak to would like to be more flexible but generally speaking many of them don't stretch. Lack of motivation to stretch may stem from the avoidance of pain, boredom, time restraints or other reasons / excuses. In this short article I will tell you how I achieve flexibility in my clients without long, drawn out and painful stretching routines. Here is my top three tips on how to get and stay flexible...

May28

Barefoot Footwear Advice

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Advice

Barefoot Footwear Advice

I recently received an enquiry from a lady called Rebecca asking about barefoot footwear as she had been having problems with trainers. I'd like to share our correspondence so that you can benefit too.

May21

Personal Trainer Fat Loss Program Part 2

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Nutrition Advice

Personal Trainer Fat Loss Program Part 2

Last week I shared with you one week of my fat loss training regime, this week I plan to share with you one week of my fat loss eating plan. I hope this gives you an insight to a trainers diet and maybe even some ideas and inspiration on how to eat well. Read on for more details...

May01

Personal Trainer Fat Loss Program Part 1

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Advice

Personal Trainer Fat Loss Program Part 1

As a Personal Trainer I'm often asked 'How do you exercise?' and 'What do you eat?'. In the next two blogs I'll give you an insight into my current training program in the hope that it might offer you some inspiration and perhaps some new ideas. Read on to see my exercise regime from this week...

Apr16

The Office Survival Guide: how the office can be hazardous for your health and what to do about it

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Advice

The Office Survival Guide: how the office can be hazardous for your health and what to do about it

Many of my clients are based in an office environment.  Whether small businesses or large corporations, recent research has shown that the impact of spending too much time in this environment can impact your long term health. In this article I explore the potential problems the office can cause and suggest some strategies to minimise the risks.

Mar24

7 Ways to fit exercise into your life. No excuses

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Advice

7 Ways to fit exercise into your life. No excuses

Working as a Personal Trainer in Nottingham for 15 years I have pretty much heard all of the excuses under the sun for not exercising. The most common excuse of course is 'I just don't have time'. In this article I'm going to give you hints and tips on how to fit exercise into a busy lifestyle and really take your health and fitness up a gear.

Mar12

3 mistakes you are making in your plank

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Advice

3 mistakes you are making in your plank

There aren't many gym bunnies out there that aren't partial to a little abdominal finisher at the end of a session. One of the most popular ab exercises in the gym is the plank. Planks are done in classes, in personal training sessions, on the gym mats and there was even a brief planking craze where people were taking pictures of themselves planking in random places. Despite their popularity I rarely see them done properly and worryingly when done badly they can cause damage.

Nov19

A Good Personal Trainer is an Educator

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Mindset, Exercise Advice

Get Fit, Get Lean, Learn What Really Works

A Good Personal Trainer is an  Educator

Did the title grab your attention? Great, then this article is written for you!

Although I'm a personal trainer working in the fitness industry, I don't buy fitness magazines. Why? They frustrate me with their bad advice.  I do however like to pick them up in the shop and have a flick through from time to time, I just like to see if the content is different or the message has changed. A headline that caught my eye recently on the front of a men's fit mag was 'a six pack in 24hrs'!

Oct30

Goal setting with your personal trainer

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Therapy, Mindset

Goal setting with your personal trainer

Starting a fitness program without a goal is like going for a walk without a destination. It's likely you will end up somewhere random and not necessarily where you want to be. A sculpture or an architect has a vision at the start of a project, an artist can see a mental image of what they want to paint and a company has a mission statement. The point is you need an end result in mind, a direction, a purpose. If you don't have a health and fitness goal, it's unlikely you will progress at all.

Oct13

Maggies Wing Walk 2014

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Mindset

Maggies Wing Walk 2014

In August of 2014 I made the decision to raise £1000 for the charity Maggies. To learn more about my involvement with Maggies and the task I set myself read the blogs Maggies and Charity Wing Walk.

