Castle Personal Training

Castle Personal Training is a Corstorphine, Edinburgh based company who specialise in weightloss/toning and Pre and Post Natal exercise.

Blog 01-01-14; New years resolutions? Change the way you go about them.

Hi guys,


Mark Twain (1835-1910) said in 1863;

“New Year’s Day: now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual . . . New Year’s is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls, and humbug resolutions.”


He was a clever fella that Twain bloke, not only writing Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer but also realising very early on that New Year’s resolutions are complete nonsense and usually a waste of time.

The gym where I also PT, David Lloyd Newhaven Harbour in Edinburgh, is shut today but tomorrow, like every other gym in the world, it will start filling up again with those poor, well-intentioned souls who believe that this will be their year but who don’t know how to change their lifestyle and will therefore fail.

It’s easy to tell yourself that this will be the year you’ll get results, unlike last year, but it’s not going to happen unless you change the way you approach things.

I wrote about this last year in this article and have written about it for other websites and magazines this year so won’t repeat myself but I just wanted to quickly stress just how important the right guidance can be.

Don’t just walk into your gym thinking that you know it all, if you did you would have succeeded last year. Don’t tell yourself you’ll go for a run three times a week when you life in an area where it’s too cold and wet to run until March or April. Don’t go on that fad-diet that “really seems to work for Gwyneth Paltrow”, she should not be your source for information as she has no idea what the hell she is on about.

When walking in to the gym, any gym, ask one of the staff for ideas. You’ll be amazed how much information Personal Trainers and gym coaches are willing to give you for free. If you are too shy to ask, or you think the PTs in your gym are not up to scratch, go do some research. Sites like and good guys on Youtube, such as my friends Funk Roberts and Jeff Cavaliere, have tonnes of training tips and advice for you that will get you started on the right path.

I have written several blogs about diets and motivation techniques, certainly more than any other personal trainer in Edinburgh, and I’m not the only guy out there that throws this stuff out there for free, so use the information professionals are willing to share with you.

Obviously, if you feel you need that bit of professional support you would only get from a personal trainer make sure you go to a good one. A good, confident, PT will always be happy for you to talk to some of his clients. If you have a friend/family member or colleague who trains with a personal trainer ask them how they are getting on and what the PT offers in terms of support. There is a big difference between the levels of support personal trainers offer, as I wrote about here. Make sure you go and have a chat with your potentially new PT before signing up, just to make sure you get on alright. There is no point working with someone you can’t stand as you would just resent training with them.

Don’t just make the same tired resolutions this year whilst not changing how you go about it this year.

Find the information you need, get the help you need and get the results you want.



Have an incredible 2014 and I wish you all the best.

Your friend,



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