‘Absolutely phenomenal!’


After eight months of being unable to walk and after countless other treatments, Franco Gasparotti turned to Leon Almashan at PhysioExtra – and today Franco is setting off on an expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro.

Franco suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after being seriously injured in the Coldstream Guards in Ulster. His weight ballooned to 27 stone as a result.

After losing an incredible 17 stone and reducing his waist size from 72 to 32 inches he is now a fitness consultant

He still needs skinfold removal surgery and is raising funds through the Kilimanjaro expedition.

The whole trip was put in jeopardy due plantar fasciitis.

“My heels were so bad, I could hardly walk,” says Franco. “I tried everything, then heard about Leon’s Shockwave treatment at PhysioExtra. I could hardly walk 12 feet, but the day after the first session I walked 12 miles and I’ve been walking 15 miles a day ever since, catching up on eight months of missed training.

“I can only describe the results of Leon’s treatment as absolutely phenomenal!”

For further information about Franco’s appeal: https://www.gofundme.com/francoappeal


Lose your ‘spare tyre’ – it can kill

Having a ‘spare tyre’ around belly worse than being obese, a long-term scientific study has found.


The Annals of Internal Medicine in the US found that normal-weight men with extra fat around their middles were twice as likely to die than those classed as overweight or obese.


The damaging effect on women was slightly less pronounced but still increased their risk of death by up to 40 percent.


This is because having a “spare tyre” is connected with the accumulation of visceral fat around the internal organs


Unlike subcutaneous fat, which lies just below the skin, deep-lying visceral fat is associated with many health problems, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

The good news is that you can do something about it. And no, the right response isn’t to put weight on all over!


Eating less calories and burning off calories is the way to go. A weight loss of five to 10 percent of your total body weight can help reduce visceral fat stores.


You can work with a dietitian to design a nutrition plan for you that focuses on improving your health.


To start with, increase your exercise – any activity that gets your heart rate up and you moving for an hour is good. This should also be mixed with some high-intensity training.


For every 10% of overall weight loss, you lose 30% of your visceral fat – and you can target it effectively with a 60-minute workout involving rowing machine sprints, light weight reps, squats and press-ups, for example.


Weight loss takes time. Don’t expect to lose weight overnight – you didn’t gain it overnight.


So maintaining motivation is key – and a good trainer is invaluable for this.






10 tips for Lent

The 40 days of Lent are a good time to give up unhealthy habits and cultivate a few healthy ones.

Here are our top 10 tips to guarantee feeling fitter by Easter:

1. Give up smoking – you know all the reasons why. Just stub it out! (Have you ever tried hypnotherapy?)

2. Take up walking. Even a few minutes a day can make a difference, so cut out lifts and escalators and leave the car behind.

3. Give up sugar – refined sugar in fizzy drinks is one of the major causes of obesity and is linked to a range of health problems such as type 2 diabetes.

4. Eat more fruit. This is a great substitute for sugar as well as a vital source of vitamins.

5. Give up your lie-in. Get up, get a shower, get moving and get things done. Lying in can leave you feeling listless.

6. Eat a healthy breakfast. Starting the day the right way can give you the energy you need.

7. Give up late nights. Sleep is good for you in so many ways, so substitute late night TV or computer games for a relaxing decaf tea and a good book (nothing too exciting – the idea is to send you gently to sleep!)

8. Water – keeping yourself properly hydrated reduces your craving for unhealthy drinks and food.

9. Give up TV: couch potatoes have a higher risk of health problems.

10. Give up alcohol. It will make you thinner, fitter and improve your sleep.

Lose weight with hypnotherapy

Struggling to keep those New Year diet resolutions?


Rather than try another weight-loss fad you could try a little hypnotherapeutic help.


Hypnosis addresses the real reasons why you unconsciously choose bad eating habits.


A hypnotherapist cannot promise you will go on to lose weight after just one session, but will give you new techniques to manage your own health and make permanent healthy changes to your diet and lifestyle.


Hypnosis can increase your motivation to exercise, stop compulsive eating and help you reduce portion sizes.