Naith Pothecary Personal Trainer/Nutritional Advisor

This page is here to assist current clients and everyone else in their bid for a healthier lifestyle through training and wise nutritional choices.

Operating as usual

Photos from Naith Pothecary Personal Trainer/Nutritional Advisor's post 19/09/2016

Bit the bullet this morning and got up at 5.00am on a Monday morning for a Crossfit session 😬😬😬

6.30am - 7.30am

6 rounds of : -

30 double under skipping
30 Wall balls
30m bear crawl

I knew I had a busy day ahead so had to get the workout in... I struggle with morning workouts but so glad I committed to this morning!!!

Look at that heart rate at 7.00am
On a MONDAY!!!!

What a way to start the Monday!!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

So why don't you kick Monday in the ass!!!!

Timeline photos 24/04/2016

Sunday morning seminar....
What's your morning consist of?
Mine consists of inputting weekend work of travelling to Bath to learn from the best to apply it to my clients to give them the best service :-)

Timeline photos 06/03/2016

Being away doesn't have to mean taking time of from keeping fit...

I'm away this weekend in the hills of Somerset, and just got back from a 5mile run through the lanes. Took in some great scenery... And raised the heart rate for the day...

Now ready for breakfast no.2


Check out my daily posts on my Personal Training page to help you reach your goal πŸ’ͺ


Heard rumours about squatting... Here's why


1) Squats are the best total body strength movement. As you get stronger in the squat, it will improve your strength in other areas.

2) Our leg strength is critical in building and maintaining strength and mobility in the knees, ankles and hips. As we age this will help to prevent injury.

3) Squats promote muscle growth throughout the whole body, which will in turn increase your resting metabolic rate, helping you to shrink fat and build muscle even at rest.

4) Your overall fitness and ability to perform will improve. You will be able to run faster, run further, jump higher and endure longer.

5) Your body will experience improved hormone production which will in turn give you more energy, help you build muscle, and sleep better at night.

So don't delay... Get yourself under the squat rack and get squatting... Need help or are looking at learning how to squat properly, please contact me.

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Timeline photos 18/01/2016

Don't spend your time going over Instagram and gawping at others and being jealous of their body's.

Focus on yourself...

Your goals...

Your achievements...

And how you can improve yourself and body to being the best you can be.

Start now... :-)

Timeline photos 03/12/2015

Was great getting in a leg session at the temporary location today.

Looking forward to including this equipment into next weeks programs πŸ˜ƒπŸ’ͺ

Timeline photos 02/12/2015

So LA closes its doors today.
End of an era, had some great times working there and met some great people.

Till it reopens I'll be training clients down at Pure gym central Southampton.

Before returning back to a brand spanking new gym on the 18th Dec.

Look forward to seeing you all then. :-)

Let me know if you'd like to come and train at the new gym.

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Here is a video of a client of mine performing a set of sumo squats.

I introduce... Carly

She is a fantastic client to work with.

When this video was recorded Carly was 28weeks pregnant, she only performed her first squat 4weeks prior to this recording.

Prior to this she had never undertaken any training but can now deadlift and squat, as well as that Carly is improving her posture, her back strength, and her core, all whilst continuing through pregnancy.

This video is living proof that if Carly can get under the squat rack and improve her fitness, anyone can. :-)

If anyone would like to receive pre or post natal training or would like to find out more on how it can benefit you, please inbox me.

Round of applause Carly, doing what your doing currently Is inspirational and shows that nothing can get in the way of your own personal fitness and health.

Timeline photos 26/11/2015

One of the most underrated factors in ANY training regime

Timeline photos 24/11/2015

TOP TIP !!!!

Here's an idea - As I do this myself every week. Pop to the discounted meat section when your wondering round the supermarket.

There is often meat that is on its way out, but would be fine to freeze and use at a later date.

I picked up these good quality pork loin steaks for just over Β£1 each. :-)

Keep your eye out for bargains

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Photos from Naith Pothecary Personal Trainer/Nutritional Advisor's post 24/11/2015

New Pre workout... Looking forward to trying this out in today's Leg Session!

Need help in getting the most out of your workouts???

