Fit for life!

I spend a lot of time doing my best to keep fit and make progress in the gym. But it isn’t all just for vanity (a bit maybe, but not all!).

What I do in and around the gym helps keep me fit for life, and the benefits accrue in many different ways. They add up to enjoyment in pretty much every aspect of my life.

I wrote an article on this, its been published by the nice folk at WatchFit – take a look on

Ideas on building abs

You may have others say that ‘Abs are made in the kitchen – not in the gym’.

Well, that’s not really true. They are actually made in the gym – but they are indeed made visible by what you do in the kitchen. Work in the gym (or on the floor at home) will build those abs, but only getting down to below-average levels of bodyfat will make viewable.

The best abs exercise to show what you’ve built in the gym is without doubt: five sets daily of eating less rubbish!

But you do indeed have to build them – and I’ve written an article about what I’ve found to be the 6 best simple exercises for building the lower abs. On most people, that’s the bit south of the belly button, the lower slabs of your soon-to-be-visible six pack.

The article is in two parts, both on the great Watchfit website – take a look at the articles here:

Exercises 1-3

Exercises 4-6

I hope you find that helps you on the abs building part – now go plan that good nutrition to work on the making-visible part. There’s tips on my website about the nutrition approach you will need, but if you still want ideas, just drop me an email.

And have an ABSolutely fine time doing it, too!

Update on the mentoring

As you may remember from these weekly blogs (weekly? erm…) I spent a lot of the past six months both in training for a fitness competition – the Pure Elite in Margate last month – and acting as a mentor to a great newcomer to the sport, Dan Wynes.

Dan also entered the contest (but in much younger categories) and – indeed, if it wasn’t for Dan, I wouldn’t have entered the contest – he motivated me to enter, and that was just one of the ‘two-directional’ inspirational and guidance activities that emerged as part of the mentoring process.

The contest itself, and some of the preparation, is to be featured in a TV documentary to be shown early in 2015.  Before that though, here is an article written jointly by Dan and me, and published by my good friends at WatchFit, that describes the mentoring over those six months – and how we both contributed and benefitted from it.  And there’s some great photos from Simon Howard of snhfoto.

Take a look (link below), have a read of both our stories, and I hope you find it interesting – and feel free as always to send comments to me at