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Teaching the CHEK Philosophy

Teaching the CHEK Philosophy

The last couple of weeks have been a very busy time. Two weeks ago I taught CHEK Exercise Coach to the Year 1 CHEK Academy Students at The Albany Club in London. It's always an extra pleasure to teach the Academy students as they go through extra training before the...

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On The Road in Europe

On The Road in Europe

The last few weeks have been extremely busy. Two weeks ago I flew to Copenhagen to teach two workshops for CHEK Europe at Fitnessdk in Nygardsvej. I taught two workshops, 'Program Design' and 'Scientific Core Conditioning'. I had a class of 22 very keen personal...

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Tendonitis

Tendonitis

So what is tendinitis? Tendonitis is inflammation of a tendon (tendons are connective tissues that join muscles to bones). Tendonitis can occur with repeated stretching and overloading, the cross-linking structure of the collagen fibres break apart, causing micro...

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Health & Life Lessons of The Festive Season

Happy New Year to you! I thought I would share with you what I have been up to since I finished work on the 17th December,  what I have learned since then and how I have visualised and planned my year ahead. When I finished work for the year on 17th December I have to...

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

In this series of blogs, I thought I would introduce you to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and what options you have to overcome it. What is the carpal tunnel? There are eight small bones called carpal bones in the wrist. A ligament, the retinaculum, lies across the front of...

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October Update

OK, so what's been happening since the last blog in September. Well, quite a lot! I managed to have a couple of weekends off, went hiking in the South Downs and generally relaxed. With regards to BodyCHEK, I've delivered a number of assessments on clients and designed...

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When Paul Chek Came to Town

Following on from the  CHEK Conference  at Surrey Sports Park in Guilford, Surrey, I attended a meeting in Oxford for all European CHEK Faculty and CHEK Mentors. Paul Chek, his wife Penny, and Gavin Jennings Global Director of Education for the CHEK Institute updated...

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Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!

Wow, where did July go? It's been such a busy month, there has been no time to blog. We have seen a very high number of enquiries here at BodyCHEK and we have started working with a number of new clients including a young tennis player, which I am always excited...

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The A-Z of Prolapsed Lumbar Discs – Part 4

In Part 3, I explained what you can do to minimise micro-trauma of your discs from a biomechanical perspective and therefore, help to prevent a disc prolapse. In this post, I will explain tissue healing rates and how that affects your lumbar discs. If you look at the...

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The A-Z of Prolapsed Lumbar Discs – Part 4

The A-Z of Prolapsed Lumbar Discs – Part 4

In Part 3, I explained what you can do to minimise micro-trauma of your discs from a biomechanical perspective and therefore, help to prevent a disc prolapse. In this post, I will explain tissue healing rates and how that affects your lumbar discs. If you look at the...

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The A-Z of Prolapsed Lumbar Discs – Part 3

In Part 2, I explained how poor posture and muscle balance and a sedentary lifestyle can lead to micro-trauma of your lumbar discs leading to a prolapse. In this post, I will explain what you can do to minimise micro-trauma of your discs from a biomechanical...

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The A-Z of Prolapsed Lumbar Discs – Part 2

The A-Z of Prolapsed Lumbar Discs – Part 2

In Part 1, I explained how common back pain is, how much it costs us in the UK and how micro-trauma and reduced tissue healing can lead to injuries and pain. In this post, I will explain more about micro-trauma, how it occurs and how it can cause prolapsed lumbar...

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The A-Z of Prolapsed Lumbar Discs

The A-Z of Prolapsed Lumbar Discs

In the UK, 49% of the population will experience back pain for more than 24-hours each year. 7% of these people will develop chronic back pain, which costs UK employers £600 million per year with nearly 5 million work days are lost annually. Treating back pain costs...

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Hormones & Fat Loss – Part 2

OK, in Part 1 of "Hormones & Fat Loss", I discussed the role Leptin plays in controlling hunger and how sugars may cause Leptin resistance and over-eating and fat gain. In this post, I will be discussing the role of insulin... Insulin is a hormone produced by the...

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Hormones & Fat Loss

Following on from my last blog, I thought I would delve into more detail about the relationship between hormones and fat loss. I always inform my clients that you have to get healthy to lose weight, not lose weight to get healthy. And getting healthy includes...

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Do You Need Supplements to Lose Body Fat?

If you've read my blogs before you'll know my belief that you need to get healthy, to lose weight, not lose weight to get healthy!!! When your bodily systems are properly balanced, your body's fat levels normalise. So how do you normalise your bodily systems, get...

