Tuesday 26 February 2013

Busy businessman loses 14lb fat in a month

Businessman Pete ends February 2013 some 14lb lighter after embarking on a health plan devised by PWR Personal Training. But how did he do it?
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1. Decision
Pete had a number of reasons to take personal responsibility for his own current and future health. He had been too busy to take the decision. Too busy with work. Too busy with family life and hobbies taking up so much time. Late in December 2012, he decided that enough was enough. Having diabetes - and a diet that exacerbated the condition - Pete had his life in his own hands - for the time being, at least.
Pete signed up with Paul from PWR and committed to a 20 week programme to reduce weight and reduce dietary sugars.
2. Historical Review and Future planning
Pete and Paul discussed and created a realistic model of daily tasks to change Pete's lifestyle for the better. Breakfast, hydration, reduce carbs, start exercising. Once we'd discussed and chewed over how the plan fitted into the working and leisure activities of his life, we agreed on the things that Pete can do, rather than worrying about what he couldn't.
3. Action
Pete joined a gym near his work, to which he takes a daily commute. Pete trains at the gym, taking slow and steady progressive steps on the range of 'cardio' machines. Pete and Paul train for one hour every week, including a measure up, weigh in, and repeat review of progress.
4. Long term
Pete has introduced the programme gradually and succinctly, taking all advice to the letter. He is learning about his new regime, and what works best for his body. Weight loss has been steady and consistent and with it has come stronger muscles, and increased 'cardio' fitness.
The result is a fitter body, reduced body fat levels, and boosted metabolism. The regime is not exhausting, and is fitting into Pete's lifestyle with some comfort. This gives it a good chance of long term success.

The key is determination. But seeing results along the way is very satisfying, and doubly so because the results are down to Pete's effort and commitment to himself.

Tuesday 19 February 2013

Preston's Free Exercise Track

The Preston Guild Festival of 2012 left a prominent legacy to the people of Preston.

Preston's Guild Wheel Cycle Track 2013
Quote from Lancashire County Council website
The Guild Wheel is a 21 mile circular route that can be ridden or walked in any direction for as far as you want. You can join the route at any point on the way.
The route is mainly off-road and traffic free, providing a scenic and safe cycling and walking route for all the family to use. Use the map to help plan your route around the entire Guild Wheel or to create shorter cycling and walking routes to suit your location and ability.
Walkers, cyclists, dogs
I took a run along a portion of the Guild Wheel yesterday. A new section, for me, taking in the route from Asda, Fulwood, to Redscar business park, and back. At each turn round every corner, there are points of interest and new perspectives. Furthermore, the route smartly reduces the number of road crossings to a minimum of small lanes.
The route builders installed new bridges over streams, and they have widened the path throughout to comfortably accommodate cyclists travelling in both directions.
This summer will see huge numbers get out on their bikes, with their friends, kids, and dogs, and explore the city's outskirts from the unique vistas provided by the magnificent Preston Guild Wheel.
Preston can be proud of their Guild legacy. 

Tuesday 12 February 2013

Personal Training Client Questionnaire

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Sunday 10 February 2013

Feel good for free - go for a Run

If you don't feel like doing exercise, that's the very reason why you should! This from wikipedia:
Runner's high
A publicized effect of endorphin production is the so-called "runner's high", which is said to occur when strenuous exercise takes a person over a threshold that activates endorphin production. Endorphins are released during long, continuous workouts, when the level of intensity is between moderate and high, and breathing is difficult. This also corresponds with the time that muscles use up their stored glycogen. During a release of endorphins, the person may be exposed to bodily harm from strenuous bodily functions after going past his or her body's physical limit. This means that runners can keep running despite pain, continuously surpassing what they otherwise would consider to be their limit. Runner's high has also been known to create feelings of euphoria and happiness.

