Posts by Pete Griggs

Exercising after Giving Birth

This article was inspired by a new personal training client I had today who had given birth about 6 weeks ago. Thought I’d share what I have learnt personal training new mums. Ok so this is what I see a lot of personal training ladies who have just given birth. You are shattered, life has been turned upside down and your routine has gone out the window. You are not happy about the way you look and wish you could get back into you pre pregnancy body. Your diet is the worse it has ever been, you have no time
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How to Choose a Personal Trainer

I guess a lot of my personal training clients start out wondering how to pick a personal trainer. What type of personal trainer is going to be best for them and there goals? I’ve met a lot of personal trainers over the years with a wide variety of styles, from ones who are quite quiet and calm to full of on shout in your face drill sergeant style. Depending on you personality type will determining what type you respond to best. Some personal trainers are in you face shouting at you for an hour, this is great is you are
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Do I need Creatine?

So todays question come from Steve in Sutton Surrey. I get asked this a lot for my personal training clients, ‘Do I need creatine to help me bulk up and build muscle?’ I tell my personal training clients that creatine works well if all other aspects of you diet and training are good, if they are not then it is a waste of money. So let me explain how creatine works. Your body’s main fuel source is carbohydrate (sugar), when a sugar molecule is in your muscle cell it goes through a few stages of chemical transformation before it is
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High Intensity Training: How to do it

Today I though I’d tell you how I use high intensity training in my personal training sessions. High intensity training or Hiit training is a buzz word in the fitness industry that has been around a while now. Most of my personal training clients come to me at some point and ask should we be doing it? Actually they already are doing it and so are you probably in your own workouts. Hiit training involves pushing yourself physically to very near you limit for a short duration of time. The theory behind it is that by working your heart and
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Don’t Over Do It in January

Here is one of the usual personal training questions I get emailed in January. ‘Hi Pete, as a personal trainer what is the best thing to do in January to lose weight? I want to drop weight and get fit fast! Thanks, Clare, Epsom’ Well Clare, first let me say well done, your intentions are in the right place, you want to get fitter and lose weight, but like many other people out there you are going about it in the wrong way. Rather than trying to lose as much weight as possible in the shortest amount of time by doubling
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The Key to Bulking Up

As a personal trainer I get asked bulking up questions all the time ‘What’s the best way to bulk up?’ ‘Are dumbbells better than barbells for bulking’ ‘Should I do more reps or more sets?’. Now don’t get me wrong, these questions are good ones, it shows you are motivated and are getting your workouts in if you are coming across these more complex questions. But you are missing the one key thing to bulk you up. What is this key thing I here you say? This one key thing that I get all my personal training clients to do
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Personal Training Advice: You Can’t Outrun A Bad Diet

As a personal trainer I have see this a lot, people really going for it with their workouts, giving it 100% and then not getting any results. They try different workouts, new routines, scouring the internet for new techniques, but the one thing that they are over looking that is holding them back is their diet! If you are looking to lose body fat you are going to have to use the calories that are in you system before you body will switch over to using it’s fat stores. The more calories that you put in you system the longer
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Toning and Weights for Women

I think that nearly every female client who has done personal training to me has said “I want to tone up, but I don’t want to get big muscles”. I personally think this stops a lot of women doing any weights at all. Here are the facts and women using weights: It is extremely hard for women to get big muscles because they do not have the hormones like men. Men have testosterone in there bodies, which helps their muscles to grow, the average woman has only one tenth the amount of testosterone as a man. To get big muscles
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Body Building Weight Training Programme

Today I thought I’d write a body building programme for you all to use, the purpose of this programme is for aesthetics. This programme has been designed by me and I use it myself every week. You can use it to bulk up or to tone and get cut. To use it to bulk up follow the programme and continuously increase your food intake, to use it to cut up gradually cut back on the amount you are eating while using it. I have avoided using barbell exercises because I feel that they have a limited ranged of motion compared
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Rep Ranges for Resistance Training

Here is what I teach my personal training clients about resistance training. Ever been to the weight rack at the gym and thought “Hmm which ones should I pick up”. The answer to this question depends on your goals. Now you may have heard of the reps ranges high reps for toning, low reps for strength training. I will elaborate on these for you. 16-20 reps, generally considered the toning range, a weight heavy enough to allow you to perform this amount of reps will work the muscle involved in lifting it without causing it to grow in size or
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