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A Day in the Life of a PT

I've been a PT for 2 years now and although I love my job, I can definitely say it's been far from easy. At the moment the health and fitness industry is booming, which is obviously great for me, but also means my job role is extremely saturated and you've got to work hard to give yourself a chance to make it. A lot of people think it's an easy job and because they like the gym they will want to be a PT, but it takes a lot more than that. Now I know i'm still pretty much a rookie in the game and they'll be people with far more experience, but this is just a little snippet into how I live my life as a PT... 

5:00am - wake up, do yoga and get ready for work 

6:00am - 11:00am/12:00pm - Train clients 

12:00pm-1:00pm - Train 

1:00pm-1:30pm - Eat lunch 

1:30pm - 4:00pm - session planning & class planning 

4:00pm - 5:00pm - Come Dine With Me (or some other crap television) 

5:00pm-6:00pm - Train 

6:00pm-9:00pm - Train clients 

9:00pm - Eat dinner & try to relax

10:30pm - Bed. (finally)

Now this isn't exactly how everyday goes, obviously it varies and I do more or less work some days but you get the general jist. My point being that even when you're not at the gym with clients you're writing client plans, or finding ways to get new clients or doing general self-employment admin. It's really not as easy as it seems and people who are self-employed deserve more credit than they receive. 

Being a PT isn't all about going to juice bars, posting workout selfies for Instagram and looking good in the latest GymShark gear, no. Personal training is about spending many hours for free in the gym showing your face to members to try and get clients, early mornings, late nights and working crazy hours that mean you don't get to see any of your friends and family, just the other PTs. So, if you want to be a PT then that's great and it's an extremely rewarding job, but don't be blinded by social media and the glamourised version of the job. 


Zouk Tea Bar & Grill

Who doesn't love a curry? If you don't then this post may not be for you. I've had my fair share of good curries, but I'm still yet to truly delve into the curry world of Manchester, and explore the great authentic meals that the city has to offer with such a large Asian community. Last week I got to tick Zouk off my list, a restaurant serving authentic Indian and Pakistani food in Manchester and Bradford.

You'll know you're close when you see the pretty lights and smell the aromatic scent of shisha passing through the street. Zouk is placed just off Oxford road in the city centre and is beautifully decorated with plants & fairy lights, the atmosphere is already buzzing by the time you hit the entrance with people laughing and smoking shisha. At the entrance you'll be greeted with the open front kitchen, so you can see just how incredibly hard the chefs  work. 

Being the launch of the new steak menu (and me not liking steak) it was Simon's turn to indulge in the finer things on the menu. The manager suggested going for the best of the best and recommended the chateaubriand steak served with roast vegetables, chunky fries and a special 'zouk' sauce. Now I know you're probably thinking...Steak in an Indian restaurant? Yep, but that's what makes it such a special restaurant, it offers more than your standard Indian. Being plain ol' me, I opted for a chicken biriyani because I strongly believe that one of the best ways to judge a restaurant is by trying one of their most simple dishes. If they can do these well then you know it's a good place to go. p.s I'm also quite fussy and like to stick to what I know...

The biriyani was served with the sauce on the side of the chicken and rice, giving me the option to add as much sauce needed based on my preferred spice level, plus our naan and still leftover poppadoms, we had a feast fit for a king. 

Considering having a curry today then? Well luckily for you, Zouk serve brunch, lunch and dinner, so no matter what time you're in the mood for some Indian food you can find it here. Check out their website for the full menu. 


3 Books that have changed the way I think

For any of you that don't know me so well, I don't just exercise all of the time (most but not all) and I actually love to read in my spare time, being an English Literature student, you can't keep me away from a good novel, however in the last year or so I've been inclined to choose non-fiction books a lot more. It seems as though we are in a bit of a global stress crisis and with more self-help books than ever on the shelves, and we must question why so many of us are suffering with anxiety and depression when we have all of the bare necessities plus more. Some of these books help to put a different perspective on life and make you think about things a from a more positive perspective.

1. Factfulness

If you thought everything in the world was going wrong then you're wrong, and that's a fact. Hans Rosling studied statistics and medicine and has created a quiz that the smartest people in the world couldn't even get right because we all have such a negative outlook on the world. The book really puts into perspective how people across the world live and that there no longer needs to be the words, 'developed' and 'undeveloped' countries because there isn't such a split between the two. Reading this book will make you want to stop reading/watching/listening to the news because of the negative twist it puts on everything, when in reality, things are improving. Although things may be bad, it doesn't mean that things aren't getting better...

