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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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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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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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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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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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