Warrior One Arm Pull-Up!

Amy achieving a one arm pull up after a client suggested she tried!

It is Amy’s strength training- with barbells, dumbbells and body weight exercises which has allowed her to become capable of movements like these with no practice.

To find out more about how we help people build strength and confidence in our free weights gym, visit our website www.thewarriorprogramme.co.uk for more information.

At The Warrior Programme we are notorious for fake tanning, chicken and broccoli diets and only trying chest and arms. So naturally we had to go to Body Power- the event of our lives.

Check out our beef cakes- Meg, Amy and Matt showing everyone else up. Truly smashed it. #workhardplayhard.

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May Warrior Training

Check out a few snippets of our Warrior’s training sessions from this week!

7 Surprising Foods That Can Help You Reach Your Weight Loss Goals

7 Surprising Foods That Can Help You Reach Your Weight Loss Goals

Can you lose weight and still eat chocolate? Yes, yes, indeed. In fact, it can even help! What other cheeky options are out there to boost your metabolism and help you to lose weight? Recommended reading: How To Stop Feeling Intimidated By The Gym: Meg's Tips

Switch-Up Your Gym Routine and Stop Feeling Intimidated

Fed up of going to the gym and just using the cardio machines? Intimidated by the weights section? Want to get stronger, fitter and tone up but no idea where to start and don't want to look stupid in the gym? If that sounds like you, we promise you you're not alone!

At The Warrior Programme, we specialise in helping people who feel intimidated by the gym, tone up, get stronger, get fitter and feel more confident.

We've got just FIVE 'Get Stronger & Feel Like A Warrior' Consultations left for December - click here (https://10to8.com/book/thewarriorprog...) to book yours. Act fast before they all go!

The New Gym

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The New Gym

The reason for the move was to continue to build our community, to create a more personal experience and to increase the quality of our session for our clients.

Designed specially to be a fully strength training-based place, getting stronger, packing more weight onto the bars and losing weight will all be achieved in our spaceI. 

We have a lifting platform exclusively for deadlifting and we're one of few gyms in Bristol who have one. 

A new space means that we continue to deliver a great experience and great results.

Check out the video of our trainer Amy doing a mobility session in new space!

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Finally Break the Yo-Yo Diet Cycle - Lose Weight, and Keep It Off

Finally Break the Yo-Yo Diet Cycle - Lose Weight, and Keep It Off

Have you tried every diet out there? Sure, they work pretty well at first, but as the weeks go by it gets harder and harder. And eventually, you fall back into old habits. But by reshaping your approach to losing weight, you'll find something that actually works. These are our expert tips on losing weight, and keeping it off for good. Let's break the yo-yo diet cycle together!

Stop the diets

The secret to sustaining weight loss and keeping it off is to shift your mindset. You have to accept that weight loss is a journey, not something that happens in a week. It takes time, experimentation, support and most of all perseverance. Going on a diet and using diet products will not give you those things. 

There's been countless amounts of research that shows that people who lose weight on diets tend to gain the weight back over time. Dieting ends up being ineffective for achieving long term weight loss, and it can also cause harm to your physical and mental health. 

The first and most important step towards losing that weight and keeping it off is to ditch the diets. Instead, start thinking about making permanent changes in your self-care, and size down your portions of food. 

Shifting your focus

Diets don't work and often fail because the unhealthy habits that cause weight gain don't change. Losing weight and keeping it off means you have to adopt healthy behaviour in all areas of your life that can influence weight gain. This can be sleeping habits, stress management, physical activity and life satisfaction, which is a critical component of sustaining weight loss for people who are emotional eaters. 

Think about going on a diet. No one goes on a diet with the intention of staying on that diet for the rest of their lives. Diets are considered short term, which is exactly what the problem is. Dieting is not a long-term solution. Being on a diet means you can lose 20, 30, 50 or even 100 pounds, but when you stop you will inevitably gain that weight back. 

This isn't a fact that is meant to make you feel hopeless. It's meant to emphasise that sustaining weight loss can only be achieved when you shift your focus from dieting to self-care. Focusing on changing the unhealthy habits in your life and adopting new healthier habits will help you feel amazing. 

Start by eating healthier

Sustaining that all important weight loss means finding a healthy lifestyle plan that is good for you physically and mentally. You should be able to stick to this plan happily for the rest of your life. A healthy lifestyle plan looks different for everyone, and it will take some experimentation to figure out your unique blueprint for wellness. 

