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The Trapped Mindset

Guest Contributor: Noel Flynn from ABC GYM Remember the Cranberries’ song ‘Zombie’? The one line I always remember is “It’s in your head, it’s in your head…..Zombie, zombie, zombie”! And it is a line that really resonates with me in so many ways. What goes on in your head every second, every minute, every hour, everyday is pure mental…… We are all bonkers in our heads but we might come across at least human at times Have you ever seen the film ‘Inside Out’ it is brilliant. I am not messing, it is one of the best films I’ve ever watched. It really does give a humorous but accurate portrayal of human thoughts.It is with this movie…

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Portion control and meal plan guide

Guest Contributor: Noel Flynn from ABC GYM If you have not seen it yet, I can go off on complete tangents, like it is funny, I can lose track of my thoughts and what I am talking about when I am having a conversation with people and if you know me and are reading this, you know exactly what I’m talking about. If you are in the Look Good, Feel Better Facebook Group you will have gradually started to realise that too, as I can totally go off point sometimes, and it got me thinking,yes it hurt a little, there are areas in all of our lives, that we can go…

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Looking for support with your diet and exercise ?

Guest Contributor: Noel Flynn from ABC GYM Am I being selfish? One of the main reasons for setting up the ‘Look Good, Feel Better’ group is, I probably need it myself. I am getting married in April, so as I am sure many of you can understand, I want to look good for the wedding. Here is the thing, in my experience looking good is always a by-product of feeling better. Again from experience this time of year is extremely busy for me and like a lot of us when I get busy I can be likely to eat on the go without any preparation and that generally means eating less quality foods. Have you…

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Sometimes we need to be told things we don’t want to hear

Guest Contributor: Noel Flynn from ABC GYM Are you the person who wants the results but are not prepared to do the work? Perhaps you have a friend or family member who talks about getting in shape but spends all their time living the good life. I mentioned last week the ‘put it off’ brigade. I should know, I am one of them, not necessarily in terms of exercise or nutrition but as a man I will put off cleaning, in terms of business I will put off doing the taxes etc. So while it is ok to appear all high and mighty when it comes to being in shape, almost all of us have…

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Is your weekend ruining your diet?

Guest Contributor: Noel Flynn from ABC GYM You may have noticed my absence from the blog last weekend! Maybe you didn’t. So why no blog post Noel? I am not going to lie, I was on a stag and it destroyed me, for a few days at least. Not just physically but also my thoughts and my actions. Many of you may realise that food and drink has a massive influence on our minds, thoughts and actions. I am writing this today (Sunday Afternoon) a few hours away from the stage where people get the dreaded ‘Sunday Night Fear’ but one wonders what is it that causes this ‘fear’?  Perhaps it was the things we put…

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Exercise, diet and a million excuses

Guest Contributor: Noel Flynn from ABC GYM It’s 2.25pm on Sunday and I am only sitting down to write tonight’s blog post that is due to go live this evening. I usually write these posts on a Friday morning, so why am I late? This week I had a mental week. It was mental in a good way, as my gym is getting a lot busier, which means I have spent my time  plotting ways to make upgrades to how we deliver our programmes, systems and nutrition advice. So even though it was mental, it is a great thing to be busy with. The other reason I was so late with today’s post…

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The Secret to achieving your health and fitness goals

Guest Contributor: Noel Flynn from ABC GYM As I write this post it is Thursday afternoon and I am currently sitting on a flight from Dublin to London. Earlier today, I got quite emotional over a message that I received from one of my clients and I felt compelled to share this message with you. I really think that the story behind the message  could really help many men or women that read it. Recently I completed a course that was delivered by a world-famous strength and condition coach called Mike Boyle. While taking part in this course he said something to me that really hit home with me.  “You will…

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Operation Transformation Versus Joe Wicks: The Body Coach – Who will win?

Guest Contributor: Noel Flynn from ABC GYM For today’s post I wanted to write about something that has played on my mind the last couple of years and with the recent launch of Celebrity Operation Transformation and Joe Wicks – The Bodycoach on TV, I think now is finally time to dissect these types of shows and use my own corner of the internet to have a little rant, if of course a rant is needed! The last week or so saw, not only the launch of the Celebrity Operation Transformation, but also a new show to hit the fitness space, Joe Wicks – The Bodycoach, who is famous for his lean in 15…

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Could this be a reason why you’ve stopped losing weight?

