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Benefits of Resistance Training

Adding resistance training to your workout routine has many positive benefits. Training with weights allows you to change your body shape and size for the better without losing or gaining weight. This is achieved by a decrease in fat mass and body fat percentage as well as an increase in fat free mass (muscle).

Resistance training or training with weights really is one of the best ways to lose body fat and it’s much better than cardio for this as it adds muscle and there for it can increase your metabolism and help you burn up extra calories all day long.

 

Other benefits of resistance training include:

  • Improved bone health (strength and density) leading to decreased risk of osteoporosis.
  • Increases in strength and power.
  • Increases in muscular endurance.
  • Improvements in posture.
  • Higher metabolic rate and decreased body fat storage.
  • Increases in range of movement.
  • Increased immune function (less colds and illnesses)

 

Article by Liam Thompson Manchester Personal Trainer in Manchester.  If you would like to contact us regarding personal training or any other query please use the contact page.

What is Corrective Exercise

Corrective Exercise is an innovative exercise technique to influence muscle imbalances injury and posture in a positive manner by performing specific exercises.

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Corrective Exercise can help to restore your bodies natural posture and help you to become pain and Injury free.

Here at Northwest Personal Training we feel it is important that any muscle imbalances are adressed and a corrective strategy is devised for each client on an individual basis. This would generally involve an assessment of a clients static (not moving) and dynamic (moving) posture which enables us to select exercises specifically focused on any problem ares identified.

This is an area that is often overlooked by other personal trainers, yet if muscle imbalances are not addressed the body is forced into a compensatory position and this can increase the stress placed on the muscle which will eventually lead to the breakdown of muscle tissue, irritation and injury.

This is very common today especially if you work in an office or you are sat down for most of the day.

Example:

If your job involves sitting at a desk for most of the day then you may develop habitual posture due to long hours slumped in a chair over a desk. This can also be caused by poor training techniques such as overtraining the chest and biceps, the “mirror muscles” on the front of the body. The effect of this is that the chest and lat muscles shorten and shoulder is drawn forward causing a rounding of the shoulders, known as thoracic kyphosis. This can eventually lead to a hunchback and it can casue all sorts of shoulder and back pains.

When this happens our body reacts to compensate this by forcing the head carriage forward and increasing the curve in the lower spine (lumbar lordosis), which will almost certainly lead to lower back pain.

A corrective exercise programme for this would likely involve stretching the tight muscles such as the chest and strengthening the muscles that have become weak such as the rhomboids allowing the body to maintain correct posture.

When you book your initial free personal training session here at North West Personal Training we will perform a full postural assesment and make recommendations to you based on this.

Benefits Of Personal Training

Whether you want to look good for your wedding or a beach holiday, or you find it a struggle comitting to long term fitness plan, hiring a personal trainer could be good for you. A good personal trainer can help you by providing structure, results, variety and motivation. Here at North West Personal Training we have a range of personal trainers qualified to help you reach your personal fitness goal in the quickest time possible.

We will normally start with an initial free fitness consultation to look your current fitness levels and health. from here we will look to define your fitness goals, whether it is tolose weight, improve your posture or simply increase your fitness levels.

This gives you an agreed starting point, and also a benchmark against which to measure your progress. A good personal training programme will be changed regularly, not only for variety, but also to allow for continued progression.

Having a regularly scheduled personal training session is excellent for keeping your motivation. Not only will you have someone else to report back to, you’ll also be taking part in a regulated, structured and realistic exercise programme specifically designed to deliver results in the shortest of time frames. The emphasis should always be on making exercise fun, so that you have the motivation to not only meet, but exceed your goals.

The variety of exercises is almost endless, from mountain biking to Pilates, yoga to Boxercise, and can be conducted at work, in your own home, or at a gym. A typical personal training programme will generally combine Aerobic (CV), resistance (weights) & flexibility to give you the workout that suits you best. With this much flexibility combined with the benefits of exercise (listed below), you can’t go wrong.

 

Some of the magjr benefits of exercise are as follows:

  • Increased sense of well being
  • Better quality of Sleep
  • Improvement in muscle tone
  • Reduced body fat and weight loss
  • Psychological benefits, such as improved self image, confidence and self esteem.
  • Reduced risk of heart disease and cancers

Northwest Personal Trainig are based in Manchester City Centre and an help you wilt all aspects of getting fit and losing weight.

Benefits of Stretching

Flexibility varies enormously from person to person, however a lack of flexibility can seriously affect your posture and strength. Stretching is something that is often overlooked and we tend only to be concerned about our flexibility when we have issues such as stiff joints or when muscle shorten and become more susceptible to injury.

If we don’t stretch regularly (especially after exercise) then muscles have a tendancy to lose their flexibility. This means that when they are needed to perform an extreme movement, the muscle is less able to extend to the joints full range of movement and can lead to muscle tissue damage or tears.

Sports such as football (soccer) can be responsible for reduced flexibility in certain muscles. Footballers for example have notoriously tight hamstrings. This is known as adaptive shortening and this can also happen due to incorrect posture or due to immobilisations due to injury.

Benefits of Stretching and increased flexibility:

  • Increased range of movement
  • Reduction in muscle tension and increases in physical and mental relaxation
  • Reduction in Lower back and spinal problems
  • Decrease in muscle soreness after exercise (DOMS)
  • Reduction in risk of sprain and muscle tears
  • Better posture
  • Improvements in coordination due to creating greater ease of movement

Why Missing Out On Breakfast Is Bad

Many of my personal training clients regularly tell me that they miss out on breakfast either because they don’t feel like eating as soon as they wake up or because they don’t have the time to make breakfast before they go to work.

However the truth of the matter is that scientific study after scientific study shows that people who eat a breakfast that includes a healthy balance of carbs, protein, and good fats lose more weight than those who skip this meal altogether.

This is because after a night of fasting and inactivity when you are asleep, your metabolism has slowed down to a crawl. We need to think of breakfast as the action that switches on your body’s metabolism, allowing you up to burn calories for the whole day. In fact think of the name breakfast, it is so called as it is designed to break the fast from the previous 12 hours since your last evening meal. Some people skip breakfast altogether and dont eat until mid morning or even luch time and if they haven’t eaten since 7pm the night before this can mean a fast of over 16 hours.

The human body is not designed to go without food for that long and this can cause us to go into starvation mode and hold onto body fat rather that burn it. As a result of this our body will use up valuable muscle tissue as fuel and in turn this will decrease the amount of calories we need on a daily basis and make it harder for us to shift unwanted body fat and lose weight.

Studies have also shown another reason why having a nutrient-dense, satisfying breakfast is important hen weight loss is your goal is that it prevents us from overeating later on in the day.

What to eat for breakfast?

We recommend a high protein breakfast like scrambled eggs, salmon and spinach. Yummy.