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Five Reasons to Have a Personal Trainer      1.      Education: Having a Personal Trainer allows you to learn the correct methods to achieve your goals and make a permanent change to your lifestyle. Personal Training doesn’t always have to be about being pushed hard in a gym, if you can learn to train correctly and use that information in your own sessions this will be far more effective and give you much better value for money.        2 .     Specific Training: Having a programme designed specifically to your requirements will also be more beneficial than your generic gym programme. Whether this is improving your golf swing, improving for a specific position in a team sport or with a health concern in mind, this can be achieved through having a targeted programme.      3.       Motivation: Having somebody you are accountable too will always aid your training, by meeting a trainer you will begin to create a habit of exercising more frequently to help create a long lasting change. By having a programme...
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Personal Training Value

Personal training isn’t about being made to do X amount of exercises X amount of times for an hour or more then having to repeat the process over and over to get to your goals. This can prove costly and it will take longer for you to achieve your goals. Taking time to educate people on how their bodies work, how types of exercise affect the body and correct technique will ensure that the effect of a personal training block can be carried on by the client and have a permanent positive effect on results. It can be easy to go through a programme doing exercises then forget what you have learnt two weeks later and have to repeat the process all over again. If you have sessions designed to allow you to take what you have learnt into your own sessions and know exactly how certain training methods are used this will be far more beneficial. Personal Training is a luxury, so making sessions as efficient and effective as possible is vital. If you would like a trial of...
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Injury Setback

Sustaining an injury can be a major setback to you achieving your fitness goals. Whether this is through bad technique in the gym or during sport, a break in your training has numerous problems for performance. This can be from the obvious such as a loss in fitness to losing confidence and motivation which can lead to the effect of the injury being more long term than it should be. Having an effective rehabilitation programme to not only recover from the injury but to prevent it from happening again. This will ensure that you get back to your previous level of fitness as quickly as possible and reduce the chance of the injury reoccurring. You will see it time and time again where a player comes back from injury and suffers from the same injury a week later. A clear sign that whatever programme they have undertaken has not been effective.  Depending on the injury  a rehab programme can involve increasing joint stability, flexibility, correcting poor technique or looking at areas of unequal muscle strength. If you have had reoccurring...
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Inspire a Generation

Now that Olympics and Paralympics are finished, over the coming months and years we will see how much of an effect they have had on your average Joe. With the success that Great Britain had it should act as an excellent motivator for more people to become involved with sport and exercise. Ok, not everybody is going to be the next Chris Hoy but it shouldn’t act as a deterrent to joining a local sports club or making a better use of your gym membership. The ‘Inspire a Generation’ motto, is hopefully the eventual effect of the games, with the rapid increase in child obesity in our country the games should act as a platform to turn the tide and give way to not only a new generation of athletes but of a healthier nation as a whole.  Introducing children to sport at a young age and allowing them to try as wide a range as possible will give them the best opportunity of maintaining an active lifestyle in to adulthood.  Young people who are able to access a wide...
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I’m going to the gym but I’m not seeing results?

This is a question that I get asked regularly when speaking to people about their programmes. Usually it’s down to a poorly structured programme, atleast from an exercise point of view. A common mistake in programmes aimed at weight loss, is having too much of a focus on core exercises which won’t burn anywhere near as much fat as people would like to think. Replacing some of these exercises for high intensity cardio or full body weights exercises will give you a better result for the time you’re putting in. Another reason can be down to having a static programme, in order for you to progress, your programme needs to be updated atleast every 3-4 weeks to see progression. If you don’t change the programme, you won’t change. Small changes in the intensity and or duration in your programme will be sufficient to see improved results. Increasing the amount of reps, reducing rest periods and adding to the length of time you exercise are examples of this. Making the most of your time is key, going to the gym for...
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How effective is HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)?

HIIT involves training in short bursts using a combination of moderate and high intensity exercise, working between 30-60 seconds at a time with intermittent ‘rest’ periods. This type of training targets fast twitch muscle fibres, triggering a temporary increase in muscle metabolism. This results in the effects of a session lasting hours rather than the duration you are in the gym if you had done moderate intensity exercise When it comes to fat loss, improving muscular endurance and V02 max, high intensity interval training is one of the most effective methods of training that you can use. It not only gives your body a sharp and prolonged increase in energy expenditure, but also increases your resting metabolic rate (how much energy your body needs to function) over time. Therefore making weight management easier, at least from the exercise side. This method of training is also a great way to exercise for people who find that they do not have time to spend hours in the gym, training using the HIIT method 3 times a week for around 30-45 minutes is...
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Improving the core is more than just having a six pack.

Improving the core is more than just having a six pack, the core muscles are linked to your posture, balance and muscular control. When muscles are short and tight they pull joints into incorrect positions increasing your chances of sustaining an injury, particularly lower back pain. You can think of ideal postural alignment as being the perfect balance between all the muscles in the body. The closer you are to ideal alignment the less likely you are too pick up a sports related injury, or suffer from lower back pain due to a muscular imbalance. From a performance point of view good posture, and good muscle balance acts as a great platform to launch your training. If you have a strong core, the rest of your training will be made easier, so training the core is important for performance, injury prevention and spinal health. To achieve great core strength do these 3 things. 1. Improve your flexibility. No matter how much you work your core you won’t achieve ideal postural alignment if your flexibility is poor. The key muscles to...
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