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  • Why we sleep? And killing the myths that it’s for wimps!

    By Darren O'Toole | In Health | on January 18, 2019

    Although personal training is predominantly about exercise and nutrition in order to improve one’s health, the broader scope of the individual should also be well considered. Sleep, and the quality and quantity of it, is one such area that it’d be foolish to ignore. Having recently read Matthew Walker’s excellent book: ‘Why we sleep: The […]

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  • What is BMI?

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Health | on September 27, 2018

    The rising trend in people becoming overweight and obesity isn’t solely based on visual observation. In fact, living in London, there seems to be less of a visual prevalence compared to other parts of the UK. Instead, it is through a measurement called Body Mass Index or BMI. Body Mass Index (BMI) is calculated as […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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