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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

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  • Posted on: 26 Nov 2012 - 21:02
    Star Jumps are a great whole body exercise, which challenge your Cardiovascular System and work your upper body, core muscles and lower body muscles. Whilst your leg muscles are work by jumping up and down, your arms, chest, shoulders and abdominals are getting a fantastic workout too from reaching up and down. Being able to do Star Jumps correctly is a great test of your strength, cardiovascular fitness and is something many people struggle with. Star Jumps are a brilliant plyometric and compound exercise because they utilise a wide range of upper, mid and lower body muscles and joints simultaneously. They will help to develop your speed, power and agility. Star Jumps will challenge your cardiovascular system, will help you to burn...
  • Posted on: 25 Nov 2012 - 21:01
    Squats will help to build up your lower body strength, provide a great core workout and challenge your Cardiovascular System. Squats don't require any equipment, you don't need much room and they can be performed anywhere and varied in so many ways. As a starter, you don’t need to use any weights either for resistance - you can use your own bodyweight or get someone to add resistance to your shoulders. This blog will look at doing the squat with a jump. Please see my previous blog on 'Give it a Go - Squat' before attempting this version of the squat. Doing a squat with a jump will develop your lower body speed and explosive power and significantly challenge your cardiovascular system. Please see my Matt Swaz Fitness Video on how to perform...
  • Posted on: 25 Nov 2012 - 20:22
    Planks are a great exercise for working & challenging your core muscles (deep trunk muscles at the front, side and back and including the hips), which are essential for supporting the spine, ensuring good posture, and almost every movement we do on a daily basis. By strengthening your core muscles you will improve the effectiveness of any exercise you do and/or sport you play, your ability to function better on a day-to-day basis and help to prevent injury especially to the lower back. This blog will look at doing the plank with 1 leg raised in the air. Please see my previous blog on 'Give it a Go - Plank' before attempting this version of the plank. Raising 1 leg in the air (and holding it there) whilst doing the plank is a great way...
  • Posted on: 25 Nov 2012 - 19:57
    This Press Up is a fantastic exercise for building up your upper body strength, provide a great core workout and challenge your Cardiovascular System. Press ups don't require any equipment, you don't need much room and they can be performed anywhere and varied in so many ways. This blog will look at doing the press up with both legs elevated on a bench/step/chair etc. Please see my previous blog on 'Give it a Go - Basic Press Up' before attempting this version of the press up. Doing a decline press up with both legs raised on a bench/step/chair is a great way to challenge your core muscles and to give you a brilliant upper body and abdominal workout. Placing your feet on an elevated object whilst doing the press up ensures that your head,...
  • Posted on: 25 Nov 2012 - 19:42
    The Press Up is a fantastic exercise for building up your upper body strength, provide a great core workout and challenge your Cardiovascular System. Press ups don't require any equipment, you don't need much room and they can be performed anywhere and varied in so many ways. This blog will look at doing the press up with 1 leg raised in the air. Please see my previous blog on 'Give it a Go - Basic Press Up' before attempting this version of the press up. Raising 1 leg in the air (and holding it there) whilst doing the press up is a great way to challenge your core muscles and to give you a brilliant upper body and abdominal workout. Are you up for the challenge? Pleasee see my Matt Swaz Fitness Video on how to perform the Press up with a...
  • Posted on: 25 Nov 2012 - 17:27
    Shoulder Presses are a great exercise for your upper and mid body, by working your triceps, shoulders and abdominals. Being able to do Shoulder Presses correctly is a great test of your strength and is something many people struggle with. Shoulder Presses don't require much equipment (if you don't have any dumbbells you can use objects like food tins, water bottles or get somebody to carefully push down on your hands), don't need much room and they can be performed anywhere and varied in so many ways. Please see my Matt Swaz Fitness Video on how to perform the Shoulder Press. Poor technique is common when people do Shoulder Presses, don't rush the exercise at the expense of form - you won't get the full benefit of the exercise. The...
  • Posted on: 25 Nov 2012 - 16:56
    Tricep Dips are a great exercise, which work your Tricep, Chest, Deltoids and Abdominals. Being able to do Tricep Dips correctly is a great test of your strength and is something many people struggle with. Tricep Dips don't require any equipment (you can use a bench, a chair, a step, railings etc), don't need much room and they can be performed anywhere and varied in so many ways. Please see my Matt Swaz Fitness Video on how to perform the Tricep Dips. Poor technique is common when people do Tricep Dips, don't rush the exercise at the expense of form - you won't get the full benefit of the exercise. The following are a few tips on how to perform Trice Dips safely and correctly Begin by sitting on the edge of a bench/chair/step etc with...
  • Posted on: 25 Nov 2012 - 09:51
    Dorsal Raises are a great exercise for strengthening your lower back and core muscles. By strengthening the muscles in the lower back it can help to improve posture and also prevent lower back pain. Dorsal Raises will challenge your lower back muscles and don't require any equipment, don't need much room and they can be performed anywhere and varied in so many ways. Poor technique is common when people do Dorsal Raises, don't rush the exercise at the expense of form - you won't get the full benefit of the exercise. The following are a few tips on how to perform Dorsal Raises safely and correctly: Begin by lying face down on the ground with your fingertips clasped under your chin or forehead or your arms outstretched in front of you. With...
  • Posted on: 24 Nov 2012 - 17:11
    Burpees are a great whole body exercise, which provide a great core workout, challenge your Cardiovascular System and work your upper body and in particular lower body muscles. Whilst your leg muscles are doing most of the work by jumping back and forward, your arms, chest, shoulders and abdominals are getting a fantastic workout too. Being able to do Burpees correctly is a great test of your strength, cardiovascular fitness and is something many people struggle with. Burpees could be described as the ultimate compound exercise because they utilise a wide range of upper, mid and lower body muscles and joints. Burpees will challenge your cardiovascular system, will help you to burn calories and are a vigorous exercise. Are you up for a...
  • Posted on: 24 Nov 2012 - 07:23
    Mountain Climbers are a great whole body exercise, which provide a great core workout, challenge your Cardiovascular System and work your upper body and in particular lower body muscles. Whilst your leg muscles are doing most of the work by jumping back and forward, your arms, chest, shoulders and abdominals are getting a workout from holding the position and keeping you stable. Being able to do Mountain Climbers correctly is a great test of your strength, cardiovascular fitness and is something many people struggle with. Mountain Climbers will challenge you and are a vigorous exercise. Are you up for a challenge? Mountain climbers utilise elements of a press up and squat thrusts. Mountain Climbers don't require any equipment, don't need...

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