The most complex gym machine?

I’ve met a lot of lat pulldown machines in my gym visits around the world doing back workouts, but this one is the most complex I’ve seen.

I’m still to work out the benefits of the unique movement, but until then, I just enjoy the ride – literally!

Click here to see it in all its glory.  Do you agree?

Suggested gym exercises for the over 50’s






I have a series of videos showing fundamental exercises for the newcomer to gyms in the wonderful over 50 age group.

There is an overall introduction video, then one covering Push group exercises (chest, shoulders and triceps), and one covering Pull group exercises (back, biceps and rear part of shoulders).

All three are designed to be viewed by the total newcomer, although those used to training may also pick up some information.  And perfect for you fantastic quintastics!

They are the top three videos on my video wall – click here.

Fit Happens Season Two – now on YouTube!

Season Two of Fit Happens TV is now ready!

Initial TV transmission in the UK was by the Community Channel, and the full series is now on YouTube.

Season Two is five half-hour episodes similar in format to the episodes 1-4 of Series One, but bigger and better with an extra cast member – joining Keith and Chris on the studio sofas and in fitness locations globally – is top fitness personality Nicola Feustel.

As well as improving the looks of the sofa-sitters massively, Nicola brings massive knowledge and experience from working on her own fitness, individual clients and group training.

13335915_1305647706130178_126772229850818674_nThere are many new features in Season Two – a new logo, more segments, more subjects, more cameras – our first drone footage – and a massive crew of highly-talented media production individuals putting it together.

We have crossfit, boxing, spinning, fun-running, bike testing, group workouts,  a brand-new ultra-cool kitchen with great new recipes, and new workouts and exercises all over the place.  Plus more expert guests from the world of fitness to join the three of us.

Each of the five episodes is in two YouTube videos to save you from the adverts in the middle:

Episode 1 – In this episode, Nicola, Chris and Keith go for a 5k fun run, discuss fitness nutrition,  try out different bikes, stretch the hamstrings and cook a healthy version of chicken and chips!

Episode 2 – In this episode, Nicola, Chris and Keith take a Crossfit class, discuss the benefits of Personal Training, find out about Virtual Fitness, and try training without equipment at home and in the garden – an ideal approach whatever age  and whatever shape you are

Episode 3 – In this edition, the team are up for group outdoor fitness in an Our Parks session headed by Nicola, discuss stress and sleep and their effects on health and fitness, go for their first boxing class and cook some healthy chocolate mousse!

Episode 4 – In this edition, the Fit Happens team of Nicola, Keith and Chris go chest training in the gym, look at body image and the issues associated with it, and find out about the Elementary approach for newcomers to fitness

Episode 5 – In this episode the fitness team attends Nicola’s spinning class, cook some protein pancakes, try an upper body workout in the sunshine at Muscle Beach in Los Angeles, and hit the stage in a fitness modelling contest!

Duathlon Attempt

As you know, I spend a lot of my sports time in the gym.

But I recommend fitness activities outside the gym too, and last week I followed my own advice and took on a duathlon – at the Media Trust Triathlon day.

I made a short video about the pros and cons – take a look at the video here.

Fit Happens Episode 2

The second episode of the new TV series of Fit Happens is now released on video!

In this episode of the new fitness-up and fatness-down TV show, Nicola, Keith and I take a Crossfit class, discuss the benefits of Personal Training, find out about Virtual Fitness, and try training without equipment at home and in the garden – an ideal approach whatever age and whatever shape you are!

Look at it free, in two parts, here:


You’re never too old… Watch this video to prove it!

I was recently asked by SunLife to feature in a video promoting something close to my heart – that life can and should be great after the age of 50, with new experiences and enjoyment around every corner waiting to be discovered.

 I agree massively with Sun Life’s view that ‘You’re never to old to start something new’ and – as you know – the new thing for me was turning my health around with the discovery of the joys and benefits of getting fit.  So here is the video, produced by Kingdom Creative for Sun Life, and my thanks to both for permission to reproduce it here.