At lot has been happening in the last few months, so here's a round up of life at Chorlton Personal Training in Spring 2018!
Sports Massage client and middle distance runner, Xavier O'Hare, has been in great form of late. Perhaps the crowning achievement of his year so far has been claiming his first North of England title. Xavier won the North of England Under 17 Mens 5k Road Running title in style in March. Xav has taken this form into the track season by taking three seconds off his 1500m personal best in his first race of the season.
Way to go Xav!
Sports Massage client and 400m sprinter, Rick Beardsell, has dominated the World Masters sprinting scene in recent years. Things were no different this year as Rick won the European Masters Indoor 400m title this March in a time of 49.53 seconds. Rick will be looking to claim yet another world title at the outdoor championships in the Summer later this year.
Some you may have also seen Rick on Dragons Den this winter. Rick is the inventor of the uniquely designed Shakeshpere Shaker Bottle. Rick took this product to the Den and got the investment of two Dragons.
Fair play Rick!
We now offer Shockwave Therapy, a revolutionary injury treatment method. See ourprevious post on Shockwave Therapy, or watch our Manchester Shockwave Therapy video below to find out more.
Group Fitness Class
Chorlton Personal Training now offers an outdoor group fitness class. This takes place on Wednesdays at 7.15pm in Longford Park. It's just £5 to attend.
We do all kinds of cool stuff, such as rope slams, kettlebell swings, medicine ball routines and bodyweight work. We put in a continuous circuit format so that you get a toning benefit from the resistance work, whilst ramping up your metabolism for a great fat loss workout.
If you want to find out more about the outdoor group fitness class, then just leave a message on the Chorlton Personal Training Contact Form.
For the final part of this Chorlton Personal Training spring update, i'd like to leave a lovely testimonial written by one of my fantastic personal training clients, Gail O'Hare.
Thanks so much for the great testimonial Gail, it means a lot.
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.
My previous post on what training I doing right now has inspired me to perhaps write a regular column specifically on my own training. Perhaps I can call it Chorlton Personal Trainer Diaries!
In my previous post I talked about how I was incorporating chains into my strength training routine. I went into a little detail about the purpose and benefits of strength training with chains as well. So if I have captured your interest here, then do check out the Strength Training with Chains article.
For today, I am going to talk about how my overall strength training routine is looking right now.
Previously I have written about different ways of 'splitting' your weight training programme. This may involve body part splits, or push/pull/legs splits, full body workouts, or some kind of combination of these options.
If you want to learn more about this, then make sure you check out my article on Body Part Splits.
Right now though, I am not performing any of the suggested options in my Body Part Splits article. I am currently pushing on with a combination of high frequency training and high volume workouts. I am aiming to train each body part at least three times a week - so traditional training splits are out, since they wont allow for this. But I am also aiming to train each body part with more volume per session than is possible with a full body workout - so some kind of training split is still needed!
So in essence... I am training hard right now!
But the point of todays article is to explain how I am organising my training week in order to achieve this.
It's actually quite simple really. I am splitting my routine into two separate workouts, each performed three days per week. I simply alternate between the two workouts so that each training session is performed on alternate days.
Currently I would describe my training split as an anterior / posterior training split. So I target the muscle on the front side of my body in one workout, and I target the muscles on the back side of my body in the other workout. It doesn't work out exactly like that - but it's a close enough description of how I am arranging my training.
In practical terms, this means on Monday, Wednesday and Friday I am training the Chest, Triceps, Anterior Deltoids, Quadriceps and Glutes. On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday I am training the Back, Biceps, Hamstrings, Calves and Posterior Deltoids.
For me right now, this way of organising my training offers me the best mix for total training volume, training volume per muscle group per workout, and training frequency (how often I can train each muscle group). I wouldn't recommend this training split for a lot of people. It is a fairly demanding way to train and is something to build up to after a long period of strength training.
If you need advice on what training split is best for you, send me a message 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!
Hello there Chorlton fitness folks!
The Chorlton Personal Training website has been up and running for about a week now and I figured a blog post would be a great way for the wonderful people of Chorlton to find out a little bit more about me and what I do.
So... my name is Tim and I am 33 years old. When I was not so old, I used to be a somewhat successful middle distance runner. I ran for Trafford Athletics Club and competed at 800 metres and 1500 metres.
These days, although I prefer to spend more time lifting weights than running, I still have strong ties with Trafford Athletics Club. This is because I now base my business out of the Trafford A.C. grounds.
Specifically, I offer Sports Massage, which is performed in the old athletics clubhouse. I also offer personal training, which is provided within Longfords' Gym.
Longfords' Gym is a great little gym, based within the grounds of Trafford Athletics Club. It would definitely be one of my recommended "go to" places, for a good training experience within Chorlton.
In fact, sticking with that theme of recommended training spots in Chorlton, I have made a little video of some of my favourite Chorlton training spots.
I hope you like it!
I plan to make some more videos, so please do let me know in the comments what you'd like to see. I feel like some training videos could be popular... but do let me know!
Anyway, I guess that's enough rambling on for one blog post. So i'll leave it there for now, and i'll be back atcha' soon with another.
Peace out Chortlonians!