Monthly Archives: September 2015

Sep 10

Personal Trainers in Stoke and Affordability

By fit2fight | The Blog

Can I Afford a Personal Trainer?


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Stoke on Trent isn't exactly overflowing with money and a lot of people out there might think that they can’t afford a personal trainer, but you can get the extra fitness push you need from a quality personal trainer even on a budget. Basically you can stay well within your budget without compromising the quality of your workouts.

Setting yourself a fitness budget.


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When setting yourself the spending limit for your training you should know exactly how much you can afford to spend on a personal trainer based on your monthly income and spending, this is the obvious first step and it doesn't matter if you have £40 to spare or £400, it’s important to stick to that budget. You can increase the budget you have for your training by making other slight adjustments to your normal lifestyle, for example reduce the amount of drinks you have on a night out, I'm not saying that you shouldn't live a little but reducing the amount spent on anything detrimental to your fitness goals will only go to help your cause, not only will this give you the funds to spend on your fitness goals but will help you on your way to a healthier lifestyle and maybe the money you save this month can be dedicated towards training for the next month.

Let’s say, for example, that your budget can handle £200 towards personal training, (not everybody will be able to afford £200, this is just a figure to use as an example) it’s quite easy to tot up the £££’s by just nipping to the pub for a drink after work, you've realized that you spend around £20 on after work drinks each Friday night, or £100 a month. Now let’s say you decide to cut that spending in half, saving yourself £50 a month. This would allow you to put £250 towards your training budget for the following month, instead of £200, but be careful to make sure that you don’t start spending that extra £50 you have saved until you have it in the bank.

How much can I expect to pay for a Personal Trainer?


A good personal trainer is likely going to be at least £25.00 an hour and upwards.

Getting a friend or someone you know that goes to the same venue to share the cost of the personal training session is an ideal way to cut the cost for you, for your friend and at the same time you will both still get an excellent value for money training session.

Personal training can also be done in groups, such as boot camps, and can start from as little as just £4 a session per person.

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So, finding out what you want from your personal trainer and combining that with what you can afford plus the bonus of bringing a friend into the mix to train with you and it actually turns out that you can afford more personal training sessions than you may have thought.

In any group setting where you see the same trainer every time you go, that personal trainer will get to know you, your eating habits, how hard you train and how far they can push you in each training session and making an appointment with a personal trainer on a weekly, or even 2 weekly basis keeps you on right on track.

Your personal trainer might even be able to offer you a discount if you buy in bulk from them, this might also help you to spend the money where you want to spend it rather than risk slipping into the pub for a drink or two after work again. This will of course reduce what you have to pay for your personal training sessions but don’t shell out your hard earned cash until you are happy that the personal trainer you have chosen or the boot camp you have chosen is the right one for you!

Finding The Right Match


So before shelling out your cash for one or more sessions, do your homework and start by getting information on the trainer, this is something that we at Personal Trainers In Stoke can help you out with. Having experience a professional education and certificates is a sure sign that you are dealing with a trainer who will be able to adapt exercises to your specific needs and any injuries you may have. As well as all the bells and whistle that education brings you may want to look for a trainer with happy clients that have achieved results, this speaks volumes for the personal trainer!

An experienced trainer may cost a little more but that little bit extra may be worth it, especially if you have been prone to injury in the past. Consider buying fewer sessions with that trainer or balancing personal training with group classes.

You should always choose a trainer you click with, but you need someone who’s going to have the experience to push you, vary your routine to keep you interested, and help you to maintain and improve your health.

If you do it right, hiring a really good personal trainer will be less expensive than you might think. Unless you have the budget to hire someone three days a week ask your trainer for a workout that you can do on your own and then meet with them once a week or once every two weeks to monitor progress and switch the training sessions to suit your needs.

With a really simple combination of budgeting a little and fitness exercises, you’ll have the personal trainer and the discipline to accomplish your fitness goals without stretching your budget too far. Can you really put a price on your own fitness?

