Why training with a friend is a great idea

  • I enjoy working out. In fact I love it. The rush of endorphins, the sense of achievement, the increased energy it gives me, the list is almost endless. But that doesn’t mean I always have fun working out. Going out for a jog on a cold wet evening isn’t fun. Running around playing football with friends, even on a cold wet evening, on the other hand – yes please. Exercising with friends can be a great way of merging calorie burning and socialising into a gloriously healthy lifestyle.

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Pack a workout into your summer holiday

EASY demonstrated by Hudsons Core Fitness – Upright Rows / Supported Squat Thrusts / Elevated Knee Push Ups / Lunges / Reverse Ab Crunches
HARD demonstrated by LaW Personal Training – Frontal Raises / Advanced Squat Thrusts / Decline Push Ups / Overhead Lunges / Double Leg Raises

Summer is here! Yay that glorious time of year when the sun hides from the onslaught of school free kids and the only way to find it is to get on a plane and journey to exotic lands. You’ve starved yourself for the last 2 weeks preparing your beach bod and it’s time to show the world (and facebook) how great you look in your swimwear. You’ve worked hard, you deserve a break. You deserve to relax by the pool, to drink cocktails in the moonlight and to speak extra slow, shouted English so the bar staff can understand your order. You deserve it, you’re earned this break. But, that doesn’t mean you have to take a step back from your fitness goals. Not at all in fact.

I recently met up with our Solihull based personal trainer, Dan Hudson (Hudsons Core Fitness) and we devised this simple and effective holiday workout for those spare 15 minutes you have a day to help keep your fitness regime ticking over while away. We call it the suitcase hotel workout (name subject to change if we can think of something better). All you need is a suitcase and a small area of space -like your hotel room.

The workout is made up of 5 exercises. Complete 5 reps of each exercise back to back, take 30 seconds recovery and repeat 4-5 times. You will notice on the video that we have provided ‘easy’ and ‘hard’ options. Pick the appropriate exercise for your ability level (mix and match if necessary). And the best part is, as the holiday progresses it gets increasingly easier! Does the suitcase get lighter, or do you get stronger? Stronger obviously says the glass half full advocates.

Interested in training with our Birmingham and Solihull home training specialist Personal Trainers, Darran and Dan, click here

Eccentric calf raises for achilles tendinopathy recovery

I’ve recently had a couple of clients come to me asking for advice on sore achilles tendon*. It’s an area I’ve had a fair share of problems with myself. Achilles tendon injuries are often brought on by over exerting through exercise – namely running. Very common with long distance running. The continual stress running on hard surfaces has on your ankles can cause issues. In my case it was down to training two separate clients for marathons at the same time. I was essentially doing marathon prep twice over and the time on my feet running was too much and I ended up suffering with chronic achilles tendinopathy for nearly a year. Under the impression that the only way to cure the problem was through rest, I resigned myself to thinking I was just going to have to live with it – as rest isn’t exactly an option for a mobile personal trainer. Luckily, I couldn’t have been more wrong! Read more

5 Reasons You Aren’t Losing Weight

  1. You’re eating too much. I know I know I’m stating the blindingly obvious right off the bat, but obvious for a reason. Occum’s razor states that when presented with multiple theories the simplest is the best and most likely. Your body requires food to operate. In order to function properly you need to eat. But, there is a limit as to how much food your body requires. Put simply; if you lead a sedentary lifestyle with the only activity being moving from your desk to the sofa your calorie requirements will be significantly less than someone who cycles to work and goes to the gym 3 times a week. If you are eating too much, you won’t lose weight. The National Health Service recommends daily calorie intake to be 2000 calories for women, and 2500 for men to maintain their weight.

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