Personal Training for Women New Malden| Strength Training | Fitness Tips

Why do the Scales Keep Changing ?

Why do the Scales Keep Changing ?

Guest Blogger William Law   There are better and worse ways to start a day.   And for many people, the day begins with dragging yourself out of bed (after hitting snooze on the alarm 3 times), going into the bathroom, and stepping on the scales… and there’s...

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What is an AMRAP workout?

What is an AMRAP workout?

The term AMRAP stands for ‘as many rounds (or repetitions) as possible’. Broadly speaking, AMRAP is a form of high intensity training, similar to HIIT (high intensity interval training), designed to train cardiovascular fitness, endurance and strength, along with...

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Are Resistance Bands Better than Cables ?

Are Resistance Bands Better than Cables ?

Anyone who’s stepped foot in a gym knows that they contain a huge variety of equipment, possibly enough to be intimidating. Resistance Bands and Cables have their place in amongst all of this   Whether it’s the squat racks surrounded by metal weight plates or...

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The Benefits of Exercising Outdoors

The Benefits of Exercising Outdoors

Exercising Outdoors Isn’t Really That Bad… Exercising outdoors? in the UK? you must be mad!   Well maybe so but gyms and leisure centres have been shut for months, and no-one likes that. Unfortunately, my studio also falls under the category of ‘indoor space’, so the...

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Losing Fat and Maintaining Muscle

Losing Fat and Maintaining Muscle

The idea of ‘losing weight’ seems to be the holy grail of fitness.   It’s something everyone wants to do: these days, every time we go to the magazine aisle in the supermarket, we’re ambushed by magazine covers filled with women with slender, toned physiques and...

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TABATA Training What is it and How do I do it

TABATA Training What is it and How do I do it

What is Tabata Training? Tabata training is a form of high intensity interval training (HIIT). However, the structure is somewhat different to a traditional, circuit-oriented HIIT workout. The structure of a tabata workout is as follows: you perform a specific...

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What is HIIT and is it Good For Me?

What is HIIT and is it Good For Me?

HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, is a training technique in which you work at high effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes active, recovery periods. It has many different forms, but essentially involves a period of hard...

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Is Stretching Important ?

Is Stretching Important ?

There are lots of myths about stretching and this is a blog about different types of stretching and the benefits.. or not   What does Stretching Do? Stretching relaxes the muscles and allows for the nervous system to become comfortable in a broader range of...

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DOMS: Does Stretching Help

DOMS: Does Stretching Help

What is DOMS and does stretching help? If you’ve recently started a new regime or upped your existing one and have been getting sore muscles after your workout – it could be DOMS. This is a conversation I have with new clients who are unaccustomed to exercise and in...

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Abdominal Bracing

Abdominal Bracing

Having worked with many women over the years helping them improve their strength, the purpose of this article is to help give you an understanding of your core and core stability.   What is your Core Your core is your body minus your arms and legs. The term ‘core...

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The Dumbbell Pullover is a Great Exercise

The Dumbbell Pullover is a Great Exercise

The dumbbell pullover is an exercise that can train opposing muscle groups at once - specifically the pecs and lats.   The pectoralis major in the front of the chest; controls pushing movements The latissimus dorsi, spanning both sides of the mid- to lower-back;...

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Planning Your Solo Workout Part 2

Planning Your Solo Workout Part 2

Following on from my blog about planning your workout this article goes into more detail about how to plan your workout   Keep It Simple The best workout is the one you stick with. People make things far too complicated and try to target to many individual...

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Planning a Workout: Part 1

Planning a Workout: Part 1

PLANNING A WORKOUT Lots of my clients want to work out on their own in addition to the sessions they do with me. This is certainly something I encourage as it will enhance the benefits of their personal training sessions. Some want to workout at home and some in a...

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Strength Training for Women: Become Strong and not Bulky

Strength Training for Women: Become Strong and not Bulky

Recently I was asked if muscles needed to get bigger to get stronger. It is often a concern for women that if they train with heavy weights they’ll get bulky. However, this is not the case. Sometimes people with less muscle can lift much more than people with more...