Sep 08

Modified Strongman Training

By fit2fight | The Blog

Modified Strongman Training


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As we covered circuit training in a recent article a look at some of the most popular methods of what circuit training brings into its circuits as well as bodyweight exercises and cardiovascular exercises many of them are using something called “Modified StrongmanTraining” this kind of training brings some big compound exercises into the training program and they work very well. If you are doing a form of modified strongman training or MST then you will undoubtedly become stronger, you will gain a considerable amount of power, you will, without a doubt, providing you are following a reasonable nutritional plan drop a massive amount of bodyfat and as a result look fitter, healthier and more athletic.

Modified strongman training takes your more traditional strongman exercises such as tyre flips, dragging and carrying various objects and combines them with the squat, deadlift and bench press to create a challenging but very effective fat loss workout that will give you an increase in strength and lead to a healthier lifestyle. The sessions at Caveman Training and Warrior Fitness for example will always be varied and be mixed in a high volume low rest period style of training that will be focused on fat loss and increasing strength and can target certain body parts very effectively, put all this together and it leads to a higher metabolism for longer and as a result, more calories burnt.

Why Modified Strongman Training?


There are many reasons why you should consider modified strongman training  or MST to be a very effective tool for a whole range of fitness goals. Firstly modified strongman training uses big compound movements that make far greater demands on the body. Many of these movements complement other exercises in the gym. For example the farmers walks carry over to dead lifts and the yoke walks carry over into squats. Not only will these movements get you strong and powerful quickly, they will also push you outside your comfort zone and challenge you both physically and mentally.

Modified strongman training also creates one of the most effective hormonal responses in our bodies for rapid fat loss and not only that, it is a highly effective conditioning tool for the novice all the way through to the top level athletes. It is something all personal trainers should consider trying to fit in with the client depending on the client’s preferences of course.

Bringing strongman training into your training schedule.


Whenever a personal trainer designs a training program for a client one of the first things they will take into account their training age, how long have they been training and what experience do they already have? current physical abilities and level of fitness, maybe if you have a client that is quite fresh to training and exercise you might want to get the client stronger by doing straight sets on the big lifts, which of course are the squat, deadlift and all variations of presses and pulls such as bench press, military press, pull up, chin up and bent over row. Making sure the client has a good grasp of these movements, by doing this you as a personal trainer are giving them the basics to be able to take the next step in their training, something that all clients need, the next level!

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This can be built on by following a natural progression until you hit a plateau, introducing remedial work as needed. Maybe a good way of approaching this would be to add in your simple strongman movements such as sled drags, pulls and pushes until they are competent to handle the more complex lifts and carries such as super yoke and farmers walk. By doing this you as a professional trainer will create a greater metabolic demand for your clients that are newer to exercise if they are unable to move a heavy enough weight during the big compound movements, load up the sleds and prowlers up as required, these are safe and won’t put the client in any danger of injury.

Alternatively, if you have an experienced lifter that is a lot more competent in their abilities and more comfortable with complex lift’s, there are numerous ways to program for fat loss, strength and conditioning or hypertrophy. Some of the training systems used but are not limited to would be light to heavy pyramid sets and giant sets.

So pound for pound or kilo for kilo, what are the best movements?


Without a doubt you can't go past the big three, so the squat, deadlift and bench press should be a massive part of anyone’s training, but once they are mastered that is where the real fun begins! This is where you can really introduce some of that modified strongman training to your clients sessions, testing them even further! I'm sure all the personal trainers out there don't mind testing their clients progress.

The farmers carry, super yoke, log press and the clean and press are where the real mental and physical challenges are as all these lifts allow for variants in training. You can further challenge yourself with timed carry and walks, distance covered with weight, ascending and descending sets or load lifted in a set time.

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The most common mistakes made however are are poor exercise sequencing, too many or different energy systems targeted in one session or a series of exercises inefficiently programmed, this is where your personal trainer comes into their own, they are there to make sure you are targeting the areas you need to in order to be able to, firstly be able to complete your session and secondly to make sure you are on the right track and well on course to reach your goals.

Often too many exercises are selected, length session is too short or too long and over training can be quite common. Overall you must know your purpose for that session which makes it easier to get to your goals and be able to target an area of the body at every session, specific goal setting is a must, not just for modified strongman training but for any kind of training.

As with any training some exercises are more difficult than others, especially if you are halfway into a session or after a set amount of reps, if you are doing a series of exercises, always do the most difficult first and least difficult last. For example you may want to start off with a lift, followed by a carry then a pull or a drag.

