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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Why we should do strength training

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Gym | on August 24, 2015

    Being strong and with muscular definition has been a source of admiration and awe for a long time. In days gone by when free weight rooms or even the concept of gyms were but a mere pipe dream, strongmen would be paraded around at circus events to the bemusement of an astonished crowd. It seems […]

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  • Do we need supplements in our diet?

    By Darren O'Toole | In Health, Nutrition | on August 11, 2015

    Supplements are big business. Everyone wants a quick fix and in the UK, and more specifically, London, where a large proportion of people are money rich and time poor, supplements are viewed as the easy nutritional choice. Of course they are aided by clever advertising invariably listing the faces and bodies of fitness models showcasing […]

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  • Why hire a Personal Trainer?

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Health | on January 13, 2015

    A recent enquiry asked a fairly simple question: ‘What does hiring a personal trainer offer that a gym membership doesn’t?’ It’s a question that my business is based upon, but one that I haven’t answered in any of my blogs…..until now. For anyone reading this blog who works hard alone in the gym and believes […]

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  • Top tips for surviving the Christmas party season

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Health | on November 24, 2014

    December is the calm before the storm for any personal trainer. Cancellations begin to rise as sickness kicks in and, more so, the Christmas party season. It is a time of lots of drink, copious amounts of food and a period where important things like sleep and training take a back seat. The New Year […]

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  • High Intensity Interval Training

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Health | on October 19, 2014

    Any follower of fitness trends will have undoubtedly observed the rise and rise of high intensity interval training, popularly known as HIIT. Whether it’s the Tabata style sessions, or low rest interval training commercialised initially in the US with DVD releases such as P90x and Insanity, the fitness phenomena is most definitely alive in the […]

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  • Thoughts on National Fitness Day

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Health | on September 26, 2014

    National Fitness Day is a UK Active initiative to get more people involved in regular physical activity. I am a fitness enthusiast and make my living out of getting people into better shape – so I’m sold! However the levels of obesity continue to rise at a faster speed than these initiatives launch. Are we […]

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  • Guide to getting fit

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Health | on September 15, 2014

    How much exercise should we be doing in order to stay healthy, lose weight or get fit? What intensities should we be exercising at to achieve all of these goals? If you read one article it is likely to give you a completely different viewpoint from the next. For a definitive guideline as to what […]

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  • Why you should exercise

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Health | on August 3, 2014

    The benefits to training are well-established, wide and varied. Whether it is for physical and mental health or sporting performance, I’ve always believed that everyone understands the benefits of physical activity, and then it comes down to a personal choice of whether the time and effort is worth it. If that is the case, then […]

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  • 5 top tips for a good night’s sleep

    By Darren O'Toole | In Health | on July 20, 2014

    The impact that any personal trainer or conditioning coach can have on improving performance is predominantly focused on three key areas: exercise, nutrition and hydration. However an oft overlooked area is that of sleep. I came to write this blog after a couple of days of poor sleep. This time of year often results in […]

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