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Here’s how one Weymouth personal training client smashed it today

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Hey

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So, this evening I had a little Christmas treat for one of my clients. This guy, Marcus, has been with me for quite a while now, and pretty much hits it as hard as, if not harder than any client I’ve ever trained. The guy loves it.

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Being the standard Christmas to NYE hangover that this week always is, the gym that we usually train in was closed. So, today I decided to give him a little treat.

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We met at Lodmoor Country Park, and Marcus hit a blinder of a workout, despite being a little worse for wear after a hard day working, as well as 5 (scheduled) days off training over Christmas.

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Anyway, heres what we, or rather HE, got up to . . .

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Warm up circuit

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Kettlebell (KB) swings x 20

KB lunge to shoulder press x 20

KB burpees (no jump) x 10

Warm up 2

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KB walking lunge x 6, then 75% effort sprint to marker 30 yards away. Jog back recovery, then back into another 6 KB walking lunges in same direction, into sprint to same marker. Carried on until he’d lunged all the way to the marker. Jog back with KB to finish.

Main session

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Car pushing - Pushed car max effort for 30 secs, rest for 30 secs. Repeated x 4. Rest 2 mins then repeat.

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KB push up to 1 arm row x 10

KB sprawl to deadlift x 10

KB swing x 25

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Repeated x 3, no rest between exercises, but 1 min between sets.

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Savage Set

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24 squats

24 lunges

24 split jumps

12 squat jumps

Straight into 200m car push.

30 secs rest

Then repeat for return journey.

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Ropes to finish

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Using 45 foot long bulldog jacketed rope . . .

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20 secs work: 20 secs rest of the following . . .

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Alternating wave

Double wave

In’s and out’s

Reverse circles

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That’s it!

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So that was a pretty intense session. Took around 55 minutes all in, and fair to say the guy was pretty smashed at the end. Car pushing is as awesome a tool for developing leg power as it is will power. Quality workout, that’s gonna keep Marcus burning ridiculous amounts of calories for the next 24-36 or so hours.

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Maybe try it out sometime ;-)

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Andy

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Weymouth Triathletes tear it up in the snow

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

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Yesterday, To the MAX was on the brink of being cancelled, for the first time ever!

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The snow had forced our usual facility to be closed, and they wouldn’t let us in to train, so I put my head down, and though ’sod it. Let’s get out there’. So we did. I pinged a text and an email to the 24 strong group of triathletes and runners of varying abilities, letting them know that the session would be running, but outdoors, on the stoney Overcombe beach and along the prom, in the snow.

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These guys love to train. They see and feel the results. They see the benefit in the work we do. They enjoy the program, and they never give excuses for not being able to train (maybe the occasional genuine reason, but never an excuse). That said, I wasn’t sure how the team would respond to knowing they had to get out in -5 celcius to train in the snow and ice.

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There was no way my car was getting out of my ice rink of a road, so I donned a load of layers, and ran the 3 miles to the meeting point. A couple were already there, a little cold, but ready to go for it. Then a couple more turned up Then 4 more, then another one, until eventually, come 6.30pm, we had a 16 strong team of people ready to train. Ready to stick two fingers up to the weather, and get their training done. These guys, I said to myself, are dedicated WINNERS.

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IMMENSE.

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So anyway, I thought you’d like to see what we got up to:

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Warm up

About 3-5 minutes jogging, followed by an unloaded full body complex of lunges, squats, push ups and more.

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Stage 1: Run and Rep (the real R&R!)

30 paces sprint: 10-25 push ups: 30 paces sprint: 10-25 squats: 30 paces sprint: 10 single leg squats per leg: 30 pace sprint: plank to push up position switch: 30 pace sprint. Repeated x 2-3

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Stage 2: Lunge and Leg it

20 walking lunges: 70 meter sprint. Repeated x 2

40 walking lunges: 50 meter sprint. Repeated x 2

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Stage 3: Buddy Bondage Push ups

Partner A is in full push up position on floor. Partner B has on hand on A’s ass, one on shoulder. 2 push ups. Shift round so both hands on A’s shoulders. 2 push ups. Shift round to other side, one hand on ass, one on shoulder. 2 push ups. Each repeat for 2:2:2, then 3:3:3: then 4:4:4, each with 20 squats in between each complete set.