So basically, any kind of training that has Modified Strongman Training has an excellent base to work from and has got to be a definite way forward, and for anybody looking to get fitter, stronger, healthier and eventually a much better lifestyle due to this then they have to look no further than Modified Strongman Training. Find out where you can do this and go for it, there are many forms of training but MST is among the best for results.

Sep 02

Gyms and Fitness Clubs

By fit2fight | The Blog

Gyms and Fitness Clubs

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There are many gyms and fitness clubs in the Stoke on Trent and Newcastle under Lyme area and they all offer the bonus of a personal trainer, but there is a big difference in these places, some are more geared towards relaxation, providing facilities such as a steam room, Jacuzzi and small indoor pool, while others are solely and purposefully aimed at weight training in all its various forms, while some people may say that they are a member of a gym, this may be a point for argument, where does a gym stop being a gym and start to become a fitness centre or health club? There are after all differences between them.

Fitness Clubs


A fitness club can be used by absolutely any person looking to workout. Fitness clubs and health clubs are a health, recreational, and social facility which is geared towards exercise, sports, and other physical activities with the added bonus of being able to relax in the sauna or pool. Most fitness centres deal with many different types of exercise under the one roof.

There are also fitness centres that are geared towards a specific activity or discipline. For instance, there are Pilates centres, which focus on conditioning the mind and the body with specially designed equipment and a series of exercises to improve mental capacity, control, balance, flexibility, endurance, breathing, and much more, there are aerobic centres, which focus on cardiovascular health with the use of weights, ropes and other specialist equipment and circuit classes. All providing exercises for a healthy body and mind, and gyms, which are considered fitness clubs or centres but for the sake of the article, will be kept as a separate category.

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Fitness centres are usually huge complexes, but it really depends on what activities and amenities they have to offer the member. Some have indoor and outdoor sports facilities as swimming pools, running tracks, rock climbing, sports playing fields, and rooms for martial arts, yoga, Pilates, spinning, weight training and classes for individual use, and regular gym equipment such as treadmills, cross trainers and cycling machines. They may also include saunas, hot tubs, steam rooms, tanning beds, showers, locker rooms and some even offer childcare services, snack bars and retail sports stores. Basically they want to make sure you don't have to go anywhere else for your fitness and relaxation needs.

These places are definitely designed to create a comfortable atmosphere, an atmosphere that has more opportunity for meeting new people and socializing.

Gyms


Gym is just a short name for a gymnasium, and gyms offer a wide range of indoor activities and events, and just like fitness centres, there are many sizes and types, some gyms focus mainly on weight training or lifting, in fact, that was is your basic setup for a pure gym environment. Others are equipped with cardiovascular machines as well and offer classes. Specific activity gyms also include aerobics, martial arts, and Pilates. There are also 24-hour gyms, which if you hadn't guessed, are open 24 hours a day.

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Again just like fitness centres, gyms offer classes in various workout disciplines and sporting activities; provide experienced, certified personal trainers and staff; the use of treadmills, rowing machines, cycling stations, and other cardiovascular equipment, the use of free weights such as barbells, dumbbells, and weight machines, swimming pool, maybe saunas, steam rooms, basketball courts, tanning, locker rooms, showers, and childcare services. For your comfort and ease, the cardio equipment may have televisions or docking stations, some even have internet access on them.

Monthly membership fees at gyms depend on the services and amenities you sign up for, there are on peak and off peak prices available and prices can start as low as £9.99 a month and there are some that offer a month at a reduced rate as a trial, you have to keep an eye out for those offers and take advantage of them when they pop up.

All the fitness centres, health clubs and gyms in Stoke on Trent have the option of the use of a personal trainer, they also have something different for anybody that is looking for variation in their exercise routine, it could be that you may prefer to go to a few circuit classes that the gym holds, or spinning classes, these are great for fitness levels and fat burning so along with the right diet you can achieve all of your fitness goals at absolutely any of these places. The important thing to remember when you are looking to join any of these places is making sure that it offers you what you want for your goals, and the kind of training that you are looking for. Make the right choice and you will rapidly reach your goals of health and fitness, especially with the help of one of the many personal trainers that Stoke on Trent and Newcastle under Lyme has to offer along with these venues.