Posts by Pete Griggs

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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Is Fitness Your Number One Priority?

From my experience personal training people I have found that those people who make their workouts their number one priority stand a much greater chance of achieving their goals than those who don’t. This may sound obvious, but ask yourself this “How high up on my list of priorities is my fitness?” I often get my personal training clients to write a list of their priorities and it can be a big eye opener for people. The list might read something like this: 1. Kids 2. Family 3. Work 4. Friends 5. Chores 6. Nights out 7. Facebook 8. TV
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5 Random Personal Training Tips

A client from Epsom ask me the other day for some unusual fitness tips. Here are 5 random personal training tips that I’ve told my personal training clients over the years, I hope the help you. 1 Take care of your knees In my opinion your knee joint is one of the most critical joints in the body when it comes to fitness and exercise. Running, cycling, football, netball, hockey, pretty much most sports rely on your knee joint to transmit the power from your thigh muscles to move your around. If your knees get injured it really limits the
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The C Word – Commitment

Just how committed are you to your health and fitness goals? How much of a priority are they in your life? One thing that I have noticed with all my personal training clients is that the ones who are the most committed to their fitness goals are the ones who get the best results. The personal training clients who make their fitness goal their number one priority are the ones who get results fast. The difference between you and a Olympic athlete – Commitment! The difference between you and your friend who ran the marathon – Commitment! The difference between
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The Best Way to Lose Fat

I’m sure I speak for all personal trainers out there, the number one question I get all the time from new personal training clients is ‘What’s the best way to lose my fat?’ Well I am about to tell you the number one fat loss method I tell all my training clients, but before I do that let me run through and explain some to the various methods and fat loss theories out there. HIT (High Intensity Training) High intensity training is designed to be short, fast and hard. Less than 30 mins to boost your metabolism and increase the
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Marathon Training Tips

I’ve got a few of my personal training clients signed up the the London marathon this year, I thought I’d share with you a few tips and fitness training techniques I’ve been using to get them fit and ready. Start Early! I get any personal training client that says to me they are signed up to a marathon running straight away (assuming they are fit to do so). Do not put off the training! Marathons have a habit of creeping up on you very quickly and if you haven’t got the training miles under you belt you are going to
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How To Do A New Year Fitness Resolution

I was chatting to one of my personal training clients today and we were saying, it’s that time of year again, that time of year when everyone goes bonkers for fitness and starts eating healthy, DryJanuary has kicked off, the bars are empty and the gyms are packed. Peoples intentions with new years resolutions are in the right place, but come Febuary how many are still going to be at the gym and sticking with their fitness resoultion? I thought I’d share with you some of the advice I give my personal training clients about setting resolutions/goals and hopefully it
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Split Routine for Women

Quite a lot of my female personal training clients are into weight training these days, I’m glad to see resistance training has become more popular/acceptable with the ladies as they begin to realise how effective it is at toning and sculpting their figures and shifting fat to give a lean and toned look. With this in mind I thought I’d share with you typical split routine I give to women to get them started, but first let me tell you why girls should be doing weights: 1. Heavy weight training of 10-12 reps give you an hormonal boost that you
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Top Personal Training Bad Habits

A list of bad habits I have seen over the years from other personal trainers. Don’t train themselves I can’t stand personal trainers who don’t train themselves. You can’t stand there giving a session as a trainer if you don’t understand how the client feels during the workout because you haven’t done it yourself. Belief it or or not there is no fitness test to pass when you study to be a personal trainer! Clients are looking to get fitter and healthier, so quite often they will model themselves on you, adopting you attitudes towards Heath and fitness, they should
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Personal Training Tips – The Treat Mentality

Go a ahead treat yourself. The ‘treat’ mentality is something you might want to think about if you are struggling with keeping you diet clean. I see this alot with my personal training clients, people feeling that if they are good or have done something well, that they should reward themselves with some unhealthy food. As a personal trainer this is a bug bear of mine and here is my take on it. When you were little your parents would often reward you with a food treat of some sort when you were good or achieved something. These treats were
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