In my previous blog I introduced my ambition to perform a wing walk and I laid out the challenges I faced as part of the process. I’m pleased to announce that I have successfully completed the wing walk and raised a grand total of just over £1200 for Maggies. Read on to hear more about my experience of the event.

Oct13

Leisure Industry Week

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Advice

Leisure Industry Week

At the start of this month I took 2 days out from Personal Training and headed down to the Birmingham NEC for LIW. This is an industry exhibition that showcases products, education and what's new in industry trends.

Oct10

Sweaty Betty Movement Masterclass

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Advice

Sweaty Betty Movement Masterclass

I recently put together a small group training session for popular women's fashion retailer Sweaty Betty. The workout was titled 'Movement Masterclass' and intended to demonstrate how effective exercise can be without the use of equipment and how fun it can be to exercise with a few friends.

Sep15

Personal Training: Starting The Journey

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Advice

What to expect from your first Personal Training session with Stephen Tongue

Personal Training: Starting The Journey

You did it! You have made the decision to do something about your current status of health and fitness and you’re booked in for your first Personal Training session with Stephen Tongue Fitness. You’re nervous, maybe excited about what to expect from your first session and perhaps thinking about the aftermath of your first workout? In this short article I will explain what you can expect from your first personal training session with me - why you have every reason to be excited and no need to be nervous.

Aug27

Charity Wing Walk to Raise Money For Maggies

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog

Charity Wing Walk to Raise Money For Maggies

As you may or may not know one of the services I offer in Nottingham is tailor made group personal training classes. I deliver this service to several different groups but one particular client I have had the pleasure of working with regularly is Maggies Cancer Centre. If you would like to learn more about how I am involved with Maggies please read my Maggies blog. Working so closely with Maggies has exposed me to the great work that they do for all those affected by cancer. It is a highly valued service for those that are having to deal with the condition as well as for the friends and family around them. I have seen first hand the positive impact that the centre has on those coping with cancer and this has compelled me to become more involved in helping raise funds for the centre.

Aug19

How to choose the right Personal Trainer for you

Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Advice

How to choose the right Personal Trainer for you

You have come to the conclusion that hiring Personal Trainer is the next step for you. Now comes the tricky bit, who should you hire? There are thousands of personal trainers out there in the uk market with a  variety of abilities and qualifications. Choosing the right trainer for you can be the difference between you having a good training experience and a bad training experience, you could be put off training for life or be inspired to make huge change. In this article I'll guide you through how to find the right one to suit you and what you should expect from a good Personal Trainer.

Jul16

Sweaty Betty Gets RIP'd in my Group Personal Training Session

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Advice

Sweaty Betty Gets RIP'd in my Group Personal Training Session

STF recently teamed up with clothing company Sweaty Betty for a small group personal training experience with the TRX RIP Trainer. The result was sweat, laughter and calorie killing fun. Read on to find out exactly what we got up to on a sunny Sunday morning.

Jun27

ViPR is Evolving

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Advice

ViPR is Evolving

As I'm sure you already know if you're reading this, I'm a huge ViPR™ fan. I just love the way such a simple tool can offer so many training possibilities to such a broad array of people. As a personal trainer in Nottingham, ViPR is one of the four key tools I use every day in my to help people move better and feel healthier.

May19

Fat Foods the 4 C's PART 5

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Nutrition Advice

Cravings

Fat Foods the 4 C's PART 5

When you start to cut out foods you are used to eating, particularly those containing stimulants you may find that you have an addiction. The addiction maybe physiological, emotional or behavioural, even all three.

May15

STF Video Project

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Massage Therapy, Exercise Advice, Nutrition Advice

STF Video Project

In this digital age the importance of communicating through video is growing fast. You only need to flick through your social media timeline to see the amount of video content that is cropping up on a daily basis. Often videos are intriguing and difficult to ignore. For this reason I decided to work on a video project for STF, my Personal Training business in Nottingham.

