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  • What you should do before you start working out

    By Keith Porter on May 29, 2016
    During a training session that I was leading recently, I found myself wanting to apologise for the programme that I’d set my client. You see, as a stressed city worker, he’d come to me to get some of that stress out by lifting heavy weights. But it hasn’t worked out like that, so I was feeling bad. One of the […]
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  • Slow it down to make big gains

    By Keith Porter on September 14, 2015
    There’s all sorts of ways to mix up a workout. You might change the weights you’re lifting – dumbbells, barbells, kettle bells or perhaps even your own body. You might change the number of reps or sets that you do. You might change the exercise that you use to work a particular muscle group. Or you might even change something […]
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  • How to break through your workout barrier

    By Keith Porter on July 28, 2015
    The brain is a funny thing. Why do I immediately think of a rude joke when someone says something like ‘go down’ or ‘period’? Why, when I pick up a baby, do I immediately have a vision of dropping it? How come even though I was feeling awful on the start line a few years back, I was able to […]
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  • Take off your watch and run

    By Keith Porter on July 7, 2015
    My Dad ran the Great Baddow 10 mile race a few weeks ago. As usual, it was a great race – well organised, a really nice course and hot! For some reason, every memory I have of that race involves stifling heat. Which you could understand for a July race….okay, I’m getting off task. Anyway, as my Dad crossed the […]
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  • It’s time to grease the groove

    By Keith Porter on June 23, 2015
    I remember having a really good chat with my barber a while back. You see, Jamie, one of the owners at Man About Town, has mastered the art of client chat. I suppose that comes with constantly having to make small talk with whoever plops themselves down on the chair in front of you each day. Anyway, I ended up […]
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  • How to tackle your first London Marathon

    By Keith Porter on March 24, 2015
    Each year around March time, I see a curious phenomenon around Chelmsford. Christmas has come and gone, and when I’m out and about I see….runners. Everywhere. Maybe it’s because, as a Personal Trainer, I’m really interested in a runner’s gait, as well as their overall posture, so I tend to stare at people who are out pounding the pavements. Not […]
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  • Adapted training for new dads – my current workout regime

    By Keith Porter on January 27, 2015
    Sometimes, I wonder how professional sportsmen do it. How do they become a father and still maintain the ability to perform when competition time comes around? How do footballers get enough sleep to stay at peak fitness levels and play two games a week? How does an athlete with a new baby in the household maintain their world-class level? I […]
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  • The Best of Live Simple 2014

    By Keith Porter on December 15, 2014
    There are two blog posts that I’ve been looking forward to writing for the last few weeks. The second one is my annual review. That blog gives me a chance to reflect on the year gone by, the ups and downs, the breakthroughs, the transitions and the beautiful moments. But the first one is this one. The Best of Live […]
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  • How our Pilates classes are different

    By Keith Porter on October 7, 2014
    Shortly after Angie qualified to be a Body Control Pilates teacher, my Mum started training with her. Back then, it was in the comfort of our living room, after we’d moved the sofa out of the way. Mum had been doing Pilates for a while at a big brand gym local to her. The classes were really popular, and each […]
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  • Alignment – the missing piece of your get fit puzzle?

    By Angela Porter on September 28, 2014
    Alignment. Not necessarily the first word that springs to mind when thinking about how to get fitter, stronger or lose weight. And until I started my Pilates practice and training a few years ago, the only thing I checked in the mirror while exercising was how my hair looked (You do it, too, right?….or was that just me?!) These days, […]
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