HomeGym Blog

  • Banish belly fat

    Researchers at the university of Antwerp have found that overweight people who use Vibration Trainers lose more belly fat and weight than those who use diet alone.

    Times Body and Soul 14th May 2011.

  • Ten common sense weight loss tips

    weight-loss-smallA weight loss programme is all about common sense and a healthy balanced diet. We want you to lose weight sensibly and keep it off by changing how you think about your diet and health. As a little bit of extra motivation we have put together these ten top tips to help you reach your goal.


    Eat slowly, Stop eating before you feel full, Never skip meals, Only weigh yourself once a week, Use a smaller plate, Reduce your alcohol intake, Eat high fibre foods, Avoid temptation, Exercise and keep well hydrated....



  • Homegym hit the national press.


    Yes you read it right.  Homegym will feature in the "Sun" newspaper on Monday 11th April.  Not as previously stated (4th April).  We have collaborated with the Sun on an article about home exercise, supplying a photo and advice on the text.  We are hoping to have our brand and contact details associated with this item and would like to thank all who were involved for this exposure.

    Thank you

  • New research on regular exercise

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    new research

    Regular exercise cuts Dementia, Cancer and risks of Diabetes, Osteoporosis, and many more. People who take regular exercise could reduce their risk of developing around two dozen physical and mental health conditions – including some cancers and dementia – and slow down how quickly their body deteriorates as they age.

    An extensive research review, published in the December issue of IJCP, the International Journal of Clinical Practice, says that apart from not smoking, being physically active is the most powerful lifestyle choice any individual can make to improve their health.

    Physiotherapist and lecturer Leslie Alford from the University of East Anglia reviewed 40 papers covering the latest international research published between 2006 and 2010.

    “The literature reviewed shows that how long people live and how healthy they are depends on a complex mix of factors, including their lifestyle, where they live and even luck” says Mr Alford. “Individuals have an element of control over some of these factors, including obesity, diet, smoking and physical activity.

    “Although the focus of my study was on men’s health, the messages on physical activity are relevant to both sexes and all age groups.”

    Marc Onigman editor at Stone Health News, via Linked-in.

  • Healthy Turkey, bean and vegetable chilli

    Turkey, Bean and Vegetable Chilli chilli-pic1


    This chilli is packed with turkey, vegetables and two different types of beans. It’s got great flavour with a pleasant, not overwhelming, amount of heat.


    2 spray(s) cooking spray

    1 pound(s) Turkey, ground, 

    1 medium onion(s), chopped

    2 clove(s) (medium) garlic cloves

    2 large carrot(s), chopped

    2 stalk(s) (medium) celery, 

    1 medium yellow pepper(s), 

    1 medium bell pepper,

    1 Tbsp chilli powder

    1 Tbsp paprika, 2 tsp Ground Cumin Seed, or other brand,1 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp table salt1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, optional, 29 oz fat-free, reduced-sodium chicken broth, 29 oz canned diced tomatoes, with mild green chillies

    15 1/2 oz canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained.


    Coat a 12-inch sauté pan with cooking spray; set over medium-high heat. Brown turkey, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon as it cooks, about 10 minutes; drain and set aside.


    Coat a large pot with cooking spray; set over medium heat. Cook onion, stirring occasionally, until soft but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add carrots, celery and peppers; cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add chilli powder, paprika, cumin, oregano, salt and cayenne; stir for 1 minute.


    Stir in broth, tomatoes, beans and turkey; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, stirring every 5 minutes, about 35 minutes total. Yields about 1 1/2 cups chilli per serving.


    If you like your chilli spicy, make sure to add the cayenne pepper. If you prefer your chilli on the milder side, leave out the cayenne pepper and use plain diced tomatoes, instead of ones with green chillies.


    Thank you Louise, (Wimborne Slimming World).

  • Vibration training special offer.


    Just ten minutes a day will change your life!


    In order to stay happy and healthy we need a good diet and regular exercise. Unfortunately our increasingly busy lives hamper our best intentions. In order to become healthier and stronger we need to dedicate precious time that we often can't spare. Homegym Vibration Trainer


    However 10 minutes per day isn’t too long and requires much less dedication. So Vibration training may just be  the answer we've all been waiting for. Short and regular sessions on your HealthyHabit will strenghen your muscles, tone your body and make you look and feel great, with very little effort.



    Vibration Trainer exercise tips

    The vibrating platform of the HealthyHabit Vibration Trainer offers the same benefits as an hour-long gym workout in just 10 minutes, burning up to 350 calories.


    This vibration trainer has been designed to produce therapeutic vibrations from the feet up through your entire body. The vibrating platform causes rapid muscle contractions that work your muscles continuously.  These contractions not only build muscle and bone density, but improve flexibility, burn fat, increase metabolism, improve circulation, improve cellular oxygen and nutrient delivery which slows the degenerative/ageing process!


    This machine will not train the body’s cardiovascular system but will make you look and feel great, whilst helping you lose weight. Ten minutes is all it takes!  Training little and often gives great benefits with this machine.



