Why work with me 1 to 1?
Have you found another alternative to 1 to 1 training? It’s all very well joining an exercise class, but without doing your base and foundation work first, you may get injuries and muscle tightness which means your results come slower.
Without doing strength work from the start, it’s a lot harder to increase your metabolism, and for this, I would recommend a few 1 to 1 sessions.
Before you can expect to get results in a class, you need to build up your strength by doing the base foundation work. Then when you are stronger, you’ll be able to go into a class, and rather than sitting there twiddling your thumbs and not taking part because some of the exercises aren’t suitable for you, you’ll be able to implement all the exercises because you’ve done that base work first. You’ll find yourself able to enjoy the class more, therefore getting faster and better results.
When you first have your 1 to 1 sessions, it’ll be strength training to get your body metabolised and to get your body ready to push yourself in the class. When you’re ready to push that bit harder, that’s when we’ll be able to introduce you to weight training and fitness in the class.
Exercising safely with 1 to 1 personal training
In a class, it’s hard to use equipment to increase strength for two reasons: 1) you can’t bring heavy equipment into a hall or studio and 2) the trainer can’t focus totally on you when doing strength training. You need to isolate one muscle at a time, or two if you include the assistance muscles. For example, when you’re doing a back pull-down, you use your back muscles, the latissimus dorsi, and your biceps are the assistant muscle. In a class environment, it’s very hard to achieve this, especially for beginners.
New to exercising?
I’m not saying that in time this can’t be achieved, but there are better ways of doing these exercises in a different environment if you’re determined to go all the way in your journey. Doing classes and weight training together would be the best mix as you will lose weight and tone up simultaneously.
I do see that people have less time in their lives, so it may be a case of doing the strength work first, then doing classes later if you don’t have time to do both. You can do this in a gym strength session, you can also do fitness training there too, like rowing and boxing at the start or end of a session. However this would probably come in around 2-4 weeks, after having worked on your weaknesses and posture first. You need to get the body working properly so you can implement exercise at your full capacity. Some rush into things and then don’t understand why they don’t get the results they want and need.
Do you fear you can’t exercise because of a past injury or just niggling aches?
I have done exercise for 30 years, and my experience of both good and bad practise is wide, so I’m trying to get you to learn from my mistakes so you don’t have to, then you can get things right from the start. Don’t get me wrong, some people are lucky not to have sustained injuries and can go straight into a class, but if they keep doing things wrong, like trying to do squats with bad posture, it will catch up with you in the end. If you overload certain muscles, you get muscle imbalances and then won’t be able to maximise your performance to increase your metabolism.
Have you tried and failed at dieting?
All this said, good nutrition is very important for when you do your 1 to 1s. We teach you how to become self-sufficient with your nutrition, so you learn a skill for life. There’s lots of information out there, but it’s true, it can become confusing. We break these barriers down and take you through this journey as it’s not one-size-fits-all and we have to work it around your lifestyle.
This is where the FLEXIBLE DIET can really help people if your goal is to lose weight. It’s similar to the WeightWatchers Flex diet, but we add in calories at the right time. Most people on WeightWatchers don’t exercise. However, people who do exercise on this plan lose weight then put it back on as they have lost water weight, not body fat. This is because, when you’re exercising, you need to add calories in to fuel the muscles to keep your metabolism and energy levels going when you are training. When you’re just dieting and not training, you lose weight but don’t tone up and this can slow down your metabolism.
The cheaper option is not always the best option; it’s cheaper for a reason. In 1 to 1 Personal Training sessions, you can learn about yourself as a life skill, then move on to classes when you’re moving better and can implement exercises to your full capacity. Remember, fitness is a journey not a race, and doing things right at the start means you finish stronger and minimise the risk of injury and preventing joint wear and tear.