Is that really the only choice? [Slim body or “eat what I want”?] | RISE Macclesfield | Group Personal Training gym weight loss programmes

Hands up if you’re not 100% happy with your body? I should imagine every hand reading this (or hand of the person reading this if we’re being precise) just went up. Mine did. Let’s ‘park’ stuff you can’t change (height, skin marks, the general way you look, etc). Out of the stuff you could, in…

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“How many people are using Food Banks?” [It had the opposite to desired effect] | RISE Macclesfield | Group Personal Training gym weight loss programmes

A few weeks ago I got to go to a Harvest Festival service at my youngest’s school. It was lovely after 18 months of little to none of this kind of thing. They had a guy in from the local Food Bank. He was explaining the increase in usage of their services since the start…

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It used to be a pagan festival, you know? [The celebration of the unconquerable sun]

Once upon a time, in the olden days………….. Probably around the time my kids seem to think I had my childhood……….. 25th December was a pagan festival. “Dies solis invicti nati”. “The celebration of the unconquerable sun” Having been beaten down to the shortest day of the year on the 21st, it’s starting it’s comeback.…

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Merry Christmas

So, it’s the big day. Jolly Saint Nick should’ve paid his visit over night. I hope he treated you well. And that you have a lovely time. No mindset challenging parallels today. Just wishes from us to you. Merry Christmas! Have an awesome day. Enjoy 🙂 Much love, Jon and the team @ RISE

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“You’re not going to keep emailing over Christmas, are you?” [Why wouldn’t we?]

If my maths is correct, this will be the 2,490th blog that I’ve written. Every week day from late 2012 to some point last year. 7 days a week since. Every year I get the same question. It’s the one in the blog title here. “You’re not going to keep emailing over Christmas are you?”…

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Why we particularly “struggle” with exercises like press ups, pull ups and burpees [No one likes burpees]

In yesterday’s blog I covered why it’s OK to struggle with exercise. Why it’s great actually. It was based off of the back of a conversation with a member called Clare. She was doing pull ups, if you remember? Pull ups are an exercise people often comment that they find hard. And press ups, burpees…

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“I struggle with this” Clare said [That’s good – that’s the idea]

I was taking a Session at RISE the other day. Madness, I know! And I was chatting to a member. We’ll call her Clare. You know the score – because that’s her name. Clare was doing pull ups on the rings. “I struggle with this” she said. You probably gathered all this from the blog…

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“But she must’ve believed something” [Emma Raducanu]

I recently wrote a blog about Emma Raducanu. You know, off of the tennis. —– Note: I primarily used “off of” there to wind my sister up ——– I mentioned that she’d won the US Open despite not believing she would. She had flights home booked for well before the final. My mum commented on…

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The other mum was a pschyo [Just because a plan works, doesn’t mean it’s a good plan] | RISE Macclesfield | Group Personal Training gym weight loss programmes

I’ve just driven my youngest son and step daughter to school. In a rare pre-teen occurrence she seemed happy to talk to me (and even acknowledge my existence). She was telling me she thought they were going to church that afternoon for a carol concert. I asked if she was doing anything particular in it…

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“Haven’t you run out of people to join Dad?” [My eldest son asked me] | RISE Macclesfield | Group Personal Training gym weight loss programmes

My eldest son has recently become really interested in how I / we run RISE. He’s considering Business Studies and Sports Science amongst his GCSE options at the moment. In retrospect, I probably would’ve benefited from similar choices – that degree in Engineering hasn’t come in overly useful over the last twenty years. He asks…

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