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Stage 4: Ass blast and boot it

Tall to small squats x 20

Single leg jumps x 5 per leg

30 pace sprint x 1

Repeated x 3

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Stage 5: Piggy back hike

Patner A carries B for 30-50 paces, swap and B carries A back. Repeat x 3. No running allowed, just fast walking with knees slightly bent the whole time. Savage thigh burn.

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Stage 6 (optional): Run!

At the end of the workout, at least 8 of the team said ‘well we’re here, so let’s go for a little run’. So they smashed out a brisk 1.5 miles running to polish off the session.

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AMAZING workout, enjoyed by all.

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Try it out ;-)

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Andy

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Weymouth Personal Trainer | 5 ways to boost your immune system

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Weymouth Personal Trainer reveals 5 simple ways to boost your immune system this winter

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If you are like much of the population, chances are that during the winter months, you frequently suffer from a weakened immune system, displaying itself as bouts of the common cold, coughs, sneezes, lack of energy and a general feeling of not being 100%. Many of us will battle through, telling ourselves ‘everyone’s getting ill now, so I guess it’s just my turn’. Some of us will stock up and fill up on cough and cold remedies in the form of hot drinks, chews and capsules. Very few people however, will set about attacking the problem at the source.

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You see, beating the winter blues is simple, and can be achieved to excellent effect by following these 5 simple guidelines. These are very straight forward, and deep down, we ALL know them, but just tend to neglect them far too often. If you follow these guidelines, within a very short space of time,you’ll be feeling and looking much healthier, and won’t have to worry about these unnecessary little ‘illnesses’ anymore.

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1. Reduce/eliminate processed food intake

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Processed food and foods containing added sugar cause an inflammatory response within your body, while also suppressing your immune system by causing your pancreas to secrete abnormally large amounts of insulin. This remains in the bloodstream even after it has helped metabolise the sugars, and one major side effect is that it suppresses the release of growth hormone (this is a primary regulator of the immune system) from your pituitary gland.

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2. Get at least 7 hours sleep per night

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Your immune system is under most threat during the day, when you’re exposed to a whole range of nasties, from other peoples germs, to pollution, to the toxins in our food. During sleep, is when your immune system is able to recover. You should try to sleep at least 7 hours per night, and at least once per week, lay in until you wake naturally. For maximum benefit, you’ll make sure you’re asleep by 10pm, as it’s between 10pm and 2am that the physical repair takes place within your body.

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3. Take regular exercise

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We all know exercise is good for us, but many still neglect it. Exercising regularly will increase blood flow, help your body to remove toxins, and improve the health of your pulmonary and cardiovascular systems. Exercise will cause an increase in macrophages, which are the cells that attack bacteria and improve the circulation of immune cells.

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4. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables

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Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables of varying colours will provide your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs to keep your immune system operating properly. Carotenes (vitamin A), as found in red, orange, green and yellow vegetables, are needed for white blood cell function as well as protecting your skin. Vitamin C helps protect the blood from infections, and can be found in kiwis, oranges, berries and leafy green vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are also packed high with antioxidants, which are vital for preventing and repairing damage cause by ‘free radicals’ within your body.

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5. Drink at least 2 litres of water per day

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As humans, we are composed of around 75% water. It is required for just about everything that goes on in your body, and drinking plenty of water each day will help your body to remove toxins, fight inflammation, and stay in good health on the inside and the outside. Ideally, you should drink filtered water which will minimize your exposure to metals, chlorine and other toxins.

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So that’s it. 5 simple ways in which you can get your immune system working well again, and finally stop being beaten by the winter blues.

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Train, eat and live well.

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Andy ;-)

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More great results from Weymouth’s leading personal trainer . . .

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Check out how another Procision Fitness personal training client has found training right here in Weymouth . . .

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AMAZING PERSONAL TRAINING RESULTS IN WEYMOUTH

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

This is the shortest post I’ll ever write!

Check out the progress of three current Weymouth based personal training clients of Procision Fitness.

Fancy some of this? Email info@procisionfitness.com to book YOUR free consultation

See you there ;-)

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Eat your immune system to optimum health . . .

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Autumn is on it’s way out, and Winter is on it’s way in. As I sit here writing this post, it’s hammering it down with rain outside, and howling a gale at the same time. From a training perspective, I’m just happy to own a turbo!


Anyway, I’m not here to rant about the rain, whinge about the wind, or feebly try to alliterate any more words.

