Parents, Teenagers, and Steroid Use

Last week I featured in the Evening Echo in a piece by journalist Padraig Hoare about steroid use in teenagers, and as it is a very serious and unfortunately popular subject these days, I wanted to expand a bit on the bit that was published. Hopefully this can be a very basic useful guide/ advice for parents of teenagers who are starting out with the gym, and teenagers who want to get into great shape. Its not something that has been discussed on this blog at length, or one that I spend a lot of time on, but it is a serious issue that needs to be discussed openly, as anecdotal evidence certainly suggests a growing culture of anabolic steroid use in young people. This is not some far-away problem on another land. It happens right here in Cork and probably every other town and city in Ireland.

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Why You Should Grow Your Own Food

I have known the Laffans for years and every time I go to see their house in the back and beyonds of Dungarvan, I am always mesmerised by the beauty of their wild garden which is full of vegetables, fruit, herbs, and an orchard. It really reminds me of the garden from the movie and novel “The Secret Garden”. I am from Cork City so the chances of meeting someone with a beautiful big garden full of their own food is slim to null so this is why I would really like people from the City to see the importance of growing your own food and to start their own little wild garden or even a little box with your own favourite seasonal fruit or veg.

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A Different Type of Personal Training in Cork

Did you ever look at something and just think to yourself; 'that does not feel right'?

Well that's what happened to me when I finished a degree in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Limerick in 2007. I entered the big bad world of the so called 'fitness industry'. I was set to take the health and sports performance world by storm with all my degrees and high ambitions. Shortly thereafter, I started to work as a gym instructor, only to leave disappointed and disillusioned after only a couple of months. I spent most of my time cleaning toilets and gym equipment and hoovering the floor.

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Keeping Your Gym Gains in Festival Season

You have been working hard to get into shape once and for all. Your making progress. But you know you have a busy social schedule ahead between weddings, festivals, and gigs you want to attend. You know the basics of what you should be eating, and you are on a roll with your training, and you want to enjoy your social life over the summer as well as keep the gains going. With festival season, usually comes consumption of more fast-food, and more high-sugar, or alcoholic drinks.

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The Zero-Thinking-Required Diet

The biggest challenge that you face when trying to lose weight is not learning HOW to cook, or WHAT to cook, but getting INTO THE HABIT of preparing and cooking regularly enough to make a meaningful positive change in your body composition. Making an effort once in a while is a good start but wont cut it if you want to make real progress. The main problem is not even knowing what the habits are, but the actual implementation of them. So many times in the past have people told me; 'My diet could be better. I know what to eat, and I like cooking, I just dont do it that often'.

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Has the “Fitness” industry got food all wrong?

Has the “fitness” industry got food all wrong?

I am a strength and conditioning coach in ACLAÍ Health and Performance, I really don’t like the word “Fitness” or “industry”. Put those words together and they make me cringe. I personally think that the “fitness” industry is open to any Joe Soap and I would not like to be compared or in the same realm as them. Within the fitness industry there are so many people latching onto  flexible dieting and these are my thoughts on the subject.

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Ever thought it wasn't your fault you didn't lose weight?

Have you ever tried to lose weight through personal training, going to a gym or dieting? If you have, then you know how frustrating is to be putting in a lot of effort for very little to show for it, or a short term weight loss followed by putting it all back on again. This also means that you know how bad it makes you feel when you think that you are just going to be overweight for the rest of your life and that you are a hopeless case as you look on at all the skinny people on Instagram and Facebook.

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5 Steps To Getting in Shape For Your Big Day

The lead-up to a wedding is an exciting time (noted from a on-lookers perspective as opposed to personal experience), and over the years, we have helped quite a few brides to be , and grooms to be, into shape for the big day. How much time is required to look the part for the big day depends on what you want to achieve, and how committed you are going to be to the process, but starting 24 weeks out from the wedding is enough time to make a substantial improvement with the right system. You can starve yourself of food, energy, and vitality in the weeks leading up to your wedding (which is what most people try to do in my experience), or you can get stuck into a process that will not only having you looking and feeling great on the wedding day, but also set you up for a lifetime of health and well-being. In other words, you can use the run-up to your wedding as a spring-board to long term health. Double win!

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The One-Page Take-It-Or-Leave-It Weight Loss Advice

ts funny how we value information based on how big or small the price tag is. The most common perception is that things with a bigger price-tag are more valuable. For example, a real-estate agent might make a video about how to turn a profit on buying run-down houses, doing them up, and re-selling them for a profit. Lets say, the video is based on making a €10,000 profit on a property. The agent might therefore value the information in the video at 10% of the profit, and therefore, charge you €1000 for access to the content. The point is that how much we value information, as represented by how much attention we pay to it, and how well we act upon that information, can often be based on the wrong thing. In essence, you could be barking up the wrong tree because of the simple fact that you have paid a lot of money for some information, regardless of whether that information is high quality or not. On the other hand, you might be casting aside top-drawer information simply because you didn’t have to pay big bucks for it.

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Different Ways to Eat in Different Cultures.

Having grown up in a house of mixed nationality, I have been exposed to different ways to eat my food. My dad is from Sri lanka and in Sri Lanka they eat with their hands. Now I know you might think that this is quite barbaric but it has a knack to it. It has come to my interesthow other cultures eat their food and how eating it in different ways may be effecting the way we see our food.

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How Cooking your Own Food Can Make you Healthier.

Having grown up standing on a stool looking into the pan watching my dad cooking some exotic curry from Sri Lanka, I have grown a love for cooking and learning about food and different cultures foods. Having grown up as a mixed nationality, I have been exposed to some of the best quality meat and fresh vegetables and fruits that Ireland have to offer mixed with a fusion of spices that my dad would use to make the tastiest concoction of flavours to make a spicy chicken curry from Sri Lanka.

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Are Your Putting Your Health In a Box?

Why do we have a doctor for physical health, a doctor for mental health, another for financial health, another for professional development, another for fitness, another when we have a sore knee, another when we can figure out what we should be eating, and another when we are having relationship problems? It seems to be that we are mostly programmed to think that all these areas are separate and independent from each other, or that one can be addressed by itself and that this will affect the rest, and result in a happier state of being for us. Maybe this is correct, but a few things got me thinking about it recently.

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So You Want To Change How Your Body Looks....

There is more than one way to skin a cat, and the same applies if you are trying to change your health, and how your body looks for the long term. In this article I want to let you in on the things that I have seen be most effective for the many members that have successfully achieved a life changing transformation as they come through the doors at ACLAÍ.

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What it Takes To Be A Top GAA Player

There is no one thing that will make you a top player. Also, there is no secret. There is however a lot of misinformation out there. I want to kick this article off by giving you the key message. Success comes from the right blend of the various elements, in the right amount, at the right time. What exactly the elements are, how much of each is required, and at what time they are needed is a matter of opinion, and will change from coach to coach. I am going to let you in on the basics of what I think you need.

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5 Things I hate About the "Health and Fitness Industry"

I have put these 5 things into a blog because they do my head in. Sitting quietly would have been just as easy for me, but I wanted to put them out there mostly because I know that people fall for this crap. People spend money on the absolute nonsense products and fads that are out there, and often end up further back the road than they were in the first place. I meet people who have tried everything I describe here before, and maybe you have tried them as well. If you have, I feel your pain. This is my list. You can agree, disagree, or disregard.

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