Sunday, 1 September 2019

Setting my health goals

This is the first stage of getting yourself super fit and in optimum health.
During your initial chat with Paul from we will focus on these key questions:

Write down the answer to these questions.

What is your target?
What do you want to look like and feel like?
What do you want to achieve?
When do you want this to happen?

For example, I will list my goals. For each one, I will describe a date for completion, the importance of that goal, and my confidence that I will achieve it. I will also list my perceived barriers to achieving the targets. Once identified, I can then design the steps to hurdle those barriers or to work around them.

Some may be longer term goals, some may be ongoing but some are more urgent.
Imp: Importance (1 = not very: 10 = Essential)
Con: Confidence (1 = not very: 10 = Essential)
1. To lose the fat around my torso by the end of October 2019
Imp: 10 Con: 5: Barriers: Time: Injuries: Dedication: Food choices (too many crisps)

2. To sort my bad back out
Imp: 10 Con: 5 Barriers: Choosing the right exercises that don't damage the back. Posture.

3. To be able to run a comfortable 5km without knee pain
Imp: 10 Con: 10 Barriers: Knee injuries: Back: commitment and dedication: Calf injury

4. To tone/bulk up shoulders and arms
Imp: 10 Con: 10 Barriers: Dedication and lack of sticking power to a training plan.

Having written them down, I can now visualise the outcome. Having thought through the process, I can now start to form a plan to get to the goal. Once I have done this, and cleared the path to achieve the goals, I can now set off on the path, with a clear direction and intention. Setting a closing date gives me a finish line to aim for, at which point I will assess my progress, set new targets, set a new path, and restart a fresh.

Tell me your goals! Let's find your path.
Paul Richardson

After the school holidays

For me, September sees a return to reality after a summer of reduced fitness and more evenings of, let's call it, self-indulgence. The kids are back at school and it is an ideal time to focus on your own health and fitness.

Hoghton: Preston: Chorley: Blackburn
To get you back into perfect health, Paul from PWR Personal Training, serving Hoghton, Preston, Chorley, Blackburn and the places in between, has an ideal one month package of TRAIN AT HOME coaching to get you back into great shape.

After a full conversation about your health and exercise history, we will discuss your goals and your barriers to getting into shape. From low motivation, low energy, to a chronic lack of time.

A PWR Personal Trainer ensures that you do the right things on a daily basis, and fits into your schedule with effective workouts. Lifestyle advice will help you to eat the right things and make the right choices in your daily life.

Check us out at and give Paul a call for a free, no obligation chat to discuss your goals. 

I hope to hear from you soon,
Paul Richardson

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Dr.Berg for any ailment

I like this guy. He offers insights into many health conditions and offers reading and evidence to support his experienced suggestions.

Visit us at and tell us your goals.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Strains and aching muscles - tight calves

An excellent article here on tight calves and the vicious cycle you can get into if you don't treat them right.
In particular, if you are training too much, too quickly, the muscles will remind you of the fact. Fail to rest adequately and overuse muscles you haven't used for a while, and you are heading for injury.
This article confirms this but offers advice on what to do should the worst happen, and you are injured.
In this article, tight calves are discussed.
Have I got tight calf muscles?
The signs of tight calf muscles that the athlete might feel is a gradual tightening of the calf muscles over time, which can get worse when running or improve while running only to tighten up later. Palpating (feeling) the muscles may identify tight lumps bumps and areas of spasm where the muscle fibres have tightened up and will be painful and tender to touch.