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  • Marathon motivation

    By Darren O'Toole | In Marathon training | on January 16, 2018

    There are two peak running periods for half-marathon and marathon runners – Spring and Autumn. These are the times that races are many in number and the conditions allow for personal bests galore. The number of races in winter and summer dwindle because, in the case of summer, people travel and the conditions can be […]

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  • Are we actually stressed?

    By Darren O'Toole | In Health | on November 12, 2017

    I consider myself fortunate. I would rarely declare myself to feel ‘stressed’. If I am, it tends to be self-imposed rather than the true feeling of the word that others may experience. Stress seems to be on the rise. Mindfulness, yoga, meditation are all ready to help us to de-stress! But are we really stressed? […]

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  • The protein shake phenomena

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Gym, Health, Nutrition | on October 19, 2017

    We’ve all seen someone in a work office, sitting down with their tub of powder and water, shaking away before guzzling down a concoction which if left unattended for just a few minutes will start to elicit the smell of a corpse. This isn’t to judge, because for a long-time, I was that guy. It […]

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  • How to find your perfect personal trainer

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Gym, Health | on September 18, 2017

    Working in the fitness industry – both as a personal trainer and a tutor for new personal trainers – I have seen the development of this profession over the last decade. You may only now be seeking information on what a fitness professional can do for you and may have been struck by how everyone […]

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  • Lifting weights to lower weight

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Gym, Health | on September 15, 2017

    “I don’t want to get too big”, if you’ve lifted weights, you’ve almost certainly said or thought this during a session. It’s a concern that spans gender and age. If those concerns were voiced in a session at Dynamic Fitness Training, you may have been reliably informed to not worry, as your trainer has been […]

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  • Getting back to exercise after summer holiday

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Gym, Health, Outdoor | on August 8, 2017

    Following a little rest, relaxation, perhaps some over-indulgence and, predictably, limited exercise, the focus will soon be returning to getting back into shape for the next continental hiatus. To assist in this process, here a few top tips in getting your fitness mojo back: Start slow – but not too slow You’ve had a holiday, […]

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  • Tips for staying fit this summer

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Health, Outdoor, Workout | on July 15, 2017

    Summer is a time for a little rest and relaxation, perhaps even a little indulgence. However, this doesn’t mean that all of your fitness needs to fall by the wayside. Tip 1: Start a day with a pint of water and a power walk Working out on an empty stomach will require the body to […]

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  • High-time to get hydrated

    By Darren O'Toole | In Health, Nutrition | on July 15, 2017

    So as Team DFT plan for another sojourn to pastures warm, the issue of hydration becomes very prominent. Hotter weather, an increased penchant for alcoholic beverages and air conditioned environments which suck the moisture out of the air and your skin all contribute to the risk of dehydration. So let’s start with step 1 of […]

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  • The role of fats in our diet

    By Darren O'Toole | In Nutrition | on June 6, 2017

    Nutrition is a confusing topic. Partially, it’s because best-selling diet books need to say something controversial in order to shift copies – but also because, quite frankly, there is no perfect diet for anyone. Our hormones, activity levels, upbringing, tolerances, fat distributions are all different and as such so are our caloric needs. However, the […]

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  • How exercise boosts your mood

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Health | on June 6, 2017

    Well, I write this article in the week of the election and by the time this is being read, the results will be in. It’s fair to say that the whole process has been a rather depressing one to observe. Rather than promoting any true message of positivity, debates and discussions have centred on: ‘if […]

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  • Lessons for marathon runners

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Health, Marathon training, Outdoor | on May 12, 2017

    It’s the end of another marathon training programme. After the elation of completion, with the pain beginning to subside, for me, the most important element is learning – what went well, what went wrong, how can things be improved. This is my fourth marathon training programme. I have completed races in Dublin, Edinburgh and now […]

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  • Obesity is a real problem

    By Darren O'Toole | In Health, News, Nutrition | on May 12, 2017

    Two years ago, an outrage amongst some with too much time on their hands, led to an advert getting banned. Was it photoshopped? Yes, probably. Was it showing an unattainable figure? Nope! No more so than the hair on a model modeling shampoo; or the skin on a model advertising moisturising cream!  So what was […]

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  • High intensity workouts

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Workout | on May 12, 2017

    If you are short of time and want to fit quick-fire but effective workouts into your lifestyle, then high intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts are perfect. They torch fat, raise metabolism and have you buzzing for the rest of the day. Here are three different workouts which you can crack on with on your evenings […]

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  • Ab attack workout

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Gym, Health, Outdoor, Workout | on April 15, 2017

    Abs are made in the kitchen – so they say – but without also doing a variety of different abdominal exercises to target the rectus abdominis and oblique muscles from different angles, then you’ll never see that elusive six-pack. This ab attack workout, to be performed twice per week, will help you to develop a firmer torso, […]

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  • 6 top tips for tip-top shape this summer

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Health, Nutrition | on April 10, 2017