Everyone's plan is unique, but there are some basic guidelines that you can follow to lose weight and keep it off, including stocking up on fruits and veggies and avoiding those additives. 

Work on changing your habits and behaviour

No diet is a one size fits all option. Figuring out the best healthy lifestyle plan that works for you will take motivation, support and experimentation. At The Warrior Programme we support our clients to change their mindset and keep that weight off when they lose it. Making these behavioural changes means you can maintain your weight loss for a lifetime. 

Our Head Warrior, Amy Newton, has made a video exclusively for you on how you can sustain your weight loss over time, and everything you should be avoiding that won't deliver results. Click here to view it now

Tell us some of your favourite ways of maintaining your weight loss. Share your tips below and on Facebook, and remember to use our hashtag #thewarriorprogramme.

How Much Protein Do You Actually Need?

How Much Protein Do You Actually Need?

Ah, protein. Something everyone has on their lips in the fitness world. There probably isn't a gym anywhere in the world that isn't selling some sort of protein supplement. We're obsessed with it! And we don't blame you. How can you not be? You're being sold the dream that protein can give you untold muscles and superb leanness. 

You might think more must be better. Maybe you've been told more is better. More protein equals more progress. But are you right? The sheer amount of misinformation out there may be steering you wrong. 

Do you believe that protein shakes are as important as your workouts? Are you knocking them back like no tomorrow, whilst neglecting the proper fat and carb intake you should be having? 

It's something that a lot of us are following blindly, without questioning the methodology. Luckily, we've got some answers for you. And if you've tried Googling this before, you've probably seen there's a lot of information out there on this topic. Your recommended amount of protein will vary massively depending on who you're asking. It can be really overwhelming and confusing trying to cut through all the BS. 

Today we're putting all that to the side, so you know exactly what you need to do. And if you want even more information protein, check out our Head Warrior, Amy Newton's, super informative video on what you should be doing with protein. 

And unnecessary amount of protein will make no difference to your rate of muscle gain or fat loss, and can be detrimental in the long run. If a larger part than needed of your daily calorie allowance is taken up by protein, there's less room for carbs and fats which are both equally as important in your diet. 

Carbs are our primary energy source and are needed for physical activity, brain function and the operation of our organs. Fats are the backup fuel source when there's no carbs available, and they also absorb and store vital nutrients. 

So how much protein do you need to build muscle or lose fat?

Watch our Head Warrior, Amy Newton, in her new YouTube video to see all the ways you can calculate your correct protein intake. Click here to see it now. 

The supplement industry is a big money business, and you will always find someone there who is saying you need to take supplements. Protein supplements are completely optional, and aren't essential to your overall success. 

Sure, it is easier, quicker and perhaps even cheaper to slam down the protein shakes, but the truth is you can get your protein in from using other food sources. Using food sources also has the added benefit of keeping you fuller for longer, and are more satisfying as a meal. Drinking your calories will never be satisfying, and won't keep you full either. 

Great sources of protein

There are loads of foods that are great for protein. Here's some examples. 

  • Grains and pulses - Lentils, pulses and beans are an excellent staple for your cupboard that are a great source of protein. 
  • Dairy products - Nut milks like hazelnut and almond milk have great levels of protein. Soy milk and Greek yogurt are also another way to add in protein. 
  • Soya and tofu - Soy protein is so versatile, and tofu is packed with it. Using soya beans as part of your daily diet is a great veggie substitute for protein. 
  • Nuts and seeds - For a snackable source of fats and protein, almonds, cashews and flaxseeds are all popular protein-rich options. 

Eating the correct amount of protein found in foods will be enough for you to hit your body goals without having too much trouble.

Overcoming Your #gymtimidation

Overcoming Your #gymtimidation

The gym can sometimes be a very intimidating place, especially if you're just starting out. There might be a number of reasons why you feel that 'gymtimidation':

  • Not feeling you look the part.
  • Being self-conscious about your skill level.
  • Having to wait around to use weights and machines and not knowing what to do in between!
  • Feeling uncomfortable with people constantly moving around you. 
  • Not understanding how to use the weights and machines properly. 

It doesn't have to be this way! 

In fact, for many of our Warriors, the gym becomes a home away from home - a place where they can leave everything else behind and train. We train our clients to build themselves physically, mentally and emotionally, so they're strong in their mind and body. 

