How fit are you? Some simple tests to do at home

‘I feel soooo unfit! I've really got to start working out!’ But how fit are you actually? Have you ever thought to find out what your starting point is and monitor your improvements and successes as you motor on with your exercise regime? Well testing and monitoring is a standard and crucial consideration for a Personal Trainer working with clients (well it should be if you’ve got a decent trainer). That’s what got me thinking... Surely everyone should be able to monitor their own fitness levels and at least have an awareness of their own fitness or ‘unfitness’ levels, whenever and wherever they like? It’s a great way to see what's working and what isn’t. Perfect for those who like to compete against and challenge themselves. And if nothing else you could turn it into some friendly competition with your mates.

My top 10 fat-blasting moves to try today

I thought I'd share with you my top 10 hybrid HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) moves to get the heart pumping and those calories burning! But it's not just great for burning fat; interval training can also increase your VO2max (the amount of oxygen your body can use and an indicator of cardio fitness), reduce your lactate accumulation (so you can train harder, for longer) and increase enzyme activity to reduce fatigue. All of these exercises can be done without any equipment, but for some of them you can add dumbbells to add extra resistance if you like. I'll point out an easier and a harder version of each exercise as we go along, so you can adapt them as you like. Enjoy!