Triathletes and long distance runners are a strange breed. We often look so fit on the outside, train like champions and have a strictly ‘can do’ mindset. But on the other hand, we often have weakened immune systems, causing us to need to take time off training every month when we get a cold or just don’t feel right. Maybe you’ll take off up to 3-5 days per month due to this, which results in a loss of up to 60 days (around 2 months!) per year or quality training, all because your immune system isn’t as strong as it ought to be. In the Triathletes Training Bible, Joe Friel makes reference to a study of runners in the LA Marathon that found that runners training for more than 60 miles per week were twice as susceptible to respiratory illness as those who ran for just 20 miles per week (another tick for reduced volume training!). The runners who completed the marathon, were then 6 times more likely to be ill in the week following the race as those who had done the training, but didn’t race. As well as all this, internally, our bodies are often inflamed from the volume of training we do, coupled with the high consumption of inflammatory foods, many of which cause a hyperglycaemic (fast blood sugar release) response, such as breads, pastas, cakes, muffins, pastries, energy gels, bars and drinks and whatever else we eat ‘because we need to’.

When in training, a triathlete/runner will burn around an extra 600-1600 calories per day, depending on training volume and intensity. This obviously puts a big demand on the athlete to consume enough food to maintain and develop themselves physically, so most athletes will turn to the high glycaemic index, sugary foods such as those outlined above in order to bridge the gap. BUT, but eating these foods, you cause this inflammatory response within your body, which often leads to unstable appetite, frequent illness, increased body fat and increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Not what you want. Chronic inflammation is closely linked with, and can lead to, a whole world of different problems such as irritable bowel disease, Parkinsons disease, various cancers, psoriasis, atherosclerosis, chronic dystrophy and type 2 diabetes to name a few. So definitely not good.

So enough of the depressing stuff, and onto what can help you.

In order to ensure that your immune system remains in tact, and your internal environment is not inflamed, there are a number of things you can do. The good thing, is that everything I’m about to lay out for you is dead simple. Before we kick off, here’s a list of some of the top culprits for causing inflammation within our bodies:

  • Sugars
  • Polyunsaturated vegetable oils such as sunflower, canola, safflower,
  • Trans fats such as those found in fast food, processed foods, cakes, pastries
  • Dairy products such as milk, cheese, yoghurt
  • Processed ‘meat’ (if you can call it that!)
  • Refined carbohydrates such as breads, bagels, muffins, tortilla, pitta, pasta (brown included)
  • Alcohol
  • Artificial food additives such as those found in just about any food which comes with a label
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Now, just as foods can cause an inflammatory response, they can also cause an anti-inflammatory one too. So there are foods out there that’ll reduce the inflammation within your body and bring you back to full, optimum health once more. Some of the best include:

  • Papaya
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Sweet potato/yam
  • Cinnamon
  • Turmeric
  • Parsley
  • Cabbage
  • Bell peppers
  • Avocado
  • Fresh salmon
  • Almonds
  • Flaxseeds
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Kiwi
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You get the idea. FRESH FOODS! There’s a tonne more foods that’ll fight inflammation within your body, and also give you the vitamins and nutrients you need to ensure your immune system gets back to greatness, and if you follow the (very basic yet very effective) guidelines I’m going to lay out for you for your off-season training, you’ll be well on your way to optimum health, recovery and performance. So here goes . . .

For ultimate results you’ll . . . . . .
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  1. Remove all dairy from your diet
  2. Remove all wheat and gluten from your diet
  3. Remove caffeine from your diet
  4. Remove artificial sweeteners and packaged foods from your diet
  5. Remove alcohol from your diet
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You’ll fuel yourself on fresh, wholesome foods alone, such as plenty of fish, meat, vegetables, legumes, pulses, beans, nuts, seeds, and all that other good stuff. You’ll also drink plenty of water, around 1 litre per 50lbs of bodyweight per day.

If you can’t remove EVERYTHING outlined above, then simply make a conscious effort to greatly reduce your consumption of those foods, and ensure that you are eating fresh fruit and veg with every meal, and drinking plenty of water.

If you use energy drinks, bars and gels, or high sugar content foods for training, limit these to either 5-10 minutes before training, during the workout, or within 20 minutes post workout as these times are when the body is more likely to use these sugars as a primary fuel.