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What to Eat to Lose Weight? Part 2

In my last post, I began discussing what's best to eat to lose weight and the fact that we are all different and therefore have different nutritional requirements. So how do I answer the question to my clients? Well, I following a few simple steps with my clients here...

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What to Eat to Lose Weight?

If I had a pound, every time I was asked, "What Should I Eat to Lose Weight", I probably would have finished paying my mortgage by now. What most people tend to believe is that the answer will be the same who ever asks the question. So, for me it is never a straight...

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De-Stress & Reduce Body Fat

So far this month, I have posted blogs on The Cardio Myth and Building Muscle to help those of you who have a goal of losing excess body fat. The final blog post of the month continues on the path of exercise and fat loss. If I can summarise my last two posts, I would...

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More Muscle, More Fat Loss

It is that time of year where we tend to look at our health and set goals for the year. You might be thinking that you would like to reduce your body fat levels and are wondering what is the best way to do it. Unfortunately, many people believe that they need to do...

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The Cardio Training Myth

There is a dogma in the health and fitness industries and amongst the general public and media that you have to perform lots of cardiovascular exercise to achieve health and/or weight loss. However, this is not true. In fact, great benefits can be achieved with...

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Welcome to Bridget

I am very pleased to say that we have a new PA here at BodyCHEK. Her name is Bridget Coates. Bridget comes with a wide background of skills. Bridget was a dancer in her younger days, but has also worked in retail as well as the service industries. Bridget's previous...

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Crazy December

I haven't managed to blog for a few weeks now, but I have had an extremely busy December so far. On 30th November and 1st December I was teaching the CHEK Academy Year 2 Anatomy & Physiology Workshop at The CHEK Europe HQ in Lancashire. It was a really fun...

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Leanne's Leaving

After 17 great months, Leanne has finally decided to move on. Leanne has been a great help to me over the last year and a half or so. Especially, freeing up my time to be able to finish my e-book, "Axe Adult Acne" and to complete a very large project for The CHEK...

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Lumbar Disc Bulge Rehabilitation Part 2

In my previous post, I promised I would outline for you the current programme I am undertaking. This programme will affectively be weeks 5-8 of the programme . So here it is: I am constantly listening to my body to ensure I am not progressing too fast. After each...

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Lumbar Disc Bulge Rehabilitation

It's now been eight weeks since I first suffered the symptoms of my bulging discs at L4/5 and L5/S1 levels. Since then I have been rehabilitating my back with a three pronged attack. Firstly, I have been taking my more time out, resting more and getting to bed earlier...

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Lumbar Disc Bulge

I am a firm believer that everything in life happens for a reason. This philosophy has stood me in good stead over the last week. The reason I say this is because last Thursday I woke with an ache in my lower spine on the left just above the sacroiliac joint. As I...

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Axe Adult Acne e-book Now Available

I recently blogged to let you know that I would soon be releasing my latest e-book, "Axe Adult Acne". Well, I am now very pleased to say, that the e-book is ready and can be purchased from http://axeadultacne.com. As someone who suffered badly from this problem and...

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Angelina Jolie and Her Breast Cancer Decision

You may well be aware that in February, Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie underwent a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of breast cancer. Jolie had been told that due to her genetics, she had an 87% chance of contracting breast cancer. Jolie has been...

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Axe Adult Acne

It has been some time since I last wrote a blog post. The reason it has been so long is because I have been working almost every waking hour on my latest book, "Axe Adult Acne". The book itself is finally finished and edited. The website where you'll be able to...

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2012, What a Year!!!

What a year 2012 was! It certainly had lots of highlights. As a big sports fan, 2012 was an amazing year. Britain had without question the greatest year ever. As a tennis fan, it was great to see Andy Murray end the 76 years of hurt by winning the US Open and the...

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Another IBS Success

Last week I received a testimonial from a client that I helped this year with debilitating IBS. Here it is: Tag Line “Leigh is the answer to all your problems” Leigh was recommend to me by my good friend and boss. I had suffered with daily debilitating IBS-D for 19...

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Another Fertility Success

This week I received a really nice email from a client who I helped with fertility issues. She gave birth to a lovely little girl last month and here is the email she sent me:   Dear Leigh, I hope you are well and gearing down for a relaxing festive season. I...

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Are You Getting to Bed on Time?

On Tuesday evening (UK time) I presented this month's CHEK Webinar. This month's webinar was entitled, "Are You Getting to Bed on Time?" During the webinar I discussed the importance of getting to bed on time with regards to designing exercise programs and for health...

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