It's Mid October, which in my books, is the perfect time to kick start your fitness training programme and maybe even get started with a personal trainer!
Granted, early Autumn doesn't seem, at least at first glance, as the perfect time to get started with (or ramp up) your fitness training... But that's part of the beauty of this time of year! Because there are not many people really targeting their fitness right now, the gym is likely to be much more quiet at this point in the year.
We all know the gym will be packed in January with so many people making fitness related new years resolutions. Late Spring is also a busy time in the gym, with lots of people desperately trying to get in shape for their Summer Holiday. But Autumn? Not so much.
It's much easier to get in a great workout when the gym is not overcrowded. It's also much more difficult to book a session with a personal trainer in January because we get so busy with bookings. So October really is the perfect time to book in with a personal trainer and start crushing some great workouts in the gym.
The gym tends to be especially quiet right now also, because the nights are starting to close in, and people seem to want to to stay at home indoors a bit more at this time of year. The summer party season has also come to an end by now, and it's a good six to eight weeks until the Christmas party season starts to kick in. So that gives you a good block of time to really focus on your fitness, with less social commitments to railroad your progress.
I hope I have managed to convince you that October really is the perfect time of year to start prioritising your fitness! If I have, and you are based in Manchester, then do get in touch. Our Manchester Personal Training base is located in Chorlton, and we would love help you achieve great results. You can leave a message on the Chorlton Personal Training Contact Form.
See you soon!
Ok disclaimer here. I am not a Mum. In fact... I am not even a female!
So you might be wondering what on earth I am doing writing about fitness training for busy Mums! And you might have a point. I certainly don't have all the answers here.
However, a good number of my personal training clients are busy mums. So I do have a good insight into what can be done to help a busy mum to stick to her fitness training programme.
At the top of my list of recommendations would be to commit to training for shorter periods of time.
I often find that Mums will have several pockets of time during the day which they could use for their fitness training. However, these time periods are all usually very short. So the standard model of personal training sessions lasting for a full hour might not work for you. Instead, try and commit to much shorter, but more intense workouts. You would be surprised how productive a training session lasting just 15-20 minutes can be if you ramp up the intensity and really cram the work in.
Instead of having a weekly personal training session with me, lasting a full hour. A number of Mums that I train will split the session into two, seeing me twice per week for half an hour at a time. If that sounds like something that would work well for you, then please leave me a message using the Chorlton Personal Training Contact Form.
My second tip is to be flexible. As a Mum of young children, you may frequently find yourself to be tired, having not had as much sleep as you would have liked. In these situations, a heavy weights session or a high intensity interval training session may not be wise. Try not to make that an excuse not to train at all though. Fitness training is a consistency game. So if you keep making excuses not to train, then all those missed workouts will begin to add up. Instead, you need to recognise how you are feeling, and select a mode of exercise that fits the circumstance. This may be a brisk long walk, or it may be a little jog, or perhaps a Yoga session would be the tonic you need.
My third tip, is to, occasionally, ignore my second tip!
A key principle of fitness training is the principle of overload. So if you are continually reasoning with yourself that you feel tired and you are always selecting easy exercise sessions that are within your comfort zone... then you will not be adhering to the principle of overload... and you will not make much progress with your fitness training.
At least once a week, and preferably two or three times a week. Make sure you are pushing yourself and making yourself work hard. Of course it is best to try and perform these hard workouts when you are not feeling so tired and run down. So try and monitor your mood and energy levels to see if there is a trend as to when you tend to feel more energetic and when you tend to feel more tired and run down.
If you can manage to spot a trend in terms of times in the day or times in the week when you have more energy, it would make great sense to schedule in a workout with your personal trainer during these times. These are the times when you want to really push on with your training, and your personal trainer will be able to really motivate you to get the most out of yourself during these key training sessions.
I hope these tips help you on your fitness training journey. Of course, I am not a Mum. These are just some of the things that I have found some of my personal training clients that are Mums. So for all the Mums out there, do leave a comment with any other tips that have helped you achieve your fitness training goals.