If you're just starting out at the gym, don't worry! Everyone is at the gym for a purpose, to meet their own individual fitness goals. Respect each other, because you're one of the few who dragged themselves off the sofa and got to the gym. 

Here's a few ways you can over the gymtimidation. Remember it only lasts for a little while. Once you get in your groove that fear will disappear. 

Everybody has to start somewhere

Being physically fit doesn't happen overnight. Every single person who is in that gym has had to start somewhere, they're not just magically ripped and toned. These people were once in the position you are, being challenged to get fitter and learn how to use the gym equipment in different ways to reach their body goals. And guess what, they are still learning too. Every session at the gym is about learning, trying new things, getting to know your body better and watching the changes happen over time. 

No matter your age, adapting to a new training routine takes different amounts of time, and you may need to take more rest days when you first start. We're all different. It doesn't matter. You can reach your goals without comparing yourself to anyone, and move steadily at your own pace because it's not an overnight change. Take your time, have lots of patience and remain dedicated and you will get there, one way or another. 

Avoid the peak gym times

The peak hours at the gym are when the most people are going to be there, and it can be overwhelming when you first start out. You'll have more chance of waiting around to use the equipment, and you will need more time to get into the swing of things which is difficult when it's so busy. 

If your schedule allows it, go to the gym when it's a bit quieter. You'll be able to move round the gym a lot easier, and most machines will be open for you to use. It's a lot less stressful, which is great because anxiety and focused exercise don't go well together. 

Interact with the people around you

Never be afraid of talking to the people around you, whether they're staff, trainers or gym goers. People will be happy to help you learn, and you may even pick up some useful tips and tricks for your training. 

Train with a friend

Training in pairs is a great way to destroy those feelings of fear because you've got your team to fight against the gymtimidation. Having a gym buddy who already trains will also help you to get going and build up your confidence. 

Get a personal trainer to help you learn the ropes

Starting out at a gym is daunting. There's a lot of machines that seem confusing to use. Remember that there are professional trainers ready to help you reach your goals. Our trainers at The Warrior Programme help you figure everything out, motivating you to train harder and build you up from the basics so you can train in various modalities with ease. 

Always keep in mind that training to get fitter is your own personal journey, and we all have to start somewhere. The gym can be an intimidating place to start with, but once you get to grips with it, you'll be training with confidence in no time. 

Our very own Head Warrior, Amy Newton, has made a motivational video just for you, to help beat the #gymtimidation and get you one step closer to your fitness goals. Head over to video by clicking here and get started on beating your gymtimidation!

Tips On How To Refresh Your Commitment To Your Health And Fitness Goals

Tips On How To Refresh Your Commitment To Your Health And Fitness Goals

Old habits die hard. But it's even harder when we know WHAT to do and what we can do, but we're just not doing it. As a personal trainer, I want to help everyone take one step towards their fitness goals and refresh their commitments to better health and wellness. 

Take it one craving at a time. 
You know you shouldn't be eating that tub of ice cream, or going to get a burger and fries when you're too tired to cook. But you'll still do it anyway. This is because for most people who are actively trying to lose weight, it's a mentality that's either all or nothing. If you're going to go for the fries, why not throw in your favourite dessert as well because the whole day is shot anyway. This mentality is what sabotages weight loss efforts! 

Instead, pick and choose ways you can cut out on calories that are realistic to your lifestyle. Do it over a longer period of time, like a few weeks, instead of committing to doing it every single day to get a faster result. Taking it slow and steady will yield better results. 

Halve your goal. 
No one likes to feel like they're failing. Many people fail at a weight loss programme because their goals are just too big. If you consistently miss your target, why not chop it in half? Go for half the number of workouts, half the pounds, half the inches. 

Change your pattern. 
Changing your routine can really help to make positive changes in your life. Taking a trip helps you to experience a different environment and revamp your own personal health and wellness routines. 

Take time to reconnect with yourself. 
Using meditation can really help with your goals. If you're able to still your mind and create a deeper connection with yourself through meditation, you will really connect with your deepest self. You have to take the time to sit in the peace and quiet, to breath and to reflect. 

Know why you're doing it. 
The bigger your why and your motivation, the easier the how will be. 

If this resonates with you, you can click the button below to book your free 'Stop Feeling Intimidated By The Gym & Start Getting Results' Consultation. 