May14

Fat Foods the 4 C's PART 4

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Nutrition Advice

Culture

Fat Foods the 4 C's PART 4

You already know what to eat, so why don't you eat it?

Culture plays a huge part in health. You only need to look around the various parts of the globe to see that some countries have particularly healthy populations. The Mediterranean and oriental regions for example have particularly good reputations to the point that fad diets have been named after them and try to replicate their nutritional principles.  Western culture is often recognised as being the most unhealthy with high death rates from avoidable diseases many of which are put down to a fast food (convenience food) culture and lack of exercise.

Apr14

Changes in Personal Training & The Fitness Industry

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Advice

Changes in Personal Training & The Fitness Industry

Whilst working with my clients in Nottingham recently, I found myself reminiscing about previous celebrity clients that I have trained in the past and shared my experience of training Sir Richard Branson for his 60th kite surfing challenge (that eventually got cancelled). It made me reflect on how things have changed since then - both for me personally as a personal trainer and in the fitness industry as a whole.

Mar28

Improving your Pull ups

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Advice

Improving your Pull ups

During my Personal Trainer sessions in Nottingham I often find that clients would like to be better at pull ups but are intimidated by the exercise because they find it so difficult. In this article I will give you some tips on how to get started and how to progress your pull ups gradually to get super strong and toned.

Mar10

Maggie's Nottingham: Exercise and Cancer

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Therapy, Nutrition Advice

Maggie's Nottingham: Exercise and Cancer

Recently I was approached to provide an exercise course for individuals recovering from cancer at Maggie's Nottingham. Having never heard of this organisation before I went to meet with in-house Counselling Psychologist Tina Johnson to find out what it was all about. At that point I was unaware of the influence Maggie's would have on me...

Mar10

What is sciatic pain and why do I have it?

Written by // James Crossley Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Therapy, Massage Therapy

What is sciatic pain and why do I have it?

Sciatica is a commonly used but poorly understood term that people often associate with pain radiating down the back of the leg.  Whilst there can be many causes ofposterior thigh pain, true sciatica relates to a compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, the large nerve running from the spine down the back of the leg all the way to the foot.

Jan29

7 Habits of highly healthy people Part 4

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Nutrition Advice

Habit 4: Eat a wide variety of natural foods

7 Habits of highly healthy people Part 4

Do you know what a good diet looks like? I have a theory that almost everyone in the western world knows what a good diet is. I could stop anyone in the street and present them with two lunch options: one being very healthy and the other being unhealthy and they could identify the healthy option with ease. Despite this, the western world has one of the worst diets in the world and as a result one of the highest levels of death by non-communicable diseases. In my article Fat Foods the 4 C's I discuss my theory as to why we can identify healthy foods, but yet choose unhealthy options time and time again.

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” Ann Wigmore

Dec19

ViPR Master Trainer

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Continued Education, Personal Trainer Blog

ViPR Master Trainer

My journey to become a UK ViPR National Trainer is now complete. It's been a long process, after being successfully short listed I have been trained up over the course of 2013, completed my final assessment and achieved sign off last month. This role means that I will presenting ViPR training along with the ViPR UK Training team at various conventions and delivering industry education throughout the UK.

Dec17

Teaching TRX RIP Instructor Certification at RAF Cranwell

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Advice

Teaching TRX RIP Instructor Certification at RAF Cranwell

As a Master Trainer for TRX RIP Training I get to do some really cool jobs. I recently had the pleasure of working with the RAF at their Cranwell base. The fact that the military are taking on board and incorporating TRX RIP training and TRX Suspension training into their conditioning programs is testament to the effectiveness and functionality of these training tools.

Dec04

Secrets to Staying Slim this Christmas

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Mindset, Nutrition Advice

Secrets to Staying Slim this Christmas

I know what you're thinking - 'that cake looks delicious', and you're right! For many of you though, Christmas can be a real challenge - often forcing you take many steps back after working hard to acheive your goals. With that in mind, here's 5 top tips to help you survive the large quantities of food and alcohol which will be forced upon you this Christmas...

