London Personal Trainers share the power of assisted stretching

London Personal Trainers share the power of assisted stretching

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We hope that you enjoyed the tricep dip variations in your workouts from last week’s blog! If you did many of them, you may have felt what we like to call ‘happy muscle pain’ (HMP) in the back of your arms for a few days? Great stuff! This means you have broken down some muscles and built new ones (while burning lots calories to do so!) But, did you remember to stretch the triceps after every workout? We hope so. If not, get one of our fabulous personal trainers to do it for you!

What is assisted stretching and why is it good? Assisted stretching is using the help of another person (if your friend knows what they are doing then great, but a personal trainer who definitely knows what they are doing is the greatest) to help you to lengthen your muscles so that you can stay relaxed in the process. Assisted stretching consists of the last ten minutes or so of every workout session we do with our clients. (Needless to say, it is our clients’ favourite part of the hour!)

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Personal trainers share variations of the tricep dip exercise.

Personal trainers share variations of the tricep dip exercise.

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We hope that January is now a distant past and that all who have fallen off, or never actually got started, on their healthy New Year’s resolutions will do so this month. This is when we personally prefer to get started on those health goals. Welcome to February!

We would like to tell you all about exercising the muscles in the back of your arms – the triceps. The reason is that there are so many variations to this lovely exercise and we wanted to make it accessible to everyone from beginners to advanced as a great way to build the muscles that help you with the pushing part of anything you do involving your arms and using only your own body weight.

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London Personal Trainer, Lou shares the secret of the balancing act between exercise and nutrition

London Personal Trainer, Lou shares the secret of the balancing act between exercise and nutrition

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The end of January is upon us and some of our optimistic New Years resolutions may have already tailed off slightly, predominately from the last few weeks of bitter cold mornings and evenings. January is already one of the hardest months, let alone when trying to maintain a strict, structured work out and diet plan, so to anyone that has fallen off the bandwagon slightly, do not beat yourself up!!

The problem is that many of us try to go for it from the get go after Christmas which can result in maintenance being almost impossible.  Depriving yourself completely from many of your favourite foods is definitely not the answer to ensuring that you keep up with your plans throughout the year. So if you have broken some of your resolutions that were going so well, and feel that you’ve failed, you are wrong, just ensure that you change your regime slightly! If you feel that you need the extra push and motivation to get you back on track, then our Chelsea personal trainers can certainly help you to achieve your goals.

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The split squat - the ultimate exercise for strong glutes!

The split squat - the ultimate exercise for strong glutes!

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For our clients and those who know us well, the mention of the next exercise being the “split squat” sends heart rates soaring without actually having performed any movement! In this blog we will explain what split squats are, how to perform them and give you a few variations to make them even more exciting in your personal training programmes.

Our clients and admittedly us, Personal Trainers too, have a kind of hate/love relationship with the split squat. We know they are very hard and not always enjoyable, but simultaneously good for us and therefore we always give them as an effective exercise in our sessions (where appropriate).

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The advantages of personal training for depression.

The advantages of personal training for depression.

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The festivities are behind us and we are all back into our normal, some may say ‘dull’ routines.  December is such a magical month with so many Christmas parties that preoccupy us. All of this excitement can certainly give us a million different excuses not to get those gym sessions in and to eat and drink ourselves into a state of oblivion.

With this in mind, it is no wonder that tomorrow is known to be ‘the most depressing day of the year’. Many of us may feel as if we have over indulged with too much food and drink, accompanied by a rather sedentary December. The combination of these lifestyle changes can certainly be the main contributing factors to the January slump and feelings of melancholy. 

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Meet Chelsea Personal Training's London Personal Trainers!

Meet Chelsea Personal Training's London Personal Trainers!

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We hope that 2017 has started on a healthy and happy note for you all!

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our personal trainers and Pilates instructors so that you can get to know them and their expertise a bit better.  They have been helping me during my maternity leave and will continue to do so. I am indebted to them.

What do you look for in a Personal Trainer? We think what makes a great Personal Trainer is professionalism (qualified, communicates effectively and consistently, knows and shares the latest exercise and training information, remains discreet, turns up five minutes early – always-, doesn’t look at their mobile phone during a training session, etc.) fun (enjoys what they do and they let it shine), and approachable (friendly, motivating, personable and good to be around). Furthermore, their great personalities play a big role in building lasting relationships with our clients. We believe our top London Personal Trainers are like this!

We have four fabulous Personal Trainers and an incredible Pilates instructor. They are Paul, Carrie, Dan, Louenna and Tian. Read on and get to know them! 

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Exercise and the importance of motivation from our top personal trainers in the new year.

Exercise and the importance of motivation from our top personal trainers in the new year.

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The New Year is here and already December is a fond memory. Aside from the festive recollections that we like to cherish, some of us may have a few more festive realities clinging on after over indulging.

You may be thinking ‘New Year, New Me – lets do this.’ Many people want to start out the year as they mean to go on, but it isn’t always so easy to maintain when our busy lives start up again after the Christmas break. Work, family and fun all get in the way and provide us with many excuses not to do that planned work out. This is where we must change our thought processes and forget any excuses that may be running through our minds. 

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Water: why personal trainers recommend drinking a lot of it!

Water: why personal trainers recommend drinking a lot of it!

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I like to think that I have a sense of humour. Unfortunately, this sense seems to escape me when I need it the most. I wish for any jokes to come to mind when I try to be influential in persuading others to engage in more exercise, eat well, keep a healthy mental attitude and drink more water.  The reason is because I know a sense of humour is one of the best ways to relay a key message. Let’s see if what I fail to do in person, I can convey and maintain in this blog about the importance of drinking enough water throughout the day, every day, everyday. This blog will identify some of the facts, myths and benefits of drinking water and give some practical recommendations to ease water into your everyday lives. It has the potential to get personal and lack a sense of humour too!

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Personal Training for a Positive Childbirth Experience

Personal Training for a Positive Childbirth Experience

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London female personal trainer and director of Chelsea Personal Training, Agi has decided to share her positive childbirth experience and how she prepared for it following the good and quick birth of her daughter, Lana, in November 2015. 

I have chosen to share my good birth experience because the following left a big impression on my heart from the Tell Me a Good Birth Story website:

"It isn’t easy to tell a good birth story. Thousands of women give birth easily every day, but we don’t hear about them because they are outnumbered by all the scare stories that circulate. Or often they are censored in the first place. Given that in an average post-natal coffee morning, seven out of ten of the women will have experienced difficult or even traumatic births, it’s not surprising that women with good birth stories feel the need to keep quiet, or imply they got lucky.

But this is wrong, a distortion of the facts, and a shocking waste of a powerful social and emotional opportunity.

Talking about your own good birth – in the right way, with the appropriate tone – is exactly what is needed to help other pregnant women have a good experience too," (http://tellmeagoodbirthstory.com/be-a-birth-buddy/).

In this first blog after a long time out, I will talk about my personal journey of pregnancy and the birth of my daughter, and my top five tips that helped me the most during pregnancy and in preparation for the birth itself. 

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