Your Training!!!

This is an important one!

Enjoying your exercise or movement is very important. If you do enjoy it and look forward to it, you are more likely to stick to it!

Your training is unique to you and may be completely different to your partner, your siblings and your best friend. It may look similar to them, but it won’t be exactly the same!

You’ll have different goals to them and different reasons for exercising.

That’s okay though, you don’t have to do everything the same as someone else, but it is good to have someone who shares your love of movement or at least part of it!

Today I want to answer some questions for you

So why is it so important to focus on your training?

How to find your perfect training balance?

How to find exercise you love to do?

What to do if you dread training?

Things to look for when trying out exercise routines and classes.

Firstly, why is it so important to focus on your training?

The biggest reason to focus on your training is it’s your journey. You are training for you; you have made the decision and you have decided to life a healthier life. So, the training you do has to be personal. You are going to the gym, going out for a run or heading to a class and it should be something you enjoy!

The next reason is to focus on your training because there are some many different training styles, methods, classes, trainers and gyms to go to! No one training style is right for everyone! So, focusing on the training style that is right for you, that feels good to you and is enjoyable.

How to find your perfect training balance?

You have some many things going on during the week, kids, school drops, work, cooking, cleaning, meetings and social events… and in between all of that you’re trying to fit in time to get to the gym or go out for a run or make it to a class.

Finding the right balance for you to help you achieve your goals and fit in around your life is key. Taking the time to find the right balance will pay dividends in consistency over the long term. Consistency is the single biggest thing that will help you reach your goal. If you are consistent week in week out you will see results.

The balance of getting enough training to and getting too much training can be the difference between sticking to exercise and stopping. If you do too much, you may ache a lot, causing you to miss a session. It may also cause you to over work muscles and even give yourself an injury.

I recommend increasing your training steadily over a few weeks to find the perfect balance for you, it also allows your body to get used exercising and it will be able to take more and more without overdoing it all in one go.

It is also important to find the right balance of different types of training. Over the course of the week, you need to BURN, BUILD and BALANCE. You need to BURN away calories by sweating a lot. You need to BUILD muscle to strengthen your joints as well as BUILDING strength and toning. And finally, you need to BALANCE your body, stretch after each session as well as taking the time to improve range of motion and flexibility.

Depending on the goal you are working towards, will dictate the balance you want to find.

If you are looking to reduce your body fat then you are going to be looking to do more BURN focused workouts such as HIIT classes, spin classes, running and boxing. But you still need to include BUILD and BALANCE.

If your goal is to build muscle then you would focus on BUILD, strength-based workouts are going to be your friend here, with weights and steadily increasing them over time. But again, you will need to include BURN and BALANCE workouts as well.

But if you are coming back from an injury then you will need to focus on BALANCE first, taking time to improve strength through smaller movements or possibly increasing mobility and flexibility through yoga or Pilates and over time you will introduce BUILD and BURN.

Next, how to find exercise that you love?

There are loads of places to go these days to do exercise and that is great. There are more options than ever before to get fit and keep moving. Over the last few years, there has been an amazing shift in the type of gyms available. The spectrum ranges from your classic leisure centre gym right the way through to specialist CrossFit gyms. In between there are gyms offering you a mix between the two. At a leisure centre you get a gym as well as a great range of classes in different training styles, some to music, some focusing on boxing and spin classes to name but a few and at CrossFit gyms, you also get classes but they are all focused on the sport and disciplines within CrossFit. Some may even just have scheduled sessions that you attend. In the middle of the spectrum there are gyms which combine functional classes, CrossFit style workouts, more well-known gym classes as well as virtual classes so there is truly something for everyone as well as a great gym environment to use.

You need to feel comfortable in the gym you go to. You are paying to be there after all so you should like the vibe of the place, the staff and the selection of things on offer. So, if you are looking to join a gym for the first time or change gyms then ask if they offer a free trial, ideally for a week. This way you’ll be able to go to gym over the course of the week and check out the classes and get a good feel for the place.

But if the gym isn’t for you, there are independent instructors doing classes all over the place. There is a real range of them now, everything from clubercise to yoga. A lot may do free first sessions so you can try them out without any cost involved but as my mum always says you have to try anything at least three times before you can say its not for you! If they don’t offer a free session, they should let you pay for individual classes.

And if group exercise isn’t for you, then you can try running out on the road or trails close to where you live but make sure you are safe and can be seen.

Or you can do at home workouts either from an online programme, DVDs, or a personal trainer who comes to you! Online programmes are great for some people, there are short sharp workouts which you don’t need a lot of kit for, if any and you follow along with the instructor on screen. DVDs are pretty much the same but with less variety and a personal trainer will come to you and push you to work hard and help support you to reach your goals. Encouraging you not just in your session but also providing advise between sessions.

What to do if you dread training?

How long have you been doing exercise that you dread going to do? Because how ever long it is, I salute you! You have a strong mindset to go training despite the fact you dread it every time! For me, I have to enjoy the exercise and feel that buzz so if I don’t it doesn’t stay in my routine very long!

If you’re training for something specific like a running event and you know you have to do strength training but you don’t like it, find another way of doing it that makes in more enjoyable, don’t just give up on it! Because it could help you stay injury free and give you more power to run faster.

But if you are exercising to get fit and lean and you dread the exercise, do yourself a favour and try something else, this is time for you, and it should be enjoyable. I know I keep saying that, but it should, I truly believe it!

Things to look for when trying out exercise routines and classes.

When you are going to try a gym, a class or you’re playing around with your training routine, look out for the following bits:

- The gym should be clean, tidy and smell fresh. (in particular in the changing rooms)

- There should be knowledgeable staff who can help you

- The class instructor should be friendly and give you some details on what to expect.

- They should also check how you’re getting on

- Any new routine whether you pay for it or create it yourself should be achievable and realistic

- If you think a training programme is expensive, take a moment to think about the work that has gone in, the research, the testing and the bank of knowledge collected by the trainer.

- IF it is a local PT they should also offer to show you how to do all of the movements in the programme over the course of an hour so you can understand how to push yourself and be safe whilst training.

If you have any questions on the above please do let me know via email and I will answer it as quickly as I can.

Happy Friday!

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