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  • Rotterdamned! Review of the Rotterdam marathon

    By Darren O'Toole | In Marathon training, Outdoor | on April 17, 2018

    I wrote this marathon blog whilst waiting for my delayed flight out of Rotterdam airport – so my body was still sore, and to a degree, so was my pride! For Rotterdam marathon, my fourth, I wanted to change up my training in order to achieve a personal best time – my current being 3:19. […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Breakfast – the most important meal of the day

    By Darren O'Toole | In Nutrition | on September 3, 2015

    It’s the meal that is most likely to be skipped. An extra half hour in bed or an inability to eat first thing means that the most important meal of the day is often the most missed meal of the day. I am of course talking about breakfast. But why is it important and more […]

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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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  • As I write the second blog of my marathon week, I am sitting on a train returning from Edinburgh, knees sore but feeling smug. I had achieved a personal best time and exceeded my earlier predictions. Without question I am learning from every race. Foolishly, prior to my first marathon in Dublin in October 2013, […]

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  • Resistance band workout

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Health, Outdoor, Workout | on March 18, 2015

    The lighter evenings and warmer weather are no doubt encouraging thoughts of the summer ahead. Envisaging the sun, tanned skin and, of course, the beach body. However most of us strive for the beach body in a panic with just a few weeks to go until the big exposure. Instead, let’s change our approach this […]

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  • Outdoor fitness in north London

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Health, Outdoor | on February 23, 2015

    As I write this blog on a rainy Sunday evening, it would seem strange to be talking about the joy of training clients outdoors – but that is definitely the case. I’m not going to pretend that I love being out in the rain – I don’t – and invariably I’d conduct personal training sessions […]

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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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  • The benefits of endurance training

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Marathon training | on September 23, 2014

    Endurance training is pivotal for anyone looking to complete a long distance event, be it a marathon, cross country run or even an Ironman or an Ultramarathon. We do more training and then we get fitter – simple, right? Well as you train, the body is undergoing very intricate changes which are enabling you to […]

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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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