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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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Becoming a Personal Trainer

As a personal trainer I get asked a lot ‘What is the best way to set up a personal training business’. Today I thought I’d share with you some advice on how to do it. Firstly get qualified: There are numerous ways to get qualified as a personal trainer, (technically you don’t need any qualifications at all to call yourself a personal trainer, although you probably won’t have any credibility and won’t be able to get any insurance), there are loads of companies out there offering courses to get you a qualification, I would go with one of the more
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Fat Tax

I was chatting to one of my personal training clients today about how we are getting fatter as a nation, and how this is a ticking time bomb for the NHS. The fatter you are the more health problems you are likely to develop in life, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, the list is long! A lot of my personal training clients have started off obese and I have seen these problems first hand, trust me they are not pleasant! All these conditions require medication and/or operations, both of which require money. The good old NHS only has
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Home Training

I tend to do most of my personal training sessions in clients homes these day and I got me thinking do we really need gyms? Part of the problems with gyms is getting to the place, 30 mins to get there, 30 mins to get back, that’s an hour out of the day before you have even factored in the workout. With people’s schedules getting ever busier this travel time can be crucial. Then there is the cost of the gym membership that can easily be the best part of £1000 per year for some of the bigger chains. I
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Personal Trainer Benefits

The following is a list of all the benefits of using a personal trainer. 1. Using a personal trainer will allow you to get workouts and programmes specifically tailored to your goals, getting a tailored programme is great if you have any injuries or illness’. 2. By using a personal trainer you will achieve your goals more quickly as a personal trainer can keep you on track towards your goals. 3. A personal trainer can give you a lot of variety in your workouts, this is great for people who get bored easily. 4. A personal trainer will progress you
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How A Personal Trainer Can Help You

I get a lot of e-mails from people asking me what personal training entails and how it will help their fitness. So I thought I’d write an article to explain the benefits. A common misconception made by people is that they need some level of fitness to be able to start using a personal trainer. This is very bad thinking. If you have no fitness whatsoever a personal trainer will be able to show you how to quickly get fit, and stop you picking up any bad habits along the way. They will also teach you a whole host of
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How to Enjoy Personal Fitness

In this article I want to talk about how to make exercise fun. When things are fun we want to do them all the time, things that are hard work or boring are things that we struggle with. Whenever you do something you make a CHOICE about how you feel towards whatever it is you are about to do. You can CHOOSE whether that task is going to be fun or boring by what you focus on when you do it. If you focus on all the good things and all the positive aspects of the task you will notice
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Getting Started In Health and Fitness

Today I’d like to talk about getting started in health and fitness, we all have to start somewhere, I remember the first time I was in the gym, I was nervous, unfit, self conscious and didn’t have a clue what I was doing. These days I walk in the gym, chat to the staff, say hello to a few of the regulars that I see all the time, I’m fit and I know exactly what I’m doing for a workout that day. This all came about by using progressive fitness goals. The first few weeks of going to the gym
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