The most central gym in the Highlands – close to the famous NC500 we cater to gym-goers of all abilities, including full memberships and short term options.

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Author: Silverback Owners

“food is the most abused anxiety drug. Exercise is the most underutilised antidepressant” I don’t know who wrote that above statement, but it is true. I know that many many people suffer from all kinds of anxiety, irrational fears, closed off feelings.. call them what you will. In this day and age these things, these feeling are only going to get worse, and these feelings will be passed onto the next generation without us having to do a thing. Depending on who you talk too, there could be a multitude of reasons

Wow look at the size of him, he is huge. Wow look at her, she is all fit and stuff. Yeah it’s a sad fact of life that we always compare ourselves to others. Why do we do that? That’s a question for daytime TV, not here because I don’t have a definitive answer. I have been training for a long time, and have been in this place myself, and although you can use others in the gym as motivation, that’s all they should be. You don’t know what their genetics are,

As much as we are social creatures, some things are best in the intimate environment of a 1 to 1 encounter, in the middle of the gym with loads of other people there. I am talking about you getting a PT, you naughty lot. Hiring a PT has many many benefits. Firstly they know what they are talking about, and can guide you towards your goals, in half the time. But be warned not all PT are created equal, if you happen upon a bad one don’t let that put you off. The

I bet you would you naughty individual you.. but it’s not what you are thinking. Hiit stands for High Intensity interval Training. And the theory is you give your work out 100% effort for a short burst of time, say 30 -90 seconds followed by a passive or rest period, where you keep moving, but at lower intensity… I know what you’re thinking, is that it? I could do that, that sounds like a piece of cake!….mmmmmmmm cake…. Well my friend that is not it at all. That pattern is repeated for

So we have just had the most food filled, sofa sitting season of the year, and about now you are probably thinking, “right in the new year, I am going to get myself in shape.” Yeah why not, buuuut here is a word to the wise.. if you have not been in a gym for a while, or taken part in any sports, golf does not count sorry.. then take it steady for the first month at least. Use the first 4 weeks of your new found enthusiasm for exercise

The squat is the perfect analogy for life, when the weight of the world is on your shoulders, weighing you down. You have to dig deep and drive it back up. Let it know that you are not going to be crushed by it but you will own it and overcome it. The squat is a wonderful exercise, there a number of benefits to doing this often, as it will bring into play a number of different muscles. The legs quads, hams and calves, the core, so that’s the abs included

So you have been training, religiously for six months. All seems to be going well. You are keeping your diet in check, you are consistent with your training, hitting the gym a minimum of three times a week. Then it happens… and upset, a hiccup, an injury or the target you were heading for has passed and the “need” is no longer there. So you stop. There is only really one of the aforementioned reasons that is a valid reason to take a break.. injury.. take your time recover and do

So you have mustered up the courage to get down to the gym. What do you take with you? Towel – check, headphones-check, water bottle-check, ego – leave that at home please. This one is a tricky one. On the one hand there are the super confident and on the other hand you have the ego infused individual who knows it all without knowing anything. If you are new to the gym environment, say just joined in the last 6-12 months, you are in a position to choose your path. Everyone you see

Can you really cheat on a diet? Who are you cheating on exactly? The clean cooked chicken and steamed broccoli couldn’t give two hoots I am sure. And as for that cheeky piece of cake, well I guess that’s the third wheel in this scenario, so that’ll be happy of attention no doubt. So I guess if you are just about to embark upon or are already on a diet, and you are dreading the restrictions that are about to be self- imposed upon you. Stop, take a step back and

So here we go, welcome to the first, of hopefully many, articles coming from the mind of Silverback Jim. There is at present a very good feeling with regards to the fitness industry. Both the young and the old are seeing the benefits of regular training and a sensible eating regime. But not everyone will go to the gym. And there will be a variety of reasons for that. I don’t know what I am doing. I want to lose a bit of weight first I can’t seem to fit it in to my day I