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Why Men Can Lose Weight Easier than Women?

FACT: it’s harder for women to lose weight than men. This may be unfair, but a Darwinian hypothesis states that it’s just the female body’s natural way of fighting energy deficits to preserve fertility. When women aren’t getting enough calories, ovulation and hormones responsible for reproduction get suppressed. From a biochemical perspective, a 2009 study [...]

HIIT your exercise hard

For quick changes to your body shape go for high intensity interval training (HIIT). Proven to help you promote fat loss, the technique also improves your ability to process sugar, increase metabolism and improve performance. HIIT has been around for many years and can be done in various ways using different types of CV equipment [...]

Case Study – Performance and Rehabilitation

Case Study : Triathlon - Claire Van Helfteren.  Claire Van Helfteren hired Clarice House Personal Trainer Nolan Sunnassee to help her start to running again after two ankle operations which had prevented her from exercising normally for over two years. Claire: I started training with Nolan having had two ankle operations in 2010 and 2011. [...]

Why cant you LOSE WEIGHT? Top FAT LOSS barriers

Clarice House Personal Trainer Nolan Sunnassee outlines to key reasons why people find it hard to lose weight. As summer is rapidly approaches many are seeking to lose weight in order to get that beach body. But what the major reasons why you can’t lose weight and get into shape?  Toxicity - Chemicals, heavy metals, [...]

Swiss Balls – Why Use Them?

Clarice House Personal Trainer Nolan Sunnassee investigates the benefits of using Swiss Balls. Swiss balls are common place within gyms around the world now but what benefits do they provide for the average gym goer? Made popular by rehabilitation specialists in Switzerland over sixty years ago and popularised by American physical therapists (Chek 1996, 2000), [...]

AGE is NO Restriction for your Fitness

Clarice House Personal Trainer Nolan Sunnassee highlights the importance for exercise for all ages. Average life expectancy for a man was 65 years old in 1950 and by 2050 its estimated to be 91 years old (Dept of Work & Pensions) With life expectancy growing rapidly in our society, exercise is a great way to [...]

How many repetitions should i do when lifting weights?

Simplistically repetitions are dictated by your goals:   Reps Goal 1-3 Power 1-5 Strength 6-8 Functional Hypertrophy 8-12 Hypertrophy 12-15 Strength Endurance 15+ Endurance   In reality you have to consider many other factors, such as the persons training age, training experience, chronological age, sports participated in, body type, flexibility, nervous system, technical ability, past [...]

Should I Take More Protein To Improve My Results?

This is a commonly asked question which depends on various factors. Protein is a macromolecule that is found in fish, meat, eggs, nuts, etc. Proteins have many important functions in the body, including supporting repair, growth, producing hormones and enzymes as well as making antibodies, balancing fluid levels and as an energy and potential carbohydrate [...]

Perfect Your Exercise for Perfect Results

Want to get the best results from your exercise? Then you need to ensure your movement is using the right muscles in the right sequences. Anyone I have trained over the years will tell you that the most important part of improving any exercise is technique. Great technique will make the line of force from [...]

Case Study – Sailing Performance

Pete is a local sailing champion who has been successful over the past 7 years in B14 Class. He was national champion two years running and runner up in the World Championships in Australia in 2009. During this time he was personal training with Clarice House Strength and Conditioning Coach Nolan Sunnassee. Pete: I started [...]


When most people undertake an exercise programme they have a clear picture of what they would like to achieve from it. Whether its fat loss, muscle strength, toning, training for a sport or event, its important to note that exercises are NOT created equally. The muscles, bones, connective tissue and nervous system in your body [...]

Case Study – Skiing Conditioning

Case Study - Sue and Geoff Looser. Sue: As we are both aged 47 plus but love to ski two or three times a year, we realised we needed a specific training programme in order to get the most out of our trips. Even more so as we have sedentary lifestyles and jobs and do [...]

The TRUTH about Fats

For most people wanting to lose weight or improve there health, fats are viewed as the enemy, but what is the truth? Fats are part of the nutrient family called lipids. There are three specific types but triglycerides are the most common type in our diets. These can then be further split into subcategories relating [...]

If you dont use it, you lose it

Your body is an amazing machine. It automatically repairs you from injury, regulates your body temperature and prioritises and absorbs from the nutrition you provide it with. However, when making physiological modifications such as getting a more compact shape or increasing muscle size, the body needs enough force to signal change is needed. When astronauts [...]

Case Study – Performance

Case Study: Claire Spurway. With the London 2012 Olympic Games only a few months away, thousands of athletes around the world are training hard to reach the standard for this once in a lifetime opportunity. One such athlete is Claire Spurway, who hopes to represent Great Britain in the 200m sprint event. Claire, from London, [...]

Case Study – Husky Challenge

Case Study - Joanne Woodcraft Joanne Woodcraft a 31 year old Nurse planned to complete a 250km Husky challenge for charity. To accomplish this she hired Clarice House Personal Trainer Nolan Sunnassee to help condition her for the event. Joanne: I work in paediatric critical care unit at the Royal London Hospital and with 5 fellow [...]

Personal Training

Your body deserves the best! You wouldn’t fix a filling without a visit to the dentist, or try a new hairstyle without the expertise of a good hair stylist. So, when it comes to toning up and trimming down why leave it to chance and get second best results?

Exercise & Performance

  For most sports increasing strength and power is essential but should not compromise bodyweight or speed. The correct conditioning can significantly amplify upper and lower body strength gains making you for your chosen discipline. In sports speed over the first five yards (Poliquin) is the defining factor between first and second to a ball [...]

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