Ideally, you’ll also ‘front load’ your carbohydrate intake. By this I mean that you’ll eat the majority of your carbs earlier in the day, and then gradually reduce carb intake as the day progresses. This will mean that you’re more likely to use the food as fuel in the day, as opposed to going to bed with high insulin levels. Think of your carb intake as a pyramid, so plenty for breakfast, slightly less at lunch, then minimal at dinner (also include healthy snacks in between meals if hungry).

With vegetables, the brighter the better. Try to include a variety of colours within your diet, as this will provide a massive range of phytonutrients that’ll help boost your immune system and vitality. When snacking on fruit, make sure you eat some form of protein and fat with it, as this will slow down the rate of sugar release into the bloodstream, release hormones such as leptin to signal fullness, and also helps ensure a steady release of energy so no ’spiking’.

If you employ the strategy I have outlined above, you will quickly find that you will improve your health, vitality and general feeling of well being within a very short space of time, as well as drop a few pounds along the way. I should also warn you though, that by removing the inflammatory foods, your body will thank you initially with headaches, fatigue and maybe some mood swings for 1-4 days. After that time however, you’ll feel like you’re living in a totally new body, and will quickly find that the common colds and illnesses you suffer with frequently, will disappear.

Enjoy ;-)

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Circuit Training Weymouth - Wednesday Class at Budmouth

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Thought I’d drop you a quick one to remind you that the all new Wednesday night circuit class at Budmouth sports centre is kicking off tomorrow night!

The original circuit brought to you from Procision Fitness has been slightly revamped and after a short break is just about ready to kick off once more on Weds 15th September.

Courses run for 6 weeks, and the start dates for the next 2 courses are as follows:

Weds 15th Sept

Weds 27th Oct

The price for the 6 session program is £24. There is a maximum number of 20 participants per course. If the session hasn’t reached full capacity by the start date, sessions will be available on a pay and play basis at £5 per session.

A full diet and workout program is also available, totally free, if you require it!

Looking forward to seeing you all there tomorrow night!

Andy Sloan BA (Hons), MMA – CSCC

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Weymouth Personal Trainer to help 100 people lose 1000lbs of fat for charity!

Friday, December 18th, 2009

 

The last few weeks I have been thinking of ways I can help as many people as possible to lose their excess Christmas poundage this January. I then came up with the idea that I should let 100 people enlist on an online version of my guaranteed results fat loss program for a fraction of the cost of personal training. It then dawned on me that not only should I do this, but rather than myself earn a single penny of it, I should donate all profits to charity! Wow!

 

So after much thought, planning and preparation, I have come up with this . . . . .

 

Starting January 4th, Procision Fitness, Weymouth and Dorset’s ONLY guaranteed results personal trainer, is going to help 100 people lose a total of 1000lbs of body fat, while also raising £1000 of cash for Julia’s House, an amazing local charity that helps children in Dorset suffereing from life limiting conditions.

 

The way I’m going to do it is by getting these 100 people (maybe you) to pay a £10 donation to charity, and try to lose 10lbs of body fat in 28 days (sign up via the big purple form on the homepage of www.procisionfitness.com). Once people have signed up, they (maybe you) get an email from me with a few more details about the program. Then, on January 1st, everyone recieves a copy of my Hit & Miss diet (the same as I use with my private fat loss clients), as well as further instructions. On January 4th the program begins. In the morning, these lucky 100 people will take some simple measurements (as per the instructions I send), and then begin their first workout.

 

Every single day, for 28 days, the 100 strong team will recieve an email directly from me with their days workout (provided via video uploads, photos and instruction so you can’t go wrong), nutritional help, advice on all things health, and more. Workouts take as little as 20 minutes per day, and require no specialist equipment, and the diet involves no magic supplements, starvation, calorie counting or anything like that.

 

At the end of the 28 days, so long as everyone has stuck to the program to the letter, each and every participant will have lost around 10lbs (typical results vary from 5-20lbs on this program), and will have raised at least £1000 for the Julia’s House.

 

So far as I’m aware, this is the first time this has ever happened here in the UK, and it’s set to be quite something. So if you are one of the millions who are looking to lose weight this new year, but don’t fancy private personal training, sign yourself up via the big purple box.

 

What are you waiting for?

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Weymouth Personal Trainer gives you 10+ types of push up to try!

