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Todd Durkin at Perform Better

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Hi All,

This is why Todd Durkin is considered one of the most inspirational personal trainers in the world!

TOM

What is Total Fitness?

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Hi All,

Fitness is made up of many aspects, a great deal of the time we only consider the physical aspects of the term that we refer to as fitness. But what are all the different areas that we need to be consider fit in to be a health, happy and rounded human being? To look at this we are going to use a concept called Total Fitness.

So what factors make up Total Fitness?

  • Physical
  • Social
  • Mental
  • Emotional
  • Nutrition
  • Spiritual
  • Medical

Lets look at these one by one and examine what each one means:-

Physical – This refers to are you getting the recommended amount of physical activity? Including activities of daily living (such as housework, diy, gardening, etc…) and exercise (more structured activities such as going to the gym).

Social – Are you able to and strive to create and maintain healthy relationships with others in our society?

Mental – Are you aware of your personal thinking patterns and use them to make positive life choices?

Emotional – Are you able to express your emotions at all, are you able to express them clearly?

Nutrition – Do you eat a balanced diet, are you giving your body the fuel it needs?

Spiritual – Are you aware of and using your own belief system to make positive choices in life?

Medical – Are you free from illness?

Have a think about the above, do you really train hard in all the above areas, fitness is not always just about hitting the gym and eating right!  It is not even just about having a personal trainer!

TOM

What is the FITT principle?

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Hi All,

I have been working with a number of new personal trainers in Manchester recently, I have been helping them to improve their base level skills and this we know will help them get much better results for their clients.

We have been working through a number of theories and principles over the past few days and I though some of these are so easy, they really can be applied by anyone to their choices of physical activity.  One of these principles is called FITT.

So What is the FITT Principle?

The FITT Principle is basically four variables that need to be controlled in order to dictate the intensity of your physical activity.

The four variables are:-

  • Frequency
  • Intensity
  • Time
  • Type

So what do these mean?

Frequency – How often are we choosing to perform a given activity? e.g. Once a day/week, every other day…

Intensity – How hard will we be working? e.g. light, moderate, vigorous, maybe going off a target Heart Rate

Time – How long will we do the activity for? e.g. 5 minutes, 30 reps…

Type – What type of activity will we use to be most effective at achieving our goal? e.g. walking, resistance machines…

Look out for our posts over the next few days applying this principle to the different types of exercise you need in your life! Then you can look at applying this to the activities you engage in!

TOM

What is the difference between Physical Activity and Exercise?

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Hi All,

I oftern get asked the question ‘What is the difference between Physical Activity and Exercise?’

Well here is your answer:-

Physical Activity:- are tasks of daily living that can be used to work the cardiovascular system (Heart and Lungs), for example shopping, walking the dog, etc… these activities generally do not need any specialist equiptment, a special venue and is not structured.

Exercise – is any form of structured activity performed on a regular basis with a specific goal in mind.  So this would include things like fitness classes, playing sport, having a Personal Training Session etc…

TOM

Paul Chek on Underground Wellness Radio

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Hi all,

Here is a snippet from the great Paul Chek, doing yet another appearance on Underground Wellness Radio!

To listen into the full lot, and I really advise you do check out Underground Wellness

TOM

What is being Physically Active?

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Hi All,

This is just a very short post about what it means to be Physically Active, as a Personal Trainer in Manchester, I get asked all the time what is the minimum amount of activity a person needs to do for health.  A scary fact is that 6 out of 10 men and 7 out of 10 women in the UK are not active enough for health (according to the Department of Health).  The worst bit is it is so easy to be one of the few who are physically active.

So we are not talking for weight loss, or toning, just for basic health. First of all lets look at the benefits to low level physical activity on the body.

What Moderate Physical Activity will do for you:-

– Reduce your risk of premature death by 20-30%

– Reduce your risk of getting Type II Diabetes (Adult on set)

– upto 50% less likly to suffer with Coranary Heart Disease

– Improve function

– Reduce risk of back pain

– Increase bone density (reducing osteopherosis risk)

So what do you need to do?

– Moderate acttivity 5 times per week for 30 minutes

Moderate activity is anything that slightly elevates your heart rate, you might start breathing more deeply and feeling your heart rate raise.  However you should NOT be gasping for air, sweating heavily, or in any kind of pain.  For most peolpe brisk walking constitutes moderate intensity.

In terms of time you do not have to do this lot in one 30 minute block, you can break it down into sections of a minimum of 10 mins, this makes it much easier to fit into your day.  Lets face it we are all busy people and trying to find an extra 30 minutes to fit into your day for physical activity can be hard.

We have a solution!

We encorage people to look for activities that they already have to do, such as shopping and see how they can start to use these activities of daily living as physical activity.  Alot of the time we are moving about or doing physical activities but we just don’t do them at a good enough pace to constitute physical activity.

Some ideas for you!

– Walking round the shops

– Gardening

– Stairs instead of the lift

– DIY

– House work

– Walking the dog

– What else can you think of? Fill in your ideas in the comments box below.

Take every opportunity to get a little bit of activity in, and trust me it will all add up to have a massive overall effect on your levels of wellbeing.

Take it a step at a time!

TOM

Personal Training in Lancashire

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Hi All,

For everyone out there who is look for personal training in the Lancashie area, we are now there!  If you are in any of the following areas and you are looking for a personal trainer get in contact with us now!

Personal Trainers in Lancashire

Personal Trainer in Blackburn
Personal Trainer in Blackpool
Personal Trainer in Bolton
Personal Trainer in Burnley
Personal Trainer in Bury
Personal Trainer in Lytham St Annes
Personal Trainer in Oldham
Personal Trainer in Preston
Personal Trainer in Rochdale
Personal Trainer in Rossendale

TRX and Tornado Ball!

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Wow, just found this video from Fitness Anywhere, love TRX’s and Tornado Balls.  SO what could make my day more than a workout making the most of them both.

Get Geared up for the New Year

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Hi All,

It is already December, and it will be New Year before we all know it.  Well us here at Foresight Personal Training are getting geared up to help a wave of new clients in the new year rush to improve health, wellbeing and fitness.  We have helped so many clients in 2010 and we are looking forward to working with many more in 2011.

The key aspect that clients come to us for is motivation and accountability.  They are looking for someone or a group of people who can drive them to their wellbeing goals.  We do this in a very simple way.

We will:-

  • Educate you (on the basics of nutrition and exercise)
  • Lead you towards your goals in small manageable steps that add up to a massive RESULT
  • Support you
  • Motivate you

All we need off you is your goal and the desire to achieve it!

If you would like to know how you can make 2011 your year of health and wellbeing do get in contact and arrange a FREE no obligation taster session with one of our personal trainers in your area.  So call now on 0161 610 0354, or fill in the form below.

TOM

The Impact Workout

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Hi All,

Just wanted to put a post up here about Todd Durkins awesome new book, The Impact Body Plan.  if you have not got hold of a copy yet why not?

To find out more have a look at the Fitness Quest 10 Website for more info.

To give you a little sneak peak have a look at this workout following the Impact Body Plan on Undergroundwellness!