As a Personal Trainer, it may come as no surprise to you that, in addition to personal training clients, I like to keep in shape myself. With this in mind, I thought it may be of interest to the Chorlton Personal Training blog readers, to find out a little bit about what I am getting up to in my training.
With this in mind, today I want to talk about using chains in your strength training workouts.
Right now, I am Very much enjoying incorporating the use of chains into my workouts. It makes for a nice change in the programme and adds variety, without deviating from the key movement patterns and exercises I want to work on. The main selling point for using chains is that they provide accommodating resistance, since the load is reduced at the bottom of the movement and increased at the top. I have certainly noticed that there is no real sticking point for me when using chains on the bench press - all portions of the movement seem equally difficult.
How does it work?
Well, as you can see from the photo above, some of the links on the chain are resting on the floor. As you lower the weight, more of those chain links are resting on the floor. As you lift the weight, less of the chain links are resting on the floor. This means, as you lower the bar, the weight is decreasing and as you lift the bar, the weight is increasing. This is what is meant by accommodating resistance. Using chains therefore works very well with exercises that are normally more difficult at the bottom and less difficult at the top.
If you want to learn more about how to include advanced strength training methods such as this into your training programme, then give me a shout using the Chorlton Personal Training Contact Form.
Yes Chorlton fitness peeps! It's time for another ramble from me.
As the Chorlton Personal Training website is still in its infancy, I thought we could still get to know one another it a bit more. I particularly thought you might like to get a feel for the Chorlton Personal Training style of getting into shape.
What better way to do that than sharing with you my top tips for getting into shape and staying in shape?
So without further ado, here's my best tips...
1) Start the Day Right
Before breakfast...Boom! Just get up and go. No dilly dallying. Start your day with a morning workout. It doesn't need to be big. And frankly, it can be whatever form of exercise you like.
A walk, a run, kettlebells, bodyweight calisthenics...
Just get it done! Even if it is just a small five minute routine that you do every morning, then if the worst comes to the worst and you can't do any exercise for the rest of the day... At least you have done something!
2) Train Hard
At least two or three times a week, if you want to make good progress, the truth is, you are going to have to set aside time to really push yourself.
Sometimes you just got to man up and put yourself in the hurt locker.
If you know that you are going to struggle to motivate yourself to train with the requisite level of intensity, then that's okay... it's even kinda normal. But you might want to get yourself a friendly personal trainer that can fire up that beast inside of you. I've heard Chorlton has a pretty good personal trainer ;-)
3) Train Easy
As important as it is to go full on beast mode from time to time. Sometimes you've just got to go easy.
Listen to your body. Are you still recovering from that last hard workout? Do you feel fried from having the day from hell at work?
Then train accordingly. In actual fact a light and easy workout can help set you up nicely for your next hard session.
4) Don't Get Hurt
In the world of training and fitness... consistency is key. So if you pick up an injury that interferes with your training routine; well that has the potential to stop your progress in its tracks.
Make sure you learn how to perform exercises correctly and make sure you know which exercises are right for your body.
Oh, and don't forget to take heed of point three above. Sometimes you just have to take it easy.
5) No Excuses
If you're out of luck, and despite being on point with respect to all of my above tips, you still manage to injure yourself... Well, my friend, you still need to train.
If you know what your doing, there's loads of stuff you can do to work around almost any injury and still make progress in the gym.
And if you don't know what your doing?
Well that's where Chorlton Personal Training comes in I guess!
If you are finding that injuries are preventing you from making those gains, please do get in touch. Just send me a message using the contact form here.
Here's to the rest of 2017, and getting you into tip top condition!