Guest Contributor: Noel Flynn from ABC GYM Well guys are you keeping it simple? Are you implementing things you already know? Have you blamed anyone else for your health or fitness results this week?  Perhaps you have blamed your circumstances. We often find ourselves blaming other people from preventing us from completing our health and fitness goals during the week and instead something look for a divine inspiration to give ourselves the kick we need. It time to finally stop blaming circumstances and other people from achieving our goals and instead realises that you are in fact your biggest obstacle. So what do I actually mean by that? Often we place ourselves in a…

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Not another blog post, by a fitness writer trying to motivate the masses

Guest Contributor: Noel Flynn from ABC GYM As I sit down to write this blog post it is now 1.39pm on Friday afternoon and I have sat over the laptop for the last hour.I met Sinead the other day and we had so many discussions around so many different topics. I was so excited and so pumped up for this series, that I thought I would never have a problem with picking topics to write about. Yet even as I sit down and write my opening paragraph,  I am still unsure what the topic of this blog post will be. And here is the problem, I am not heeding my own advice. In my…

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Look Good, Feel Better: The Bigger Picture to Health, Fitness and Nutrition

Guest Contributor: Noel Flynn from ABC GYM This is going to be a hard read for some. Why? Because it might not give the answers you want to hear or even care about. Your health, your fitness are one thing but your relationship with food is almost a mirror of how you are coping in your personal life. But first the bigger picture. I want it to be clear, I am a Strength and Conditioning coach where my primary training is based around athletic performance, injury and pain reduction while building strength and fitness. I am not a dietician, I am not even going to give myself the label of nutrition coach which along…

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Look Good, Feel Better: 7 reasons the Fitness Industry does not work for 95% of people

Guest Contributor: Noel Flynn from ABC GYM Do you have a glass of wine and feel guilty about it? Perhaps you’ve picked up that bar of chocolate that was teasing you at the checkout and said to yourself ‘No I need to have willpower’ and spent the rest of the evening wanting it. Maybe you think about every bit of food you eat wondering is this good or bad for me because you watched a TV show where every food known to man will make you sick, fat or both!! For me the fitness industry is badly broken! Remember this is what earns me my living, it is a job I truly love…

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5 nutrition myths busted

If you’re after a blogger who says it like it is and isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers going against the grain, then look no further than Claire from the blog Claire by Reverie. I have personally been reading Claire’s for a while now. She previously, went under the guise of Volta Fitness and  Music and everything, but now she has consolidated her blogs into Claire by Reverie, which she describes as a  beauty blog with something more. For today’s post, Claire has touched on something that both she and I are passionate about. Busting nutrition myths. No I have not suddenly turned into a nutrition guru, I mean one quick look at me will attest to that, but Far…

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Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide review

People that know me in real life, know that when it comes to exercise, I am hands down one of the laziest lumps ever. I hate it. I admire people who enjoy going to the gym and plan their day around how they can get their gym fix. I am most certainly not one of those people. For me the gym needs to be an in out operation with as much impact as I can get for as short a time I can possibly spend in there. In 2014, I started my fitness “kick” by going to Crossfit 15 to help me get in shape in time for my wedding in…

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Bridal Beauty Preparation

Over the past several weeks, quite a number of you have sent me messages asking could I detail what beauty preparation I did in the run up to the wedding. So many people find that the world of beauty throws so much at them in the run up to their big day, that they don’t know what treatments would actually benefit them the most. There is so many treatments out there, and to be fair while there are many wonderful treatments, there are many that are just looking to capitalise on the bridal market. Every woman wants to look her best at all times, but when it comes to your…

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A very Special year

I’m not normally one for the personal posts, but considering the year I’ve had, I think that somethings are worth looking back on. Every year brings it’s own ups and downs, but this year has been a fairly spectacular one. 2014 started out on a pretty bum note, as I was still unwell, and faced into another stint in hospital. However, as clichéd as it sounds, what doesn’t  kill you makes you stronger, and I can honestly say this year has brought about some really amazing things. I finally got the all clear health wise. The blog has gone from strength to strength thanks to you guys and I was not only…

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Diary of a Crossfit newbie

It is a bit of an oddity, that I am writing a fitness post. I am most certainly not a gym bunny, nor do I regularly take part in any form of exercise. In fact the height of my exercise for almost 2 years, has been the odd stroll around the Phoenix park to try and help shift a few pounds. Exercise is honestly just not my thing. Makeup and lounging on the couch with the laptop are my thing. I most certainly never thought that I would find myself back in a gym, never mind a Crossfit gym. To me Crossfit is a massively scary gym, full of  muscly men…