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Personal Training makes you look good and feel great. My role is to provide you with the tools for you to achieve this. If you are committed and have the desire, try your best, think outside of the box and have a bit of fun you can achieve your health and fitness goals. Live life in the active lane. Little active steps taken today, lead to giant progress strides tomorrow.

Matt

"Together we'll achieve your goals"

  • Posted on: 6 Nov 2011 - 16:06
    This image shows me doing some boxercise training. Boxing provides a fantastic whole body workout. It will work your arms, shoulders and chest and your core muscles (at the front, side and back) and is great for toning and helping to define them. Crucially, which many people do not realise, Boxing will give your legs a great workout especially when you move around and use your legs to transfer force to your upper body. Boxing is excellent for fat/weight loss, burns lots of calories and gives you a fantastic Cardiovascular workout for your heart and lungs. Incorporating boxing into your training will help to improve your balance, speed and co-ordination and is also excellent for relieving any stress you may have. Boxing can be easily used...
  • Posted on: 3 Nov 2011 - 21:07
    The following are the most 'valuable' and 'beneficial' articles that I have shared with my clients and my followers on Twitter this past week (in no particular order). Please click on the blue link to read: Good Health Guidelines to ensure you are getting the nutrients and vitamins to boost your health and fitness. 'Six pack' nutriton to help reveal your abdominals and lose body fat. How to eat to reveal your abs Alternative forms of Cardio other than running on the treadmill and to avoid boredom. Post workout meal for muscle growth and recovery. Beat food cravings by following these tips on how to overcome them and smart calorie substitutes. Burning off extra calories by training more intensely to increase your metabolism. Please keep...
  • Posted on: 2 Nov 2011 - 20:15
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    Yesterday one of my clients did a bike ride and used the 'MapMyRun' software to map and track their progress (the software can still be used for a bike ride). This is a great piece of software as it gives you feedback on the time taken, the distance you have covered, the calories you have burned off and the elevation you have climbed. This allows you to monitor your training and your progress, for instance, is the distance you are running increasing and/or is the time taken to run the distance decreasing. Keep checking my future blogs for more updates on my clients' progress. Keep up the great work Matt
  • Posted on: 2 Nov 2011 - 07:24
    I have some excellent Christmas and New Year training packages available that you may want to buy as a present for yourself, a family member, a friend or a colleague. These are available in November and December 2011 and January 2012. Please do not hesitate to get in touch and I will be delighted to tailor a training package to your requirments. Please see the attached Gift Voucher and let me know how many sessions you would like to buy and who for and I will fill it out for you.   Matt
  • Posted on: 1 Nov 2011 - 18:27
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    Last night two of my clients did a run and used the 'MapMyRun' software to map and track their progress. This is a great piece of software as it gives you feedback on the time taken, the distance you have covered, the calories you have burned off and the elevation you have climbed. This allows you to monitor your training and your progress, for instance, is the distance you are running increasing and/or is the time taken to run the distance decreasing.   Keep checking my future blogs for more updates on my clients' progress. Keep up the great work Matt  
  • Posted on: 31 Oct 2011 - 21:00
    After networking via Twiiter, an American company called 'Bank of Fitness' asked me if I wanted to write an article blog to put on their website.Please click here to see the blog. The blog is based on the benefits of exercising at home and I have been asked to provide more health and fitness related content going forward. So I will keep you updated. Keep up the great work, Matt
  • Posted on: 30 Oct 2011 - 21:30
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      "Before anything else, preparation is the key to success": Alexander Graham Bell. In order to achieve your health and fitness goals, preparation is crucial. This is especially true with regard to your nutrition. This image shows my daily nutritional preparation with numerous tupperware and storage tubs, which I put my meals and snacks in for the day ahead. I prepare this the evening before and it usually does not take me more than 10-15mins. By doing this I know exactly what I am eating and 'fueling' myself with and also I can easily access my food and have a snack every 2-3 hours. This ensures that I am not going to eat the 'wrong' foods if I get hungry e.g. empty calories like sweets, cakes, crisps etc, and also ensures that I am not...
  • Posted on: 29 Oct 2011 - 11:59
    This image shows me Lunging whilst raising my arms to the side. Lunges provide a fantastic workout for the legs, hips and glutes and also for the core muscles. You can vary the lunge in so many ways, for instance, you can do them with your arms at your side, with your arms raised to the side (as in the image), with your arms above your head etc. Raising your arms whilst performing lunges challenges your core muscles to stabilise your body and provides a great workout for your Cardiovascular System. It also helps to develop your co-ordination and balance. Lunging is a great exercise to incorporate into a circuit training session. The key to it is to ensure you have a 90 degree bend in your front and back knee, that your back knee does not...
  • Posted on: 27 Oct 2011 - 18:59
    This image shows me doing press ups whilst having one of my legs raised. This is a great progession from a 'normal' press up. This type of press up provides a fantastic workout for the arms, shoulders and chest and also for the core muscles (especially front abdominals and lower back). Raising one leg whilst performing press ups challenges your core muscles to stabilise your body and provides a good workout for your Cardiovascular System. It also helps to develop your co-ordination and balance. As a starter aim to do 4-6 reps with either leg raised. The image is only for illustrative purposes and obviously does not show the full sequence of the move. So please do not hesitate to get in touch should you require any help and advice. Also,...
  • Posted on: 27 Oct 2011 - 15:01
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    This is what I had for a snack today (about 2 and a half hours after my lunch): 2 oat cakes and a handul of Almonds, Walnuts and Rasins along with a Pear and a glass of water. The oat cakes provided the slow releasing carbohydrates and energy and the nuts provided the good healthy fats and the protein. This did not take long to prepare (20 seconds) and it kept my energy levels up  and ensured that by time I had my next meal 3 hours later I would not over eat on the wrong foods.   Matt

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