The advantages of personal training for depression.

The advantages of personal training for depression.

Posted in psychology

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!

Posted in chelsea pt news

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.

Posted in psychology

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!

Posted in nutrition

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

Posted in chelsea pt news

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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Bringing the personal back into Personal Training.

Bringing the personal back into Personal Training.

Posted in psychology

Six packs. Muscles. Detox. No pain, no gain. Protein. Supplements. Scales. Numbers. Measurements. Diets. Fitness Apps. Fat. Bikini body. Lose 2 stones in 4 weeks.

What makes personal training personal? I would like to be bold and suggest that it is none of the above (although they are certainly relevant to the fast paced, quick results, sexy perception of the fitness world). I would like to go a step further and suggest that we get back to basics and allow personal training to make its way back to being well…more personal! Personal training must be about the client and their story.

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Juices, smoothies, detox drinks; are they making you fat?

Juices, smoothies, detox drinks; are they making you fat?

Posted in nutrition

Juice bars are popping up everywhere in London. Perhaps they will become the new ‘cafes’? They offer that little luxury and a new kind of chill out place attracting the health conscious. You can buy juices with protein powder for added marketing effect (‘helps with muscle gain’) and antioxidants (‘free yourself from free radicals’).

As part of a balanced diet, a vegetable or fruit juice or a smoothie is an enjoyable beverage. As a meal replacement either once a day or replacing all three meals a day, this is a dangerous diet option.

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