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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: 25 Dec 2011 - 12:25
    One of the most important parts of my role as a Personal Trainer is to ensure that my clients keep on progressing and stay on the track to success. Staying focused can be difficult at times, however the following are some of the tips that I have used with my clients to keep them on the path to success: 1. Picture yourself - take a photograph of yourself when you start your new health and fitness programme and then regular progress photos every 4-6 weeks. Photographs do not lie (unless you edit them!!) and I have found they are a fantastic way to show and track your progress, whether your goal is for instance weight loss or weight gain. We see ourselves all of the time (e.g. in mirrors) as do our family, close friends and work colleagues -...
  • Posted on: 23 Dec 2011 - 23:33
    Do you ever complain at how many advert breaks there seem to be during your favourite TV programme? Well instead of seeing it as a nuisance and heading to the biscuit tin, embrace the 3 minute time window and perform a circuit of exercises. For instance, you might do 2-3 sets of lunges or press ups. This is a great way to get your daily exercise, to be more active and have some fun. 3 minutes of exercise might not sound much, but if you do the 3 minutes for at least 5 TV Advert Breaks during the evening then you will be getting at least 15 minutes of high intensity exercise. For instance, for advert break 1 you could do 3 sets of 45 seconds of lunging, for advert break 2 you could do 3 sets of 10-15 press ups, for advert break 3 you could...
  • Posted on: 23 Dec 2011 - 12:01
    In order to achieve your health and fitness goals it is vital to follow the 80/20 rule - eat nutritionally well and train hard 80% of the time and then rest and reward yourself the remaining 20%. Too often when people start a new health and fitness programme, their enthusiasm gets the better of them and they end up following a 100/0 rule - they train every day (thinking this is best which we know is not!!) and end up cutting out all of their favourite foods and depriving themselves (again thinking this is best which we know is not!!). This may lead to short term progress e.g. weight loss in 4 weeks. However, this cannot be maintained and boredom and fatigue soon starts with their nutrition and then they 'fall off the horse' as they crave...
  • Posted on: 22 Dec 2011 - 09:17
    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: High Intensity Workouts to burn fat and increase fitness. Gym mistakes. Training mistakes by rookies. Ways to keep off weight during Christmas and New Year. Steps to help you achieve your New Years Resolution. Fitness Resolutions for the New Year. Tips for a Healthier Christmas. Please keep looking at my website for future blogs on the best articles that I have read and shared. There will be a mixture of nutrition, training and general lifestyle articles. You will find the articles valuable and worthwhile and hopefully you will be...
  • Posted on: 14 Dec 2011 - 20:58
    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: Train like an elite athletes. Plank variations. Exercises to scuplt your abs. Fend off food cravings. High Intensity Interval Training. Maintaining a healthy weight. How to lose weight and get active? Myths about metabolism. How to tell if your a healthy weight? Please keep looking at my website for future blogs on the best articles that I have read and shared. There will be a mixture of nutrition, training and general lifestyle articles. You will find the articles valuable and worthwhile and hopefully you will be able to use the...
  • Posted on: 10 Dec 2011 - 12:48
    The follwing is an analysis of their lifestyle from one of my successful and valued clients. I asked them to bullet point how they felt their training, nutrition and whole lifestyle was before we started training together and then to do the same since we have been training. This makes for interesting reading.   BEFORE PT TRAINING (PAST) Training was becoming more of a chore and boring, something that I wanted to do quickly and get out of the way. No direction and strategy in what I was doing e.g. I had no overall goals or targets, therefore I could never move forward. Training was very unstructured and I would often be doing the same exercises each time at the gym e.g. bench press, sits ups. A lot of sustained effort doing the wrong...
  • Posted on: 7 Dec 2011 - 20:49
    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: Beginners guide to weightloss. LIfestyle and the impact on health. Nutritional erros. Burn calories and body fat at home. Breakfasts under 300 calories. Get fit where you sit. Food myths? Professional Sportsman interview and advice. Please keep looking at my website for future blogs on the best articles that I have read and shared. There will be a mixture of nutrition, training and general lifestyle articles. You will find the articles valuable and worthwhile and hopefully you will be able to use the information to help you achieve...
  • Posted on: 3 Dec 2011 - 15:41
    Please see the attached PDF document which shows the fantastic progress that Paul Ellis has made in the 6 months we have been training together. Paul has lost nearly 10kg in body weight/fat and 3.5 inches from around his waist. He now has much more lean muscle especially in his chest, shoulders and legs and as he said to me recently – he can finally feel and see muscular development in his abdominals. During this time we have trained a minimum of 2 times per week focusing on high intensity sessions of around 45 minutes. The sessions have been based around compound exercises e.g. press ups, squats, lunges, boxing, shoulder presses etc. In the time we have been training, not one of the sessions has been at a gym – they have been either...
  • Posted on: 1 Dec 2011 - 20:39
    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: Achieve your Goals . Mood Boosting non-alcoholic drinks. Healthy snacks for every craving type. Week of muscle building meals. Lean muscle building meal. Formula for a better nights sleep. Why you are not losing weight? Resist comfort eating. Professional Sportsman interview and advice. Please keep looking at my website for future blogs on the best articles that I have read and shared. There will be a mixture of nutrition, training and general lifestyle articles. You will find the articles valuable and worthwhile and hopefully you...
  • Posted on: 28 Nov 2011 - 21:19
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    Please see my resources section for interviews with various professional athletes and sportsmen/women. http://mattswaz.co.uk/resources Keep up the great work, Matt    

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