2. The subtle art of not giving a f**k

This book does what it says on the tin, shows you how to stop giving a sh*t about the things that don't really matter in life. How many times have you worried about something small which has snowballed into a huge problem and eventually leads to a complete meltdown and questioning everything you've done so far in life? Yeah it's happened to the majority of us, when in reality it really doesn't contribute to your life in any way. Because we panic over so many small things, this leads to us forgetting about the important things, and this book gives you that slap in the face you need to remind you of this.

3. This is going to hurt

With the ongoing news about the NHS, we are always hearing about how targets aren't being met and the ever longing wait for A&E, but do we truly understand just how hard they doctors, nurses, admin staff work? This is going to hurt is full of funny, embarrassing, but also quite mellow anecdotes from a junior doctor and his time working in different hospitals. The book gives you an insight into just how difficult it is being a junior doctor and the lengths they go to to save us. 

Even if you're not a book boffin, it's always good to take some time out and escape reality in a good book. So next time you go to switch on the TV, when not choose one of these incredible books and learn a little more about the world...


Brunchin' at Gusto

Is there anything the millennial British love more than brunch? I'd struggle to find someone that says no to this. Brunch, that awkward time in-between breakfast and lunch has opened up brand new times and menus for restaurants and has now made eggs benedict one of the nation's favourite meals, but with so many options, where do you go for a lazy Sunday brunch? Well we headed to Gusto in Knutsford a few Sundays ago and indulged in a hearty meal with some other bloggers. 

If you've never been to Knutsford and you live in the North West then you need to get yourself there ASAP. It's a small village in the heart of Cheshire that boasts beautiful architecture, endless restaurants and the amazing Tatton Park, which spans across 1000 acres of gobsmacking grassland. You can literally take a few steps from Tudoresque buildings to this outstanding park, hosting a stately home and deers, sounds like the perfect place to live right? When you'll need a bit of cash to live round there. We strolled down the main road where we got to the pretty lights and green decor at Gusto and stepped into one of the most Instagrammable restaurants I have ever seen. 

With it being a blog event, there were cameras spread across the table and everyone getting shots of the beautiful interior and fancy cocktails, but it was a great way to meet new people and learn about how other bloggers do things. The menu offered a range of brunch meals, from sweet to savoury, but I couldn't help myself and stuck to what I love best, a full english. Whilst we waited for our food, we were offered a host of cocktails, i'll admit it was a little too early for me to drink alcohol but they looked delicious all the same. Once the food came we were blown away with the presentation, so much so that it felt like a shame to ruin it, but it had to be eaten. 

Some of the meals on the menu included my full english, potato rosti with egg, pancakes and toast topped with nutella, banana and cherries, sounds good right? Well it was, and once we had gone round and taken all of the photos it was time to tuck in and enjoy the food. Gusto were able to tend to any needs and changes on the menu, offering whichever type of egg I wanted with the meal and offering alternatives to the tomato on the full english ( which I still don't understand this tradition). The hot drinks were pouring and it couldn't have been a better way to spend a late Sunday morning, if you're looking for somewhere to relax and enjoy the weekend then get down to Gusto Knutsford


Ramble through Buxton with Patagonia

It's been a heavy few weeks, working everyday for the last 2 weeks I was in need of a little time to myself, not writing client training programmes, not being in the gym, just letting my mind have some time on it's own to relax. Simon and I had planned to go on a hike last Sunday but weren't sure where to go, enjoying the outdoors but not being advanced hikers, we often end up going off on a tangent which can be fun, but we never take the path we're supposed to. So, finding out that Patagonia Manchester were going to lead a walk in Buxton, we leapt at the chance of meeting some new people and actually following a set route that we can do again in the future. 

It was 8:00am on Sunday morning, and being nervous that I was going to be the beginner in a group of advanced hikers, I was beginning to doubt whether or not just to do our own thing like normal. However, after a big breakfast (bacon of course) and a shot of courage, I realised that I'm never going to get better if I don't learn from others, so we set off for Piccadilly station, scared but excited. We met up with the team from Patagonia Manchester and others that had joined the walk and got the 8:50am train to Buxton, we knew that these guys really enjoyed the outdoors if they were willing to get up at early doors on a Sunday for a hike. 

The train took around 1 hour and cost £10 for a return ride, we passed through stockport and many other scenic villages along the way, making me question whether a move closer to the countryside could be on the cards in the next few years. Once we reached Buxton, the air was fresh but the summer's sun kept it warm enough to keep jumpers at bay. We walked through the centre and straight through ......park where the early risers were walking their dogs and a group were taking part in a still life painting class....all very English. Once we crossed through the park we came to a small gravelled road and took a right, walking past a few house and then through a golf course.

