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.
Up until now our Manchester personal training location has been at Longfords Gym, Chorlton. Our Sports Massage base has also been right next door, in the old clubhouse of Trafford Athletics Club!
Well, we have changed premises!
Personal training is still taking place at Longfords Gym. However, we have a new and improved space for sports massage.
We now have a nice, private room, specifically for massage, which can be found upstairs in the new clubhouse of Trafford Athletics Club. Although the old space was lovely, as it had a fantastic view of the athletics track...
There were drawbacks to using the old clubhouse for sports massage. The biggest one being that it was a shared space with the athletes from Trafford Athletics Club. So there was limited privacy for massage treatments, as athletes would often be training in the room at the same time.
The new room is now my own private room, just for sports massage! So there's full privacy during massage treatments, and I have plans to spruce it up to create a nice ambience over time as well. Furthermore, there's toilets right next door, and changing and showers below as well. It's still within the grounds of Trafford Athletics Club too, so can easily found by parking in the main Longford Park car park (off Ryebank Road).
My working hours for sports massage bookings are 8am until 8pm on week days, with limited availability on weekends as well.
If you need some sore, tired or tight muscles to be worked on, then you can book a sports massage session using the Chorlton Personal Training Contact form.
Just a quick post today to point you in the direction of a very interesting and insightful video of one of my Chorlton Sports Massage clients.
The video is of Jamal Walters, a young sprinter at Trafford Athletics Club. Jamal has had a fantastic season, being crowned English Schools 200m Champion and North of England 100m Champion. He is also one of the fastest U15 athletes in Britain over 300m, so has great versatility.
The video provides a great insight into the coach / athlete relationship between Iheani Idehiwa (Coach) and Jamal himself.
I can be seen performing Sports Massage on Jamal in the clip, and this was just less than a week to go before the National Championships, as Jamal was struggling with Hamstring trouble following the North of England Athletics Championships. In the end, Jamal went on to run a personal best time in the National Championships and remain injury free.
Jamal Walters is certainly a sprint talent to keep an eye out for. Watch out for his name!
And if you are in need of our Chorlton Sports Massage service, then please leave us a message on the Chorlton Personal Training Contact Form.
The last couple of articles have taken a look at factors relating to Sports Massage.
Here are the links to those Sports Massage articles:
Should Sports Massage be painful?
What is a muscle Knot?
For now though, we are going to take another look at training for muscle and size.
Previously we have talked about a framework for the mechanisms underpinning muscle building. That framework states that the three key mechanisms underpinning muscle building are:
1) Mechanical Tension
2) Metabolic Stress
3) Muscle Damage
However, there is some evidence to suggest that Mechanical Tension is the primary mechanism of the above three.
In essence, a workout that produces a high level of mechanical tension may be an effective muscle building programme, even in the absence of high levels of metabolic stress and high levels of muscle damage. However, it may be a different story for muscle building programmes that result in high levels of metabolic stress or muscle damage in the absence of high levels of mechanical tension.
So we can consider Mechanical Tension (think in terms of heavy weights here) to be a base requirement of any muscle building programme. Training programmes that also produce high levels of metabolic stress and muscle damage may take the muscle building results to the next level. But in the absence of heavy loads, these additional elements appear to be of little use.
My article on muscle building principles will explain how to achieve the best compromise between all three muscle building mechanisms. My article on periodisation for muscle building will show you how to change up your training to focus on different muscle building mechanisms.
But a simple way of keeping Mechanical Tension the main thing in your muscle building efforts would be to focus on building maximum strength in your workouts, but having a twist at the end of each workout. The best type of twist to include at the end of a strength workout is a metabolic finisher.
Metabolic finishers are typically shorts blasts of exercise that focus on rapidly elevating heart rate and make the lungs work hard, and when training for muscle and size, should also provide a good muscle pump and / or muscle burn too!
Stay tuned for future posts with some ideas for metabolic finishers at the end of your workouts!
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!