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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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  • 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    Occasionally I’ll write a blog and know that whilst it is topical at the time of writing, it’ll soon be outdated and consigned to the blogging archives, never again to see the light of day.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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  • How to search for a personal trainer

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Gym, Health, Marathon training, Outdoor | on June 28, 2015

    In addition to personal training with my fantastic clients at Dynamic Fitness Training, I also spend time tutoring and assessing on fitness industry courses for YMCAfit. The more vigilant amongst you will recognise that I am essentially developing my competition in years to come – probably not the wisest move I guess! However, in reality, […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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