Monthly Archives: July 2015

Jul 31

How to get the most from a Personal Trainer

By fit2fight | The Blog

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There are so many people that join a gym, or a martial arts club, or maybe go to circuit training classes, boxing clubs or any number of other sports related ways of reaching health and fitness goals that will, without doubt just attend for a few weeks, maybe even a few months, and then will never be seen again due to not being able to reach goals or maybe they cant achieve the weight loss they wanted to, or more likely through boredom because they think that they need to put in hours upon hours on a treadmill. Even joining whatever fitness club with all the best intentions, and then not understanding and realising that help is right next to them in every place of fitness in the way of personal trainers people will just give up on their goals,  their health and their fitness. Personal Trainers are by far the most valuable piece of equipment at any gym or circuit class but getting what you want from a personal trainer has to be a two way thing, you need to take the plunge and get involved.

What you really want from a personal trainer in Stoke is help, the kind of help you need to achieve the results that you had in mind when you joined a gym in the first place, after all you will be paying these people to give your fitness drive a massive boost. The fact that you are deciding that you might want to use a Personal Trainer or not, is a clear indication that you are ready to take the next step and take look into the world of Personal Training and its advantages.

Finding the right Personal Trainer can transform your health and fitness efforts massively, and the real magic happens when you learn how to work with your personal trainer to achieve the goals you want. The main problem of being able to use a Personal Trainer in Stoke or anywhere else is being able to afford them and fitting it in with daily life, but, if this means that you can only use a personal trainer once a week or once every 2 weeks then that's what you do, why not see if a friend wants to join in on the training sessions to split the cost? if you have someone to train with and share nutrition ideas with the road to fitness will be a lot easier, but don't be afraid to go for it yourself. but, what you want most is the best possible from the time you get with your trainer.

The decision to work with a personal trainer should be one you can make with confidence. Having a dedicated Personal Trainer working with you can and will get you valuable knowledge and support for working out the best strategy for you, helping you to overcome your emotional and physical blocks, and get the results you want, so getting the most from your trainer will take honesty and the willingness to accept your current state of fitness, this is after all why we are taking the next step to fitness by hiring a personal trainer.

Making sure you can work well with the right personal trainer isn't easy though, it isn't as simple as just walking into your local gym and booking a session with the first personal trainer who has a spot in his or her schedule. For a starters the two of you are going to be spending a lot of time together, so it's worth putting in some legwork upfront to make sure you find someone with the right skills and does the kind of training you are going to enjoy and get results from. Next, and this is just as important, you need to make sure you as a client are ready to do your part in this to get what you want from the experience.

Whether you're new to exercise or you've been working out on your own for a long time, using a personal trainer can really give you that little bit extra you need to help push you through towards your goals, so you need to show up ready for the experience in mind and body, its no good turning up if you're not ready to work as hard as you can, be clear about creating a two way working relationship that works for you, and your personal trainer, you want as much from the personal trainer as possible so this means being honest and realistic about your current fitness levels and what you hope to achieve through the help of a Personal Trainer in Stoke.

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If you are going to spend your time and money on personal training then you expect to get results right? A lot of that actually depends on you the client. Here are a few things to bear in mind so that you can get the most out your time with your personal trainer.

Not so much of the small talk, although you want to have a laugh and enjoy a few comments sent back and forth, and this is great and can build relationships as well as understanding and keeping things lively, a constant stream of small talk can have a negative effect, particularly when it leads to you both being distracted, you are paying for the time with the personal trainer so why not get the most out of it?

Show up on time or even a little early and do a quick warm up. Every minute you're late eats away at the time you get with your trainer.

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Respect the stopwatch, there's a reason your trainer is specifying 30 or 60 second breaks between sets and asking you to hold the intensity of cardio intervals for specific lengths of time. Clean up your eating, this is by far the hardest part of your road to health and fitness and no amount of working out can hide the fact that your diet is slack, follow your Personal trainers nutritional advice, make the switch to more whole, natural foods, you'll be amazed at the difference it makes.

Trust your trainer, It's fine to ask questions about what you are doing and why you're doing certain exercises, but in the end, you either trust your trainers expertise or you don't. Interrupting and arguing can waste time and undermine the relationship with your trainer, which will lead to frustration for both of you.

Tell your personal trainer how you are feeling, they're not mind readers. Tell them how your body feels, and how your motivation is, so they can work with you based on your feedback, they are there, after all, for your benefit.

