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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.

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'!

Oct13

Leisure Industry Week

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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.

Apr14

Changes in Personal Training & The Fitness Industry

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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.

Dec17

Teaching TRX RIP Instructor Certification at RAF Cranwell

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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.

Nov07

The Jelly Belly Challenge Winner

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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.

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!

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.

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...

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.

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.

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