It was astounding to see how quickly we went from a little town to the rolling hills and countryside, we passed through some farms to reveal the open planes of the beautiful British countryside. Now this is where I get pretty stuck giving you directions as to where we went because I was just too busy chatting to new people and enjoying the landscapes. However, we followed a marked trail and followed signs to Wildmorestone Brook. We arrived at a bunker type building and stopped for a rest (around 1hr into the walk), topping up on water, fruit and other nibbles to push us through until lunch time. Make sure when on a hike you bring PLENTY of water to keep you hydrated, especially with the crazy UK weather at the moment. In terms of snacks, unless you're trying to be super healthy, don't worry too much about having really healthy snacks, you burn a lot of calories on a long walk but fruit, and high carb/protein snacks are great for giving you energy and keeping you full. 

At around 12:15pm we took a short break, overlooking the reservoir below and taking in the outstanding scenery. Sweets, crisps and chorizo were passed about before we headed off up to the right and crossed the road before heading back onto grassland. Here the landscape was flatter and there were more people about. We passed by a small pond and followed the path where we ended up circling round and returning back to the point with the bunker building. From here, we followed the path back from where we came at the start and all we could think about was the ice cold beer (or cider for me) that was awaiting us a Buxton brewery. As it was hitting midday, the sun was beating down on us and our legs were starting to tire, but everyone was still chirpy and we pushed on until the end. Once we reached the park we took the park exit close to the opera house and the Buxton Brewery was just ahead, down a smaller road. 

The mighty journey was finished with a cider, pulled pork nachos and a well deserved nap on the train home. Now we're just waiting for the next event, and hopefully some more of you guys can join too! 


NEON: Healthy Fast Food

Last Saturday after a 6am start and 3 classes taught I headed over to Wilmslow to indulge in some healthy grub which I most definitely needed! Neon Health Kitchen is located in the heart of Wilmslow and offers healthy juices, smoothies and meals that don't leave you feeling like you've taken a step backwards after training.

The cafe/restaurant offers both indoor and al freso dining so you can dine in the sun or stop off for a coffee whilst taking the dogs out for a walk. It's varied menu gives you the option of clean breakfasts to light snacks and burgers, made fresh and with real, healthy ingredients. I opted for the scrambled egg on sourdough with added sausage and bacon, top this off with a peppermint tea and a ginger shot, it set me off to a strong start for the rest of the day.

And although you may be put off at the thought of eating in Wilmslow with the usually overpriced dining, this place is very affordable and no more expensive than other health cafes. Plus, if you're looking for a way to stay clean everyday as well as when you're visiting, Neon offer meal prep, all home cooked and freshly prepared meals that you can grab from your fridge and eat on the go. If you've tried your own meal prepping, you know how much time it takes, eliminate the time and effort and have it brought straight to you, a simple way to stay on track.

So, if you're craving an acai bowl or some good breakfast grub, get down to Neon Health Kitchen and give their menu a go, delicious, healthy food without feeling as though you've had a splurge. 


Manchester Eats

Food is the source of life, and what better way to spend your weekend than with great food, drink and sun? Can't think of anything better? Didn't think so. They why not get yourself to the Manchester Eats festival this weekend at Heaton Park.

Top chefs, restaurants and bars will all be in Heaton Park from the 7th - 8th of July to exhibit new recipes, give masterclasses and show us the latest trends in food and drink. From 10:30am the gates will be open and the public will be able to take part in a vegan society cookery class, chocolate truffle making and tasting and free kids cookery classes. If you don't fancy cooking but you want to do more eating there are plenty of stalls to choose from, such as restaurants, Proove Pizza and Reds True BBQ, street food from the likes of the Falafel Fellas and sweet treats from . Hotel Chocolat.

And if you fancy a little tipple to top off a great weekend, they're bringing Milan to the city with an Aperol Spritz bar or if you fancy it the L'Atelier Vintage Cocktail Box. Get your group of friends together and soak up the sun with a craft beer or prosecco in your hand and some good grub or bring the whole family as there are activities for the kids too! Official charity partners the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation are providing an activity zone on both days with interactive, accessible sporting activities for kids and adults. There is also a dedicated Kids village and DJ sets ongoing. 

So why not come and join me, i'll be enjoying as much food as I can and learning all about the latest foodie trends, see you there!