Finally, put your heart into it, If you really want to get healthier and fitter, take that attitude to your training sessions and you will achieve your results, it will take time but exactly how long it takes is up to how hard you are willing to work yourself.

Jul 28

Where can I find Personal Trainers

By fit2fight | The Blog

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Boxing

Boxing training provides some of the best all over body conditioning available, no matter how old you are or what your experience might be, It's a great way of improving your stamina and boosting the cardiovascular system and at the same time work on your core strength and balance. Boxing training is becoming a lot more popular and more people are recognising the health benefits, so you'll be able to train like a boxer without actually competing. Many of the gyms will be offering a Make the weight scheme, helping people to achieve realistic and attainable weight goals through boxing and circuit training, so it stands to reason that some of the best personal trainers in Stoke on Trent will be found at a boxing gym or will have been involved in the sport in some way. There are plenty of boxing gyms about in the Stoke on Trent area and they will all have personal trainers on hand, on top of this they will all be offering boxing training or circuit training for fat burning and fitness, so if boxing is for you, get yourself down to one of the local gyms and give it a go.

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Circuit Training (HIIT)

Personal trainers in Stoke also work in and offer circuit training helping anyone to get maximum results in a very short space of time. Unless you work in personal training and fitness you don't really have hours to spend at the gym. Circuit training is a perfect workout for people that are stuck for time. The set up a at circuit training class is generally set up into various stations and you work out for about 30min doing a complete body workout by mixing weights with some heart pumping cardiovascular exercises. All of these places in Stoke have plenty of Personal Trainers handy that will help you around the circuit and also make themselves available for Personal training sessions. You like doing cardio but know you should be doing weights as well, and trying to get yourself to do an entire workout you don't enjoy can be a drag. This is where Personal trainers and circuit training can offer the best of both worlds by allowing you to combine intervals of high intensity cardiovascular exercises with weight lifting for a comprehensive and seriously satisfying workout. Thanks to the many benefits of high intensity interval training (HIIT), weight lifting and circuit training turns your body into a fat burning machine, you'll burn more calories in a 30 minute session than you would in an entire hour on the treadmill with the headphones in, on top of this, the afterburn effect will have your body burning calories for up to 48 hours after your session ends.

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Martial Arts Training

There are a number of Martial Arts schools in Stoke on Trent and this, like Boxing is a very good way of gaining fitness along with whole bunch of other benefits. Martial arts for personal training will give you a full body workout, its a high aerobic workout that uses every muscle group in the body. Your stamina, muscle tone, flexibility, balance and strength will all improve through martial arts training. Martial arts is also great for stress relief, you get to kick, punch, and scream which is a great stress release and great fun no matter how old you are. As well as this the more you learn about martial arts the more it will have a calming effect on you and it will just ease that stress away. You can also reach and maintain your target weight because of the total body workout that martial arts gives and one 2 one personal trainer lessons are available with every club.  On top of this a high amount of calories are burned during every session, you will learn self defence skills, just like boxing this form of exercise will teach you how to defend yourself and at the same time as you are getting fitter and achieving them weight loss targets. 

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The Gym

Finally we have the gym, these places are becoming a lot more popular and most places are now doing a lot of various classes, they do their own version of circuit training classes, spinning classes and other classes that are for everybody. Like the other places here in this article there are a number of Personal Trainers available to anybody that wants to take advantage of the amazing work these people that are dedicated to health and fitness can offer, the personal trainers in Stoke are no different to any other trainer anywhere else, if not better, because these personal trainers are right on your doorstep at every gym in the Stoke on Trent area. The gym has a multitude of resistance machines, a freeweights section, a wide range of cardiovascular machines and some even have a boxing ring, focus pads and punch bags for you to punch and kick for as long as you like (so much fun and hard work). The personal trainers in these gyms, like at any other fitness based club or gym, will help you through to achieving your goals. The gym is for everybody no matter what you want to do on your way to fitness but it can be daunting if you are new to training, if you are just starting out and you can afford it, a personal trainer is by far the best way to learn what to do, on what machine and also what to put on your plate, the results can be amazing.

A special thanks to Nathan Russo, best of luck for the future.