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Are Fat Loss and Muscle Building Goals Congruent ?

Are Fat Loss and Muscle Building Goals Congruent ?

I am often approached by clients wanting to lose fat and get stronger or build muscle. This has made me investigate how congruent are the two goals of fat loss and muscle gain.   Gaining Muscle If you want to build muscle, you’re going to have to lift weights and...

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How Often Should I Train

How Often Should I Train

How Often should I train to build muscle? A common question from new clients is how often they need to train to get stronger or build muscle. From experience I suggest that training twice a week with me is optimal and if they can do something on their own once a week...

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Should you be doing Burpees?

Should you be doing Burpees?

Only a select few "lucky" clients get to do burpees with me... This made me question -  is the burpee a good exercise?   Origin of Burpees Burpees were created in 1939 by a man named Royal H. Burpee and used in military training to determine a person’s physical...

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3 good reasons to do Back Strengthening Exercises

3 good reasons to do Back Strengthening Exercises

So this week’s Thursday family gym session focussed on back strengthening exercises Back strengthening exercises build the strength needed to support and keep your spine in its proper position. Neglecting your back muscles can have structural consequences for your...

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The benefits of massage for diastasis recti

The benefits of massage for diastasis recti

I come across a lot of mums with diastasis recti (DR). Diastasis can occur as early as the first trimester of pregnancy, or may not occur until postnatally.  Risk factors for diastasis recti having a belly button piercing past abdominal surgeries history of umbilical...

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Functional Personal Training for Lower Back Pain

Functional Personal Training for Lower Back Pain

Functional Personal Training is aimed at training the body to cope with everyday situations. It is possible to train your muscles to be fit for your chosen sport and yet still have pain or discomfort in some areas at home or at work. Here is an example. Recently I...

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Is Sports Massage just for sporty people?

Is Sports Massage just for sporty people?

Since I started up my sports massage practice in New Malden a few months ago, I’ve been asked this question a lot. Many of my friends are used to going to a spa for an all-over body massage but some of them think that sports massage sounds a bit scarier somehow, and...

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A Little History of Dieting and Fat loss

A Little History of Dieting and Fat loss

Fat loss is big business right now. Most of my clients have one goal in common, amongst others Most of them want to lose weight! I’m always sceptical of new clients whose ONLY goal is weight loss. There is only so much we can do through exercise to lose the extra fat....

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Does stretching before exercise cause injury

Does stretching before exercise cause injury

One of the most contentious issues in stretching is whether stretching before exercise is good for you or not. With strong evidence both for and against both options, it's easy to understand people's confusion. As the weather is so lovely it is very tempting to get...

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What are the best Core Strengthening Exercises?

What are the best Core Strengthening Exercises?

The best core strengthening exercises may surprise you. It's not enough to just do ab crunches and sit ups. To build a strong core you need to exercise a variety of muscles from your hips to your shoulders. Most people think of the core as a nice six-pack, or strong,...

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Fat loss for the older woman

Fat loss for the older woman

Every woman knows how hard it is to lose body fat on the butt, thighs and belly. Sometimes it feels like fat loss is simply impossible!   However, it’s the abdominal fat that creates the greatest health risk to a woman. This abdominal fat seems to rear its ugly head...

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The Health Benefits of Spices and how to use them

The Health Benefits of Spices and how to use them

Spices are widely used for increased health and well-being; health benefits of spices include boosting brain power, reducing inflammation in the body and assisting recovery. Young adults, the elderly and anyone who is looking to find a healthier way of living can...

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What’s so Special about Green Vegetables?

What’s so Special about Green Vegetables?

What is so special about leafy greens?  Why do I keep asking you to eat lots of green vegetables? Over the past year, I have increased my intake of green vegetables dramatically. I've noticed positive changes to my body shape and enhanced fat loss from my legs.  ...

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