Nov07

The Jelly Belly Challenge Winner

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Advice

The Jelly Belly Challenge Winner

Two months ago I highlighted the importance of maintaining a healthy waistline and laid down the challenge of losing 1 inch in 4 weeks. To do this all you had to do was follow my simple diet and exercise guidelines as per the Jelly Belly article. All participants had the chance to win 4 weeks of Fitness Coaching with me by entering their before and after pictures into a prize draw.

Nov01

7 Habits of highly healthy people Part 3

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Mindset

Make time for quality sleep and relaxation

7 Habits of highly healthy people Part 3

Healthy people understand that life is about balance, if you lean too far in one direction you lose equilibrium. As important as it is for us to be active we require an equal balance of inactivity. Our autonomic nervous system can be broken into three major parts but it's the latter two which we will focus on in this article;

  1. Enteric System. This governs the function of the gastrointestinal system.
  2. Sympathetic Nervous System. This system governs our activity. 
  3. Parasympathetic Nervous System. This system governs restorative functions.
Oct31

Barefoot Running

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Advice

Barefoot Running

Barefoot running has been a talking point for some time now and I have been wearing barefoot running shoes daily for about 18 months. Initially wearing my barefoot shoes was very tiring and my feet would throb and ache every evening in bed. Now though, I feel my feet have grown stronger and more mobile and when I wear supportive shoes I feel like I have marshmallows on my feet!

Oct24

Fat Foods - The 4 C'S PART 3

Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Nutrition Advice

Convenience

Fat Foods - The 4 C'S PART 3

I'm sure that at some point you have found yourself sitting next to a bowl of food and picking and nibbling away at it. You might even admit to yourself that you're not hungry or not really enjoying it but find that you can't leave it alone. I have had several clients in the past put their struggles with weight down to living with others claiming that their partners or children buy bad food in and they eat it just because "it's there". Many large corporations have an office culture of cakes or donuts in an afternoon as a "pick me up" for their staff, when it's put in front of you it's difficult not to eat it.

Oct17

Chronic Pain Management Through Exercise and Massage Therapy Part 4

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Therapy, Mobility, Exercise Advice

Exercises to defeat your pain

Chronic Pain Management Through Exercise and Massage Therapy Part 4

This is the final article in the series. Until now we have covered the theoretical aspects of dealing with long term pain, in this final article I will identify practical applications to improving chronic pain. In previous articles you may recall the introduction to various concepts including the brains virtual map of the body, the fact that pain can change based on context and the acknowledgement of pre stored physical reactions to injury threats known as Neurotag's. If ignored, these concepts may work against you, however if embraced they maybe integrated into your rehabilitation.

Oct03

7 Habits of highly healthy people part 2

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Mindset

Set personal goals and rewards

7 Habits of highly healthy people part 2

You have heard the proverb 'Every journey starts with a single step'. This is very true and the journey seems so much more achievable if the destination is set and the route is planned and clear. Goal setting is an important part of the change process, as without a destination you can never arrive.

It is a very worthwhile process to sit down and find time to dig down into the detail of what you want: What is it that you would like to do if you were as fit and healthy as you could be? What specifically would you want to look and feel like? How would you like to behave? How would you like to be perceived by others? How would your life be different if you were in peak condition?

Oct03

7 Habits of highly healthy people part 1

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Mindset

Develop positive self - talk

7 Habits of highly healthy people part 1

This article title is of course a spin off from the book by Stephen Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The book is a fantastic read and has had a big influence on how I live my life. If you haven't read it yet, consider it a must - read.

So you want to be healthier. You want to have bounds of energy, to be fit and agile, to feel fresh and alert, to have focus and drive, to stay free from disease and to be... happy. That, my friends, is living the dream. If you so decide, that dream can become reality.