  • Natural Detox.

    Assist weight loss and improve general health, with a new year detox now...

    Its time to flush those toxins and start a new healthy life.
    Homegym have been investigating the Vitamin and Minerals market with a view to offering quality products to our clients. It is well documented that it is now necessary to supplement our daily diets with a quality selection of vitamins and minerals.
    The Product pictured above is the 10 day detox (starter pack). Taken alongside a normal healthy diet this detox will flush your body of damaging toxins. This pack can boost your immune system, and help clear bacteria and parasites reducing the likelihood if disease and illness. Would you like to have more energy and stamina? feel brighter? clearer and healthier? improve your skin, lose weight and eliminate your bodys waste? Then try this 10 Day Detox.

    Detox Healthy Starter Pack is just £30.00 and can be ordered from Homegym UK by calling 0800 04321 48. Its time to change your life so make the call and start to change your quality of life today, for tomorrow...

    This product is not recommended if you are pregnant or feeling unwell.

  • Winter warmer

    stew-smallBeef and potato energy stew

    Serves 4
    Per portion: 552 calories, 55.1g protein, 13.1g fat, 48.4g carbohydrate, 0.7g salt

    You will need
    900g lean beef steak, diced
    6 shallots, peeled
    3 large carrots, diced 
    2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced 
    3 parsnips, diced 
    Fresh thyme
    500ml cider
    1tbsp Worcestershire sauce
    can butterbeans
    Salt and freshly ground pepper

    How to make it
    Preheat the oven to 150°C/Gas Mark 2. Toss the meat in some flour and place in a casserole dish with the vegetables. Add all the other ingredients, cover with a lid and cook in the oven for up to four hours.

    Why it’s so good?

    Sweet potatoes have a low G.I, which means they release their energy slowly. This helps keep blood sugar levels stable and prevents energy dips. The butterbeans boost your carbohydrate intake and supply plenty of B vitamins needed to release energy from your food. A lack of energy can sometimes be due to a poor iron intake, and beef is one of the richest and most easily absorbed sources.

    Enjoy xx

  • Increase your training intensity


    Increase intensity

    If you really want to improve your body, increase your intensity.  You are not going to achieve great weight loss by a gentle stroll after dinner.  You are not going to sculpt your biceps by messing around with light weights.  Get serious and don't waste your own time.  If you have allocated time to exercise then do it properly. Go for it...

    For more advise, training tips and equipment hire visit www.homegymuk.com

  • Grapefruit is Citrus dynamite.

    GrapefruitEverybody knows the benefits of "Five a Day" but that is old news.  Few of us know about the benefits of Citrus and the advantages of making one of your five, a Grapefruit.  Yes the citrus and vitamin C from half a Grapefruit per day will hot-wire your organs for weight loss.  Grapefruit genetically re-programmes your liver to burn excess fat from food, rather than storing it.   It will provide up to 78% of your RDA of vitamin C.   So let the power of citrus aid your weight loss and ward off the winter colds in the coming season.

  • Blueberry pancake

    pancake1Ingredients 1/2 a cup of wholewheat flour,  1 cup of oats, 250ml of full-fat milk, 2 scoops of whey protein powder, 2 tablespoons of baking powder, 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon, 1/2 a teaspoon of salt and a handful of blueberries.

    How to make it Blend all the ingredients together to make a creamy batter, if it's too thick add a little water or some more milk and blend again.  Drizzle some sunflower oil into a non-stick pan, add the batter, and cook on a high setting for 3-5 minutes each side.  Take care not to burn.

    Why you should try it Wholewheat flour is more nutritious than refined white flour and it retains most of it's minerals, vitamins and protein.  Full fat milk contains lots of calories to fuel your workouts along with lots of muscle building protein.  Oats are a great source of fibre and contain lots of vitamin E, thought to reduce the risk of heart attacks.  This great tasting pancake is fun to make, it will boost your energy level.

  • Swiss ball workouts


    The swiss ball

    gym ball or stability ball (as it is sometimes called) is an excllent piece of exercise equipment that can be used by people at all fitness levels.  It gives the ability to train every muscle group in the body.  It also helps with the development of core muscle strength and balance/co-ordination.

    A swiss ball workout is the ideal compliment to your cardio training especially when combined with a well balanced low fat diet .

    Follow these links to some great swiss ball exercises...



  • HomeGym 10km fun-run

    Fun-run April 10thHomeGym Fun-run 10th April 2010.

    Entry forms are now available for this fun event to be held at Moors Valley Country Park.  The run starts at 10am and is aimed at those new to running.  It is intended to help you focus on a goal, and help with your training and motivation .  The entry fee is £15 and will include an event t-shirt and commemorative certificate.  Call now for your entry form or text your name and "ENTRY"  to 07977 094395.