Inbox me and ask as many questions as you want

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NIKE, Inc.β€” Inspiration and Innovation for Every Athlete in the World. 20/11/2015

NIKE, Inc.β€” Inspiration and Innovation for Every Athlete in the World. & have taken a battering from me this week...

They have some great training gear, so if your looking for some new kit... Check out the sites

(Free delivery at the moment from Nike)

NIKE, Inc.β€” Inspiration and Innovation for Every Athlete in the World. Experience sports, training, shopping and everything else that's new at Nike from any country in the world.


TRAINERS.... One of the most common questions I get asked by clients...

"What's the best trainers to get?" Well, in short there's nothing real answer.

I mean obviously you can get sport specific trainers:

- Running

- Lifting

- Crossfit

My best advice would be, to NOT go with the fashion styles if your looking for a pair of trainers for the gym.

As more often than not these have a high heel on them which when your lifting prevent your foot with having a close contact with the floor.

And secondly they tend not to have a great ankle support.

Having the best trainers in the gym won't help you lift more or run further. Better spend that extra cash on better nutrition or healthy meal cook books.

Make sure you purchase your trainers at the end of the day, as feet tend to swell throughout the day so you need them to fit when they're at their largest.
So to sum it up, buy a pair that are:

*** Comfortable

*** Give good ankle support

*** Don't have a massive heel on them

*** Have the ability to tie up properly around your foot

*** Purchase at the end of the day

And make sure your happy in them, as they're going to support you through the the blood, sweat and tears ;-)

NP Personal Training



Ever wondered how your menstrual cycle can affect your diet and your training?

The following blog can help clear things up for you.

VITAL INFORMATION IN HERE, so all ladies that are training please read... And to my female clients if you have any questions from this blog we can have a talk in our next session... :-)

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HOW TO MANIPILATE TRAINING and NUTRITION AROUND YOUR FEMALE CYCLE Sorry guys, this one's for the ladies but it won't do you any harm to read.... As females it’s not just as simple as having a training programme and sticking to it week in week out. Unfortunately for us ladies (we're talking about premenopausal ovulating women here) we also have to deal with our flu…

Her Nails Were Dotted With Little White Marks. The Reason? I Had NO Idea! 18/11/2015

Her Nails Were Dotted With Little White Marks. The Reason? I Had NO Idea!

A great little read that goes into how clever the body is, by giving us little signs on what your missing in your diet...

Have a read

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Her Nails Were Dotted With Little White Marks. The Reason? I Had NO Idea! Most of us think that we lead pretty healthy lives. Sure, we cut corners here and there, but generally, we’re aware of the basics: limit junk food, drink water, move around, get good sleep. And, thanks to all the research available to us β€” like how to spot the signs and symptoms of a thyroid issue —…

5 Chest Building Workouts For Strength And Size 18/11/2015

5 Chest Building Workouts For Strength And Size



I was having a read through some articles when this one popped up.

Always intrigued as to what different articles say from different writers.

.... So I had a read

I really do believe this is one that shouldn't be detailed as one to takes notes from, for several reasons:

1) There is no 'middle chest' only Pectoralis major and Pectoralis minor.

2) It appears as if this is setting you out a 5 day training plan for training your chest, in which, i believe it would not be possible to do these workouts in a row.

3) Focussing directly on doing the same movement across three exercises would not benefit as the body would be greatly fatigued by the 3rd exercise leading to lack of physical exertion and performance.

4) Too many people (especially guys) already are very anterior (front of body) focused/dominant. And are also, due to the way we live, very slumped over giving a 'rounded shoulder' look.

If these people did some more posterior (back) training, this would strengthen the back, improving their posture and give the impression of a much more 'fuller' chest.

5) Personally i believe this would be a better way to educate people on how they can improve their image and their body. Rather than the encouragement to new people starting to train believing that chest day should be their main focus...

Let me know your thoughts...

5 Chest Building Workouts For Strength And Size

Timeline photos 16/11/2015

So true....

