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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: 23 Nov 2012 - 21:41
    Keeping a food diary is a great way to track what you eat and drink on a daily basis. It will help you to identify if you are consuming too much of the 'bad' stuff and eating too many empty calories from junk food. It will also allow you to see if you are getting a healthy mixture of all of the key macro nutrients - proteins, fats and carbohydrates - and micro nutrients - vitamins and minerals - to make up a balanced and nutritious diet. It will show if you are meeting your recommended 5-a-day target. In addition, it will show you whether you are leaving too long between meals and drinks and thus then overeating/drinking later in the day due to being hungry and/or thirsty. Furthermore, it will help to highlight whether you are not drinking...
  • Posted on: 22 Nov 2012 - 20:58
    This blog has been kindly written by 1 of my valued and inspiring clients, who wanted to give his ideas and thoughts on what an active and healthy lifestyle means to him. "I consider a healthy active lifestyle to consist of a lifestyle that involves a regular exercise plan equipped with a sustainable healthy diet. It typically involves the absence of unhealthy habits, such as regular smoking, alcohol intake, being sedentary and the motive of making up excuses to steer clear of carrying out fitness routines. To me an active lifestyle is a way of living that people of all ages, shapes and sizes strive for, and through personal experience with minimal time, is completely possible to accomplish through adapting to and applying simple lifestyle...
  • Posted on: 21 Nov 2012 - 21:32
    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 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. Whilst your core muscles are doing most of the work during the plank, your arms, chest, shoulders and legs are also getting a workout from holding the position and keeping you stable. Being able to do planks correctly is an exercise many people struggle with....
  • Posted on: 21 Nov 2012 - 13:18
    Squat Thrusts 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 squat thrusts correctly is a great test of your strength, cardiovascular fitness and is something many people struggle with. Squat Thrusts will challenge you and are a vigorous exercise. Squat Thrusts don't require any equipment, don't need much room and they can be performed anywhere and varied in so many ways. Squat Thrusts utilise elements of a...
  • Posted on: 20 Nov 2012 - 07:43
    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: 10 ways to beat plateaus. Running in the heat. Shock your muscles to size. 'Best' bodyweight circuit. Recommended alcohol intake. Fats you can and should eat. 3 stretches to prevent injury. Mindful eating tips. Drop a dress size. Beat your weight loss obstacles. 8 nutritional rules to keep in shape. How to burn fat fast. Easy breakfast recipes. 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...
  • Posted on: 18 Nov 2012 - 19:58
    There are many ways that you, no matter how busy you are, can build physical activity into your lives. Being physically active is easier than you think, especially if you make activity part of your daily routine and lifestyle. Too often people use "I do not have enough time to exercise" or "I am too busy to exercise" as a reason (or shall we say an excuse) for not being able to exercise and workout. However, getting active does not have to be the traditional 1 hour training in a gym etc. By "living life in the active lane" more and embracing a more active lifestyle you will notice a signicant difference with your health and fitness levels. The following are just some of the ideas that you can embrace to make your lifestyle more active,...
  • Posted on: 18 Nov 2012 - 12:24
    Pull ups will help to build up your upper body strength, provide a great core workout and challenge your Cardiovascular System. Being able to pull up your own body weight off the floor is a great test of your strength and something many people struggle with. Pull ups don't require much equipment - if you don't have a pull up bar you can use a tree branch, climbing frame etc. You don't need much room and they can be performed anywhere and varied in so many ways. Poor Pull up technique is common, don't use momentum or let your body swing to help you pull up - you won't get the full benefit of the exercise. The following are a few tips on how to perform pull ups safely and correctly Stand underneath the bar (or object) that you will be doing...
  • Posted on: 18 Nov 2012 - 08:46
    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. Please see my Matt Swaz Fitness video on how to perform the squat correctly. Poor squat technique is common, and can result in knee, ankle, hip and/or lower back injuries. The following are a few tips on how to perform the squats safely and correctly Keep your chest lifted and body upright as possible, with your shoulders back and relaxed...
  • Posted on: 17 Nov 2012 - 12:49
    Lunges will help to build up your lower body strength, provide a great core workout and challenge your Cardiovascular System. Lunges don't require any equipment, you 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 lunges. Poor lunge technique is common, and can result in knee, ankle, hip and/or lower back injuries. The following are a few tips on how to perform the lunges safely and correctly Keep your upper body straight, chest lifted, with your shoulders back and relaxed and chin up (pick a point to stare at in front of you so you don't keep looking down). Ensure your core is fully engaged throughout the exercise. Step forward with one leg, and...
  • Posted on: 16 Nov 2012 - 21:23
    From my experience training and working with clients, I have observed and analysed what I feel are the personal characteristics that will go some way to helping you achieve your goals. These ‘characteristics’ are not a list of what you should possess, but are merely the traits that my most successful clients (and by this I mean those that have achieved their individual goals) have. They are the attributes that I have seen displayed consistently and on a regular basis by my clients. Achieving your health and fitness goals is not just about training regularly and eating healthy (which is vital); you also have to show certain skills and qualities that will keep you on your journey. At times the going will be tough and it will be a challenge,...

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