  • Low fat veggie curry

    - Red chard (spinach leaves if not available)
    - 80g beetroot cut into julienne strips
    - 1tsp coriander seeds
    - 1 roughly milled whole dried red chilli
    - 2tsp chopped garlic
    - ½tsp turmeric
    - ½tsp salt
    - 30g red-skinned unsalted peanuts - 1tbsp vegetable oil - 1 medium onion - 2 finely chopped tomatoes

    To make
    Cook the coriander seeds and the whole chilli for a few minutes, either in a wok or in the oven. Crush them using a pestle and mortar and set aside. Roast the peanuts separately and when cooled crush them a little and blow away the excess skin shells, then set aside. Heat the oil in a deep pan or wok and add the crushed chilli and coriander. Sizzle for 1 minute, add the chopped garlic and onions and cook for five to six minutes until golden brown. Add the turmeric, salt and tomatoes and stir, then add the beetroot. Gently fold the spinach into the onion and spice mixture, turning it over to take heat from the base of the pan, but be careful not to over-cook or allow the moisture to be released. Just as the spinach is beginning to wilt, remove from the heat. Sprinkle the peanuts over, toss gently and serve immediately.  Serves two...

  • Kettlebell Revolution

    dscn2404Join the revolution

    When workouts become boring and stale they are less effective.  A great way to motivate yourself is to add something different to your routine.

    Kettlebells are an ideal strength exercise to compliment your cardio training.

    HomeGym now supply a "Kettlebell" package, consisting of your selection of weighted bell and an instructional workout DVD, for beginner intermediate or advanced.  Packages start at £55 and kettlebells come in 2.5  5  7.5 and 12kg weights.  you can order now via the contact us page or by phone on             0800 04321 48, make the call and get started today...

  • Wedding Shows


    HomeGym UK are exhibiting at six wedding shows in 2010.

    We will be on hand to offer advise on getting fit, toning up and looking your best for the big day.  We have a limited number of free tickets available, please call and reserve yours now.

    The dates and venues are;  17th January The Wessex Hotel Bournemouth 12-4pm, 31st January The Novotel Bristol city center, 21st February The Lighthouse Poole, 28th February Holiday Inn Taunton, 28th March The Opera House  Bournemouth,  and the 17th October The Holiday Inn Taunton.

  • Great South Success

    gsr-picSunday the 25th October saw the 20th Great South Run in Portsmouth bathed in glorious autumnal sunshine.  Running for the Wessex Autistic Society, HomeGym UK director Alan K  recorded a personal best time for the ten miles of 1 hr 18 min's.    Alan was placed 1582nd in the field of 21000. The event winner was Mo Farah in a time of 46.25.   A huge thank you to all his sponsor's for their generous support and donations.  You can still donate at www.justgiving.com/alankingsland Thank You...

  • Fight Flab Smoothie


    Burning extra fat never tasted so good

    2 peeled grapefruits, 2 peeled oranges, 1  lemon with peel, 140g live low fat yogurt

    Oranges; have high vitamin C content which is great for burning fat.  Vitamin C is also the main producer of the amino acid Carnitine, which helps flush fatty acids and toxins from the body.  Cut into eight and add to the blender.

    Lemons; are full of vitamin C, which has been shown to counteract free radical damage caused by exercise.  Slice and add to blender.

    Grapefruit; is full of fibre and falls low on the glycaemic index.  It  can help stop snack attacks.  They are also high in flavonoids and terpenes that have cancer-preventing properties.  Dice and add to the blender.  Blend the fruit to a fine pulp.

    Yogurt; is a great source of calcium and protein, helping you to stay full for longer.  Research suggests that people who get their calcium from yogurt may lose more weight from around their stomach.  Add the yogurt to the blender and blend again.  If to thick add skimmed milk to thin.

  • P.T Consultations

    sq-picHomeGym U.K now offer all  new customers a free consultation with a personal trainer.    We can assess your current fitness level and work out a training programme for your chosen equipment.  We will help you with realistic goal setting, and discuss your dietary needs and ongoing targets.

    This is a totally free service available to those interested in tailored support, because hiring or buying the equipment is only the first step.

    Because we know that most people get better results when  focused on a specific objective, HomeGym U.K are planing a 10k run for Easter next year.  So keep an eye the blog  for more information and entry details...

  • Belly Busting Smoothie

    fatloss_smoothie1Belly Busting Smoothie

    2 medium ripe bananas
    1 large mango (450g)
    5 tbsp low-fat natural yogurt
    2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
    A handful of fresh mint leaves

    Contain a high percentage of water, so you get a lot of food for a relatively small amount of calories.

    The potassium in bananas helps balance fluid levels in your cells, curbing bloating and water retention.

    Natural yogurt
    The calcium found in yogurt helps maintain a healthy bone density and muscle mass while revving up your body’s fat-burning engines.

    Pumpkin seeds
    These seeds are full of good fats that will fire up your metabolism.

    Mint leaves
    Mint is a diuretic so it helps eliminate toxins from the body. It can also ease stomach pain by soothing the digestive tract.

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