Saturday, 27th April

Sometimes life hits us hard and makes us stressed. We are thrown the wrong way, and we can’t concentrate on the rest of the day because that certain “something” is bothering us.

I see some people complaining about everything however small and trivial in the great scheme of things. 

I see others who have genuine serious things, sometimes life-changing things to complain about, never complain at all.

Here’s the difference I see between the two.

The ones that complain all the time are always “stressed”. 

Research shows that if you live with these stressed feelings and keep living them out, that energy slowly drains away from you and makes you live in a depleted state. You are not productive, you don’t get the most important things to you done, and the negativity rubs off on your family, friends and work colleagues all with a hugely negative effect.

I see at the gym too individuals who have everything going against them. They may have a life-changing operation, they may be laid up in bed for weeks, they may be in chair for weeks. The reason I still ask and care about these people is not only do I care, but I am fascinated by their thought process and how a great recovery happens (you will have so many at the gym by now).

How don’t they throw in towel? How don’t they just say that’s it and start eating and drinking to excess every day to cope with their pain? Why don’t they say “why me”?!!!

Their positivity through adversity is the key. They are under enormous pressure to be angry, dismissive, negative and bitter. 

But somehow they battle through and fight and eventually show up. Then they show up relentlessly, they never wants praise for doing so because they are desperately fighting first of all to get partly and then fully mobile. 

Then they fight to be their best again. Then all of these constant battles become engrained in their mind. They are never the same again but in a GREAT way. They become battle hardened, and ready for ANY war that will come into their lives in the future.

The main theme is gratitude. They are thankful for what’s in their life, all the positives, all the incredible blessings they have.

On Saturday mornings I take a “gratitude walk” or run even. I appreciate all the good things in my life, all the opportunities I have every day and for all the time I can spend with my family, the opportunity to be down the gym every day in the week and the sheer number of great individuals like YOU who entrust us to bring out the greatness within YOU.

See your world different, we are all dealt different cards, but how we deal with, and appreciate those cards ultimately makes ALL the difference.

Monday, December 2nd

My Sunday running with the family up the mountain DOES NOT stop because it’s dark and wet. 

It’s our routines that make us what we are.

Giving up this time of year means you give up on your health. You say to yourself that wheezing is just fine with you, because stopping training and eating rubbish will surely invite more difficult breathing in this weather. That can’t be fun.

Giving up right now means you give up on other things in life, because you haven’t got the energy to get up early and go after your ambitions. Simple as that. Those plans “will just have to wait” AGAIN.

We have large numbers at the gym still hitting it hard right now, and we deeply praise them and sincerely appreciate their efforts.

You GET IT. 

You get what the connection is between great health, personal achievement and happiness. 

Many people who struggle with their health want to turn back the clock when they were 18, and how good they felt. They rue the day they started on blood pressure tablets for example because their didn’t look after themselves enough over a number of years. 

Yet they are still not willing to change their lifestyle, so eating rubbish and drinking a few times a week is the “connection” they make with youth, even if it’s half killing them now.

Your habits MAKE YOU or BREAK YOU. We try to stay a very strong team, picking each other up along the way.

As you get older, great health matters far more than spending too much on cosmetic material things that don’t matter, especially this time of year. 

Your daily habits will make you rich in health if you practice a few simple things daily, we all have the same choices, some take them, some ignore them but they all have a cost now and in the future.

Look after yourself.

Friday, 3rd March

As we are about to go into our next stage of development at the gym, its timely i share with you this story i hardly ever share, for those of you doubting yourselves, doubting whether you can get a promotion, get fit and healthy, be happy, be positive or whatever it may be.

To say this is a long journey would be an understatement, but at more or less the very beginning, i was frustrated that i couldn’t get my fitness journey off the ground and went to see a career’s officer in Coleshill terrace in llanelli.

In this grand office, i went through one of the harshest interviews of my life. I was currently earning £42 (my best week) a week at this stage of my life out of fitness, and the officer tore me to shreds, not only doubted me about having a career but any potential career. Fitness was a “fad” he said that would never last.

“Get a proper job”, “nice effort” he said but promptly gave me a list of job applications such as a “Sludge” company and other jobs that instantly crushed my soul.

To say i was despondent would be an understatement, not only my prospects but to a minus level if possible, of encouragement.

Fast forward to now many years later and you can see its important to take your first step in the right direction, ignore those who try to crush you (and there will be many), and keep on pushing away in small steps but KEEP GOING FORWARD and you will eventually develop momentum.

Once strong momentum happens (and it will if you keep on doing your best), it’s then you and your hopes and dreams will become UNSTOPPABLE. Start today, ignore those who try to destroy your hopes and find a way to keep knocking through doors. Most of the world wants to help you, it’s just they aren’t so vocal as those who want to stop you in the beginning.

Monday, 29th June

Seeing it through and keeping our philosophy intact should always be seen as one of our strengths.

Seeing it through means we are developing stronger minds, not wilting under pressure to take the easy way out or quit, we become stronger every time we beat that feeling to take the easy way out.

We do have a remarkable amount of individuals who are changing quickly. The foundation of how they do it is very strong too.

Eating real food is sustainable, and getting educated how to eat properly and why we do it is vital. This means your results are always going to last, and you will develop an ever-increasing amount of energy.

Your training is sustainable too. You are encouraged to get stronger, to recover quicker in between each exercise, you are encouraged to become a better runner, cyclist, weight trainer, and become an “athlete” in all true meanings of the word.

You shouldn’t accept the fact that you may have bad balance, through our training you have every opportunity to get much better balance, to strengthen your core and become ready for anything that life has to throw at you.

Real fitness doesn’t mean relying on machines.

Real fitness means learning much more natural movements, getting your body to move in the way it was supposed to, become much more flexible and really sharpening up your reaction times.

Keep training the right way, don’t fall for yet another faddy diet, and really see this through because you know if you give it enough time, it’s going to work big time for you!!!

Thursday, 30th April

Putting the hard in is not always glamorous, it’s frequently tough, difficult, character testing, sometimes you don’t really want to do it, and most people find excuses not to do it. These are the facts.

The few that do though are the ones who deserve the success. If it was easy, then everyone would be in great shape without sacrificing a thing. Unfortunately, it never works out like that!

The harder you work and the more you show up, the better results you will have.

The harder the work, the more you will want to eat healthier, and you won’t want to blow all that hard work.

The harder you work, the more you find out about your character. How deep you can dig when you really need it.

The harder you work, the more you can apply it to other areas of your life. Your work ethic will naturally rise to brand new levels. You work hard in your training, and your new found focus and determination spreads to all areas of your life.

I recognise the people who work the hardest now straight away, because they are the individuals who have changed the most in all ways. When you work hard, all your expectations in everything rise automatically.

Be prepared to put the work in, and look forward to seeing and enjoying the great results that it’s guaranteed to bring.