RPM vs Indoor Cycling: It’s not a competition….

What is Les Mills RPM, and how is it different from other indoor cycling classes? This short article aims to answer these questions and dispel some common misconceptions about Les Mills RPM. The gym where I teach is just about to launch Les Mills RPM and I, along with two other great instructors, can’t wait…

How Exercise can help Anxiety

It is well known that exercise helps lighten your mood and has plenty of positive benefits for health, but what about anxiety? Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems in the UK, however it is often under-reported by people and under treated. It is reported that 4.7% of the UK population have…

Training on holiday – Pitfalls and Tips

There are many things to consider when trying to train whilst on holiday, because most of the time you’re not going to know what sort of facilities you’re going to be in for (unless you’re going away to a training camp like Club La Santa). Don’t expect anything out of your hotel gym. If you…

Reflections on transitions: Les Mills OneLive Glasgow

Saturday 14th March saw the launch of the Les Mills OneLive world tour and I was fully expecting to write a post about how shiny and amazing the event was (which it was), but actually this post is going to be much more reflective than that and much more about how the event has affected…

MyFitnessPal – The verdict

Ever since I was younger I never really cared much for nutrition. I ate what a wanted, when I wanted and didn’t really care about what would happen. The usual follow up to this sentence would be ‘but now I find that when I eat x or y I gain weight’, or something along those…

A tasty little plyo tabata based workout

Plyometrics, (or Plyo for short) is a type of training that used to be restricted to the realms of athletes, mainly due to the general ignorance of gym goers who thought it wouldn’t do much for them. Basically plyometric training involves exerting maximal concentric force through a muscle group in which immediately follows an eccentric…

The truth about yo-yo diets

The truth about yo-yo diets Have you ever, or do you know somebody who has been on a diet (usually some sort of restricted calorie intake diet), lost a lot of weight, then eventually put the weight back on again? This process is called yo-yo dieting (due to the up-down-up-down nature of weight loss), and,…

Hello world!

Hello world!! Welcome to my blog! First let me start by introducing myself. My name is Mike Trott and I am a Les Mills group exercise instructor from Cambridge, UK. I teach the following classes: BodyAttack, BodyPump, BodyStep, CXWorx, BodyCombat and RPM. This blog has two purposes, firstly, to tell the world what I’m up…