    The clocks have sprung forward, evenings are lighter and before we know it, summer will be here. Whatever your starting point, the truth is, all of us like to feel a little lighter, firmer and ‘in shape’ once the glass of Pimms and summer shorts make an appearance. Whilst it’s not super easy, there are […]

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  • Put back problems behind you

    By Darren O'Toole | In Health | on March 16, 2017

    Back pain seems to be a growing issue amongst office workers and new mums. Time spent in hunched positions and the effect of carrying loads causing uneven spinal deviations are leading to this increased prevalence of pain. However, this isn’t something new. We are finding out more about it due to a broader range of […]

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  • North London half marathon 2017

    By Darren O'Toole | In Marathon training | on March 16, 2017

    Sunday 12 March was the north London half marathon and my first race of the year. Beginning and ending at the iconic Wembley stadium, it is one not to miss. But would I run it again? I’m not so sure… It is the hilliest race that I’ve done. Well, actually, I’ve completed this course twice […]

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  • What is insulin and why is it important?

    By Darren O'Toole | In Health, Nutrition | on February 16, 2017

    For those looking to lose weight from a position of being overweight or obese, the term ‘insulin’ and variations such as ‘insulin sensitivity’ and ‘insulin resistant’ may crop up when discussing why a specific nutritional plan may need to be initiated for your health. But what is insulin and why does it matter? Insulin is […]

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  • Returning to fitness for new mums

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Health | on January 19, 2017

    Waking up at 4am for the third time in a night, eldest child running wanting to run and climb when you thought you had found a 20 minute window for a nap and added to this the expectation that you should be out ‘exercising’ too. Not my thoughts, but those of a friend, previously a […]

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  • Everyday changes for a healthier 2017

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Gym, Health | on January 2, 2017

    Hello New Year! Hello the January brigade. I’ve missed you. It must have been eleven months since I last saw you in your new gym kit and it seemed I saw you super often and then you seemed to disappear. As ever, this January you’ll be bombarded with the diet and fitness industries each trying […]

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  • Make this year’s resolution count!

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Health, Nutrition | on December 28, 2016

    You will no doubt be inundated with various articles declaring that they have the perfect way to ensure that you stick to your new year’s resolutions. Unfortunately I cannot guarantee the same, however I will provide some helpful advice so that your nutritional or fitness goals should be more attainable than ever before. First and […]

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  • Marathon training plan

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Health, Marathon training | on October 3, 2016

    The autumn is upon us which for the advanced recreational runner usually means competing in the last race of the year or beginning in earnest the training for a spring race. After a busy summer of work and my wedding, a race in autumn was always going to prove too difficult to train for effectively. […]

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  • The fitness message is not loud enough!

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Health, News, Nutrition | on June 23, 2016

    At the airport after a short break in the sun, the inevitable delay to the flight has given me a chance to put down some thoughts. With a busy few weeks coming up, I took the opportunity to catch some vitamin D which seems to have bypassed London so far this summer. Also a short […]

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  • Balancing work and life

    By Darren O'Toole | In Health | on June 9, 2016

    Since taking on the life of a ‘freelancer’, my struggle – thankfully – has not been about where the next pay check is coming from. Instead, it’s been about downtime. Initially, what to do with it and then secondly, guilt for having it. There is seemingly a pride amongst freelancers, entrepreneurs, business leaders etc. about […]

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  • The fitness industry is full of myths. Some based on assumptions, others based on clever marketing and some are based on small studies being extrapolated to the broader society. One of the main ones revolves around cardiovascular training – namely, the ‘fat burning zone’. I’ll attempt to clear the wood from the trees in this […]

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  • I was recently delivering a teaching session on a YMCA Fitness Industry Training course to a group of budding personal trainers on the topic of small portable equipment. I posed the question: ‘If you could take just one piece of kit with you everywhere as a PT, what would it be?’ A few suggestions were […]

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  • Motivation to exercise

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Health | on March 3, 2016

    It’s a cold Thursday morning as I write this blog and am faced with the prospect of a long training run this afternoon. “I don’t know why you do it!” was the comment from an early morning client. Strange comment given this client had clambered out of bed at 6.30am on this same cold morning […]

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  • Making healthy eating easy

    By Darren O'Toole | In Health, Nutrition | on December 21, 2015

    Nutrition is a vital and often misunderstood factor in achieving fitness and aesthetic goals. To lose weight, is in essence, a simple calorie in versus calorie out equation. But more so, we should be eating the foods that will provide us with the alertness, energy levels and comfort to achieve everyday tasks with vigour. In […]

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  • The diet secret

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Health, Nutrition | on November 6, 2015

    Occasionally I’ll write a blog and know that whilst it is topical at the time of writing, it’ll soon be outdated and consigned to the blogging archives, never again to see the light of day. Today feels a little different. The topic I’m discussing is one which is current and will only continue to be […]

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  • Kettlebells: What are they and are they good for me?

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness | on October 12, 2015

    Kettlebells are a great tool for improving various aspects of fitness. They are a useful alternative to the traditional dumbbell and barbell combinations utilised when devising a free weights workout. Whilst they may seem to have only appeared over the last few years, they are, in fact, another shining example of the world of fitness […]

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