Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Fitness at your fingertips

May 4, 2017

The internet is awash with muscle-bound fitness ‘experts’ but how do we know what they’re saying is reliable? North East Times’ health and fitness correspondent Katie Bulmer-Cooke investigates

Fitness is bigger than ever, with more and more people taking an interest in what they should be doing when it comes to exercise and diet.

And, thanks to technology, the latest tips on getting fit are so simple to access. They litter people’s social media streams and you are never more than a quick search on Youtube away from a workout video.

But the big question is: how do you know that the advice you receive online is correct and appropriate for you? 

There are a lot of ‘fitness cowboys’ online who have incredible bodies but have never stepped foot inside a personal trainer school, let alone holding any qualifications.

Just because someone has an amazing body doesn’t mean they know their stuff when it comes to advising you. Tread carefully and don’t always judge a book by its cover.

You should always get fitness advice from someone who is qualified – with at least a current and valid level two fitness qualification.

Personal recommendations from friends, family and colleagues are good, but if you want to be super certain that the fitness people you follow on social media are legit, then have a fitness professional check them out. If you know a qualified personal trainer, for example, then ask their professional opinion on who’s really got their finger on the fitness pulse.

With that in mind, here are my recommendations for who to follow for the ultimate fitness inspiration.

Ben Coomber

Known as the UK’s leading nutritionist, Ben’s podcast show is super popular and is packed with awesome guests and cutting edge diet advice. Ben never minces his words and can always be relied on for informative content and advice that is very down-to-earth and useable. You can find his podcast on iTunes.


This online platform offers stacks of workouts and recipe videos. Head trainer Kevin streams live workouts from the Facebook page so that you can join in and interact in real time. There really is something for everyone here, whether you’re a newbie or someone who is already exercising and is looking for exercise inspiration.

The National Fitness Network

This busy Facebook page brings the latest industry news, workout ideas and reviews to its followers, who are made up of fitness enthusiasts and professionals. It also showcases the best deals and discounts on things that fitness lovers couldn’t live without, from active wear and supplements to equipment and healthy food.

So if you’re looking for great fitness accounts to follow, then grab your phone and check these out.

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