Friday, December 11th, 2009

This post stems from a recent conversation I had with a friend of mine who had been doing push ups for  few weeks and now is not making further progress with them, and subsequently got bored of them and eliminated them from his routine. Now, there is no need for anyone to ever get bored with push ups, as there is pretty much an endless variety that you can perform, of varying difficulties.

 

The push up is one of the single most effective exercises for developing total body strength. Not only do your chest, shoulders and arms get a great workout, but so does your core, your hips, and just about everything else! So why is it that some people hate push ups? In my experience it seems that those people who dislike the push up fall into one of 3 categories. 1 - they can’t do a push up. 2 - they have got bored with them. 3 - their goal is bodybuilding and they feel the push up can not sufficiently fatigue them to make the necessary gains.

 

All of these categories can be easily addressed through exploring and introducing a variety of push ups. 

 

Category 1

 

Now, I am fully aware that loads of people (maybe even you) can’t do the full ones, but I’m yet to train a single person who hasn’t been able to perform some form of a push up, be it on their knees or up against a wall, so there is hope for everyone! If you fall into this category, try the kneeling push up illustrated below. If you find this too hard, adopt the same position, but with your hands on a bench or a step, which will put more of a load through your lower body and less through your upper, meaning it’s much easier to lower down and push back up. If you find that too hard, try standing up against a wall, with your hands flat against it, elbows to approx 90 degrees at the bottom phase, and push yourself away from the wall. The better you become, the further away you can take your feet, making the move progressively harder.

 

Category 2

 

With so many variations of this simple move, there is no reason to ever get bored of doing push ups! You can use balls, benches, buddys and plenty more objects and pieces of equipment to make the push up more challenging, fun, and specific to what you want to achieve. Some of my favourite push ups are the partner ones which I’ve outlined below. Now these are pretty advanced, so I wouldn’t recommend attempting them until you and your buddy can each do at least 20 push ups comfortably, and hold a solid plank position for at least a minute.

 

Hands on shoulders - You’ll find these ones are great for switching on your core and also hitting the triceps as your hands are put in a closer grip. The guy on the floor will also get a great core workout. If, and ONLY if you get real good at these, try both going down and up at the same time, or alaternately!

 

One hand on hip bone, one hand on shoulder - Another advanced move thats really great for hitting the core for both buddys. If you try these ones, make sure the hand is on the hip and not the lower back. You’ll also want to make sure that you work from both sides, so that everything is worked evenly. Again, to make it harder, try both going down and up at the same time, or alternately (one up one down).

 

Hands on stability ball - This is a great exercise for hitting the triceps as well as giving your core a decent workout to. In adition to this, you’ll also be providing your shoulder joint with some (often) much needed stability work too. Have your hands more on the sides of the ball as opposed to on the top, as this will be easier on the wrists.

 

Decline stability ball - This is a great way to add some lower body stability work in while also loading up the shoulders a little more. The higher your feet and legs are, the more weight you’ll have acting down on your upper body, making this a really tough move. Try also performing it with only a single leg on the ball, which really adds a huge eccentric load through the hip of ther planted leg (great for helping train decelleration such as when running).

 

Decline stability ball with roll up - This is a progression further than the one previously, and gives your hips and abs a great workout while loading up your upper body. On the way up, roll the ball in so your knees come toward your chest, and on the way down, extend the knees and hips so you are in a full push up position  at the bottom phase.

 

 Medicine ball ‘one up one down’ - This variation is pretty fun and can be adapted further by adding in a fast passover, a jump, a swapover, increasing/decreasing speed, elevating your legs and a few more ways alike. But try this first simple progression initially. You’ll find that the arm planted on the floor has to work extra hard to compensate for the elevation from the other arm. Don’t have a medicine ball? Use a football or a step instead.

 

Category 3

 

If you’re in this category, then I’ll urge you to have a try at the progressions I’ve outlined for you below, because they require some serious strength and explosive power also, and will help you both carve up and grow your chest at the same time.

 

Close grip medicine ball - These are one of my favourite push ups for hitting the triceps. If you want to make the move harder, turn it into a power move, but exploding off the ball and landing with hands either side, before exploding back up onto the ball as illustrated below.

Pausing med ball push up - These are the ultimate in developing phenomenal core strength, and are my favourite variety of push up to use with many of the athletes I train in various sports due to the immense core and hip strength as well as shoulder and hip stability required for perfect form. Complete the move in a controlled, steady manner, with a 1-2 seconds pause at the top range.

