Monthly Archives August 2014

Training the Core

What Are the Core Muscles? Different experts include different muscles in their list, but in general the muscles of the core run the length of the trunk and torso. Your core muscles are the ones that help stabilise your body and keep your posture correct. If you have a bad back or poor core strength Pete is adept at showing his clients a range of great core exercises to give you a strong core and a flat stomach to boot! Many clients, when you first mention the objective and benefits of training the core immediately think of focusing purely on
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Kettlebell Training in Surrey and London

The first obvious question is – what is a Kettlebell? A. A cast-iron weight (resembling a cannonball with a handle) used to perform exercises that combine cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training. By their nature, typical kettlebell exercises build strength and endurance, particularly in the lower back, legs, and shoulders, and increase grip strength. The humble kettlebell has been used by Russian athletes for generations but it`s only in recent times that the western world has caught onto the benefits of using the kettlebell as part of a regular routine. You might not think that swinging a 12-kg bell around for
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Resistance Training Techniques

Goals Set goals and start progressing yourself towards them. Maybe you want to bench press 100kg or do 20 press ups. You set the goal yourself, make it tough enough so that you are going to have to push yourself to reach it, this way you will increase your fitness. When personal training women I like to set them some resistance goals, do ten full press ups is normally a good place to start, don’t worry ladies you won’t get big muscles setting goals like this will really help tone you up. Once you reach any resistance goal set a
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Stability Ball Exercises

Pete’s approach to his clients personal training combines a focus on hitting client fitness objectives whilst utilising a variety of practical and effective gym equipment. This brings us nicely onto the stability ball. Exercise balls are terrific for developing balance and stability while making it easier to target specific trouble spots. The ball is great for developing good muscle tone for your entire body, overall flexibility and your cardiovascular system by using a low-impact workout. There is a wealth of stability ball exercises which can be incorporated into training routines. ‘Ball Circles’ are a great way to begin to familiarise
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Bosu Ball Exercises and Training

Baffled by the Bosu Ball? Well, don’t be! This piece of equipment can make a great addition to your fitness routine. Pete utilises the bosu ball for clients, bringing a variety of exercises to individual personal training routines. Many of my new clients have seen a Bosu ball at the gym before. Commenting that it was that half-circle stability ball – gathering dust in the corner! Before I introduce the bosu ball most folks shy away from using this great piece of equipment purely because they look at it as an obscure contraption and are unable to see the benefits
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Why Personal Trainers Use Mirrors

I got an email from a new client the other day, in it she said ‘……I’m not one of those people who want to pose in mirrors down the gym…..’ Tracey, Sutton. There are some good reasons why personal trainers will get you working out in front of a mirror and it is not for posing or showing off. The first main reason I would get my personal training clients working out in front of a mirror is so that they can visual check their technique in their reflection. Some people struggle with spatial awareness, where there arms and legs
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Do I need Protein Shakes?

As I personal trainer I get this question a lot, do I need protein shakes? An email I got only just yesterday… ‘Hi Pete………..I’m looking to lose some weight and tone up………………Do you think I should be taken a Protein supplement?’ Sally, Sutton. the answer to this question is not a straight yes or no, it depends on a number of factors. First lets look at what protein shakes are designed to do: Supplement a low protein diet. Provide a low fat form of protein to consume i.e. no animal fat. Help provide excess protein and calories to those looking
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Shocking Muscles, How To Do it

I got a email through my personal training website the other day from a guy asking ‘Do I continually need to to shock my muscles with new exercises when I work out to get fitter and stronger?’ Yes you do need to ‘shock’ you muscles to make them grow and get stronger, but first let’s explain how I interpret ‘shock’. Shocking a muscle means to provide enough stimulus to it so it fails or burns out doing an exercise. By working a muscle to failure you break down the fibres within the muscle forcing it to grow back stronger. With
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Protein’s role in the body

As a personal trainer I get asked a lot by my clients what role protein plays in the body, here is an explanation for you all Proteins are something which any health expert will tell you are absolutely vital to the continuing health and wellbeing of the human body, and this in virtually indisputable. Protein performs all manner of important tasks within our bodies – from balancing various internal processes, such as water levels – to providing important hormones and enzymes that the body needs. What many people do not realise however is that the human body is already full
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Train Like a Personal Trainer

As a personal trainer I get asked all the time by my clients ‘So what kind of fitness training do you do?’ Well today I thought I’d let you all know. Being a personal trainer my job keeps me fairly fit, but when I working I’m kind of working out at the clients level of fitness so I tend to hit the gym 5 times a week so I can get some sessions in to push my fitness. I cycle to the gym at a pretty fast pace, 15min to get there and 15min back, this does me pretty much
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