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Farah - High

Thursday 7 February 2013

Gym based "Personal Trainers" are just gym instructors

Public humiliation - or gym based PT?
I just heard a PT horror story from one of my new clients. She related a story about a personal trainer she had signed up with after joining her local private health and fitness club. Amongst her issues were a complete lack of consultation, body screening, injury check and goals discussion. The fellow in question, a very strong, muscular, pristine physical specimen, spent no time talking about diet before saying "see you at the first session".
The lady had gained little or nothing from those initial exchanges, nor had the "trainer" gleaned any idea as to what the lady sought and needed from him.
Days later, she found herself grinding away on a bike while the trainer slouched over the adjacent machine, and tapped happily away at his tablet, 'texting' other people.
On several other occasions she reported her "trainer" being late by 25 minutes. This after the lady had gone to great lengths and inconvenience to secure her young child for a valuable 90 minutes of her time.
It is a symptom of the industry that this sort of thing happens. It is not the only industry to suffer, but when people join a club, they assume that the club has vetted their staff such that they are both sufficiently qualified, and sufficiently experienced to help.
If the humiliating "show around" by a nonchalant-gum-chewing salesman isn't soul destroying enough - "this is the swimming pool, its a rectangular cuboid containing water, and this is the lateral flyer machine, which is ideal for hitting the delts and the glutes" - at least this embarrassing component is included in the monthly fees. But any further help, beyond that, such as "how do I burn off my tummy fat?" and you are immediately invited to complete another invoice, on top of your gym fees "annual commitment", this time for a trainer. Gyms no longer seem to offer advice on fitness, instead, you need to hire "an expert."
But when you pay big money you trust and expect that you are receiving a high quality service. That includes a thorough consultation, a thorough inspection of your diet, and clear instructions for daily nutritional plans. You want to know that the trainer understands what you want to achieve, and be told what the plan is for the short and long term. You want to be reassured that the trainer will give you every ounce of his soul, time and attention to dedicate to your health and fitness goals. If he's texting his girlfriend, how is that helping you?

My new client starts today, at her home, on a diet plan, a workout plan designed around her schedule, her level of fitness, and with her goals in minds. She has a clear plan laid out for the next 4 weeks, and today we'll get straight into it, promptly, at the time stated.
Before you pay someone you never met, do the background research. Personal trainers are mostly dedicated and passionate about their subject, and will get you great results. They should have a catalogue of successes behind them, with commendations from people to show you!

Wednesday 6 February 2013

Expert Sports Therapist in Preston

Sport and fitness occasionally hurts! Strains and sprains, aches and pains are par for the course when you exert yourself. Most of the time these can heal themselves with a bit of rest, stretching and recuperation time.
On the occasions when an injury persists for longer than you expect, or if it hurts more than you can stand, a a sports therapist is most likely the right person to see.
A sports therapist is dedicated to returning you to your usual activities as soon as possible. They will, most likely, identify causal factors in your spine and posture, gait and flexibility, that are causing injury to recur.
They promote the fastest healing of injured tissues, so you can get back into it as soon as possible, often better than ever. 
My friend and colleague, Lee Lawrenson, holds a wealth of experience from his training and work in the field. He is located in Penwortham and Preston, and is busy treating people all week, every week, with soft tissue and joint injuries, therapeutic massage and rehabilitation. 
Lee is a fine gentleman who is dedicated to his job, and who will talk you through your condition, promote healing and recovery. He will also educate you with tips on future optimal body maintenance.
Check out his website. Further info on Lee here.

Monday 4 February 2013

Get fit for summer - START NOW

In February, the year really starts in earnest. If January allowed a cathartic, post festive introspection, February provides a chance to put health and fitness foundations into your body.
Whether its that summer holiday body, a  fresh start, a big day for you and yours, a landmark birthday, or a special night out to look your very best for. A steady paced, progressive diet and exercise plan can take you from zero to hero, in time for the start of the Spring, and well in time for summer.
If you haven't made a start yet, maybe its the ideal time to put on your trainers and get out for some gentle exercise. Get out and walk for an hour or two. Pop in your headphones and get your heart gently pumping, and lungs fully opening. The air is crisp and cold, and is ideal for keeping your body cool while you're up and moving.

Take a look at your diet. Break it down to breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks. Address each part individually. What do you need for breakfast? How does breakfast affect the next meal choice? Do you really need a huge lunch? Do you really need a big meal at night when you've done very little exercise during the day? If you can get two out of three daily meals absolutely right and nutritiously robust, then your body can start to work at optimum.
February can pass by without noticing and you have nothing to show for the first two months of the year. But if you seize the moment now, you can make your year in the next four weeks, and hit the ground running in March and into the Spring and Summer.
Start with this magical tip...
Drink a pint of water before bed. Drink another pint of water when you wake in the morning.
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