Band resisted push up and air time push up - Resistance bands are a great tool for increasing resistance in push ups. Make sure you have the band placed around your upper back for ultimate loading through the chest, but to hit the core even harder, you can lace the band around your lower back (do not do this one if you have a weak lower back, or are new to resisted push ups).

To make the move even harder, try adding some explosion into it but finishing with your hands (or hands and feet, off the floor! If you still feel your chest needs more of a workout, after each set, hit the bench press with a load that you’d normally hit 12 reps out on, and go to near failure.

 

Hopefully this post has given you some new ideas of ways in which to make the push up more exciting, specific and effective, ensuring that you remain on track to achieving your goals without your training going stale and unproductive.

 

Soon I’ll be writing a post of similar style regarding adapting the squat, so keep your eyes pealed.

 

Until next time, stay motivated, stay strong, and stay healthy.

 

To your success

 

Andy ;-)

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Personal Trainer Weymouth: Fat Loss Mistakes Uncovered

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

It’s getting to that time of year again, where everyone is getting into Christmas mode and beginning to think about work parties, family gatherings and alike, and subsequently the thought of putting on that little black dress, or tight pair of jeans starts getting ever more worrying.

 

Most people’s work Christmas parties  I’m guessing, are going to be happening within the next 3 weeks or so, which really doesn’t seem all that long a time to get down to size and feel confident to wear what you want to , and to be able to indulge a little, knowing that you’ve ‘earned the right’ to. Well what if I was to tell you that in just 2-3 weeks of not making the mistakes I’ve outlined for you below, you could be a clothes size smaller, and ready to slip into any outfit you so desire?

 

The following are the 7 deadly sins of fat loss that my Weymouth and Dorset personal training clients often come to me with during our initial free consultation, and we then seek to banish them for good, with great results! In fact, when all of these cardinal fat loss hindering mistakes are booted out, clients are dropping fat and weight faster and more effectively than they have ever managed before during any of the many fad diets and workout programs they have tried out in the past.

 

So have a read, see which ones you are making, and stop making them starting today. If you do, I’ll guarantee you’ll lose at least a couple of inches in time for the party ;-)

 

1.                Eating refined carbohydrates

 

We all need carbohydrate in our diet, that’s fact. However, what we don’t need is the wrong form of carbohydrate.  Eating carbs that have been refined, such as white pasta, bread, rice, sugar, sweets, cakes, biscuits and all that other nasty sweet stuff, is quite possibly the biggest fat loss mistake that people can make. Sugar, and sugary foods, are addictive to say the least. You eat it, you want more, you want more, you often eat that too! By eating these types of carbs, your body’s response is to hit back with a huge influx of insulin, which ends up making your body store fat. Not only that, but although your energy levels may initially be elevated, shortly after, you will end up on a downer and with reduced energy levels. The way forward is getting your carbs from fresh, natural sources, such as fruit and vegetables, which as well as giving you a much steadier supply of energy, will also fill you up with the vitamins necessary to ‘unlock’ the energy within your foods, as well as boosting immune function and improving your general health.

 

2.      Eating processed foods

 

They’re convenient, their ‘tasty’ (debatable), they’re quick, they’re easy, they’re effortless………….they’re also so full of crap that every time you eat them you are literally filling your body with chemicals and empty calories, and inviting your body to store excess fat. By eating these types of foods, from canned tomatoes through to a full on microwavable curry, you’re voluntarily increasing your body fat and the level of toxins within your body, and decreasing your bodies ability to work as it’s supposed to. If you’re ‘trying’ to lose fat, but still eating packaged and processed foods (yes - even low fat, no fat, low salt, weight watchers, healthy living and all that), you are condemming yourself to failure. If you eat fresh, natural foods, you really can’t go wrong, so enough with the microwave, and get your steamer, oven and grill working, and start eating natural. You’ll be AMAZED at how much of a difference it makes just replacing everything packaged with fresh stuff.

