Category Fitness

I’m a PT!

I’ve been very quiet on recently but with good reason – I’ve been studying for my personal trainer exam with ACE. The good news is that I passed with flying colours on Friday! Since I qualified I’ve had a lot of questions about why I choose ACE, what’s involved & what is the exam like, […]

My go-to cheat meal destinations in Galway

First off I’m vegetarian, so my picks are based on the options available for veggies. Luckily in Galway us veggies have a myriad of great places to choose from when eating out. In the last few year the number of great casual eateries has mushroomed, leaving some fantastic options. Here are the ones I frequent: […]

Top tips for dropping body fat

I’ve never had to lose a huge amount of weight – a stone & a half was the most I’ve had to lose, and I did that before I started weight training. I had to drop my calories to around 1200 a day to do it. Since then I’ve more or less been able to […]

Supplements – what I take & why I take them

In a perfect world we wouldn’t need to supplement – all our nutrients would come from the food we eat. This isn’t always possible, however, due to factors such as dietary restrictions, cooking methods among others. My diet is vegetarian, and I avoid dairy as much as possible due to it’s impact on my skin, […]

Some tips for strength training after 40

Warm-up properly. I don’t mean jumping on a treadmill for 10 mins. You need to take each muscle group through range of motion exercises, as well as going through a range of lighter weights when building up to your lifts. For example, if my working weight for squats is 70kg I do 10 body-weight squats first, […]

#Goals

We’re always told to have a quantifiable goal, e.g. lose ‘x’ amount of weight, squat ‘x’kgs etc. What happens when you reach this goal? Do you set new ones? Are you constantly goal-setting? I can’t work like this. My goals, strange as it may seem, are quite vague. I want to look & feel healthy. I […]

Bulking & Cutting

You hear the terms ‘bulking’ & ‘cutting’ thrown around a lot in fitness circles. What do they actually mean though? In simple terms, bulking is eating above maintenance in order to gain muscle. Cutting is eating below maintenance in order to lose fat. It’s very difficult to gain muscle and drop fat at the same […]

Get Glutes!

The picture on the left was taken almost exactly a year ago, the one on the right was taken this morning. In the one on the left I had already been squatting & dead-lifting for about a year and a half with no sign of any glute progess. Fast forward a year – what’s changed? Basically […]

10 Reasons I Lift Weights

I love to eat. Muscle burns more calories than fat, therefore the more muscle you have the more you can eat. I want to maintain muscle mass, which deteriorates naturally with age. When you strength train you may not burn as many calories during as you would with cardio, but the afterburn lasts far longer. I […]

My path to weight training

1. Wii Fit. About five years ago my husband bought me a Wii Fit for my birthday (I asked for it, in fairness), and I started off doing some of the stuff with the Wii balance board. There was an element of strength training, bodyweight stuff like planks, pushups, tricep extensions etc. Moved on to […]