Celebrate this Christmas (and Make Red Your Tipple)

With the festive season upon us, Christmas parties and the temptation of alcohol is everywhere so it’s definitely an appropriate time to talk about this; moreover, red wine and its potential benefits. I know what you’re thinking, “great, the more red the better”, but of course this is not the truth. As with most things in life the key is always moderation. What alcohol does to the body Alcohol itself is in no way beneficial. In brief, here’s what happens to your body when you drink alcohol: You stop burning fat at the cellular level. … [Read more...]

Slow-cooking for Quick Results (Hot PowerPack Competition)

In a world where we want everything now and we have no time for anything it seems, cooking is becoming more and more of a chore to lots of people, including myself. However you can't avoid the fact that if you are serious about a healthy life and a healthy body, your nutrition must be consistently clean, well-varied and include adequate quality (quality is key) protein, vegetable content and healthy fats. Notice the word consistency. This is something that cannot be escaped either. Quality, long lasting results are achieved by day after day of … [Read more...]

The Art (and Science) of Sports Supplementation: Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Your Vitamin-D Levels This Winter

Good day everyone I hope we are all keeping fit and healthy. I am going to leave you in the capable hands of Dr Simon (MBBCh MRCGP Dip SEM) to explain a little about the intricacies of supplementation (using Vitamin D as a focus). With a trans-Atlantic house move out of the way, Dr Simon will now be blogging on a more frequent basis, so please feel free to leave your comments below today's post for any future queries you'd like Dr Simon to answer in future. I hope you enjoy and have a great week :) In an ever increasingly … [Read more...]

Pushing Through the Tough Times: The Four Phases of Exercise Motivation

Good evening all I had a shock today when I looked at the date of my last blog post. Over a month apparently. I don't believe it. In my defence, it has been tricky, to say the least, to find a spare minute in my day of late and as I don't like doing things by halves I need more than just that minute to write a blog post. Following up on my Facebook post this afternoon, I would like to go into more detail about the four phases of motivation for exercise. These phases uncannily apply to a lot more than just exercise; changing eating … [Read more...]

Introducing Doctor Warwick (that’s Simon Warwick)

We are very lucky to welcome a new expert author to the Paddy Warwick Personal Training team to contribute his pearls of wisdom and knowledge to 'Inform'. Dr Simon Warwick MBBCh MRCGP Dip SEM (Yes he shares my surname; Yes he has more letters after his name than I do; No he looks nothing like me; Yet, yes we are indeed brothers) will be 'our medical expert in residence' for future blogicles, concentrating on nutrition, rehabilitation, supplementation and other such topics. Dr. Simon is a Sports Medicine qualified GP and is a former Major in … [Read more...]

Ordinary Lessons from Extraordinary Olympians

I am not afraid to admit that I had to choke back the tears several times (at least 50 if I'm honest) during these Olympic games. Either it was the BBC's uncanny ability to tug at those heart-strings with their spectacularly effective video montages, or more likely it was the fact that the London Olympics provided so many moments of sporting brilliance and excitement. I know the Brits received the most medals for 104 years which no doubt provided many of us with rose-tinted glasses through a cacophony of special moments (realistically it was in … [Read more...]

Make the Right Choices (Eat Out Without Freaking Out)

Everybody is human. As the guests arrive and the holidays approach, there will undoubtedly be more eating out, parties and catered-for meals, that cannot be avoided. Oh well, someone has to do it. It's easier said than done to stick to clean eating through the summer months for this reason alone. However, there is eating out and there is eating out. There is enjoying yourself and making the right choices and there is indulging yourself through making slightly unwise choices. It's all about choices. To help you get through these times guilt-free … [Read more...]

It’s Never Too Late: 97 and Going Strong

I rang Mrs E-W this morning (the lovely lady in the photo), having not seen her for 3 months and her first sentence was... "Paddy! I'm still doing my exercises everyday. When can we meet again? I'm itching to get back". I have heard nearly every excuse under the sun for not managing to workout, for not making a session, for not having done one's best, for not being able to start a fitness programme until a few months down the line, etc., etc. Don't get me wrong, this is only human and I have used my own fair share. Mrs. E-W is an example … [Read more...]

Women and Their Weight… It’s Just a Number

Seeing a big body composition change and its impact on one's personality, one's quality of life and one's confidence is probably the thing that pleases me most in my job. What pleases me possibly least, is hearing; "I've been working so hard, why have I not lost more weight", or variations on this theme. So closely linked these two are, yet poles apart. Here are 3 facts that I hope illustrate my point once and for all: Fact #1: Muscle is More Dense than Fat I want to be more 'toned',  actually means 'I want to gain muscle and lose fat'. … [Read more...]

My Manly Meditation (Stress Relief for the Time-pressed Individual)

I don't practice yoga as much as I'd like. My priorities fall elsewhere when I have that rare moment to myself (namely working out myself and spending time with my wife). However if I could, I would practice yoga every day, but I can't. Apart from the muscular flexibility and overall range of motion benefits, the one thing I enjoy the most about yoga is the calming effect it brings. The other day however, I had a moment of clarity whilst breathing in the fresh air between Bootcamp sessions... even if we don't have the time, we can still take … [Read more...]