Sep24

Benefits of the Press Up

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Advice

Benefits of the Press Up

The humble press up has stood the test of time, it has been, is, and will continue to be one of the most popular exercises out there. There is good reason for that, its extremely effective! So why do I and other personal trainers out there love the press up so much? Lets take a look at some of its key benefits...

Sep12

Chronic Pain Management Through Exercise and Massage Therapy Part 3

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Therapy, Massage Therapy

Dealing with Long Term Pain

Chronic Pain Management Through Exercise and Massage Therapy Part 3

In this article I am going to help you identify the difference between acute and chronic pain and help you to understand that it is possible to have chronic pain without even having an injury present. You will also learn some simple steps to help combat chronic pain for good.

Sep10

Fascia and it's role in performance and injury management

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Massage Therapy, Mobility

Fascia and it's role in performance and injury management

Definition of Fascia: The superficial fascia is a soft connective tissue located just below the skin. It wraps and connects the muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels of the body. Together, muscle and fascia make up what is called the myofascial system. For various reasons, including disuse, not enough stretching, or injuries, the fascia and the underlying muscle tissue can become stuck together. This is called an adhesion, and it results in restricted muscle movement along with pain, soreness and reduced flexibility or range of motion. Source: www.sportsmedicine.about.com

Sep10

Nutrition - An Overview

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Nutrition Advice

Nutrition - An Overview

In order to achieve optimal nutrition we need a balance of Macronutrients (which come in the form of carbohydrates, proteins and fats) and Micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). Over thousands of years of evolution our digestive systems have adapted to the nourishing foods around us to the point that our species could thrive on a wide variety of foods presented to us in the natural world. These natural foods delivered the perfect balance of macronutrients and micronutrients needed to provide optimal health.

Aug13

Fat Foods - The 4 C'S PART 2

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Nutrition Advice

Cost

Fat Foods - The 4 C'S PART 2

According to the Office of National Statistics - in 2009 food prices had risen 5% on the previous year and consumers spent 3.6% more on food and drink. Sales of fresh fruit and vegetables were down 3.2% and sales on alcohol were up 7.7%. The nation was buying less fruit, veg and fish than the previous year and buying more sweets, chocolate and cheese.

Aug13

Chronic Pain Management Through Exercise and Massage Therapy Part 2

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Therapy, Massage Therapy

How Pain Works

Chronic Pain Management Through Exercise and Massage Therapy Part 2

In Part 2 of this series of articles on pain management, we take a deeper look at how pain works...

Jul30

ABSolutely FLABuLESS

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Advice, Nutrition Advice

5 top fat loss workout strategies

ABSolutely FLABuLESS

If your on it, then your on it. Perhaps you have an upcoming deadline and your inching your way to a slimmer you? If your on a fitness drive right now you might be hitting the gym hard but are you doing it right? Lets take advantage of your efforts to fight the flab by making the most of your workout time. Use these 5 great tips to ensure that all your hard work is focused on working off your wobble.

Jul25

The Triad of Health

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Therapy, Mindset, Exercise Advice, Nutrition Advice

The Triad of Health

As a personal trainer I see it as my role not just to help people lose a few pounds or to run a little faster (although that helps) but to improve their overall health. Being healthier means that you will get the most out of your body, your career, your relationships and ultimately your life. The model I use to do this and the aspects of health I try to subtly influence are found in a model called the triad of health.

Jul25

Fat Foods - The 4 C's PART 1

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Nutrition Advice

You know what to eat, but why don't you eat it?

Fat Foods - The 4 C's PART 1

Our knowledge of the human body is forever growing and over the last few hundred years scientists have been able to unravel even the most intimate details of how the body is put together, how it functions, what makes us tick and how our life eventually comes to an end. There will be of course many more great discoveries made and deeper understanding to come. As it stands right now our understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology is immense. Despite this we live in an age with growing prevalence from often preventible diseases.

Jul23

Nutrition Challenge - Can you slice bread out of your diet?

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Nutrition Advice

Challenging your eating habits.