Jul 23

Why use a Personal Trainer

By fit2fight | The Blog

Choosing the right Personal Trainer can be as important as who you learn to driver your car with, the client needs to feel confident and relaxed while in a learning environment, and while we all try to get along with everybody, some people are more suited to different types and styles of training. The same goes for Personal Trainers. At some point a large percentage of people will start an exercise program of some kind. In less than 3 months a large percentage of those individuals will stop training for what could be a number of reasons, and its part of a Personal Trainers job to try and make sure these people don't give up. More Interestingly though if a client does have a Personal Trainer then they are more likely to keep up with the routine they have built up with their trainer, this works both ways, the client gets fitter, stronger and happier, and the Personal Trainer earns the money for the work, its a "win, win situation". On average Britons spend £37m a year on wasted gym memberships and slimming classes, see here.

The reasons why people are more likely to use a Personal Trainer may depend on a few things, it may depend on cost, scheduling times and location. Using a Personal Trainer can be a simple thing or it can be quite complicated and unsettling, so making sure the client is confident in the trainers abilities is quite important, but there are some basic points that potential clients and Personal Trainers should know. This might just help potential clients and Personal Trainers in Stoke decide which is best for them and which way is the best way to take the training session for their client.

Safety,

Personal Trainers in Stoke are people who are dedicated to health and fitness and have had to pass various courses, training and testing to be able to suggest the correct exercise for the clients goals, and in most cases this also means nutritional advise. Exercising in a gym can be very intimidating, there are a lot of machines, there are other gym users and if they are just starting out the client doesn't want to look a fool, and of course lots of ways to injure yourself. The use of a personal trainer to help you along your journey to fitness and, or weight loss will include showing you how to get the most out of the machines, equipment and weights that you use, and be able to do it safely.

Choosing the right program,

Getting on the right exercise program will help you to improve your quality of life and in some cases, extend your life expectancy. Getting on the wrong exercise program or using the wrong "form" is likely to result in injury, and this is just one aspect of where a Personal Trainer really comes in very handy, making sure the client is doing the right training and lifting the weights correctly means less risk of sports related injury. The Personal Trainer will firstly talk to his or her client and get a good idea of what the clients goals are, from here the Personal Trainer can assess what might be best for the client and make suggestions in exercise routines and nutritional plans to suit the client and the training program. This can be vital information for the client and at the same time the PT can learn a lot about the client. The use of a personal trainer is most definitely a two way thing, both the client and the trainer are always learning from each other. After all its not just about how much of a "beasting" any one Personal Trainer can give out but how they are able to work with any particular client that will bring results for all involved.

Motivation,

This is the main thing a client is looking for in personal trainers in Stoke is motivation. Whoever you choose as a personal trainer, this person has to be motivating, not only in encouraging the client or making the training session hard enough for them to benefit but also make it fun, an enjoyable experience, clients are more likely to stick to the program and "come back for more" if they are having fun. It needs to be someone that for whatever reason makes you want to go to the gym, or wherever the client trains and do your best. If the Personal trainer can motivate the client by helping them to change their life outside of the gym, if for example this is through nutrition, then all the better. The client may choose to find someone who has accomplished what they hope to achieve in the future. It may be someone who has achieved a lot in a sport they are interested in or has a proven track record and comes highly recommended. The best type of Personal Trainer is the type of person that encourages you to perform at a level of 110% while still maintaining a relaxed, comfortable and fun environment. This person may be a little more relaxed and quiet, or they might shout and bark at you like a drill sergeant. The clients own preferences and personality will determine what type of Personal Trainer the client is more likely to go for. Motivation is closely associated with guidance and the individual who can properly motivate you, will also show you several ways for you to accomplish any particular task.

Organization,

Another great quality to look for in a personal trainer relies heavily on that person's ability to run things smoothly. Great personal trainers have an ability to establish a plan and in most cases, give you insight about that plan. They will establish goals and make them obtainable for the client. Good quality trainers will usually have the clients workout clearly imprinted on their mind or written out for you to follow. A poor excuse for a trainer would be someone who is always late or obviously uncertain about what to do next for the client. Successful exercise programs are well organized. Some coaches will plan out track or football season training that could begin up to 6 months ahead of time. Personal trainers have to have short-term and long-term goals and should include your hopes and goals into the health and fitness journey.

Here are a few questions for the Personal Trainer,

Can you carry out and are you certified in CPR?

Do you work with or can you recommend any physicians?

Do you have your Personal Trainer's certificate? If so for what level?

Are you insured?

How long have you been a Personal Trainer?

What personal experience do you have with exercise and sport?

​Personal Trainers are invaluable, they have experience, knowledge and dedication to achievement for themselves and for their clients and personal trainers in Stoke are no different, they are there waiting for the potential client so they can start helping them with their health, fitness and well being.

​I'd like to give a special thanks to Nathan Russo, keep up the good work.