Posts by Pete Griggs

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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Treadmill Programs

Personal trainers can help you make the most of your treadmill workouts by explaining what all the programs are designed to achieve. Intervals: Personal Trainers use Interval programs to give you a short intense burst of exercise followed by a short rest. For example the treadmill will take the speed up to a fast run/sprint for 1-2 minutes and then drop the speed back down to a fast walk/slow jog for 30 secs-1 minute to allow you to recover. The process will then repeat itself. Interval training is good for people who play sports that involve lots of short bursts
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Body Building Split Routine

The purpose of a split routine is to divide the body up into different sections and work these sections individually more thoroughly. Regular routines normally work the whole body in one session, but with a split routine you divide the various muscle groups up over the week and perform a greater amount of exercises for that particular muscle. I often use this routine when personal training clients as I find it give each muscle group a better workout. Some basic resistance knowledge is required to do this workout please don’t attempt it if you are a complete beginner. If you
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One Month Fitness Challenge

If you are looking to get yourself into shape and fit try my 1 month fitness challenge, it will gradually increase your fitness and teach you how to progress your fitness and get it to a level that you are happy with. Please get and all clear from a doctor or fitness professional before attempting this or any other form of exercise. Please have a 5min warm up at the beginning of each session. Each session is a little bit harder than the last, this will progressively increase your fitness and at the end of the month you should be
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