Our London personal trainers are often asked what the difference is between Pilates and Yoga. In this blog we will define Pilates and Yoga. We will also describe the benefits of each practice to your personal training sessions. Furthermore we will give you examples of some of the exercises involved. We hope that this will help you to discover one or the other, or perhaps both.
We love to run, do you? It takes some getting used to but the benefits of running are numerous. One of the most popular reasons clients contact us is to motivate them because they would like to run but they do not know where and how to start.
Therefore, if it is something you have thought about starting to do, you have come to the right place to get you off the sofa and into London’s beautiful parks and outdoor spaces. Chelsea personal trainers will help you to get started on your first four week’s jogging/running with a mini plan below for the complete beginner. We will also outline the benefits of running.
Incorporating regular exercise into your daily routine is one of the most important parts of the day, as it relieves stress, releases the endorphins (the feel good factor) and helps to keep you in shape. However, some people underestimate the importance of re-fuelling with the right nutrients after working out. Re-fuelling your body plays the largest role in supplying your body with everything that it will need to repair, rebuild, recover and adapt to the strain you just placed on your muscles.
The initial feeling post exercise will be fantastic; you will feel full of energy and motivated in whatever tasks you may have at hand. However, directly after exercise your appetite could be lacking for a half an hour or so. Once this window has passed, ensure to feed your body with the nutrients it needs to build and repair your muscles. If you neglect your body from the fuel it requires to function efficiently the euphoric feeling will quickly diminish, as there will be nothing left in the tank, which will make you feel extremely lethargic. Think of it like a car running on no petrol – it cannot function!
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!)
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!