My 2017 Training – PT James Allen

After competing on the 5th June  2016 at the USN classic and coming third place in the teens category, I came away immensely proud of what I’d achieved at my first bodybuilding show. I was also extremely thankful to Ian Scammell for his time and help me throughout my prep, but I knew I had a lot to do ready for this year.


After my show, I was still unsure whether I was going to compete this year or whether to wait until next year. As I turned 20 in August 2016, I knew I would no longer be able to compete in the teen category and had to decide whether to take on the Juniors (ages 20-23) or the men’s Under 70kg category (last year’s show weight was around 64kg).

I upped my food and continued with training, although I have to admit I became a bit lazy. No cardio, eating McDonalds on a Thursday, Dominoes on a Friday and whatever else I wanted over the weekend. After a few too many weeks of this, I knew it was time to start taking off-season more seriously.

Many natural bodybuilders inspire me, and I do loads of research into diet and different types of weight training to see what works for me, but I really want to up my game this year, so in January I began Y3T training. Yoda 3 Training is rotating your training style over a 3-week period. The principle of Y3T is to systematically keep your muscles guessing how you are going to train so that your body has less chance to adapt. I am now in my 5th week of this and love the fact it’s different each week; it constantly pushes me to my limits and every week I feel stronger.

I also got myself a coach for four weeks, Zac Fotheringham. He completely changed my diet and supplements and each week I had a ‘check in’ which I sent pictures, measurements and my weight. I have now finished my four weeks with Zac but am continuing with everything he told me, until around June/July, depending on how much weight I gain over the next few months.

Once off-season is over, I will begin my prep, which will last around 3 months ready for Heart of England UK Championship qualifier on 30th September in Rugby. I hope that I will qualify and go on to the UK and International Championships on 22nd October.

5 Benefits of Group Training by PT Charlie James

5 Benefits of Group Training
When people first join a gym, they’re often unsure what they should do once they step inside the building. Some struggle to determine which exercises to do, others simply don’t know how to do them. Whether you’re a beginner at the gym or you just don’t have much fitness knowledge, group fitness classes may be your solution. Joining a class can help build a foundation and structure that you can use to fuel your personal health journey for years to come.
  • 1. Motivation  – It’s inspiring and motivating to be surrounded by dedicated, like-minded individuals. It doesn’t get much more empowering than a class with an encouraging instructor and supportive people all working hard together. Group fitness is a great way to help motivate yourself and others to dig deeper and push harder in workouts.
  • 2. Structure  – Group fitness is a great way to get a workout in without having to think or plan what you need to do. Each class is structured with a warm-up, a balanced workout and a cool-down. Meaning all you have to do is turn up, follow what the instructor says and give it your all. Which is especially great at 6am when your brain hasn’t switched on yet.
  • 3. Variety  – Bodyblitz, Strongwoman, Kettlercise, Spin, Active Yoga, Express Core–the list goes on. There is a massive variety of group classes offered in many gyms and especially at the Fitness Hub. Having a variety of classes in your weekly workout regimen is a great way to create muscle confusion, which keeps your body guessing and ramps up your metabolism. It also helps prevent boredom.
  • 4. Proper Form It’s the fitness instructor’s job to not only show proper form, but to also make sure that everyone in the class is executing each exercise the right way. Not only is proper form important for your muscles to reap the most out of every exercise, but it also helps eliminate potential injuries.
  • 5. Fun There’s really no other way to put it: Group fitness classes are fun. Between the upbeat music, a great workout and a group of people motivating each other along the way, it’s an enjoyable way to exercise.
If you’re looking to add a little more pizazz and fun in your fitness life, group classes may be just what you need.