What does it mean to be healthy? thumbnail image

What does it mean to be healthy?

Posted on 12-01-2021 | Last updated 05-01-2021

Myself, the fitness community, and the world at large talk about health a lot. “This can improve your health” “This isn’t ideal for your health” “Doing this has been associated with better/worse health outcomes” …and so on. But here's the thing: When we speak or write about any given topic,...

Plant based protein powders – Ideal option or poor imitation? thumbnail image

Plant based protein powders – Ideal option or poor imitation?

Posted on 10-12-2020 | Last updated 26-11-2020

Can you build muscle on a vegan diet? When it comes to health and performance, protein is kind of a big deal. Now that of course isn’t to say that the other macronutrients are unimportant (just to pre-empt any misunderstandings), but it is to say that whether you’re hoping to...

CIMSPA: How are they elevating fitness industry standards – Interview with Ben Coomber thumbnail image

CIMSPA: How are they elevating fitness industry standards – Interview with Ben Coomber

Posted on 09-10-2020 | Last updated 30-09-2020

  “This industry needs regulation!” “Too many cowboys!” “£29 and a weekend course and you’re a PT nowadays!” Ever heard, thought or said something similar to the above? I know I have. It’s no secret that regulation within the health and fitness space has been lacking for a very, very...

Are Energy Drinks Bad for Health? thumbnail image

Are Energy Drinks Bad for Health?

Posted on 20-08-2020 | Last updated 19-08-2020

Caffeine, in one form or other, is consumed more than any other psychoactive drug in the world. In the USA it’s estimated that 85% of adults consume caffeine regularly, with average intake being 180mg per day (compared to the global average of 70mg). Recent and high-quality UK data is harder...

Is red meat bad for you? thumbnail image

Is red meat bad for you?

Posted on 31-07-2020 | Last updated 27-07-2020

This is an interesting question that I’ve wanted to talk about here for a long time. It’s a bit of a read, so do give yourself a good 15 min slot to get through it... It’s noteworthy that while nutrition is an area of scientific exploration – something that is...

Should I do the BTN Foundation Academy before the BTN Practical Academy? thumbnail image

Should I do the BTN Foundation Academy before the BTN Practical Academy?

Posted on 03-07-2020 | Last updated 24-06-2020
…the BTN Practical Academy is a stand-alone course that will give you enough knowledge to coach nutrition…
Is sugar really toxic? thumbnail image

Is sugar really toxic?

Posted on 26-03-2020 | Last updated 25-03-2020

Today I want to reflect on a question I was asked in a recent live social media Q and A, which was "is sugar really toxic"? (I do these Q and As every week, by the way. They go out on the Ben Coomber Facebook page, Instagram, YouTube channel and...

The ‘afterburn effect’ – should we believe the hype? thumbnail image

The ‘afterburn effect’ – should we believe the hype?

Posted on 13-03-2020 | Last updated 05-03-2020

It’s extremely common for personal trainers, class attendees, and regular gymgoers to consider the ‘after burn effect’ (properly termed EPOC or excess postexercise oxygen consumption) of exercise when choosing the specific training modality appropriate for a given goal. This effect is also often used for class or training program advertising,...

“My clients won’t stick to their nutrition plan” The coaches dilemma thumbnail image

“My clients won’t stick to their nutrition plan” The coaches dilemma

Posted on 13-02-2020 | Last updated 12-02-2020

Do you often think to yourself, “why can’t my clients be more like me, interested in training and nutrition, wanting to eat well, wanting to look after themselves, wanting to go to bed on time, will remember to carry their water bottle with them and stay hydrated…?”.  Would make our...

The Game Changers Movie: How it should have been filmed (part 1) thumbnail image

The Game Changers Movie: How it should have been filmed (part 1)

Posted on 22-11-2019 | Last updated 21-11-2019

Blog banner photo credit: The Game Changers 2019 A couple of months ago a film with the name ‘The Game Changers’ was added to Netflix after a lot of pre-release hype. The film features a number of athletes and medical professionals espousing a plant-based diet and...  OK, so while I...

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