We will be showing you exactly what to do to tone up and get stronger and start feeling okay about going to the gym. 

In short, it's a complete solution to your frustration at not knowing what to do in the gym to get the results you want, which makes you feel bad. We've done all the hard work, analysing, testing and working out what works to save you all of the hard work to become stronger, more toned and confident at the gym. 

You will also get our exclusive e-book, that will help you with feeling more confident with your body, that you can just take and use to start getting stronger and toning up. 

I mean, it's literally everything, nobody else gets this unless they come to the session, so they're in the privileged few. It's not all sunshine and rainbows though - we will also be showing you where you might have gone wrong in the past, so you don't repeat the same mistakes. 

So the long and short of it is...

Come to our complementary 'Stop Feeling Intimidated By The Gym And Start Getting Results' Consultation, learn how to get stronger and tone up, meet our amazing expert team, ask as many questions as you want and then leave and go and put it to work in your life. 

What have you got to lose? (the answer is nothing!)

Get your ticket by clicking here

How To Feel Less Self-Conscious At The Gym And Maintain Your Warrior Workouts

How To Feel Less Self-Conscious At The Gym And Maintain Your Warrior Workouts

Does the thought of stepping foot inside the gym give you anxiety? Don't worry! The Warrior Programme is here to help you feel less self-conscious and to give you top tips on how to maintain motivation for working out. 

How Can You Stick To Your Workout Routine?

Half the battle of getting into shape is getting your mind into shape too. As a personal trainer, these are my top tips. 

Think about why you're doing it. 
The bigger the reason why, the easier the how! What is your main motivator for getting healthy? If you're struggling to find the why, start by thinking about what results you want in the short-term. Dig deep and get specific with your goals. Why do you want to workout, and how is it going to help you?

Reinforce what you like about your body. 
Part of what I do as a personal trainer is helping my clients change the way they see themselves. Focus on the positive, and the positivity will grow. You'll start to feel better inside. And when you feel good on the inside, you make good choices! It'll be a lot easier to go to the gym if you've indulged in a little self-love, and have given yourself a pep talk before leaving the house. 

Figure out how exercise makes you feel. 
Keep a diary and write down how you are feeling after every workout. Better yet, get a personal trainer and share your feelings with them. You'll look back on it and feel motivated and inspired all over again. It will also help raise your bodily awareness, and how exercise is benefiting your emotional and mental health. 

What To Do If You're Feeling Intimidated Or Self-Conscious About Going To The Gym?

Exude external confidence. Smile and use good posture. 
Showing body language that is confident affects us on a deeper level. The body will release hormones that match your facial and body positions. Looking the part never hurts. That's why I always encourage my clients to invest in the right shoes and outfit that makes them feel good (and even participate in a crazy leggings competition!). Never underestimate the power of a great outfit. 

Stay away from the machines. 
Fiddling with cable machines can be stressful and downright confusing. If you're not confident in it, don't mess with the equipment when you first get started. It can be really intimidating! Stick to the equipment you know your way around unless you have a trainer with you to walk you through all of the different machines. 

Put your earphones in, but don't play any music so you can hear what's going on around you. 
Music is great to get you pumped up, but if you're in a new surrounding, leave the music off. Put your headphones on, but listen to what's going on around you instead. It will help you to feel more in control and that really boosts confidence. 

If this resonates with you, you can click the button below to book your free 'Stop Feeling Intimidated By The Gym & Start Getting Results' Consultation. 

We will be showing you exactly what to do to tone up and get stronger and start feeling okay about going to the gym. 

In short, it's a complete solution to your frustration at not knowing what to do in the gym to get the results you want, which makes you feel bad. We've done all the hard work, analysing, testing and working out what works to save you all of the hard work to become stronger, more toned and confident at the gym. 

You will also get our exclusive e-book, that will help you with feeling more confident with your body, that you can just take and use to start getting stronger and toning up. 

I mean, it's literally everything, nobody else get this unless they come to the session, so they're in the privileged few. It's not all sunshine and rainbows though - we will also be showing you where you might have gone wrong in the past, so you don't repeat the same mistakes. 

So the long and short of it is...

Come to our complementary 'Stop Feeling Intimidated By The Gym And Start Getting Results' Consultation, learn how to get stronger and tone up, meet our amazing expert team, ask as many questions as you want and then leave and go and put it to work in your life. 

What have you got to lose? (the answer is nothing!)

Get your ticket by clicking here