Spend any significant time at your average health club or gym and you'd soon begin to notice how familiar the faces are at different times of the day. Ask the people exercising why they chose to be there at that time and you'd likely be told that they feel more alert and energetic in the morning or vice versa for those in the evening. This is all very well but what does the science have to say about it? Does the time of day you exercise matter? 

Recently on my daily bike ride into work I've noticed a particular advert on bill boards and bus stops. The advert is for Lucozades latest foray into the sports drinks market, namely a product they call FitWater. FitWater isn't just another plain old bottled water however. It is, what has become known in the soft drinks industry, as a functional water. Yes you heard it right, Functional Water! Hopefully you're already thinking what I'm thinking......

Products which are advertised to improve your sports/exercise performance litter the internet and magazines. I've written about a number in this blog and they include things like supplements, drinks, footwear, gadgets and exercise equipment. While doing a bit of reading for another post I came across an interesting article in the BMJ Open about such products which I think is worth writing a few paragraphs about. 

In a slight change from my usual type of blog post, I thought I'd write something about a sport I'm a little skeptical about. As I write this it's the last day of the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships and earlier on this afternoon I switched on the TV to see if there was anything on worth watching. Unfortunately there was no action in the stadium but the 20km race walk for men had just begun. 

A brilliant piece of marketing at the 2008 Olympics saw Elastic Therapeutic Tape come to prominence when Kinesio USA donated 50000 roles of their brightly coloured product (Kinesio Tape) to 58 of the participating nations. Before we knew it, athletes from around the globe were sporting strips of fluorescent tape on various parts of their bodies and Kinesio Tape leapt into the public consciousness.  

When I started working at the beginning of the 90's I took a job working in a health club in Notting Hill London. Here the majority of my colleagues were, like me, graduates who'd been at university studying Sports Science or Physical Education. Back then fitness related vocational qualifications were few and far between and those that were available usually involved learning how to prance around to music in leg warmers.

Secondary spend is a word that you'll hear banded about a lot by management in gyms and health clubs. It refers to the money members spend in addition to their monthly or annual subscriptions. This might include money spent on personal training in the gym, classes in the studio, treatments in the spa, food from the restaurant and various stuff from the club shop such as clothing and nutritional products. The latter can include anything from chewy bars to sports drinks but there's one word that's very common in much of what's available; and that's protein.  

While I was online last week I noticed an interesting advert on a page I was on. It featured one of the worlds most famous sportsmen wearing what appeared to be a six pack shaped contraption on his already toned midriff.  The product will, according to the front page of it's website, give you; "The most efficient workout of your targeted body area" using electrical muscle stimulation. Is that so........lets have a look shall we.


A derogatory term for misconceptions and ideas of questionable scientific credibility, passed around among laymen by word-of-mouth as if factually true.

Most examples of bro-science pertain to biology, fitness and sports where it most often circulates in fitness, athletic and bodybuilding circles. Here, many people want to know how to most effectively train but are either ignorant of or do not fully understand the actual science. (RationalWiki.org)

I recently read an online article in the Telegraph Lifestyle Women section titled; "Ditch those heart-thumping HIIT sessions: low intensity exercise is the best way to work out". Now, as someone who advocates and participates in HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) sessions, as well as doing regular LISS (Low intensity Steady State) exercise and knows a thing or two about fitness, I was interested to hear what the author had to say.

You may have noticed in recent years that the space dedicated to fixed weights machines inside your average gym or health club has diminished somewhat. What it's being replaced by is dedicated space filled with equipment such as Swiss balls, BOSUs, TRX bands and Powerbags as well as more traditional equipment like barbells, kettle bells and medicine balls.