Nutrition Challenge - Can you slice bread out of your diet?

What is the one food that in the UK we would traditionally eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner? You got it, bread!

It's very likley that today you have you had toast, a sandwich (or similar) or a slice of bread and butter with your tea. Bread is very convenient, it's a big part of our eating culture but in my opinion is not great for our health.

Jul17

Cycling - The Perfect Summertime Exercise

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Advice

Cycling - The Perfect Summertime Exercise

The sun is shining and I have recently been trying to encourage everyone to get active outdoors this summer. Most home owners own a bike and it's probably somewhere at the back of the garage / shed collecting dust most of the year round.

Jul11

How Mobile Are You

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Mobility

The Beighton Score Test

How Mobile Are You

In this article we are going to determine if you have too much mobility. This condition is known as Hypermobility.

Jul04

Top ten detox tips

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Nutrition Advice

Top ten detox tips

If you are considering a detox, here are a few handy hints to help you along the path to a cleansed system.

Jun26

Reward Meals

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Nutrition Advice

Why reward meals are important for everyone.

Reward Meals

Including a reward meal in your weekly eating plan can mean the difference between success or failure in the long run. In this article I'd like to offer a few rules to follow to ensure that you stay on track.

Jun19

My top 25 healthy TV snacks

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Nutrition Advice

Keeping your munchies and your waist line under control.

My top 25 healthy TV snacks

The munchies, we all get them! You know that feeling, sometimes it's just boredom and sometimes it's impatience but when those munchies hit, you will literally eat whatever you can get your hands on.

Jun19

Chronic Pain Management Through Exercise and Massage Therapy Part 1

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Exercise Therapy, Massage Therapy

A Change of Perspective

Chronic Pain Management Through Exercise and Massage Therapy Part 1

At Stephen Tongue Fitness, I work with many clients to prevent and rehabilitate injury, manage long term medical conditions and cope with long term pain using exercise and massage therapy. For that reason I recently gave up a Sunday to head down to Hertfordshire in the hope of learning more about the weird and wonderful world of pain.

Feb28

ViPR National Trainer

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Continued Education, Personal Trainer Blog

My journey so far...

ViPR National Trainer

My fitness training style is very much influenced by a passion to help people move well and so the beginnings of the 'functional training' trend got me very excited. I remember sitting in a lecture by Michol Dalcourt (ViPR inventor) at the FitPro Convention back in 2009 where he first revealed the ViPR in the form of a video. The video showed an athletic looking male performing all types of weird and wonderful exercises, the moment I saw the motions that this tool could drive I wanted to get involved...

Jan08

Soup and Seeds

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Nutrition Advice

Soup and Seeds

At this time of year soup is a popular lunchtime option. You’re maybe looking for a low calorie option or just a good winter warmer. Soups serve both these purposes very well but often I hear people complain that they are left hungry. The answer to this is to throw in a few ingredients of your own in to bulk it out a little and fill you up for longer.

Jan07

5 Steps To Goal Setting

Written by // Stephen Tongue Categories // Personal Trainer Blog, Mindset

Program yourself for success.

5 Steps To Goal Setting

In order to arrive you must have a destination, wandering aimlessly will get you nowhere.

Whether you have been a health fanatic for years or you are just about to embark on a health and fitness regime for the first time, one thing is for sure; if you know specifically what it is that you want to achieve your chances of success are significantly increased. Human beings are creatures of habit, if we continually repeat a behavior we become comfortable with it often to the point that we reject the idea of change. This is fine if we are content with the outcome of the behavior, it becomes difficult if we desire a different outcome.

Apr30

The Fitpro Convention

Categories // Continued Education, Personal Trainer Blog

The Fitpro Convention

The Fitpro convention is an annual event which is pretty much the highlight of my business year. This event has been running for over 20 years and is held on Loughborough university campus. The convention draws the best health and fitness presenters and educators from all over the world onto one site for three days.

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