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This Is What 200 Calories Looks Like... So you’re hungry... Do you go to the fridge, grab some food on the go or just settle for a snack? Well, have you ever wondered what a snack looks like when it’s made up of calories? You'd need to eat a lot of celery, in fact 1425 grams makes up 200 calories or a full plate of broccoli! But what if you’ve plunged for a popular takeaway food instead? Let’s take a look at what makes up 200 calories...we think you’ll be surprised! Just 80% of a small McDonalds hamburger/apple pie Just over half of a Cookies & Kreme doughnut... Read more

Here's Some Nutty Facts You Probably Never Knew... 🥜 During Alan Shepard’s journey to the moon with NASA in 1971, Alan brought along peanut butter as an apparent good luck charm.🥜 To make around 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches you would need around 1 acre of peanuts. Each peanut farm is around 100 acres.🥜 According to the National Peanut Board, the average 12 ounce jar of peanut butter requires around 540 to 550 peanuts to fill.🥜 in America, around $100 million is spent every year on peanut butter alone. Compared to the approximate $75.5 million spent on peanut butter in the UK!🥜 in February 2017, Dinesh Shivnath Upadhaya secured... Read more

Is Lycra Sexy... Do people really find Lycra sexy? Well, a survey of 600 men and women commissioned by The British Heart Foundation found that cyclists were perceived as 13 percent more intelligent and cooler than other people, and a whopping 23 percent said a cyclist would be their preferred blind-date athlete. Read more

Are You Sick And Tired Of The Gym... Most exercise buffs typically don’t let sickness slow them down when it comes to hitting the gym. And whilst their dedication is admirable, sometimes exercising when you are sick can be detrimental. Some general guidelines are in place, but it comes down to common sense and you need to carefully consider how you feel and whether you’re fit enough to exercise. Workouts can improve energy, improve mood and loosen congestion but it isn’t the best time to take on heavy weights or high intensity cardio.If you haven’t eaten or drunk much for 24 hours or more, your body is going... Read more

Sleep and the Fitness Life By Elite Body Squad Brand Ambassador Stuart Tickner Sleep for me is one of the most important training tips going. All the structured training programmes and steady diets are all very important, of course, but if you do not get enough sleep every night, and are not functioning 100%, then all the structure is for nothing. For my own training I need a good 7 - 8 hours sleep, otherwise I just feel fatigued before I even start lifting. As a result I don’t lift the same weights, and because the weight drops I feel as though I’m not moving forward in my training. This has a knock on effect... Read more

Proof That Exercise Can Reduce Stress... As much as it may stress you out just to think about exercising and improving your lifestyle, once you actually start working out and making small changes, you'll experience less stress in every part of your life. "Exercise produces a relaxation response that serves as a positive distraction," says Cedric Bryant, chief exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise. He says it also helps elevate your mood and keep depression at bay. And you're not the only person who will benefit from more happiness and less stress in your life. When you're less stressed, you're less irritable - and... Read more

Are Your Workouts Actually Shrinking Your Muscle? If your workout clothes smell like ammonia after a workout, this could mean that you're burning a lot of protein for fuel. Ammonia is a by-product of protein metabolism. Ammonia is toxic, so the body reverts to the more primitive removal system through sweat. This is not a good thing because burning protein means you may be using your muscle tissue for energy instead of carbohydrates or body fat. The simple cure is to slightly increase the carbohydrate in your diet and increase your intake of water during the day to dilute the ammonia. Read more

Are You Dehydrated - Find Out Now... Dehydration shows itself in so many different ways – headache, dizziness, constipation and muscle cramps are only a few of the symptoms. Believe it or not in more serious cases, it can also put you in hospital. So what should you be looking out for? We commonly ignore the early warning signs of dehydration, but this is what you should be looking out for... Headaches - When your hydration levels drop, a chemical reaction occurs in your blood which your brain is highly sensitive to, this triggers a headache. Constipation - If you don’t have enough water in your system,... Read more

Perfect Lateral Raises Performed By Anthony Larson... Great super strict technique for a gruelling set of dumbbell lateral raises demonstrated perfectly by Anthony Larson our Elite Body Squad ambassador Read more

How To Beat Insomnia... “Nearly a third of the population are suffering from insomnia which is affecting their health, reported the Daily Mirror. It said a survey of the nation’s sleep habits found that 30% are severely sleep deprived, putting them more at risk of mental health and relationship issues.Keeping active is a great way to help you fall asleep at night if you’re often struggling to get a good quality night’s rest. Walking is one of the best ways to make yourself feel more sleepy, according to The London Sleep Centre’s  medical director, Dr Irshaad Ebrahim. Even a gentle walk could help to... Read more

Incline Dumbbell Flyes Is A Great Way To Finish A Chest Routine... A perfect way to finish a tough chest session is to perform a light set of incline dumbbell flies as shown by our ambassador Anthony Larson... Read more

How To Do Hammer Strength Incline Chest Presses Our ambassador Anthony Larson shows us impeccable form on the incline Hammer strength machine - Way to go Anthony!! Read more

Bums Are The New Guns - 10 Top Tips To Get Yours Now... Glutes are your body’s largest and most powerful muscle group, but to get a butt like Elite ambassador Aarran Perry takes hard work and dedication.Without a doubt, a strong butt makes you stronger and safer in the gym, as well as more capable in life. It helps protect your lower back from injury but building a strong, firm butt doesn't happen by accident. Try our top tips which apply to both men and women. We all deserve a great butt! 1.Hit the gym prepared with your workout 2.Make sure you’re properly fuelled 3.Double up your leg training 4.Occasionally train one... Read more

Rollin, Rollin, Rollin - Soothing Aching Muscles With A Foam Roller Foam rollers are versatile fitness aids that can be used in the gym or at home, and they’re designed to help improve your stretch, balance and core muscle strength.They have been known to be used during yoga and Pilates classes as well as rehab exercises to help with pain relief and muscle recovery.We recommend using an Elite Body Squad exercise mat for ultimate comfort and support to avoid slippery cold floors. Our ambassador Sophie Major shows us how it’s done! Read more

Nailing Contest Prep - 6 Great Tips... Prepping for contest is not always plain sailing, and as many start their countdown to comp dates in October and November, remember...💪 Focus on you and avoid measuring yourself against competition💪 Stick to a few trusted sources💪 Practice posing and let the mirror be your ultimate judge💪 Share your journey on social media, and we’ll share it too!💪 Listen to your body💪 Trust the process and your strategy to the very end Read more