12 Brilliant Meal Prep Ideas to Free Up Your Time 15/11/2015

12 Brilliant Meal Prep Ideas to Free Up Your Time

REPOSTING a post from Friday as now is the time everyone's planning their meals for the following week... Have a read guys and see if there's something you can take from there to make it easier for you!

Happy Sunday

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12 Brilliant Meal Prep Ideas to Free Up Your Time A little planning ahead will ensure you’re making healthy choices all week. Steal these brilliant meal prep ideas for portion control and cooking...

Timeline photos 15/11/2015


What a milestone to reach with a page that's been running for less than 2months...

Appreciate the support and here's to reaching 500# soon!

12 Brilliant Meal Prep Ideas to Free Up Your Time 13/11/2015

12 Brilliant Meal Prep Ideas to Free Up Your Time

Something to read over the weekend to get yourself ready for next weeks


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12 Brilliant Meal Prep Ideas to Free Up Your Time A little planning ahead will ensure you’re making healthy choices all week. Steal these brilliant meal prep ideas for portion control and cooking...


What have your progressed with this week?

Last night I managed a 160kg hip thrust for 7reps...


Even if you've gained an extra rep,

Loaded up by a kg

Increased the resistance on your cardio by a level...

It's ALL improvements.

If you haven't made one this week, make TODAY the day!

Happy Friday guys...

NP Personal Training

Timeline photos 13/11/2015

I found this simple image to be very powerful.

We all know what is good for us and what isn't.

We wonder why chronic illness, diseases and sicknesses strike but many of us aren't consuming the medicine on the right on a daily basis.

Do it however you can! Juice, smoothie, soup, make sauces out of vegetables, blend them and hide them in your bolognese sauce if you have to, just get the good stuff in!


Quick Gym Fix:

If you have a trainer that puts you on CV equipment for large parts of your weight loss sessions with them then it's time to get a new trainer.

They should be developing your movement qualities.

Leave the calorie burning for another time.

Timeline photos 12/11/2015

EVERYONE loves a cheeky NANDOS.... πŸ˜‹

But you can still enjoy it without damaging your calorie consumption too much!!!


Here are two side order favourites from NANDO'S...

Just check out the macros on both and just look at the difference. 😳😳😳

Same amount of PROTEIN on both, but one is much lower in:

- Fat
- Calories
- AND Carbs!!!

Use My Fitness Pal when your out and about to determine the details for the food your about to consume...

It's all about LIFESTYLE CHOICES!!'

Could do with some Halloumi on my salad for lunch today hmmm

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{Picture curtesy of Lift The Bar: Personal Training}

Timeline photos 11/11/2015


The primitive movement is what makes it a vital movement in today's training programme.

As if you think about it the vertical pull was once a major necessity of life to evade predators and obtaining food sources.

Where as now many of us sit down in our jobs, then SIT DOWN on a lat pull down at the gym.

So if your looking at building a strong upper body, walk over to the pull up bars next time your in the gym.

-----> IF your unable to perform full pulls up. Grab yourself a set of resistance bands of Amazon to aid your pull ups until you can perform them without the aid.

Comment underneath if you have any questions on how to execute a proper pull up :-)

Happy training guys

NP Personal Training



Shown on the video here is me doing...

**** 115kg for 7reps ****

When I train my clients I see this as a vital exercise !

It's FANTASTIC at training the hamstrings and more importantly the Glutes (your bum)

It creates great hip power which is important in generating a strong SQUAT and DEADLIFT.

If you want to give these a go next time your training, here's some simple pointers to get you going ---->

1) Rest the bottom of your shoulder blades on the bench behind.

2) You can play around with your foot position, but start with your feet hip width apart, and reasonably close to your bum so when you drive up your shins are vertical.

3) Drive through your hips and not your feet, as you drive up allow your head to go back with your body so your spine stays neutral.

4) When at the top squeeze your Glutes for a second or two, then in a controlled manner bring the bar back down.

5) IF you find you struggle to keep your knees in line and they waiver in, try putting a thigh resistance band just below your knees and push your knees out against the band.

GIVE IT A GO next time your training and see how much it'll improve those big lifts... :-)

Or if you require more information comment or inbox me....

Happy Monday

NP Personal Training

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