 

3.     Doing your 100 sit ups a day

 

Yes that’s right, many of my personal training clients, when asked, tell me that their fat loss attempts to date have involved doing plenty of sit ups every morning and every night. Well this is a very quick and simple mistake for me to discuss. Doing lots of sit ups will not get you a skinny, toned waist!!!!! If it could, then a third of the population would have great abs, not a BMI that categorises them as obese. The idea of doing loads of sit ups to nuke your belly fat is called spot reducing, which doesn’t, has never, and will never work to reduce body fat. It’s not possible to work one part of your body and burn only the fat from that area. It just doesn’t go like that. The body takes fat from where it wants to. All that doing excessive sit ups does generally, is give people a bad back and poor posture. If you want great abs, you need to be able to see them, so they key is to get rid of the fat that surrounds them (acting on the advice you are reading right now will help you!). You’re far better off doing full body training to reduce fat. The more muscles you work, the more calories you’ll burn. Fact.

 

4.     Steady state cardio

 

Yes, this may well work for a while, and I’ve nothing against steady state cardio. After all, the sport of triathlon is pretty much all about this! However, if you’re training for fat loss, it’s not the weay to go. Many of my clients, as well as banging out sit ups by the hundred, also have previously spend an hour or so walking on a treadmill, cycling on a stationary bike, or plodding up and down on a stepper. Funny thing is, they all say it bores the hell out of them and they don’t get results after the first couple of weeks. So why continue doing it?! Cardio training for fat loss is all about hitting out the interval work. Through using interval training as opposed to steady state cardio, you will burn more ‘free’ calories throughout the day, due to the effect the interval work has on your metabolism (you can elevate it for up to around 24hrs aftre training!). So by putting in a 20-30 minute bout of interval work, you will burn plenty more calories than an hours steady workout, in half (or less) the time. Efficient, effective, and much more fun!

 

5.     Lack of resistance training

 

I don’t want to burn fat not get big muscles. I don’t have time. I don’t like the gym. Just 3 of the primary reasons I hear for why people don’t do resistance training. The exclusion of resistance training one is the biggest mistake people make with their fitness programs. I’ll put it very simply for you though: If you want to lose fat, you need to build some muscle! Now ladies, it’s not to say that you need to get stacked, and get guns like Swartzenegger (in fact, you won’t be able to due to the hormonal differences with men and women), so don’t worry about that. The underlying fact however, is that muscles crave energy, and so the  more muscle you have, the more energy they need to work, so the more calories they will burn. So, by building some lean mass (muscle) you will increae your metabolic rate, and burn more calories even when you sleep. As for using a gym, absolutely no need. Your body is the only equipment you need, and that’s a fact. Just as soon as I get some time, I’ll shoot a short workout video for you and stick it on here ;-). In terms of time, you don;t need much. 20 minutes, 3-5 times per week is whct I use with lots of my personal training clients here in Weymouth and Dorset, and the results are immense.

 

6.     Not eating enough protein

 

This is related to the above. When I have looked at a clients food diary prior to our personal training commencing, the thing that ALWAYS sticks out is the lack of dietary protein. People only ever seem to eat it in their evening meal. Big mistake. Your body needs protein to rebuild your muscles bigger and stronger after work. By effectivle ystarving your body of this vital nutrient, you are reducing its ability to create the lean tissue necessary to boost your metabolism and increase your fat burning potential. Try to get some form of protein in with every meal, but be aware that there are complete (such as in meat, fish, eggs) and incomplete (such as in bread, pasta, pulses) proteins. Go for things like organic beef, fish, chicken, turkey, whole nuts, seeds and organic eggs as your protein sources.

 

7.     No direction

 

This is without doubt, the biggest one. So many people (maybe even you) spend far too much time saying they are going to kick start their fat loss mission, but never get round to it, or go at it half assed. In my experience, the key to fat loss success (and success in general) is having a clear, determined and measurable goal, that is both achievable and challenging (check out my post here for help with seting goals http://www.procisionfitness.com/blog/2009/02/goal-setting-goal-getting/). If you have no direction, you won’t get anywhere. So know what it is you want to achieve, and actually be willing to go for it, pedal to the metal. None of this ‘I’ll start on Monday’ nonsense either, start today, start now, and start achieiving. If you truely want to be a size smaller so you can wear what you want to, and feel comfortable in it, then you will be willing to work for it. Remember, the journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step, so take the first step today by setting yourself a goal.

 

That’s it from me today. Hope you get something from this post, and don;t forget to leave a comment. Your feedback is always great.

 

If you want to find out about my GUARANTEED RESULTS fat loss program, get in touch when you’re ready ;-)

 

 Until next time, good luck.

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