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Posts Tagged ‘exercise’

What is blood pooling?

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Blood pooling is a condition were blood gathers normally in the lower limb (leg), this can be for a number of reasons but can be caused by exercise.  When this blood gathers in a blood vessel it places excess stress on the small values that prevent the blood being drawn back down to the feet sue to the effect of gravity.

The diagram below shows how this then places pressure on the valves, over time this will force the valves back on themselves opening the wrong way.  Over time this will result in lasting damage to the valves increasing the chance of varicose veins or DVT.

Blood Pooling

As these non-return valves have an important part to play in ensuring that blood returns to the heart effectively, the posh name for this is venous return.  So in terms of exercise if you have been working at an intensive level and fail to cool down effectively and fully, this will result in the build up of blood in the limbs.  This then means that the heart may not fill before each contraction, this often leads to a dizzy and faint feeling.

For these reasons it is very important that you take part in a full cool down, normally it is advised that you do some form of rhythmical exercise for 6 minutes at a low intensity.  This allows the systems of the body to work to help to return the blood back to the heart.  This can also be aided by a full stretching routine and partner stretches can be great for this as gravity will help to return blood back to the heart.


Monday, March 4th, 2013

HI All,

Can you do a good deadlift?


Lets all do the Inchworm

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Hi All,


Rotational Jump

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Hi All

Why not add some jumps to your daily workout?


Have you tried the Deadbug?

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Hi All,

Here is a great exercise to try and slot into your workout!


Fitness Vs Health

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Hi All,

Here is an interesting one for you… if your physically active and are hitting the gym on a regular basis, does that mean your healthy?

Well most people presume so, but in reality there is not a necessarily a correlation.  If we think about it if you go to the gym or do any form of exercise you are bound to be fitter than someone who does not, and this will have some transition to health.  But is we consider if our gym goer is also a heavy smoker, drinker and eats a poor diet, are they going to be considered healthy?

We need to remember that just because we exercise we may not be considered healthy, so look ito your lifestyel and diet and see if that reflects all the hard work your putting in exercising.


Best Parks to Exercise in (Greater Manchester)

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Hi all,

As many of you who know, who have personal training in Manchesterwith us on a regular basis, training outdoors can get great results.

Many of our clients actually choose to have their personal training sessions outdoors. In my 10 years of experience I have had the pleasure of training clients in many of the parks across Manchester, Stockport and Cheshire. Over this time the quality of the parks have got a great deal better, with a much higher rate of community usage.

Here is my list of the top ten parks that I have conducted Personal Training Sessions in, now these are in no particular order:-

– Bruntwood Park
– Didsbury Park
– Tatton Park
– Sale Water Park
– Marie Louise Gardens
– Fletcher Moss
– Heaton Park
– Cringle Fields

So why not get outdoors and make the most of the great parks and outdoor training spaces we have in the North West!

Look out over the summer months for our FREE outdoor training programs that will appear on this blog!


On the Ropes

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Hi All,

Anyone tried using Naval Ropes?

They are an amazing bit of kit! Very functional and gives you a great workout!


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…


The Best Fitness I Phone Apps

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Hi All,

As more and more of us move to using smart phones, and especially I Phones. Many of my personal training clients across Manchester have asked, knowing I am a big I Phone fan for my top fitness I Phone apps.

I Map my Run – This is a great little tool to map the runs/jogs that you do.

Sprint GPS – This is a more comprehensive activity log, you can track run/jogs and bike rides. The app allows you to map the route you have taken, it will work out some vital stats such as distance covered, average speed, and calories burnt. One of the best things about this app is that you can control your music from within it.

I Fitness – This app is more of those of you who work out in a gym. This app allows you to deign and track your resistance based workouts. It has a library of exercises that is always being updated, this can really help to keep your workouts fresh.

The above fitness I Phone apps are great tools to help motivate you and make the all important recording keeping easier.

If you have any further suggestions of apps that you think other readers of the blog might fid useful, please do post them as a comment.