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Five Items to Improve Your Workout

Posted: Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Categories: Exercise, Fitness, Personal Training

Getting fit and leading a healthy lifestyle is all about attitude. A good personal trainer in windsor, willpower and commitment will always lead greater success than by relying on the latest fad in exercise equipment. There is no need to spend huge sums on a home gym when these small items will return upon your original investment and vastly improve the quality and enjoyment of workouts.

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Entertain yourself Fit: Ideas to Help your Focus

Posted: Friday, 7 December 2012

Categories: Exercise, Fitness, Personal Trainers

If you’re struggling to keep yourself entertained during exercise sessions when not working with a personal trainer, then we have some suggestions that will ensure you enjoy and even look forward to the hours you spend being active! There is no perfect, average approach what will fit everyone, so experimenting with different ideas until you find one that works for you will ensure that exercise remains part of your lifestyle, rather than a passing phase.

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Three Excuses for not working out – and how to beat them

Posted: Thursday, 29 November 2012

Categories: Exercise, Fitness, Personal Trainers

Whether you’re a gym junkie who’d put personal trainer to shame, or a reformed couch potato trying to kick start their own personal training regime, motivation is key to how successful your workout is. And one of the hardest personal training jobs is trying to keep a client motivated and focused on their fitness goals. Without the will to get fit and change your lifestyle, you won’t get very far.

Everyone has off days where they don’t feel like exercising – but often it’s a mental rather than a physical block than be easily overcome with a bit of willpower. So here’s how to think like a trainer, and banish the most common excuses for avoiding exercise in your head.

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Calorie Busting Exercises to do at Home

Posted: Saturday, 24 November 2012

Categories: Exercise, Fitness, Personal Trainers, Weight Loss

Life sometimes gets in the way of the best intentions; if a surprise birthday party, broken down car or late night at the office means that you miss out on one of your exercise or personal training sessions per week, here are some calorie-busting exercises that you can do from the comfort of your living room, in under 30 minutes.

1. Do a Warm Up
Set an interval timer on your phone (there are many apps you can download that have this function) for 30 seconds and alternate warm up exercises, such as jogging on the spot, star jumps, side gallops or punching exercises. If in doubt, just copy some of the warm ups you do in a class with your personal trainer. Repeat at least five different exercises in 30-second bursts for 10 minutes.
Calories Burned: 60 to 90, depending on body weight and effort.

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Fitness: Two important items to invest in

Posted: Friday, 9 November 2012

Categories: Exercise, Fitness, Lifestyle, Personal Trainers

Ok, so you might have a cross-trainer sitting in the bedroom that has become a clothes rack, or a mini-trampoline behind the sofa that never sees the light of day, but if you are committed to getting the most from sessions with your personal trainer, then there are some fitness items which really are worth investing in. Having good quality items can improve your performance when you exercise, make it more enjoyable and prevent injury.

1. Shoes: it might seem obvious, but are your trainers the right ones for you? It’s worth having a proper fitting or consultation – which are often free – where a specialist can take into account a number of factors. These can include the types of exercise you do, your foot shape and also whether you have a tendency towards supination or overpronation (The foot rolling in or out). This puts extra strain on your ankles, and can especially be found in people with previous ankle injuries. You check for supination yourself by looking to see whether there is any excessive wear on the outside edge of your trainers.

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Home Workouts: Transforming Household Items

Posted: Thursday, 8 November 2012

Categories: Exercise, Fitness, Weight Loss

Strapped for time in between personal training sessions or unable to get to the gym? Many household items can be transformed into workout equipment to ensure that you’re staying active, even if you’re staying home. You’ll notice that personal trainers are often resourceful in their use of everyday objects, such as benches or trees when exercising in the park.

One key tip is to make sure that whatever you’re using is stable and will not cause injury. If you’re unsure, your personal trainer will be able to advise you on the best way to use equipment when training by yourself.

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Exercise Calm: Yoga & Pilates

Posted: Sunday, 4 November 2012

Categories: Exercise, Fitness, Personal Trainers

Sweat-busting, music-pumping, vigorous workouts and classes are fantastic for burning calories, giving your body a huge endorphin boost as well as the hours of activity it needs every week. However, if you’re feeling like you need to slow things down a little in between personal training sessions, we have some suggestions that will relax the pace.

Yoga. This would seem the most obvious suggestion. Many people try yoga without really getting into it, but it’s interesting to note that there are over 20 individual forms, all with different focuses, for levels from beginner to advanced.

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Staying Motivated: The Key to Success

Posted: Friday, 2 November 2012

Categories: Exercise, Fitness, Health

With the best intentions in the world, exercise regimes can fall by the wayside when eclipsed by the hustle and bustle of daily life. If you have made a promise to yourself to achieve and maintain a healthier lifestyle, attain your ideal body-weight, or get moving at least three times a week, we have some suggestions that will make it easier to stay motivated and positive.

1. Don’t accentuate the negative
Looking at photographs of your 17-year old self in a pair of skin-tight jeans has never done anyone any favours! Instead of dwelling on what you were, visualise instead what you are going to achieve. Pick a date that is a practical distance away, such as a birthday, anniversary or milestone. Working with your personal trainer, aim forward towards that date, and enjoy the success of being able to set yourself a new goal. You’ll be a huge leap closer to realizing a healthy lifestyle in the long run.

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