About Me

This is the blog site of an ‘FFB’ (former fat boy) who’s experienced every spectrum of the health and fitness rainbow. I have been borderline obese and borderline anorexic. Having made my initial transformation with precious little help and external resources, it was a good old fashioned dose of ‘spirit’ that kept me going.

I set myself a goal and obliterated it. In fact, I took it to far. Although I make no apology. I made more mistakes than most, but these have translated into me being better at my job in this industry. I really believe there’s no amount of textbooks that can replicate the lessons of real life errors that entail emotion.

I’m now an aspiring strength coach working among the fitness industry in the U.K. and I have a deep rooted love for people – this makes my job effortless and seem as if I were not working at all. “Interaction makes the world go round”. This blog is my efforts to connect with more people from further a field, with differing backgrounds, differing circumstances and different qualities. Each having a story of equal value.

As you may have already seen, this site features a myriad of topics from self-improvement to spirituality. From strength training to body-building. From the sharing of quotes to emotional musings. From study analysis to pure anecdotal evidence. From yoga to rehabilitation. I’m in love with the bigger picture when it comes to health and well-being; sharpening the mind, strengthening the body, building the character, managing and developing our weaknesses and ultimately………….working towards inspiring others and leaving a legacy of sorts.

The realm of nutrition and its impact on health and performance fascinates me tremendously and I’ve already devoured multiple books on the subject, some of which I’ve reviewed here in great detail.

Above all, my site will always be free of dogmatic tendencies. As I’ve matured, the greatest gift I’ve obtained is an open mind. I love experimenting with all types of theories and ideas, no matter how ‘wild’.

So I hope you enjoy at least one of the 100+ posts I have here. I always re-blog other bloggers’ posts if I enjoy them too, so not every post is strictly my own. But they all resonate with my interests, beliefs and core values.

The comments section is an ‘anything goes’ area; say what you mean and mean what you say – just don’t be shy!

I talk, talk and talk some more. Get in touch, say hi. Let’s talk ‘shop’.

Contact methods:

Twitter – @JR_STF……………..I share all new blog posts via my relatively new Twitter page (I follow back too!)

E-mail – straighttalkingfitness@gmail.comΒ (I am now available for personal training (in the UK), online coaching, guest blog posts, interviews and more. Just send me an email and we’ll go from there!)

Thanks for stopping by. Shout your own blog out down below if you’d like.Β 


30 Comments Add yours

  1. ninjaneil says:

    Look forward to reading more of your blog.


    1. Hey! Thanks very much for the follow! I’m just about to check your blog out as we speak πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoy my content too.


  2. Miss DKVM says:

    Nice Blog!!! IΒ΄m gonna have some fun around here πŸ˜€
    Peace and Love


    1. Awesome! Thankyou πŸ™‚ Please have as much fun as you like, that’s what it’s all about right?!

      It’s really nice to see someone who isn’t scared of a little interaction too! πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Great Posts. Look forward to more.


    1. Hello, thanks very much for getting in touch and leaving feedback! I look forward to enjoying more of your work too!


  4. Di Burgess says:

    Thanks for the like, I very much appreciate it. You have a great blog and one that I look forward to looking around and getting some insight to fitness and health, both of which are big interests of mine. πŸ˜„


    1. Hello! Thanks very much for stopping by and for the very kind words! There is plenty more cool stuff on the horizon, I promise πŸ™‚ I couldn’t not give your post a like, it was great. I see you’ve got quite a taste or appreciation for strength training?


  5. fitnoodle says:

    Great blog, looking forward to reading more πŸ™‚


    1. Hey!

      Thanks very much for the feedback πŸ™‚ Same goes for you, lots of great posts on your blog! I particularly like the theme of how women should work out, the whole “girls should only do cardio” crap needs to be put to bed once and for all, right? Haha.

      Nice to meet you, keep churning out great posts too!



  6. Tony says:

    Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking something. Congrats on overcoming obesity and anorexia. Clearly, you don’t do things halfway. I am looking forward to visiting around yours. Keep up the good work!


    1. Hi Tony, nice to meet you! You’re quite right, I’m all, or I’m nothing. It can be good and it can be bad. No problem at all, you’ve got some real quality content!

      Thanks for saying hello πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Tony says:

        You are on the right track. Keep it up.


  7. Thanks for the like! Greatly appreciated!


    1. My pleasure! Thank you for visiting my site and showing some support. Keep the great content coming over on your site man!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. OTSMUK says:

    Amazing website πŸ™‚ ,i am absolutely loving your contents .


    1. Hey, thanks very much πŸ™‚ I just checked yours out…….mine’s nothing compared to yours!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. OTSMUK says:

        aww don’t say that, πŸ™‚ i try ,maybe we could collaborate soon


      2. Your trying is paying off πŸ™‚ Yes, for sure! Let’s make it happen!


  9. funandfiber says:

    Love your stuff!


    1. Hey! Thanks so much, long may it continue πŸ™‚ I’m liking your work too.


  10. Tony says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my Fitness Funnies. Nice to see that you are still on the health track. Keep up the good work!


  11. bethwarstadt says:

    Did a cruise around your site and really liked it. You have a lot of great stuff on here. I’m looking forward to reading even more!


    1. Thanks very much. Glad you like what you see. You have a great blog too, very diverse.


  12. Botendaddy says:

    JR, thanks for all the likes on my site. I think for 95% of us on our fitness journey, we walk alone much of the time, but there are always others willing to help if we just ask. Of course, we should always be willing to help others on their path as well.

    Peace be the Botendaddy


    1. No problem at all! You’re quite right, that’s what’s so good about this blogging world; we all come together sharing our stories and experiences which can enhance the journey of others.

      Thanks for leaving a comment πŸ™‚


  13. geekkat says:

    Thanks for coming to see me!! I’ look forward to reading more of your site πŸ™‚


    1. Hey! Nice to meet you. Thanks for dropping a comment. Hope you enjoy my work/future work!

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Tony says:

    HI, JR! Thanks for liking my post on not hibernating in the cold weather. I can see that you are still doing a good job on living a healthy life. Keep up the good work!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. No problem Tony, great to see you’re still putting out so much awesome content!

      Liked by 1 person

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